If you are looking for a lovely family outing, look no further. Enjoy leisurely wandering around the South African Museum, ending your trip with a lovely lunch at the Company’s Gardens while the kids play to their hearts content in a setting so breathtaking you have to experience it for yourself.
South African Museum
The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. These range from fossils to lions to whales to insects – you name it and it can be found. It is extremely child friendly and never crowded. Wandering around feels almost surreal with new and exciting things to explore around every corner.
On our last visit we stumbled upon the Discovery Room. It is mainly used for school groups, but as long as there is not a session you can poke around freely, fiddling with stuffed animals and other interesting finds.
For slightly older children there is also the Planetarium which is housed in the South African Museum.
Entry fees for the Museum is R30 (adults), R15 (6 – 18 years), Under 5 (free). The Planetarium charges R40 (19+) and R20 (children)
* The Museum is currently undergoing renovations so some of the exhibitions might be closed.
The Company's Garden Restaurant
The Company’s Garden Restaurant, Haarlem and Hope, is a true family experience! It is situated in the heart of Cape Town, nestled in the historic Company Gardens. The revamp of this restaurant was part of the City of Cape Town’s revitalisation project and what a job they have done!
The menu includes something for everyone (including the little ones) from breakfast to light meals to tea time delights, open from early morning to late afternoon.
So while you enjoy a few drinks and some good conversation your kids can climb into giant swallows nests, climb onto huge wooden carvings or even sit on a carved squirrel. The play area is like I have never experienced before and really makes you want to be young again. Awesome venue!