Cape Town is for families
Working in destination marketing, I am in the unfortunate position of always planning the most wonderful itineraries for other people. The wanderlust drives me bat-crazy some days, so this year, to co-incide with my 40th birthday, I decided that a proper visit to Cape Town was in order. I packed the family, a few snacks, and off we went!
Our first stop was the Cape Town Tourism visitor centre in Castle Street. Armed with a goodie bag, tickets and maps, we made our way up Table Mountain in the cable car. BRRRRR! It was 2 degrees up there, but the bonus was that there were no queues!
It was really misty, so we do not have any spectacular pictures to share, but I am sure you can use your imagination! We did spot this gorgeous dassie, who was begging us for snacks!
Next up was a trip on the red bus. The Cape Town City Sightseeing bus is the perfect treat for the small ones, and it also means mom and dad can sit back and relax whilst someone else worries about the Cape Town traffic. We got off at the World of Birds and Hout Bay, and spent hours there learning more about the birds, monkeys and reptiles. We will definitely be back - we can also highly recommend their chai tea and toasted treats!
The definite highlight of our trip was our luxurious stay at Blackheath Lodge. The boys couldn't believe their eyes when they saw their huge bed, with their own television! Our hosts, John and Antony, really knows how to make their guests feel at home, with bowls of chocolates scattered all over, lit fireplaces, bubbly on ice and a freshly baked cake for guests to help themselves. It is located in Sea Point, 5 minutes from the V&A Waterfront, making it the perfect spot for families to explore and have an early dinner in one of the many restaurants on offer.
The Boltons loved our Cape Town outing, and we will definitely make this an annual tradition. We might not be able to afford an overseas holiday, but that does not stop us from exploring our own beautiful country. Go on, build that memory bank. Your kids will treasure the memories forever.