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Our most recommended Western Cape Family-friendly Activities

Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

1. Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

This is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2.5 to 3 hours. The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a kitting up session where full body harness, pulleys, and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around. From the start on the launch platform, a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms are built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods and provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world, any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.

Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

2. Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

Experience the stunning, tropical beauty that is Garden Route National Park on a mountain scooter-bike. Used in the Alps during the summer season on the snowless ski slopes, the thick tires and solid design of your scooter-bike allows you to carve Garden Route’s trails with ease. Each scooter can fit one adult and a child passenger. After meeting your expert guides, you’ll board a scenic minibus ride to start your descent into the national park. After a safety briefing, you’ll head out onto the sweeping bends, criss-crossing down long hills within the lush forest. Keep on the lookout for local wildlife, like the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck, and plentiful wild boar. After 2 hours going downhill on the trails, you’ll head back to the meeting point via minibus, never needing to worry about the uphill climb.

Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Tour from the V&A Waterfront

3. Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Tour from the V&A Waterfront

Climb aboard and look for marine life in the ecosystem of Table Bay on a 1.5-hour eco-cruise from Cape Town. See species in their natural surroundings, such as humpback and southern right whales, depending on the season. Get the chance to watch pods of dolphins breaching close to the boat and marvel at their acrobatic displays. Be enchanted by Cape fur seals lounging on the jetties and get close to unusual species, such as sunfish. Watch African penguins diving for fish to take back to their breeding colony on Robben Island.  Encounter birdlife, such as terns, gannets, cormorants and mighty black-browed albatross.

Two Oceans Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Entrance ticket

4. Two Oceans Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Entrance ticket

With more than 3,000 creatures on show, the Two Oceans Aquarium provides a diverse showcase of Atlantic and Indian Ocean marine life. Explore different underwater species from the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest, which also showcases the unique kelp that is found on Cape Town beaches. Check out what sea life looks like under a microscope, and explore the Indian Ocean. View mesmerising exhibits that features the dazzling colours of its fish, translucent jellies, shy octopuses and Knysna seahorses. Make a point to check out the new I&J Exhibit, a 10-meter long tunnel that gives a peek at a variety of subtropical species. The Two Oceans Aquarium is home to a few species that aren’t found at any other aquarium in the world. Among these are the strange, serpentine hagfish. An eel-like fish, it can produce as much as five litres of slime when it’s scared.It’s an ancient fish that doesn’t have eyes, fins or scales, than can only be viewed in Cape Town!

Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

5. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

After a short explanation, you and your pilot will take off from a mountain slope under a canopy that resembles a parachute. Once inflated overhead, you will take just a few steps or a short run to take off from the gentle slope, the wind will catch the canopy and you will be airborne. In the air, complete control over direction and speed gives your pilot the freedom to soar ridges, rise on warm currents of air and cover distance. The tour providers have a proven safety record from day one, a credit to company procedures. Each season starts with brand new equipment and well-maintained throughout the year. All pilots are internationally recognized Tandem Flight Instructors. Each passenger is briefed and issued with a helmet. All pilots carry complete reserve and communication systems and weather conditions are carefully assessed before you are taken up and again on take off. You will be assisted by the crew on both take off and landing. Get ready to fulfill man's oldest dream of free flying. Now, you can experience the joy of personal, foot-launched flight in its purest form - on a paraglider. You do not need to have any experience at all to come tandem paragliding. Thousands of tandem paragliding flights have been done with children as young as 10-years-old and adults as old as 87-years-old. After a short briefing, you will merely run a few steps and the rest will be in the hands of your fully qualified pilot. Just sit back and enjoy your flight. Bookings are essential, do not leave it until your last day as the activity is dependent on the weather conditions.

Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

6. Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

Experience African hospitality at its best at the Aquila Private Game Reserve with a sunset safari accompanied by a game ranger. Get tickets to the park, sip on a welcome drink, savor refreshments, and relax by the pool. Upgrade to spa treatments on site. Arrive at Aquila Private Game Reserve by 3:00 PM. On arrival, a welcome drink will be served followed by a selection of teas, coffee, and snacks. At 3:15, you will start your 2-3 hour game drive. After a hot day in the African bush, the animals are just starting to stir, moving towards the watering holes and coming out of the shade. The safari is led by an experienced guide who will share exciting inside stories and facts about your surroundings, easily rousing your inner wild side. While at the reserve you can enjoy a number of complementary activities. You can relax poolside, browse the curio shop, visit the Aquila labyrinth or play a game of giant chess. Join this tour to witness wild animals and enjoy a magical sunset experience. 

Cape Town: Aquila Game Reserve Day Entrance & Game Drive

7. Cape Town: Aquila Game Reserve Day Entrance & Game Drive

Drive to the Aquila Private Nature Reserve, approximately a 2 and a half hour journey. Upon arrival, enjoy a complimentary breakfast before embarking on your 2 to 3-hour safari led by an experienced guide. During the safari, you'll have the extraordinary chance to see all the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo) and learn all about the wildlife you will see. The bio-diverse habitat of the reserve ensures plenty of interest for the avid game viewer and bird watcher: giraffes, blesbok, black and blue wildebeest, zebras, springbok, gemsbok, klipspringers, duikers, greybuck, steenbok, ostriches, baboons, caracals, foxes, jackals, leopards and 172 species of birds, including the black eagle, are found on the reserve. After your safari experience, indulge in a delicious buffet lunch and take some time to explore the rest of the facilities, which include a open-air swimming pool.  You may choose to add on a spa treatment, horseback ride or quad bike safari, which you can purchase at the reserve.

Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

8. Cape Town: Guided Sightseeing Tour and Cape of Good Hope

We will depart from your Hotel at 08h30 and drive through the City Center to Bo-Kaap to learn more about the history of the color houses and take same photos. Our second stop will be Table Mountain where we will take a cable car up to the top of the Mountain to enjoy the beautiful view of the City from the mountain top. Maidan Cove is known for its magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostol's Mountains, here you can take beautiful photos to create your memories. We will then proceed through Camps Bay and have a stop at Haunt Bay harbor to take an optional 45 minutes boat trip to Seal Island which will cost R100 per person. The tour will then proceed to the most scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, we will stop at the viewing point to take photos and enjoy the scenic views of this beautiful place and then start the most amazing driving experience with breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. We will have an optional stop for a cup to coffee at Farm Village and then proceed to Simons Town to learn about "Just Nuisance" the only dog that has ever been enlisted in the South African Navy, explore the town and its history of Navy and not forgetting visiting Penguins in Boulders Beach. The tour will proceed to our last destination which is Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope where you have an opportunity to visit Cape Point Lighthouse. You can either take a funicular to the lighthouse or take a steep walking path which is a short distance. Here you will enjoy the nature at its best, from birds, baboons, and many more other animals, the spectacular view of the nature is also amazing. We will also have the opportunity to see wild animals like Baboons, Ostrich, Elands and others that live in Cape of Good Hope National Park. Please Note: Entrance fee to Boulders, Penguins - R170 Per person Entrance fee to Cape of Good Hope National Park - R360 per person Table Mountain Cable Car fee also not Included. You are invited to bring your family, your friends, you colleagues and most importantly, bring your Camera. Lets go have fun.

Ceres: Zip-lining in the Mountains

9. Ceres: Zip-lining in the Mountains

The Koekedouw River is located in the mountains that surround the stunning Ceres Valley. A mere 1½ hour drive from Cape Town, it's the perfect getaway from hectic city life. This tour gives you the chance to experience 8 slides, with a total length of 1.4km. The amazing rock formations and river form the perfect backdrop to this adrenaline-filled adventure.  You will be kitted up in a full-body harness with state of the art equipment. Then, 2 expert guides will accompany you on the tour into the mountain. Hop on the Zipslide bus and head about 5km up into the mountains. On the drive down the main road and through suburban Ceres, you will get a feel for the lovely town before you arrive at your destination. It's a short walk from the drop-off point to the first line. Here, the fun starts.  The slides vary in length from 100 meters to 291 meters, with the highest point above the ground being 40 meters. The duration of the tour is dependent on the size of the group, however, most tour last on average between 1 and 1 1½ hours.

Knysna Heads and Estuary Adventure

10. Knysna Heads and Estuary Adventure

This 45-minute adventure shows you the Knysna region's legendary and diverse estuary and all that it has to offer the coastal town of Knysna. The estuary has a compelling history, fascinating birdlife and is inhabited by 43% of South Africa's plant and animal life. View the rugged and iconic Knysna Heads, a unique sandstone formation, and the magnificent ancient caves nestled amongst the coves of this beautiful coastline. Depending on the tide, you may be able to see the famous Pacquita shipwreck found at the mouth of the Knysna Heads. An experienced skipper will also share with you information and stories about the area and how these natural formations came to be.  This trip is ideal for families and large groups. The tour does not venture out into the ocean, but rather shows you all that the Knysna Estuary has to offer - this is certainly the best place to witness the beauty of the flora and fauna of the region!   

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What people are saying about Western Cape

We had an amazing tour with our skipper Francois. He was so knowledgeable and told us lots of information about the animals. We managed to see penguins, dolphins, seals and a whale! We had the best couple of hours out on the water!

Definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done! Kane was an expert in his field - he made us feel safe and gave us an awesome experience gliding down Signal Hill! A must do in Cape Town!!!

Lovely tour! We spotted some seals, dolphins and penguins! No luck on the whales or sharks - maybe next time!

My friend had a great time as weather did not work out for me! Sorry I missed it!

Great experience, definitely going again the next time I am in Cape Town.