Cape Town with Kids: What to do if you’re 10 years old?

March 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Daniel clambering up Lions Head. It's easier than it looks!

Daniel clambering up Lions Head. It’s easier than it looks!

I recently visited Cape Town with Daniel, aged 10.

Over the past decade or so, Cape Town has taken its place in the very top rankings of places to visit anywhere in the world, and it’s fantastic for kids.

So what did we during the time we were there?

1) Lions Head and Table Mountain:

Cape Town is surrounded by iconic mountains – everyone knows of Table Mountain, but on either side you have Devils Peak and Lions Head, and Lions Head is perfect for an easy climb with kids. For the most part it is a simple path but in one section there is an option to use more exciting hand holds to clamber up a steeper section. Lots of fund for any ten-year old!

2)Boulders Beach

Boulders is where you can go to the beach and spot wild penguins too. A National Park, it’s a great Cape Town spot – a lovely beach, and sometimes hundreds of penguins – hiding in the rocks, swimming in the surf and staring up at the sun.

3) Noon day Gun:

Every day at noon a cannon-shot roars across Cape Town – the famous noon day gun hs been firing blanks since 1806 to announce that midday has arrived. It’s a fine excursion, with history, beautiful views and of course the crash and smoke of a real naval cannon dating back over 200 years!

4) Sports:

Cape Town is home to some world-famous stadiums – Newlands is home to iconic rugby and cricket stadiums, while the new Cape Town Stadium hosted the World Cup Semi Final in 2010. Whatever time of year, you can be sure there’ll be a major sports event on. We went to rugby and cricket during our short stay. We could have gone to soccer too!

Daniel at a rugby match

Daniel at a rugby match

5) Whale watching:

Hermanus, a small town about 90 minutes from Cape Town by road is one of the best places anywhere for land based whale watching. In the whale season (approximately May – October), the whale crier can be heard throughout the town announcing the arrival of whales, which are easily seen from land.

Clifton

Clifton

6) Clifton beach

Cape Town has spectacular beaches, and Clifton is one of the best. A great place to hang out, play sports and for the bravehearted, rush into the freezing cold ocean.

There is so much more to Cape Town – from a visit to the infamous former prison of Robben Island to the winelands to fascinating markets, it’s all there. And for a ten-year old, it’s simply paradise!

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