Kids will feel right at home at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, thanks to a range of in-house amenities and activities aimed specifically at little ones. Our concierge has recommendations for explorers of all ages, from mountain climbs, museum visits and park fun, to excursions to various destinations that include butterflies, cheetahs, birds, crocodiles…and not to forget, penguins! Children are sure to have the time of their life while staying in Cape Town.
Pools & Gardens
Set in nature’s paradise, between the Atlantic Ocean and The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, the hotel is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Table Mountain National Park and a protected marine park, where kids can spot whales and dolphins playing in the azure waters.
Children can have fun splashing in our infinity or mountain pools, with pool toys provided during the summer holidays. Both pools have a special menu which is serviced by The Café Grill and includes delectable dishes for little ones; in addition, they can help themselves to water and fruit from our refreshment stations.
Older children are sure to enjoy the mountain walks behind the hotel, culminating in a picnic at one of our picnic sites.
A visit to Butterfly World Tropical Garden is a must for children who appreciate these colourful creatures. Consisting of a tropical garden in a 1000 m2 green house, the butterfly pupae are flown in from faraway countries such as Costa Rica, the Philippines, Malaysia and China, to emerge into their new home in the Western Cape. A visit to the Jungle Leaf Café completes the tropical visit – we highly recommend the giant scones!
The park is located a short drive from Cape Town at the cross roads of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington Wine Routes, making it easily accessible for children.
58 min (57.7 km), by road via N1
Green Point Park
The Cape Town stadium is home to Green Point Park, a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Mother City. It is a vast space for children to run free and enjoy the great outdoors. It is a popular spot for family picnics, while children can have fun at the Tot-Lot Play Park or in the Outdoor Labyrinth.
Just opposite the Mouille Point entrance to the park you can also find the Blue Train Park, which features a miniature train for little ones to ride in, as well as a well-equipped jungle gym.
19 min (11.3 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd/M6 and Kloof Rd
The World of Birds
The World of Birds Park is one of the few large bird parks in the world.
Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk-through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.
A tropical garden setting in the Hout Bay Valley is the environment in which the aviaries are spaced over 4 ha of land, framed by the back of Table Mountain.
10 min (8.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd
Two Oceans Aquarium
Kids will be fascinated by the marine life they encounter at the Two Oceans Aquarium, named after the country’s two mighty oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic, and their meeting point at the southern tip of Africa.
The aquarium offers a vast range of activities for children, including:
- Exploring the exhibits and learning about marine life.
- Experiencing feeding time to see a frenzy of activity, accompanied by a short talk from a staff member.
- Penguin Encounter - Getting up close and personal with the adorable rockhopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium.
- Look closer, feel closer – ‘Sea’ life under the microscope is an interactive exhibit that reveals the world of the very, very small.
21 min (13.5 km) without traffic, by road via M62
Cheetah Outreach Project
Cheetah Outreach in Somerset West is an education and community-based programme, created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 10,000 cheetahs left -and South Africa is home to fewer than 1,500 of these majestic cats.
Children will love encountering adult cheetahs and cheetah cubs at Cheetah Outreach, as well as some of their relatives - bat-eared foxes, caracals and meerkats.
50 min (54.8 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd
Imhoff Farm on route to Cape Point is a historical Cape farmstead popular with Cape Town families looking for a fun weekend outing. A wealth of activities keeps children busy, from camel rides, horse riding and paintball, to cart rides, 4x4’s and a snake park. A highlight is the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, where kids may enter the enclosures and pet the small animals, including chickens, geese, ducks, emus, alpaca, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs and a springbuck! The two cafés onsite will feed hungry bellies.
38 min (27.6 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd & M6
The Penguins at Boulders Beach
Children will be blown away by the Boulders Beach penguin colony in quaint Simon’s Town - one of Cape Town’s must-sees.
Boulders Beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins.
Once through the turnstiles, families can stake their claim on the pristine sand and then freely explore the large 540 million-year-old granite boulders, small rock pools and little bays in the close proximity of the flightless little swimming birds – and even go for a swim with them!
49 min (35.3 km) without traffic, by road via M6
Iziko Museum Planetarium
The Planetarium, one of only two planetaria in South Africa, is housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town. Set inside a domed auditorium, it is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport little stargazers through the wonders of the universe.
Combining sound, light and cutting-edge technology, the Iziko Planetarium recreates the starry night sky for children’s wondrous enjoyment - the ultimate ‘armchair journey’ for young and old alike.
14 min (10.2 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd, M6 & M62
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
Brave explorers can see over 1000 crocs at this farm, which makes for a fun family day out. Visitors have the opportunity to touch a baby croc, view crocs underwater through aquarium-style viewing panels, and, during summer months, witness feeding sessions, during Croc Pond Tours, which take place several times a day.
Children aged nine and over can experience an adrenaline-fuelled close encounter with crocs on a Croc Cage Dive, where they get to observe the fascinating Nile crocodile underwater.
The farm also offers catch-and-release fishing in the well-stocked dam – bring your own rod or rent one from the gift shop.
56 min (66.5 km) without traffic, by road via N1
The City Sightseeing open-top bus tour is the perfect way for families to explore Cape Town. Instead of long walks through the city that can tire younger family members, simply ‘hop on and off’ one of the bright red buses at regular scheduled intervals.
The tours provide a safe, fun introduction to the city for children, and are always available – they operate seven days a week, 365 days a year, come rain or shine.
Tickets for the tours can be arranged by our concierge, all tours include informative audio commentary about all our major attractions in 15 different languages (and a special channel for kids).
- Blue Mini Peninsula Tour - 14 scenic stops around the peninsula, including Kirstenbosch
- Red City Tour - 11 great stops around the city, and the fastest way to get to the Table Mountain Cableway! (Get Cableway tickets from your bus driver before you reach Table Mountain)
- Purple Wine Tour (just a Hop off the Blue Mini Peninsula) - Stops at three of Constantia Valley’s finest wine estates
- Yellow Downtown Tour - Seven stops centred around Cape Town’s historic landmarks and museums
- Harbour Cruise - Explore the Victoria and Alfred basins of the Waterfront with our 25-minute Harbour Cruise
- Sunset Bus - Take a scenic drive to Signal Hill where you can catch an African sunset and see the city lights below
Guest staying at The Twelve Apostles Hotel can join either the ‘Blue Mini Peninsula’ or ‘Red City’ tour at ‘Hop on – Hop off’ stop no. 8 in Camps Bay, which is also where our complimentary shuttle drop off point is.
Alternatively, guest can join these tours at stop no. 1 of ‘Hop on – Hop off’ at the V&A Waterfront, which is located at the Two Oceans Aquarium, a short walk from our shuttle drop off point.
Scootours® Cape Town
Scootours® Cape Town offers a truly unique Cape Town experience, free-wheeling from Table Mountain into the city below on a ‘Monster Mountain® Scooter’ – a fun, adrenaline-fuelled activity for adventurous families.
The Swiss-designed, eco-friendly scooters are non-motorised and tours are led by professional, qualified guides. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tour slots at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00; the duration of the 5km track ranges from an hour-and-a-half to two hours. Anyone who can ride a bicycle can participate, with little ones doubling up with mum or dad.
Table Mountain Lower Information Centre Parking
9 min (7.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd, M6 & M62