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Two Oceans Aquarium January 17, 2010

Posted by baldricman in Baldric-Man, General.
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Cape Town: I’ve realised that, when you find yourself with a day completely free of chores, duties, outstanding work, even plans with friends, there are few cities better to be stuck in. Yesterday, with it’s marvelous weather, was one such day for Wifey and I, so I decided to treat her to a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium, situated at the Cape Town V&A Waterfront.

It’s an expensive outing, make no mistake – as lowly Adults we had to pay R88 each, even though we’re South African (which is a rant for another day 🙂 ), but we quickly forgot about that once we were inside. We spent about an hour and a half in the aquarium, and saw things such as the Giant Spider Crab tank, the “Nemo” exhibit (clown fish, always a hit with the kids), the Kelp Forest (pic below) which is just beautiful, and of course the Predator Exhibit, where we were lucky enough to see feeding time. (You can also feed the sharks, by getting in the tank with them, scuba-style, no cage. And you have to pay for this…..?) The aquarium also has two galleries to contrast the sea life in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, with helpful identifier cards next to each window, to help find the little critters (and learn a little interesting fact about them too).

The aquarium, however, doesn’t limit itself to sea-bound creatures. There is quite a range of birdlife (including the ever popular penguins), and a great River Meander exhibit, which includes fresh water creatures and describes a river’s journey. Also, not to be missed, is the new “Frogs Beyond the Pond” gallery, which has been very carefully and beautifully constructed, with sections making you feel about as big as a frog as you wander through, great lilies and garden taps looming above you.

Anyway, if you have kids, you definitely want to take them there – Wifey and I quite enjoyed watching the kids, some of whom were completely beside themselves with excitement, and the rest completely enchanted and wide-eyed. And if you don’t have kids, you might just find yourself feeling like one anyway…



1. Deems - January 17, 2010

I remember taking my sister-in-law’s kids to the Aquarium when they were much younger and the younger, one who was 2 at the time, looked at me with wide eyes, after seeing the giant-crabs, asking: “They can’t get out, can they?” 🙂

We really should take our kids there too – they really should have concessions for locals though.

2. Ana - February 19, 2010

Hahaha!! Shame i took my nieces there last year and they had a blast they didn’t want to leave. They became very attached to the penguins.I agree that they should have concessions for locals.

baldricman - February 19, 2010

Hi Ana, thanks for stopping by. Although I don’t have kids of my own, watching everyone else’s running around with glee was entertaining, to say the least 🙂

3. Jake - September 27, 2011

Hello, im a graphics design student. and i was wondering if i could use your aquarium picture in a project. The picture is absolutely perfect and i would love to use it with your permission.

baldricman - September 27, 2011

hi Jake, you’re more than welcome to use that picture, if the source is credited obviously, and if possible, I’d love to hear about your project?

Jake - October 2, 2011

Im making an out of bounds project and your aquarium was perfect for this project. I linked you the final product. and thank you so much!

4. Maria Jönsson - February 16, 2012

Hi Jake, your aquarium pic is awsome. Would it be ok if I use it as an inspiration pic in my diploma work, (adding creds and link to blog ) Would appreciate it! / Maria, Falun, Sweden

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