Global Family Day, One Day of Peace and Sharing, is celebrated every January 1 in the United States as a global day of peace and sharing. Global Family Day grew out of the United Nations Millennium celebration, “One Day In Peace”. Get the whole family together and celebrate Global Family Day with the Cape Town Big 7.
How to spend Family Day:
Half-price Summer Sunset Special
Nothing heralds the start of the summer season in Cape Town quite like the Cableway’s ever-popular, half-price Sunset Special.
From 4 January to 28 February 2017, locals and visitors can enjoy spectacular sunset views of the Mother City from the summit of Table Mountain at a discounted price.
Dates: 4 January to 28 February 2017 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Office | Cost: R127.50 per adult and R62.50 per child.
Seniors & Students
South African senior citizens over the age of 60 years qualify for discounted rates on return tickets every Friday, upon producing a valid South African ID. We also have a meal special for pensioners at the Table Mountain Café on Fridays. Chat to a cashier about redeeming your meal special.
SA senior citizens (60 years & older, ID required) pay R100 return or R53 one way on Fridays only
All that studying certainly pays off! End the working week on a high note and visit Table Mountain for some down-time. We give discounts to all students, local and international, providing they are in possession of a valid student card.
SA students (student card required) pay R130 return or R70 one way on Fridays only
Not available online. Please purchase your ticket from the ticket office at the Lower Station.
Thirty-minute guided tours happen on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café). These are free, family-friendly walks conducted by our staff, who will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway, and provide any assistance you may require.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Twelve Apostles Terrace | Cost: Free
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Gather the whole family, a picnic and find a spot under one of their shady trees. After lunch you can explore the garden and take in the beautiful views from the ‘Boomslang’ Treetop Canopy Walkway.
- SA Students (with card): R30
- Children (6 – 17 years): R15
- Under 6 years: Free
- BOTSOC members: Free
- SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays
- Buy online: www.webtickets.co.za
The whole family will enjoy the ferry ride to the historic Robben Island. Take in the spectacular views of the city as you make your way to the island. Explore South Africa’s political past in various Robben Island exhibition displays. Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and tour the maximum security prison with an ex-Robben Island prisoner. Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour.
The Robben Island Museum App was developed to offer users around the globe an opportunity to experience and explore the Island’s multi-layered history and sites. Download it from the Google Play Store here.
Ferries depart 9am, 11am and 1pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
The City Walk seamlessly connects you to the Cape Town CBD’s top sights and attractions through a collaborative community placemarking approach. You’ll leave with a newfound love and appreciation for the Mother City, and a strong desire to return.
Enjoy public art: From statues to street art, the City Walk has a rich layer of public art. Pick up a map of the City Walk and explore the diversity of public art along the route. Maps available at Cape Town Tourism, Cape Town Partnership and from retailers along the route.
Soak up the culture and history of South Africa with a visit to the numerous museums located in the Company’s Garden.
Spend the day exploring the Table Mountain National Park, from spotting the slew of shipwrecks surrounding the coastline to swimming in the tidal pools at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay – there is something for everyone.
No trip to Cape Point is complete without a ride in The Flying Dutchman funicular where you will find the 150 year old lighthouse, perched precariously high above the swirling Atlantic Ocean.
Visit the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa. Take one of the daily guided cellar tours and tastings, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process. Visit one of two tasting rooms to sample and purchase a selection of Groot Constantia’s award winning wines. Take a journey back in time and explore the grand Manor House museum, which houses displays portraying early years on the estate.
There are so many family friendly things to do at the V&A Waterfront that you will be spoiled for choice. Hop on a harbour cruise with the City Sightseeing boat or enjoy the fabulous Two Oceans Aquarium (great for young and old). Take in the beautiful views of the city from the Cape Wheel or dine at one of the many restaurants. Don’t forget to get an ice cream, which you can enjoy while watching the boats coming in and out of the harbour.
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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.