Things to do in CapeTown During the Summer Holidays

It’s been a mad dash to the finish line, but we have made it! The school Summer vacation is finally here!! To be honest, we kind of shut down the day the kids put down their pens after their final exams, and even though I’ve had to sit through the numerous awards ceremonies of ALL the kids, we totally capitalised on the extra week and a bit of having absolutely nothing to do, and took a sneaky head start on the summer vacation.

The Summer holidays can be long and tedious if you don’t plan ahead. We obviously don’t want to be hitting the roads on a daily basis, but having an idea of fun places to take the kids means that when you do decide to venture out, it has to be worth braving the traffic for. Over the past few years, I’ve documented quite a few of our family outings – and while we will definitely be building on those memories this Summer, I decided to draw up a guide of my favourite places to visit while the weather is good…

Giraffe House:   Situated in Stellenbosch, about 35 minutes outside Cape Town; Giraffe House boasts several kilometres of open land, fresh air and an array of African Wildlife. Read more Here

Acrobranch:  With various not so easy obstacles perched high up in the trees and with three varying difficulty levels, it is the perfect thrill for adventure seekers and adrenalin junkies; also the kids, who possess seemingly endless amounts of energy! Definitely targeting core and arm strength, I left feeling like I had a solid workout! Read more Here

The Bike Park: One of our newest discoveries, The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig is the brainchild of Chris Nixon; former Downhill World Champion; and was designed with the ideal of honing one’s bike handling skills. The bike park features a variety of pump tracks and is a great place for people of all ages and varying skill levels. It boasts beginner jump lines all the way to expert drop offs and a suspension sky bridge that tracks the canopy of the trees; providing hours and hours, and lap after lap of adrenalin boosting fun!  Read more here

Waterworld: Situated on the beaches of Strand and hidden in a lush, green nook; Waterworld provides you with an intimate and secluded venue – perfect for a fun family day out! Boasting five slides of varying sizes; suited for everyone from the mini adventurers of under six years to the more adventurous spirit with tummy churning vertical drop; Waterworld offers good, clean fun for the whole family! The no alcohol policy, is an added bonus! Lifeguards on duty provides some peace of mind for parents who prefer to escape the chaos  fun  while relaxing in the cool shade of the Bedouin tent and sipping/snacking on the delicious drinks and treats the informal outdoor café  has to offer (or your own picnic goodies if that’s what you prefer). What I like about it is that you have a birds eye view of the slides from wherever you are which means your kids are always within sight. Read more here

Ratanga Junction: Summer is not complete without our annual family trip to Ratanga! You cannot live in Cape Town and not know about this famous theme park. Rides and thrills for all ages…this year will be Aryana’s first trip with the mad bunch. Read more here

Hikes: Every outing doesn’t have to include spending exorbitant amounts of money. Cape Town’s natural splendour means that there’s a scenic spot to visit around every bend. From idyllic beaches to perfectly kept parks; but nothing beats the thrill of soaking up our views than from the top of any one of our famous mountain tops. There’s so many trails to choose from, it’s FREE and the bonus is that you will be keeping fit at the same time!  Read more here

Boat Trips:  Beat the heat and capture the cool ocean breeze on one of the many boat trips or sunset cruises on offer at any of our famous harbours! Stunning scenery and memories that last a lifetime!  Read more here

Indoor Play Parks :  If you want to beat the midday heat, then one of the several indoor parks are still viable options. My favourites are be.UP Park (read here)  and CityROCK Rock climbing (read here)

Be a Tourist :  This time of the year our city is buzzing with tourists. Why not join in and be a tourist in your own city and visit some of the more touristy spots like Cape Point and the iconic Table Mountain!      Read here

Looking back at all these memories and revisiting all these posts made me realise how much growing my kids have done over the past few years. It’s made me extra sentimental and also made me realise the significance of penning it all down….There are so many treasured memories bound on this site, and after going back and re-reading so many of them, I can totally say that the journey had been worth it ❤

Thanks for reading!

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