Today is Human Rights Day, and for most, this means an off day to explore the beauty of the Mother City. Here are some things to do today:

Hippo Spotting and bird watching at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve:

Rondevlei is situated within the Cape Town suburb of Grassy Park, about 20 minutes from the city centre. It is home to 256 species of indigenous plants and has a museum, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several bird hides.

“It is also home to Hippopotami and 20 other mammal species, including the Cape Grysbok Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter and Large-Spotted Genet and  a herd of Eland. It makes for a really great family adventure,” says Love Cape Town.

Explore Newlands Forest:

Newlands Forest is part of the Table Mountain National Park and offers an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are a number of quiet pathways that that can be explored, and there are a number of designated braai areas.

Pay a visit the gardens at Babylonstoren: 

Located in Klapmuts, Babylonstoren is a beautiful garden estate that is home to more than 300 varieties of plant. Its garden comprises of 15 clusters that showcase flowers alone and everything in the garden is edible or has a medical use.

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium:

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a staple in exploring Cape Town. It is located at the V&A Waterfront, and is home to a number of exhibits that are fun for both children and adults to enjoy. They close at 6pm, so make sure you get your ticket.

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Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.