Keeping kids entertained is a difficult job, especially during the holidays. There are few things as wholesome as kids getting up close and personal with Mother Nature’s majestic, weird, and hilarious creatures.
Here are five picks for the best animal encounters for kids in Cape Town:
1. Imhoff Farm
There’s plenty for the kids to do, from either camel or horse rides on the beach to the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, where kids can feed rabbits, goats, and ponies. After that, there’s the Imhoff Snake Park, a reptile sanctuary that’s a hit with courageous kids.
- Location: Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie
2. The Duck Parade at Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Have your kids ever seen over 1 000 ducks going for a morning jog? The Duck Parade happens at Vergenoegd Wine Estate daily at 10.30am, 12.30am and 15.30am, so go for breakfast or lunch at the excellent restaurants and let your kids roam the rolling lawns.
- Location: 1 Faure Village Road, Stellenbosch Farms
3. World of Birds
Have a walk-through tour with kids, viewing over 400 different species such as squirrel monkeys, parrots, meerkats, baboons and some truly rare animals you may have never seen before. Truly, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.
- Location: Valley Road, Hout Bay
4. Stodels Nursery
Although Stodels is actually a plant nursery, it offers far more. Children are able to view and feed the ponies, bearded goats, llamas, rabbits and marmosets. There is also a small duck pond with double gates allowing visitors to go inside and visit the feathery friends.
After a visit to the animals children can play on the amazing kids’ playground with a jungle gym, trampolines and jumping castles while parents sip on a cup of coffee at the outside coffee shop.
- Location: Eversdal Road, Bellville
5. Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s best attractions for kids. Featuring over 3 000 marine animals, the Aquarium offers edutainment at its finest — giving kids the opportunity to learn about the rich biodiversity in our oceans while having an absolute blast. The Nemo display is a particularly big hit.
- Location: Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Picture: Imhoff Farm/Facebook