Activities: Things to for under R50 and R100 in the Helderberg
The Helderberg named after the majestic Helderberg Mountains; consists of a few towns, the main ones being: Strand, Gordon’s bay, and Somerset West. There are many fun things to do with kids in the Helderberg area and I have only touched on a few attractions below.
Mondeor Garden Restaurant
This family-style restaurant is located in Somerset West at 22 Mondeor, street. They have wonderful indoor and outdoor dining areas where you can relax and enjoy their good food. They offer breakfasts, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and they also provide a kiddies menu. The food prices range from R60 for an adult and R30 for children.
They most definitely cater to the kids, providing a large kids play area with a slip 'n slide, splash pool and jungle gym. The restaurant is also a great venue for hosting your child’s birthday party.
They are open from Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 17:00.
Contact: 021 858 1608
The Blue Rock Resort
Do you want the perfect family outing in the sun, then the Blue Rock Resort should definitely be on your list. The Blue Rock Resort is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West.
The entrance fee into the resort offers access to the parking area, the picnic area, swimming and a rock jumping point. The picnic area also has a jungle gym and volleyball court. You can bring your own picnic into the area, but no beverages are allowed to be brought in. There is more than one swimming area, so your little one can enjoy the shallow water and those older and more adventurous can attempt the 6-7 metre high rock jumping point located in a different area.
There are plenty of other activities such as paintball, water skiing, knee boarding, wakeboarding and cable skiing. The Blue Rock Lake also offers diving in its crystal clear water. A fufi slide offers a 400m adrenaline rush over the lake. Everybody will be hungry after all the excitement; luckily you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Blue Rock Restaurant.
Their opening hours might differ for the various activities and may also be weather dependant so I would recommend you give them a call just to make sure. There are different prices given for some of the activities and rental options available for equipment and various rules of the resort that must be flowed so make sure you check that out on their website.
There is definitely something for young and old at the Blue Rock Resort, make a plan this summer on your list of things to do with kids.
Contact: 021 858 1330
Helderberg Nature Reserve
This beautiful reserve of 398 hectares consists of a wide range of plant species, animals and over 170 species of bird life. The reserve can be accessed on the corner of Helderberg Nature Reserve Road and Verster Avenue in Somerset West.
There are picnic spots with plenty of open space and shaded areas for you to enjoy. The universal access boardwalks, which are located in the lower part of the reserve offers a relaxing stroll and beautiful scenery. This area is great to push prams along and is wheelchair friendly. There are of course plenty of hiking trails for both young and old.
In the area, you can also find the visitors centre, environmental education centre, museum displays and a gift shop. There is also a coffee shop, the Oak café, so you can enjoy a light meal.
The entrance fees for the nature reserve are:
- Vehicle R10
- Adult R30
- Child R10 (3-18 years)
- Toddler Free ( under 3 years)
- Students and pensioners R10
Contact: 021 851 4060
Water World in Strand
Fun in the sun is the name of the game here at Water World. They are located on Beach Road in the Strand you can refer to their website for open dates and times. The prices range from R65 for one hour to R100 for a full day pass. Please visit their website for more information and times.
They have an open grass and picnic area for you to enjoy. The water is solar heated, and different slides are there for the kiddies to have fun on. A climbing wall, jungle gym, and sand pit offer some fun out of the water. When everybody gets hungry you can enjoy a hot dog or pizza at the Water World Café.
Contact: 021 854 4702