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Barnyard Farmstall

Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

This charming country-style restaurant is set in a small farmyard - striking just the right balance between a petting zoo and an outdoor eaterie.

4 Steenberg Road

Boulders Beach

Critics' choice
Attractions

Cape Town's biggest penguin colony makes its home here in a protected cove, with visitors getting the rare opportunity of swimming alongside them. There are...

South of Simon's Town

Butterfly World

Attractions

South Africa's biggest free-flying butterfly park doesn't just have butterflies - there are also marmoset monkeys, iguanas and spiders - but they are the...

R44

Café Roux

Budget
Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

Let the children loose on the jungle-gym or trotting around on the big-bellied ponies while you tuck into one of the killer brekkies - the eggs benedict and...

Noordhoek Farm Village

Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Attractions

It may not be as impressive as Oudtshoorn, but at least it's just 45 minutes drive from the city. The ranch encourages visitors to interact with the...

Vanschoorsdrift Road

Imhoff Farm

Attractions

Imhoff Farm is an all-in-one farmyard/snake park/petting zoo, situated on the south peninsula, near Cape Point. It provides pretty much everything from...

Kommetjie Road
Free

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm

Attractions

Le Bonheur is home to about 1,000 crocodiles and, if you're in the area, it's a recommended detour for families, particularly those with young boys. The...

Babylonstoren Road

Monkey Town

Attractions

About 40km (25 miles) out of the city, Monkey Town is worth popping into: the park is home to 230 primates of 27 different species, ranging from hamadryas...

Mondeor Road

Spier Wine Estate

Attractions

Though it might seem strange to include a Stellenbosch wine estate on a kiddies' holiday list, Spier earns its place by being one of the few destinations in...

On the R310 towards Stellenbosch

Two Oceans Aquarium

Critics' choice
Attractions

This underwater wonderland offers some of the most bizarre sea life you might ever care to meet - schools of unicorn fish, lumo jellyfish and honey-combed...

Dock Road
Major venue

Tygerberg Zoo

Attractions

All right, we're not going to lie: although it's Cape Town's only 'proper' zoo, Tygerberg is very much on the rustic side, so don't go if you're looking for...

Exit 39

World of Birds

Attractions

A network of walk-through aviaries allows you to get up close and personal with over 3,000 feathered friends and smallish animals, ranging from peacocks to...

Valley Road