Planning a family holiday to Cape Town

Planning a fun family holiday to Cape Town

Your family holiday to Cape Town will become one of your best vacations ever with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Continue reading to discover why.

Cape Town is an outstanding destination for a family vacation. It has the sea and blue-flag beaches, a uniquely flat mountain, lots of natural beauty and charm. It is an exciting place where adventures abound for the whole family.

Are you up for an epic excursion to the south-western tip of Africa? Then use this opportunity to start planning your family holiday to Cape Town as you read along.

First things first: Cape Town is a popular destination, so prioritise finding and booking a suitable holiday rental. We have a host of luxury self-catering villas and apartments on offer and will help you find the perfect spot for your family holiday to Cape Town.

The V&A Waterfront and Cape Wheel at dusk
The V&A Waterfront and Cape Wheel at dusk

What is there to do in Cape Town?

There are plenty of unmissable activities in Cape Town. Family vacation ideas come easy in this fun, seaside city. Compile your family holiday planner with plenty of fun things to do with kids.

Include some of these activities in your family holiday planner:

Sun, surf and sea

Cape Town has terrific beaches – each uniquely suited to a variety of activities. Go swimming or surfing, sunbathing or fishing in rock pools.

Animal adventures

Numerous animal and wildlife sanctuaries make it possible for families to get close to magnificent birds and animals when visiting Cape Town. Experience farm animals at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Marvel at our feathered friends at World of Birds in Hout Bay. Get close to the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach and view the large variety of marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium.


In Cape Town, visitors can discover the Cape Peninsula on the City Sightseeing topless bus. The bus routes explore the city and many of its sights. Marvel at the city views from the Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront, or from the top of Table Mountain. Ascend the mountain the easy way with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.


Shopping may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but Cape Town’s markets and shopping malls do capture the imagination. Make sure you take home lasting souvenirs from this magical city. Shopping centres such as the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk offer plenty of activities that will keep the family occupied for hours while mom gets some retail therapy.

Fun for kids

Plenty of opportunities exist for kids’ fun. Wonderdal on the Hazendal Wine Estate is a match made in heaven because parents can taste wine while children are engrossed in edutainment.

The Blue Train Park in Mouille Point is an excellent spot for little ones. Bugz Playpark is geared at kiddies entertainment.

The water slides at Graceland Venues near Paarl provide a perfect cool down on a hot summer’s day. There is also Water World Strand and Wiesenhof Adventure Park.

Historic enrichment

Cape Town is located in the Western Cape province and was the first European settlement at the southernmost tip of Africa. Therefore, you will find lots of history here.

Discover the historic Castle of Good Hope, the history of the Bo-Kaap and District Six. Visit the Iziko South African Museum for an in-depth historical record of the country, its history, people, plants and animals.

Families love staying in Camps Bay

Staying near Camps Bay beach is one of the best places to be in the summer
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Table Mountain Cable Car
Table Mountain Cable Car

Cape Town’s top 10 picks for family-friendly fun

  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Jolly Roger pirate boat
  • City Sightseeing topless bus tour
  • Sea Point Promenade
  • Camps Bay beach
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Boulders Beach African Penguin breeding colony
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Sunset walk on Sunset Beach or Blouberg Strand

What is there to do just outside the city?

The beauty of Cape Town extends to the nearby Winelands which is within a 40 minute to two-hour drive from Cape Town. The West Coast is also an exciting area within an hour’s drive from Cape Town. 

These areas have many exciting places to include in your family holiday planner. Here are the best safari and animal encounters to visit on a day trip from Cape Town:

Bond House
Bond House - Villa in Camps Bay

Luxury accommodation for families

Which is the best accommodation for a family holiday to Cape Town? At Cape Town Villas, we specialise in luxurious self-catering villas and apartments. You’re sure to find the perfect rental from our exquisite selection of spacious villas for large groups.

Your family can sprawl out in a family-sized villa and enjoy the best available luxury accommodation in Cape Town. We only recommend rentals in the safest places to stay for your family holiday to Cape Town.

Our team consists of local area specialists, best positioned to make recommendations to fit your family’s holiday wishes.

Most of our holiday homes are fully serviced. Our rentals include Wi-Fi and our concierge service, in addition to the privacy and space that only a holiday home can afford.

The holiday rentals have fully equipped kitchens where you can cater to your family’s needs. These homes often have private swimming pools for your family to enjoy too.

What is the best part of a self-catering holiday with Cape Town Villas? It is much more affordable than hotel stays in Cape Town. Furthermore, our team is on standby and available 24/7/365 should you require assistance during your stay.

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When is the best time to visit Cape Town?

Some like it hot. Some like it breezy. Others like it warm and cosy. Cape Town is a city that attracts visitors during all its seasons. You can also sometimes experience four seasons in a day!

It is entirely up to your family to decide when the best time to visit Cape Town is. Cape Town gets very busy during the South African school holidays. However, it is usually also the best time of year for families to take their well-deserved vacations.

How do we get to Cape Town?

Cape Town International Airport receives local and international tourists from all over the world. When flying from overseas destinations, a quick stopover in Johannesburg may be necessary. Thereafter, it is a comfortable two-hour flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Besides, there are many flights scheduled daily between these cities.

Domestic flights from Cape Town can deliver you to other parts of South Africa efficiently, all within an hour or two’s flying time. You can take a family trip to the Garden Route with flights from Cape Town to George. Go on a real South African safari — book flights directly from Cape Town to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

Aerial view of the Cape Winelands
Aerial view of the Cape Winelands in summer

How do we get around in Cape Town?

Car rental is an easy option as long as you are comfortable with right-hand steering. Just be aware that Cape Town suffers many traffic jams at peak hours. Increased traffic volumes experienced during the holidays can make it harder to drive around.

Taxi and Uber services are good options. Our local recommendation for city-based trips, Rikki taxis, can pick you up and drop you at your destination. The MyCiti bus is also a great option in and around the city. However, we do not recommend that visitors count on the Metro railway system to reach their destinations.

Make magic Cape Town memories

We’re confident that a visit to Cape Town will become one of your best family vacations ever with many cherished memories. The magic of the mountain will stay in your heart long after your flight has taken off over this unique city.

It is time to plan your family’s holiday to Cape Town. Contact Cape Town Villas to get the ball rolling. Once you have secured your luxury accommodation in Cape Town, the rest of the planning is a mere formality.

Stay near the V&A Waterfront

In terms of location, proximity, and facilities, and safety the luxury apartments at the V&A Waterfront Marina are unbeatable

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