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As a nature lover, your experience of a new place can’t be limited to urban centres – however beautiful their architecture is. Nor would you want that for your kids. Instead, your stay in a city has to include quality time with nature. Here’s a list of things you and your family can do when visiting Cape Town.

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Butterfly World

Butterfly world Cape Town

Flickr: Derek Keats

A trip to Butterfly World is sure to be a hit with the kids. After all, there’s lots on display to keep short attention spans engaged. From free-flying exotic butterflies, to birds, reptiles, tarantulas, meerkats and monkeys, Butterfly World gets you face to face with nature.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aqurium

Flickr: Philip Milne

The Two Oceans Aquarium is an institution in Cape Town. It’s located near the famous V&A Waterfront and it plays a vital role in South Africa’s ocean sustainability. Take the family along for an intimate look at southern Africa’s diverse marine life. You won’t be disappointed by the communities of Atlantic and Indian Ocean creatures.

Drakenstein Lion Park

Introduce your children to the important world of animal conservation by taking them to the Drakenstein Lion Park. Set up in 1988, the park gives abused lions a safe place to live, and animal lovers a chance to see them up close.

Cheetah Outreach Centrecheetah

You and your family can meet another of Africa’s big cats at the Cheetah Outreach Centre. It’s a community-based program established to raise awareness about risks to cheetahs, and ways to help them. Visit for a chance to see the great cat’s grace and sleek power up close.

Treetop canopy walk at Kirstenbosch

Don’t forget to visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden while you and your family are in Cape Town. It’s a golden opportunity to walk the Boomslang (tree snake): an arboreal bridge.
This treetop walkway will give you a stunning, tree-level view of the Cape’s marvellously diverse plant life, as well as many birds and animals.

Noordhoek beach ridebeach-ride

If your children are older than 12, consider taking them horse riding at Noordhoek Beach. Riders of all levels of experience are welcome, and it’s a fun day out. Book here to experience the Cape’s gorgeous coastline in an extraordinary way.

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