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Kids attractions: Fun with animals

The Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3,000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. Click here for practical information such as opening times, prices, directions and things to do.

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 butterfly park is located at the cross roads of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington Wine Routes, near the small Boland town of Klapmuts. Visit their website for more information.

World of Birds
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the world. Over 3,000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature. A paradise for nature lovers and photographers, the World of Birds is one of Cape Town’s premier tourist attractions. You can find practical information to plan your day here.

Monkey Town

The Monkey Town Primate Centre is home to over 200 individual primates and is located east of Somerset West on the N2. Visitors will find primate representatives from all over the world. Spider Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, and tiny Pygmy Marmosets are found in South America while Chimpanzees, Gibbons and Lion-Tailed Macaques are from Africa and Asia. Even Madagascar is represented by our vocal ringtail Lemurs. To see what they offer at Monkey Town, click here. For practical information, click here.

Tygerberg Zoo
Tygerberg Zoo is about 40 minutes from Cape Town central and the only zoo in the Cape Town area. The Tygerberg Zoo offers a variety of species ranging from reptile to bird, from hornbill to leopard, and marmoset to gorilla. It is home to lions, tigers, zebra, cheetah and chimpanzees and accommodates 60 mammal species, 160 bird species and 63 reptile species. There is the children’s farmyard for younger children. Visit their website for more information.

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