Festive family days out
When I was a child, travel was different. Only a few families ever got to jump on a jet and arrive in an entirely new environment less than 24 hours later.
We grew up with road trips to camping destinations and maybe just day trips to sunny seaside parks, where we would braai and then pack up exhausted and sticky at the end of the day.
As we prepare for our biggest annual family break in Cape Town, let’s remember the little people. Slow down, listen to what they have to say and worry less about the mess they make and more about what lifelong memories they will take home.
Some of the most successful tourism stories in the world put children’s experiences at the heart of their offering. Perhaps this is because in all of us is a happily exhausted child at the end of a fascinating new day. Let’s slow down and enjoy every moment.
Holidays are here!
My top festive family things to do in the Mother City include:
A day at the beach
Break out those cute cosies, tasty snacks and sunscreen and head out to one of Cape Town’s eight Blue Flag beaches for a swim and sandcastle building with your little ones.
After a wonderful day out at the beach, treat them to a cone at Ice Dream in Hout Bay or Sinful Ice Cream Emporium in Camps Bay.
A day outdoors at Green Point Park
Pack the picnic basket, grab your camera and get down to this gorgeous eco-friendly park in Green Point. With its plethora of flora, thrilling swing and slide sets, free entrance and vast open space; it’s the ideal spot for a fun family day out. For more information, call 021 430 7399, or visit www.capetown.gov.za.
A day of adventurous thrills at Ratanga Junction
Whether they enjoy freefalling on the Monkey Falls, getting soaked on the Crocodile Gorge or whirling through the air on the Cobra, your miniature daredevils are sure to have the time of their lives at Cape Town’s premier theme park. Visit www.ratanga.co.za.
* Enver Duminy is CEO of Cape Town Tourism