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Western Cape, Cape Town and Surrounds

Cape Town and Surrounds

Cape Town
Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. It has the top five national attractions in South Africa, all of which should appear on every visitor’s itinerary all year round. These include a visit up Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty; and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. Looking further offshore, visitors can take a boat ride to Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners who fought against the apartheid government. You will never be bored in Cape Town.

The Overberg
East of the Winelands lies a vaguely defined region known as the Overberg. In the seventeenth century, when Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl were remote outposts, everywhere beyond them was, to the Dutch settlers, a fuzzy hinterland drifting off into the arid sands of the Karoo. Of the two main routes through the Overberg, the N2 strikes out across the interior, a four- to five-hour stretch of sheep, wheat and mountains. North of the N2 is Greyton, a charming, oak-lined village used by Capetonians as a relaxing weekend retreat, and the starting point of the Boesmanskloof Traverse – a terrific two-day trail across the mountains into the Karoo. The historic Moravian mission station of Genadendal, ten minutes down the road from Greyton, has a strange Afro-Germanic ambience that offers a couple of hours’ pleasant strolling. Swellendam, with its well-preserved streetscape with serene Cape Dutch buildings and superb country museum, is favoured for the first night’s stop on a Garden Route tour. The real draw of the area is the Whale Coast, close enough for an easy outing from Cape Town, yet surprisingly undeveloped. The exception is popular Hermanus, which owes its fame to its status as the whale-watching capital of South Africa. The whole of this southern Cape coast is, in fact, prime territory for land-based whale-watching. Also along this section of coast is Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point on the continent, where rocks peter into the ocean. Nearby, and more exclusive, is Arniston, one of the best-preserved fishing villages in the country, and a little to its east the De Hoop Nature Reserve, an exciting wilderness of bleached dunes, craggy coast and more whales.

World of Birds, Seal Island, Fishing, Imhoff Farm and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

World of Birds & Monkey Jungle
The World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World.  The World of Birds has over 3 000 birds and small animals of 400 different species uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk-through aviaries. It is here where one can easily allow oneself to relax and absorb the serenity whist walking within the midst of the most intimate closeness with nature. Take a stroll through the Monkey Jungle and make friends with the inquisitive little Squirrel Monkeys! It is here where you are allowed to interact and come face-to-face with these inquisitive creatures. Squirrel Monkeys are extremely mischievous and might even hop up and sit on your shoulder and play with your hair!

Seal Island
Situated only 8 nautical miles (about 16kms) from Simon's Town, Seal Island is home to 75,000 Cape Fur Seals, 24 different bird species and the hunting ground of the Great White Shark. The Nauticat is a diesel powered catamaran which has glass viewing windows below deck. This feature adds enormously to the thrill of visiting seal island, allowing the spectator unbelievable views of the inhabitants of seal island and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat.

Fishing trips Hout Bay
Fishing in Cape Town with Hooked On Africa is perfect for those who want to charter a private boat or for small groups. This Cape Town based fishing charter operates out of the popular Snoek fishing village, Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town in South Africa. Hooked On Africa Fishing Charters, the leading Big Game Fishing Charter Company is located in one of the richest fishing grounds left in the world today. With a large selection of boats to charter, an array of different fishing equipment & tackle, we are the ultimate Fishing Charter Company in Cape Town. We also offer a variety of exciting boating excursions such as Eco Ocean Safari’s, Cray Fishing, Pelagic Birding Trips. Fancy trying your luck at catching Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, Longfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Snoek, Mako Shark, Dorado, fishing off Cape Point or head out to do some deep sea fishing over 40 miles offshore?

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

› Explore and enjoy the different sights this magnificent botanical garden has to offer
› View the plants in season, learning how each plant differs
› Indulge your sense of smell at the Fragrance Garden
› Discover the healing properties of plants at the Medicinal Garden
› Learn how to grow your own plants and save water at the Water-wise Garden

Imhoff Farm
This creative, bohemian farm in Kommetjie offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities like horse riding and camel riding along the scenic Noordhoek beach. They also house a snake park which has an assortment of over 40 endemic indigenous and exotic species of reptiles. There you will find Green Iguanas from South America, Alligators from the Everglades and the Gila monster from Mexico to mention but a few. Imhoff Farm is the only destination around Cape Town where you have the opportunity to ride a camel, either for a short roundabout experience, or a longer ride through a tranquil natural area with stunning views. We offer guided horseback rides just under two hours long. Leaving from Imhoff Farm Kommetjie, along the wetlands emerging on Noordhoek beach. Spectacular views along the wetlands, beach and mountains of Chapmans Peak through to Hout Bay.


Boulders Penguin Colony, Butterfly World, Company Gardens, Green Market Square

Boulders Penguin Colony
See a breeding colony of African penguins at close range at Boulders.  These flightless birds roam around the area freely, so you can get close to them, but please don’t disturb them. They can bite – a warning sign is when they move their heads from side to side.  The Boulders colony started in 1983 and is one of very few mainland penguin colonies.  These fast-swimming, deep-diving, braying birds have thrived in their protected home. The nesting season is from February to August – they nest in simple burrows in the sand or under plants – and the birds moult in November and December.

Butterfly World
Butterfly World, one of the more unique attractions of the Western Cape Winelands, consists of a tropical garden in a 1000 m2 green house. This luxuriant paradise makes the free flying exotic butterflies feel right at home.  The Spider Room displays indigenous and exotic spiders and scorpions in locked glass terraria and teaches the public to respect and appreciate these animals. A set butterfly display in a museum room provides more information on the lives and habits of butterflies.

Company Gardens
The public section of the garden has been enjoyed by visitors for the sheer beauty of its flora and the allure of its historic setting since it was proclaimed for public use in 1848. It is abutted by numerous important landmarks, including the lodge house for the slaves who built large parts of the historic city, the present day Houses of Parliament, the Iziko SA Museum and Planetarium, St George's Cathedral (which is the seat of the Anglican church in SA), the National Library of SA, the SA National Gallery, the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Centre and Tuynhuys, which is used by the President on State occasions. Other attractions include:  

  • The oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa (circa 1652)
  • A rose garden designed and built in 1929
  • A well stocked fish pond
  • Dellville Wood Memorial Garden, which commemorates the World War 1 battle at Delville Wood in France, in which a predominantly SA force of more than 3 000 soldiers was reduced to 755 survivors by German forces
  • An aviary - a great favourite with children
  • Restaurant - the Garden Tea Room - a Capetonian favourite!
  • Botanically and historically valuable trees
  • Local arts and crafts along the avenue
  • Grassy lawns and benches
                   
  • A herb and succulent garden
  • Historic statues

Greenmarket Square
In Cape Town city centre there is one of Cape Town’s oldest and most popular markets known as Greenmarket Square. The cobbled stone square has a wide variety of African curios, clothing, candles and speciality stands.  The history of the market dates back to when ships passing the Cape would use the area for trading their goods and stocking up on produce before they continued along on their voyages. Over the years, the square has served as a slave market, a vegetable market, a parking lot and more recently, an informal flea market trading mainly African souvenirs, crafts and curios.  You will find that the market is always alive with people and has a great atmosphere and sense of character about it.


Aquila Game Reserve, Cheetah Outreach, Township Tour

Aquila Private Game Reserve
Aquila Private Game Reserve, offering big 5 safaris two hours from Cape Town, makes it easy for you no matter what your time constraints are, we offer half day, full day and overnight safari package options! When choosing to get the most out of your safari experience we recommend that you spend a couple of days with us.  At Aquila we have a number of Accommodation options for you, they include include Premier, Luxury Family or Standard Rooms and Cottages. ARC (Aquila Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Conservation Centre) is a non-profit section 21 organisation and it was established as a sanctuary for animals that can never be released into the wild again and a temporary home for those who need attention before being released into the wild. Join us in our of our newly opened African spa using natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs and are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservatives. Featuring; 2 large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool.
 
  • The Aquila combo safari combines a 2 to 3 hour game drive in an open safari vehicle and a 1.5 hour horseback or quad bike outride, tasty buffet breakfast & lunch.
  • Horseback safaris are alongside horseback safari specialists, who will demonstrate and show you the wild facts of this region. A slow walk across the plains or cantering at full throttle are options dependant on the skills of the other riders in the group. No experience is necessary.
  • The quad bike safari day tour involves roughing it up within the 10,000 hectare conservancy of Aquila Game Reserve. The Aquila quad bike safari day tour is a firm favourite.
  • The Big 5 Fly In Safari flies over the Hex River Mountains & vineyards – the second highest mountain range in the Western Cape. You’ll be awed by the mix of ruggedness and might in the mountain peaks, interlaced ridges, wild bush shrubs and high waterfalls. Once on the ground, guests will be transferred to Aquila Private Game Reserve. Preceding your 2 – 3 hour game drive safari is a buffet breakfast & lunch, served in the African Boma restaurant. Aquila safaris are in a 4X4 safari vehicle, and led by a well-versed ranger.

Cheetah Outreach Programme
Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.  Founder Annie Beckhelling launched the project in January 1997 with just one hectare of land proved by Spier Wine Estate and two cheetahs and is now based in Somerset West. Cheetah Outreach is continually evolving and taking on new challenges. Visits consist of an interactive talk and exhibits in our education centre, and a tour of the facility and a chance to see the cheetahs and other animals. Each visit takes about two hours and can be customized based on a groups needs. In addition to partnering with ambassador cats to inform the public about the problems the cheetah faces, Cheetah Outreach:
 
  • Continues to be involved in environmental education, offering curriculum-linked school presentations and resources as well as workshops and fellowships for teachers.
  • Breeds Turkish Anatolian Shepherd dogs and places them on South African farms to guard livestock in an effort to reduce conflict between farmers and predators.
  • Hand-rears cubs from cheetah breeding facilities in South Africa and raises them to be ambassadors for the species.
  • Partners with other cheetah conservation organizations worldwide.
 
Guided Township Tour
We specializes in eye-opening guided tours of Langa, Cape Town’s oldest black township. On a typical walking tour, you’ll see four different housing and socio-economic areas, including worker hostels and informal settlements. You will get the chance to greet residents along the way in our language, called isiXhosa. We also try to incorporate cultural entertainment, including traditional music and gumboots dance – which is an after school programme called Happy Feet Youth Project for local children in Langa Township. We’re more than happy to tailor township tours to your needs. If you are interested in history, art, music, education, social issues, or health care, we’re happy to customise your tour to suit. Langa is Cape Town’s oldest township, established in 1923.


Table Mountain, Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, Blue Train Park

Table Mountain
The exhilarating ascent of Cape Town's Table Mountain is a must for any visitor and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout Bay Valley and Kommetjie. On a clear day one has a magnificent view across the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The easiest option for getting up the mountain is the cableway, which has attracted a whopping 24 million visitors since it first opened in 1929. Significantly revamped in 1997, the cable-cars now carry up to 65 passengers per trip. The journey up the mountain takes about five minutes and the cars rotate through 360 degrees during the trip, giving you spectacular views of the mountain below. Cars depart from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road every 10 to 15 minutes, but you can expect to spend a fair amount of time in the queue during peak season. The cableway doesn’t operate if the wind is too strong or the visibility too poor, so check in advance if the conditions seem unfavourable.

Two Oceans Aquarium
This underwater nature reserve offers extraordinary experiences fit for all ages.   Explore below the waterline a full spectrum of marine creatures from a wide variety of fish in all shapes, sizes and colours including clown fish or better known to the little ones as Nemo.  You’ll also find sea horses, giant spider crabs, jelly fish, eels, stingrays, turtles, frogs and penguins to name a few.
 
  • Explore over 3000 marine creatures
  • Enjoy a sensory experience at the Kelp Forest and the Touch Pool
  
V & A Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred harbour basins have been re-employed as a tourism Waterfront site in historic buildings with crafts markets, shopping malls, restaurants, Telkom Exploratorium, helicopter, boat and yacht charters and much more.

Blue Train Park
The Blue Train Park has been in operation for more than 55 years. The property is approx 3500m2, less than 25m from the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of Lionshead, Signal Hill and Table Mountain. Now an iconic feature to Cape Town’s beautiful seaside landscape, this park with its miniature blue train captures the youthful fantasies of both young and old. Since 2008, The Rotary Club of Sea Point took an active role in the upkeep and management of the park. Today, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Sea Point, City Of Cape Town and Mouille Point Ratepayers the Blue Train Park is managed and operated as a multi-use kiddies adventure park. The park now boasts a number of fun interactive play structures aimed at kids between the ages of 1 – 12 and hosts numerous pre-booked private & school orientated parties or outings.

Sidecar Adventures, Paragliding, Helicopter Trips, Sightseeing Bus Trips

 
Cape Sidecar Adventures
Make your journey through Cape Town extra special with Cape Sidecar Adventures. Feast your eyes on the Cape Peninsula’s must-see views from a chauffeur-driven vintage World War II sidecar. Cape Sidecar Adventures boasts a fleet of 30 sidecars, available for team building, corporate events, weddings, anniversaries, tour visits and even unique children’s parties. Popular routes include a Cape Peninsula Round Trip, Winelands Day Trip and South Coast Meander. A fleet of 30 vintage World War II sidecars / Chauffeur-driven tours around the Western Cape / Fully re-furbished, decommissioned military bikes.
  
  • City and Surrounds Scenic Tour
  • Atlantic Seaboard and Chapmans Peak Drive
  • Explore the West Coast
  
Paragliding
For a rush of sheer adrenaline, try your hand at tandem paragliding. This exhilarating activity is one of the best ways to see Cape Town, offering spectacular views of the surrounding ocean and mountains. The city’s numerous paragliding companies usually launch from Signal Hill and Lion’s Head but also offer gliding at beautiful locations around the Western Cape.

Cape Town Helicopter Tours
Imagine being 300 meters off the ground with a huge rotor blade doing its thing about a meter from your head and a roaring so loud, you can’t hear yourself think! Where takeoff and landing basically feels like a roller coaster ride as your flight is more affected by turbulence than with an airplane! Well, if it’s excitement you’re after, then it’s excitement you’ve found. If you can just get past the nerves, you’ll find that being in a helicopter is truly thrilling and affords you the opportunity to see the world around you from a uniquely different perspective. Not only that, but being in the air allows you to experience a sense of freedom that words simply cannot express – an incredible experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

Explore the Mother City with City Sightseeing Tours
Hop onto our open top red bus and explore the Mother City, as she is affectionately known. With over 30 stops, and taking you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions, the bus allows you to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure. With our buses scheduled to stop at regular intervals, you will have plenty of time to uncover the city's treasures. So whether you want to jump off and take a quick scenic pic of Table Mountain or wonder around Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit Groot Constantia, the oldest Wine Estate in South Africa, you have the flexibility to do so. See the best Cape Town has to offer with an extra day on the open-top red bus. If you want to to enjoy the very best of Cape Town the Premium ticket is for you! It includes a free walking tour, a free Sunset Bus tour, a free Seal and V&A Harbour Cruise or Canal Cruise at the V&A Waterfront and two full days on board the hop-on, hop-off bus, valid for all open-top bus tours.

 
Aquarium Diving, Snorkeling with Seals, Shark-cage Diving, Scuba Diving, Windsurfing and Kiteboarding

 
Aquarium Diving
Take the plunge into the predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium and dive with ragged tooth sharks, rays, turtles and a host of other carnivorous fish. More advanced divers with good buoyancy control may dive in the kelp tank amongst the swaying kelp fronds, slinky silvery fish and large and small marine invertebrate sea life. It’s fun diving with the exhibits in the tank but it may be even more fun waving at the people on the outside as they watch you and you become part of the aquarium life.
 
Snorkeling with the Seals
While Snorkeling with the Seals in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Duiker Island, an island off Hout Bay, close to Cape Town, you will find yourself in the hyperactive underwater playground of the playful, agile and very inquisitive Cape Fur Seal. Duiker Island is the natural habitat of about 10 000 Cape Fur Seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg Marine Protected Area, part of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town. These Cape Fur Seals are not fed or trained. The seals behave naturally and interact peacefully in their own, natural environment. This is a guided underwater wildlife adventure with a maximum of ten snorkelers, two dive guides and one skipper. You can experience seal snorkeling during the Cape Town summer months (September-April). The dive site at Duiker Island is shallow (2m-5m) and the bottom of the ocean is clearly visible. Add the beautiful green kelp forest, through which the seals swim, and the boat trip to and from Duiker Island and you are sure to experience an exciting adventure exploring the marine life underneath, and above, the waters of the sea. Other marine life and birds that you may encounter on your expedition are Dusky Dolphins, Sunfish, Southern Right Whales (in whale season), a pair of Oyster Catchers, Cape Cormorants, endangered Bank Cormorants and more. Experience this memorable, insightful, wildlife adventure activity through Cape Adventure Zone.

Shark-cage Diving
The ultimate adrenaline-charged experience, shark-cage diving is one of the most daunting yet worthwhile activities in the Western Cape. The Cape’s waters are home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of the endangered Great White shark due to the abundance of seal colonies along the coast. Available year-round, shark-cage diving is concentrated in Gansbaai, known as the Great White shark capital of the world. The seaside town is a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town in the Overberg region, where numerous companies offer surface viewings (from a boat) and cage diving.

Scuba Diving
South Africa is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world, offering diverse and beautiful dive sites along its eastern and western coastlines. In Cape Town, the warm Indian Ocean in False Bay is home to spectacular coral reefs, shipwrecks, and sea life including turtles, sharks, dolphins, seals, whales, and colourful fish. Although a lot colder, the Atlantic Ocean offers beautiful kelp forests, shipwrecks, and marine life. Most coastal towns offer scuba diving lessons and guided dives in shallow and deep water with professional instructors.

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Cape Town’s infamous South-Easter wind (known as the Cape Doctor) is loathed by locals but beneficial for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The city has a wide variety of beaches where adrenaline junkies get to fly through the air and feel the spray of waves on their faces.

Abseiling, Rock Climbing, ScooTours, Adventure Tunnel and Dungeon

Abseiling
Cape Town Abseiling from Table Mountain offers a thrilling adventure experience. Join Cape Adventure Zone on the highest commercial abseil in the world. Can you imagine being suspended over 1000 meters above sea level, and abseiling off Table Mountain, one of the most famous mountains in the world, while witnessing the splendour of Cape Town, Chapman’s Peak and the majestic Atlantic coastline? Abseil from the summit of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and experience the unforgettable rush that makes for an extreme adventure. This 112 meter abseil is the highest commercial abseil in the world and is known to bring out the ultimate sense of adventure. Table Mountain’s “Long Drop” consists of numerous vertical cliffs of hard-wearing sandstone rock from which to launch into the breathtaking abyss below. This adrenaline-charged feat will definitely explore your limits as you abseil off the sheer rock face of Cape Town’s famous landmark and one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

Rock Climbing
South Africa offers some of the best rock climbing opportunities in the world, ranging from ancient boulders to wild, unexplored rock faces. The Western Cape’s vast mountain ranges in particular have over 300 sport and traditional routes for beginner to advanced climbers. In the center of Cape Town, the mainly sandstone mountains of the Table Mountain National Park offer a variety of climbing for traditional climbers of all levels. For the best bouldering routes head 300 kilometers north of Cape Town to the Cederberg mountains — a wilderness loved for its rugged beauty and solitude. If you’d prefer to try this sport indoors, check out the indoor climbing walls at organizations such as City Rock and Hangtime Gym.

Adventure Tunnel and Dungeon Tour
Discover the Secret Tunnels below the City of Cape Town. Parts of the underground Canals and Rivers date back to 1652. They used to supply the Company Gardens and the passing ships with fresh water. Later these rivers flowing through the city became pleasant walk ways shaded by Oaks with bridges going over them. Cape Town had its own Gentleman’s Walk and was known as little Amsterdam. As the years passed and the City expanded the Canals were used to transport sewerage until 1895 by when they were all arched over and forgotten. Today these historic Canals with their impressive architecture convey the sweet waters of Table Mountain and some Spring Water into the ocean. Follow the river of our culture and heritage that runs of Table Mountain to the Castle of Good Hope.

Cape Town ScooTours
Join us on a 5km off road scooter adventure and free wheel from for the side of Signall Hill into Bo Kaap, transported to the iconic Table Mountain for your final exhilarating downhill track. The scooters are non-motorised, propelled by gravity making this adventure completely eco friendly. The scooters are stable, you control your speed and suitable for adults and kids as all tours are guided by professional qualified guides.
 
  • Enjoy Breathtaking Views of the City, Table Mountain, Harbour and Ocean
  • Navigate Single Tracks, Jeep Track and 250 year old Cobble Stone Road
  • Grasslands, Pine Forest & Bo Kaap Suburb

   
The Science Centre, Rush Extreme Trampoline Park, Coca Cola, Koeberg Nuclear Power Station

The Science Centre
The science centre is an educational facility that uses effective methods to teach science, technology, mathematics and engineering. These methods rely mainly on the use of interactive displays, events and activities, but science centres also use new technologies, such as social media, web-based education programmes and remote teaching and learning techniques. A science centre is exactly as the word describes: a hub of science which aims to enrich the school curriculum and equip learners by providing valuable hands-on learning experiences using world class exhibits that are designed to increase learners’ skill and understanding of science, technology and maths – demystifying the world of science & technology. Science centres stimulate curiosity, develop inquiring minds and expose children and adults to positive new experiences. They help people to cope with the rapidly changing technological environment, and empower them by improving their life skills.

Rush Extreme Trampoline Park
Rush is an indoor extreme Trampoline Park with 1500-2500 square meters of adventure, excitement, fun and challenges. Rush features around 1700 square meters of wall to wall interconnected trampolines, including dodge-ball courts, a 18000 cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle Beam and best of all a 4 meter high Performance Wall. Rush also features a wavy lane and fidget ladder at selected parks. Rush accommodates non-participating guests with free WIFI, imported coffee , healthy snacks and cake bar while your family and friends enjoy all the facilities Rush has to offer.

Coca Cola
Each year, over 35 000 visitors including school learners and university students from all over South Africa (predominantly the Western Cape) visit the Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages factory. They come to learn about the process of producing and distributing the most popular soft drinks in the world. The Coke Zone, where visitors are hosted is a hi-tech, state-of- the-art viewing theatre, which uses the latest cutting-edge technology and comfortably seats 120. The overall objective of the Coke Zone is to give visitors an insight into the world of Coca-Cola and manufacturing, as well as inspiring learners/students to consider their futures and the importance of a good education.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
The Koeberg Visitors Centre boasts a state of the art auditorium and exhibition area, which enthrals and enlightens thousands of visitors every year. Visitors are given the opportunity to discover first-hand how the power station works and the measures taken to protect the environment around the station. From the deck of the centre, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, and a fair stretch of pristine West Coast coastline. Closer to home, the two domes of the power station’s reactor buildings are clearly visible. The adjacent turbine hall houses the largest turbines in the Southern Hemisphere. The Koeberg Visitors Centre boasts a state of the art auditorium and exhibition area, which enthrals and enlightens thousands of visitors every year. Visitors are given the opportunity to discover first-hand how the power station works and the measures taken to protect the environment around the station. From the deck of the centre, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, and a fair stretch  of pristine West Coast coastline.
  
Closer to home, the two domes of the power station’s reactor buildings are clearly visible. The adjacent turbine hall houses the largest turbines in the Southern Hemisphere. Most power stations use the same principles to generate electricity, i.e. by rotating a magnet inside a wire coil. The only difference is the source of energy  used to rotate the shaft of the generator. In thermal power stations, it is the steam produced by heat generated either by burning a fossil fuel, through nuclear fission or through concentrating solar energy. South Africa is a water-scarce country, and its coal reserves are only expected to last until the middle of the century. Furthermore, combustion processes present health and environmental impacts that must be mitigated or eliminated. One alternative is nuclear power. Nuclear energy currently provides approximately 11% of the world’s electricity and through Koeberg Nuclear Power Station near Cape Town it powers most of the Western Region and supplies approximately 4.4% of South Africa’s total electricity needs since 1984. Work began shortly after the contract with the French consortium was signed in 1976.

  
Cool Runnings, Go Karting, Ice Skating, Pirate Boat

Cool Runnings (aka Toboggan Fun Park)
Cool Runnings Tobogganing is the most popular adventure sport hitting the world right now. A tobogganing track on steel half-pipe, the summer version of the winter sport. Open all year, the 1.25 kilometre track has twists and curves and travels up to a maximum speed of 40km/h. Children from age three upwards can take part.
 
Go Karting
Here you can go wild and drive around a track to your hearts content. The 'Arrive and Drive' go-kart adrenalin thrill for the 40 lap race, and then there's the junior racing too. The racing experience includes a safety briefing and driving instructions for the first-time racer. Go-karting is a great activity for rainy days and family or group outings and parties.
 
Ice Skating
Featuring an Olympic-size skating rink, the Ice Station at Grand West Family Entertainment Centre is home to action-packed adventure and family fun - all year round. With bright lights and contemporary music adding to a festive vibe, The Ice Station offers energetic entertainment for kids, teenagers and adults alike. With plenty of seating place in the stadium, it’s a fun sport for spectators too!
 
Pirate Boat
The Pirate Boat seeks a fearless crew to sail the seven seas. The Jolly Roger, the only pirate boat in South Africa offers the young at heart an authentic adventure filled experience and is particularly popular as a party boat for themed year-end functions, bachelor and bachelorettes and for families with young children. We operate throughout the year offering daily scheduled cruises of up to 90 minutes. For those who want to make use of our vessels exclusively we are able to tailor make packages that include catering and a full bar and the proximity of more than 70 restaurants in the Waterfront means that dinner cruise packages are very popular. A cruise on one of our vessels, taking in Cape Town's breath taking coastline, viewing a myriad of marine life including whales and dolphins in season, the opportunity to take photographs of Cape Town's icon from a different perspective and a stopover at the world famous Clifton beach makes this an essential addition to any itinerary when visiting Cape Town.

Monkey Town, Waterworld, World of Adventure Fun Park, Valley Fruit Packers

 
Monkey Town
Monkey Town primate rescue centre is a sanctuary for more than 230 exotic primates. Most of the 27 species are endangered. A visit to Monkey Town will possibly be you only chance to see these primates and other animals, such as birds and antelope. The park is designed in such a way, that the visitors wander through walkways and the monkeys roam freely.

Waterworld
A family orientated Waterslide and Fun Park on the Strand Beach with plenty of grass ad picnic areas, Strand Waterworld is a perfect place to enjoy a day both at the beach and the Waterworld.  Rides include kiddies pool and slide, kiddies pool and Mini Slide, Speed Slide and Super Tube.

World of Adventure Fun Park
An undercover Mini Golf course, a Slip ‘n Slide and Spray park, a Mini Zip-Line and more! 30m Double slip slide, Peddle Cart Track, Mini Golf (Undercover), Jungle Gyms (Indoor and Outdoor), Sandpit and Slides, Spray Park, Swings, Mini Zip Line, Climbing Wall, Mini soccer and Cricket, Mini Peddle Carts.

Valley Fruit Packers
The agri-business of the area is so sophisticated that about six individual producers have their own pack house, cold store or processing facilities but the majors are the two co-ops, Kromrivier Apple and Elgin Fruit Packers. They each handle about 80 000 tons of apples and pears a year, over half of it destined for export as fresh fruit. Members of both co-ops also cull another 25 000 tons of defect fruit which is processed for juice concentrate (Elfco to their Elgin Fruit Juices and Kromco members to SAB's nearby Associated Fruit Processors - the original Appletiser plant).


Giraffe House, Clay Cafe, Kids Cooking Club, Bugz World, Playstation Adventure Park and Cafe

 
Giraffe House
At The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre we provide easy access to some of Africa's wonderful wildlife and bird species. Focusing on African wildlife, Giraffe House aims to provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors, whilst experiencing and learning about animals and why they are special. An important member of our team is Gerry, our hand reared giraffe. Did you know that giraffes can reach almost 6 m and are therefore the tallest land mammals on earth? Gerry is joined by some other animal friends that have been selected to form part of our wildlife educational programs. Education is our primary focus, and we cater from preschool and school groups to older groups. The wildlife education is presented in an informative wildlife conservation program suited for the individual group.

The Clay Cafe
The Clay Cafe makes for a memorable visit of creativity and recreation for all ages. Nestled in the heart of hout bay, The Clay Cafe prides itself in creating an enjoyable experience for adults and children alike. Choose from a vast array of unfired bisque (already made pottery pieces); and a wide selection of colourful paints and tools to create crockery that is both personal and completely unique, not to mention functional (all items once fired are dishwasher proof, microwave proof and oven proof). Spend a leisurely few hours painting in a relaxed environment with our friendly staff at hand to assist you while enjoying one of our many farm style breakfasts or lunches. Each person is given the chance to indulge in their own personal ceramic masterpiece while they sit back, relax and let us do the rest.

Kids Cooking Club
At The Kids Cooking Club we offer weekly cooking and baking classes for boys and girls from ages 3 - 12 years old. 3 - 8 years are our Junior Chefs where we focus on fine motor developemnt and experimenting with all different kinds of foods, textures and colours mainly fruits and vegetables. Their brains are still developing rapidly so what a better way than to start them young, ensuring they will not grow up being picky eaters. As they get older they get more advanced in terms of the cooking and baking skills, culinary terms and general kitchen etiquette. The kids will get to make a variety of menus, developing knowledge of different foods, textures and importance of eating healthy at home and healthy packed lunches and snacks for school. 8 years and up are TKCC Master Chefs, which is an even more advanced level. Our Masters will be cooking and baking just about anything, developing skills of chopping, grating, peeling etc - parents can look forward to be served breakfast, lunch and supper by their brilliant little Chefs.

Bugz Family PlayPark
Bugz Family PlayPark is the largest playpark in the Western Cape! We have a world of activities for kids who love climbing, jumping, running, exploring, thinking and engaging with a range of zones we've worked very hard to build. You see everything we've built has a purpose – to help bright buttons grow through play. Our massive outdoor playground will challenge little minds, work little muscles and burn off some of that endless energy the right way. Our magnificent indoor area is for kids aged 2-10 and filled with obstacles, challenges and imagination-expanding FUN! Choo Choo train, Swing Horses, Wave slide, Horse Rides, Peddle Carts, Rowing Boats, Zippy Slide, Toddler Tractors, Speed Waterslide, Worm Train, Sandpit, Slides, Monkey Bars, Doll's Houses, Treehouse, Mud Kitchen, Jungle Gym, Splash Pool, Indoor Play Areas, and a Petting Farm.

The PlayStation Adventure Park & Cafe
The PlayStation Adventure Park & Cafe has been designed to provide a great experience to adults and children alike- offering activities for Ages 0-12 years old. The PlayStation aims to offer an environment for moms and dads to relax with a coffee and unwind, whilst the children experience the slides, high line rope course, 7m high climbing wall or explore the first of its kinds custom built maze. The PlayStation Cafe staff will promote that parents take part and explore the park with their little ones. (Note: Weight limit on certain activities is 65kg’s and Minimum Height of 1,2m to experience the wall climb). The PlayStation Cafe and Adventure park is aiming to create an environment that will take our children back to our childhood. The idea of The PlayStation is to give children not just a physical workout, but a cognitive one, too.
  
Here are some of the fun and educational delights in our park:
 
• Active and Interaction Play (Ages 0-12 years old)
• Climbing activities
• Dedicated FREE play area for toddlers 2 years and younger Only
• Themed area to cater for imagination play and kids city
• Café with a healthy gourmet menu, Coffee, wide-screen TV’s and free Wi Fi
• Relaxation area for adults in cafe
• Large group and private exclusivity venue hire
• Two Large party rooms
• Themed parties (cake, platters, party packs, balloons, decorations and lots more) all made in house.

Eco South Africa Tours
35 Goedehoop Villas, Brackenfell,
Cape Town, 7560, Cape Town

Tel: +27 61 135 2168
Fax: 0027 864 152 008
Emai: info@eco-southafrica.com
ECO - SOUTH AFRICA TOURS
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