Five Fun Cape Town day trips to experience during the school holidays

Five Fun Cape Town day trips to experience during the school holidays
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 05:39

Cape Town, South Africa’s leading tourist city is a mecca for those looking for the perfect destination to keep their kids entertained this school holiday. It has it all from world class beaches to towering majestic mountains. There is so much out there to explore why not take a day trip? We’ve curated a list of day trips for you to add to your school holiday itinerary

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak drive is easily one of the most beautiful and scenic day trips in South Africa. The long winding road and tall cliffs of the Chapman’s Peak Mountain promises to keep the kids entertained for a good few hours. There are a few picnic spots and viewpoints around the mountain, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views while having a light lunch - look out for whales during season! 

Silvermine Nature Reserve

The Silvermine Nature Reserve is a part of the Table Mountain National Park. It covers the section of the Cape Peninsula Mountain range from Kalk Bay to Constantiaberg. The whole family can enjoy a swim in the reservoir or a braai at one of the built-in braai areas. There are hiking and mountain biking trails around the reserve too, but they do require an activity permit. 

Hop on Hop off Bus Sightseeing Tours

This is the definitive Cape Town day trip which takes you to all the prominent iconic Cape Town sights and scenes. It’s ideal for the whole family and you will have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in Cape Town’s culture. We’re pretty sure the tour guides will keep your little one’s entertained on this scenic trip. 


Stellenbosch has a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From Scooter tours to wildlife viewing, this small European inspired town has something for everyone. The small town also boasts in their world class accommodation facilities and scrumptious dining.

West Coast National Park

This splendid National Park is great for so many reasons and another great reason is that it’s only an hour away from Cape Town. The park has an abundance of wildlife including eland, red hartebeest, bontebok, kudu, gemsbok, steenbok, mountain zebra, duiker and ostriches, to enjoy. It also has exquisite birdlife and is widely considered to be one of the most sought after day trips in the Western Cape area. It is ideal for the whole family.

Getting around

If you’re planning on taking your family on any of these day trips and in need of reliable transport, car hire Cape Town has a range of SUV’s and Campervan options for you to choose from. There are other transport alternatives, such as taking a taxi or an Uber- however, this can be a costly experience depending on the distances travelled. There are excellent Day Tours to all regions.  

Image Credit: Sebastian Staines

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday - Friday from 08h00 - 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.