10 Of The Best Animal Related Activities in the Western Cape

10 Of The Best Animal Related Activities in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape has many wonderful Animal Related Activities on offer from feeding alpacas to swimming with penguins. Best of all, almost all these animal-related activities are child-friendly, so going to these places can turn into an amazing family outing.

These are 10 of my favourite Animal Related activities in the Western Cape.

1. Penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach hidden between big granite boulders. It is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and one of the only places in the world where you get close to African Penguins. African penguins are only found on the coastlines of South Africa & Namibia. At this family-friendly swimming beach, kids can explore the rock pools and swim in the small but clear and safe swim area. The beach is quite small and when it is high tide, there is not a lot of space. To enter the beach area you have to pay an entrance fee. If you are a South African citizen make sure you take your ID with you. South African citizens get discounts.

2. Exotic Animal World

Exotic Animal World used to be called Butterfly World but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they could no longer import butterfly pupae from abroad. The local butterflies aren’t suitable for their tropical garden exhibitions, so they, unfortunately, do not have butterflies anymore.  They do however have exotic birds and lots of other animals. In fact, they take care of over 700 small animals.  The best part is you get to walk freely amongst tropical birds, lemurs, and iguanas. You’ll also pass a reptile bay. There is even an aquarium that not only holds fish but other exotic creatures too. I can’t say the spiders are my favourite section, but it is interesting to see and learn about them. The pygmy goats on the other hand are very cute. There is also a restaurant called, Cafe Lemur that serves drinks, meals, and cakes.

3. Giraffe House

At Giraffe House the focus is on African wildlife. Gerry, the giraffe is most probably the most well-known resident and loves to pose for photos. There are lots of other animals too like monkeys, meerkat, reptiles, birds and many more. When it comes to food there is only a refreshment kiosk, but you are allowed to bring your own picnic basket. So you can make a day of it with the whole family. Food for the animals however is available. There are also 3 jungle gyms and a lawn area for the kids to play on.

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4. Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch offers something for everyone. Entrance is free if you decide not to go on the guided tour. There is a restaurant that serves delicious food from chicken burgers to ostrich platters. There is also a gift shop with a small scratch patch. Outside is more than enough place for the kids to run around. There are jungle gyms, see-saws, swings, and a sandpit. In the middle is a big enclosed area with goats, tortoises, and a rabbit.  If you do decide to go on the tour you will get the opportunity to feed ostriches as well as have your photo taken on the back of one. You can even test the strength of an ostrich egg by standing on them.

5. Two Oceans Aquarium

Visit the exhibits and learn about marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium. At the children’s play center you will find educational puppet shows. As well as marine-related arts and crafts. The shark exhibit gives you the chance to experience a close encounter with ragged-tooth sharks. At the penguin exhibit is a colony of African penguins, as well as some rescued rockhopper penguins. The kelp forest exhibit is an underwater forest with kelp plants, fish, abalone, sea urchins, and rock lobsters. At the microscope exhibits, you can take a look through a microscope to see some interesting marine life. Then, head to the touch pool and touch the shells, plants, and animals in the pool. A cool feature at the aquarium is a 10-meter long glass tunnel where you can look up and see fish swim above you. And if diving with ragged-tooth sharks and stingrays is on your bucket list, you can tick it off by going diving in the aquarium itself. Get a free single entry with a Cape Town Pass

6. Eagle Encounters

Eagle Encounters is an on-site bird rehabilitation and eco-tourism center at Spier Wine Estate. Here you can get up-close-and-personal with birds like eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. You can also enjoy entertaining falcon displays and bird shows, which feature animals that fly straight into the hands of brave guests. There are also snakes, lizards, tortoises, and rabbits. Get a free single entry with the Cape Town City Pass

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7. World of Birds

World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park (also known as World of Birds) is an avian, reptilian, and wildlife sanctuary in Hout Bay. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Africa with over 3 000 birds of 400 different species. These birds and animals are presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk-through aviaries, spaced over 4 ha of land. There are also over 30 very cute, highly inquisitive monkeys. They live in a large walkthrough enclosure, which allows visitors to enjoy direct contact with them. Just be warned – they are extremely mischievous and quick, so make sure all your belongings are safely packed away in a bag. Get free single entry with the Cape Town City Pass

8. Cheetah Outreach

The Cheetah Outreach’s primary goal is to promote the survival of the free-ranging, South African, cheetah. The general tour is part of the entry fee, which is more than affordable. On this tour, you can view the animals which include cheetahs, caracals, servals, jackals, meerkats, bat-eared foxes, and Anatolian shepherd dogs.  If however, you want to have your photo taken with any of these animals or go for a walk with them you have to pay extra. Please check out Cheetah Outreach’s website for more details and prices.

9. Farm Animals & Horseback Riding at Imhoff

Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm Yard can be found at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. The farmyard is located in sight of Blue Water Café.  Here you and your family can feed and touch-friendly, farmyard animals. Animals include ponies, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, emus, rabbits, and a variety of feathery friends. The entrance fee is very reasonable. Another amazing experience at Imhoff  Farm is the horseback riding on the beach.  Riders go from Imhoff Farm, along the protected wetlands system of Table Mountain National Park to emerge on the spectacular Noordhoek beach. Here experienced riders can take a controlled trot or a relaxed stroll along the back pan towards Chapmans Peak. The Imhoff Equestrian Centre also offers pony bush rides and horse-riding lessons.

10. Farm Animals & Big Cats at Vredenheim

Vredenheim Wine Farm is situated in Stellenbosch.  They have a variety of farm animals ranging from chickens and rabbits to cows and goats. There is also a bike track, jungle gym, and sandpit for the kids. Another animal-related activity includes their Big Cats Park. It is home to lions, leopards, and Bengal tigers. There are also sables, blue wildebeest, golden wildebeest, zebra, springbok, fallow deer and eland. The big cats get fed on weekends only at 11h00 and 15h00. Vredenheim also offers game drives. Get free entry and wine tasting with a Cape Town pass

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