There’s no denying that the current economic climate in South Africa can be cruel on the wallet, especially when it comes to entertainment options. We have compiled a variety of fun-filled activities – all of which can be done without breaking the bank.
Snake Park at Imhoff Farm
Whether they fascinate or frighten you, snakes are always mesmerising creatures to watch, so no doubt, toddlers and teenyboppers should be thrilled by a visit to this Kommetjie-based park. The reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre houses everything from anacondas, black mambas, spitting cobras and blue-tongued skinks to alligators, chameleons, terrapins and bearded dragons, and children are welcome to hold a non-venomous snake for an additional R10.
The snake park is also close to many of the other child-friendly attractions at Imhoff Farm (camel riding, face painting and a farm animal enclosure, for instance), so families can squeeze lots into one visit.
Monday – Sunday @ 9am – 5pm / Sunday @ 2pm snake show with crocodile feeding to follow
R40 for children & R60 for adults
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie Farm
Tel: 083 643 3103/083 244 5194
Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is one of the best kept secrets of the Cape Winelands. At any given time there are around 80 cars on display at the museum, with hundreds more stored elsewhere on the farm. Enthusiasts will be able to get close to such legendary automobiles as the McLaren F1, the Ferrari Enzo, the Jaguar E Type Series 1, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso or the Aston Martin DBS3.
R60 Entrance fee for Adults, R50 for Pensioners, R50 for Motor Club Members and R30 for Kids between 2 and 12 years old.
Tel: 021 874 9000
Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum
There’s enough to enchant both little boys and little girls for a solid hour or two at this captivating Cape Winelands museum, which is housed in an old 18th-century parsonage in Stellenbosch. The affordable, family-friendly venue is home to an assortment of vintage playthings and a wonderland of tiny replicas of farm houses, historical buildings and rooms complete with mini tables, cabinets, curtains, plates, beds, mirror, grandfather clocks and much more. There are miniscule tea sets, porcelain dolls in period clothing, well-loved teddies and hundreds of Dinky Cars, trucks, convertibles, fire engines and motorbikes. Though, the museum’s stand-out feature has to be the incredibly detailed and realistic miniature display of the Blue Train and its route through the Winelands to the Karoo and back. Parents can reminisce about their toys of past and reconnect with a time before technology took over.
Monday – Friday @ 9am – 5pm & Saturday @ 9am – 2pm
R5 for children & R15 for adults
Market Street, behind the information Bureau, Stellenbosch
Tel: 079 9817067/021 882 8861
Show at The Rainbow Puppet Theatre
There are few more simple pleasures for kiddies than an old-school puppet show, which makes this Constantia-based theatre such a treat, particularly if you’re tight on cash. The performance space, which is the only permanent one of its kind in South Africa, puts on two shows every Saturday morning: one at 10am and another at 11.15am, using a collection of beautifully made glove, rod and shadow puppets, striking lighting and live music.
The team of puppeteers use the little figures to tell fairy tales inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ works, including ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Frog Prince’, as well as a few other stories, and they rotate through the different fables monthly.
Kindergarten Building, Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
Tel: 021 783 2063
Tour of Newlands Brewery
Newlands Brewery has been brewing beers for almost 200 years. A National Heritage site, the Newlands Brewery dates back to the early 1800s and has so much history to offer visitors. You can take this all in as well as learn about how the Newlands Brewery makes its eight famous beers on a fun tour of the establishment. The tour includes a beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.
Tel: 021 658 7440
The bright white Slangkoppunt (Snake Head Point) Lighthouse, situated on the coast in the South Peninsula, is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in South Africa. The internal spiral staircase you will climb during the guided tour takes you up 100 feet from the bottom to the balcony. The tour will leave you with all sorts of interesting facts including the reason for South Africa being one of the few remaining places to retain actual Light House Keepers.
R16 for a guided tour
Phone: 021 789 2812