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5 Reasons Cape Town is ideal for a family holiday

Cape Town is the perfect place for the entire family to bond and create unforgettable memories together. There are tons of things for children of all ages to experience and get involved in - from building sandcastles on golden beaches to going and experiancing Cape Town from the sky on a theme park rollercoaster.

family beach fun in Cape Town

Nothing like a little family fun on a Cape Town beach

The Mother City is filled to the brim with facilities, attractions, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes and ensure that everybody in the family can get the most out of their holiday together.

1. Family bonding activities

There are so many great opportunities for families to connect when on a holiday in Cape Town. Experiencing new activites together are a great way to achieve this. So, ever tried surfing as a family? Cape Town is known as a scenic surfing destination, which coincidently, will provide the whole family with hours of fun. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t quite a King or Queen of the waves just yet. Places like Muizenberg beach have a variety of surfing schools which will take you under their wing, allowing you to hire all the equipment you need for the day. They’ll even take young children out in the waves. Plus, lifesavers are on standby to ensure that everyone is safe and having a good time.

2. Family-friendly restaurants

There are a number of great child friendly restaurants in Cape Town. For example, if you're looking for a place to enjoy a delicious meal while the kids have the time of their lives, Scallywags Play Café in Kenilworth is a fantastic choice but there are loads of options available through platforms like Tripadvisor and OfLocal. Equipped with an impressive play room, your children can play with stuffed toys, bounce in jumping castles, go on squirrel rides and frolic in the ball pit. It also offers climbing walls, a child-sized gingerbread house, smoking trains, a baby-pen and flying butterflies!

The restaurant is known for its organic, free-range options, as well as its freshly-roasted coffees and delicious kiddies menu.

3. Ratanga Junction

Fun for anyone from toddlers to adults, Ratanga Junction is the famed theme park in Cape Town with over 30 attractions. Among them is the Cobra: the biggest roller coaster in South Africa and Crocodile Gorge, a family-friendly river ride through gushing waters and waterfalls. You can also have a go on a huge waterslide, bumper cars, calmer carousels, boat rides and kiddie rides or try the mini-golf course and similar funfair games with prizes. Should you work up an appetite, there is an endless choice of stalls, restaurants, cafés and eateries to choose from.

4. Imhoff Farm

Whether you want the thrill of paintball, or the novelty of a more sedentary camel ride, Imhoff Farm is a great place for a family to visit. With five camels, offering trips of different lengths, you can enjoy a gentle ride with your kid that you’re sure to remember for a lifetime. You can also have fun with the teamwork, strategy and belly-crawling paintball offers - although this is for children no younger than 11.

5. V&A Waterfront's Jolly Roger

Kids will love this pirate boat which sets sail three times a day out into open water. Pirate themed, and complete with an entertaining show, children flock to the deck to experience a new sense of nautical adventure. The boat is also available for private hire and caters to kids' birthday parties.

From yummy eats to fun and fantastic treats, Cape Town has everything you need to enjoy a trip with your family. To get around the city safely with your family you can hire a car in Cape Town.

If you need to hire a specific vehicle during your trip to Cape Town then here are some options below;


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