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Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town)

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Cape Town, South Africa.

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      01.09.2006 11:22
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      Great place to pass some time.

      The Two Oceans Aquarium is situated just off the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront on dock road, Cape Town, South Africa.
      This was in walking distance from our hotel of just 5 minutes The Table Bay Hotel.
      I noticed that there were parking spaces located close to the aquarium and if you used the spaces behind the aquarium you could claim back your money at the ticket office.

      ****Admission Costs****
      Adults R60.00 // £5.00
      Children (4-17) R28.00 // £2.00
      Under 4 Free
      Pensioners R45.00 // £4.00
      Students R50.00 // £4.00


      ****Opening Times****
      Daily 0930 - 1800, 365 days a year.

      ****Facilities****
      Baby Changing facilities are available and in addition there are also babycarriers subject to availability for use free of charge.

      For Physically Challenged people there were a number of wheelchairs available for use free of charge and the complete aquarium can be accessed by wheelchair users.

      Aquarium shop is available for use by visitors and is located in the foyer and is open 9-6 daily, this contained an array of gifts ranging from soft toys, t-shirts, postcards, photo frames, trinkets, etc.

      For convenience there is also a restaurant in the Aquarium called the Bayfront Blu Restaurant, I did not venture into the restaurant but it looked similar in set up to a fast food restaurant, the opening hours are as follows:-

      Monday 9am-6pm
      Tues - Sat 9am-11.30pm
      Sun 9am-9.30pm

      It took us about 2 and a half hours to make our way around the Aquarium and during our visit there was a school group in tow but they were very well behaved not like I am used to over here in the UK.

      The aquarium has so many attractions contained inside.
      As you enter the Aquarium there is a huge aquarium with a wide range of saltwater fish which I found comical as there was one fish that just swam in the same place constantly round and round in a circle, I made Mark get a clip of that as it made me giggle, watching it later it still tickled me.

      Moving on through the Aquarium you see rare species of tropical fish including the dangerous puffer fish this is called Diversity Hall and has a wide array o marine life from both the warm indian ocean and the cold atlantic ocean, view jelly fish and corals as well as endangered seahorses anad spider crabs see pics!!

      This eventually leads onto a touch pool which allows you to handle the fish and other items found on the sea bed there is a Two Oceans representative on hand to give you plenty of useful information as well, I was too scared to touch anything in the pool but the kids seemed to love it!!

      Next you walk down a ramp which leads you onto the Holcim Activity Centre this is great for children as there was a school group there during our visit we were able to see how useful this is to the Children there was again another representative from Two Oceans working with the children to create drawings and you were able to look through the glass at the 4 cape seals swimming in natural surroundings and come face to face with them at the glass.

      The Sappi "River Meandei" Exhibit
      As you walk through the natural river exhibit you see a beachside area which has a colony of African Penguins which are endangered and rock hopper penguins watch them swim in and out of the water as well as feeding and preening. Dodging in and out of the waterside are African black oyster catchers, definately a great sight and you are located so close you can almost touch the penguins, see pics!!!

      As you walk along the decking you can view the freshwater fish that is set up as a natural river. There is some seating area as you walk around.

      Finally you hit the I & J predator exhibition which contains over 2.2 million litres of water where you have the ragged tooth sharks swimming overhead, turtles this is by far the best end to the experience with plenty of sights to see.


      ****Feeding Times****
      Fish Fed 3.30pm daily
      Penguins Fed 12pm and 3pm daily
      Seals Fed 2.30pm
      Fish Fed 11.30am and Sundays 12.30pm

      ****My Opinion****
      Two Oceans is a great experience whatever your age as there really are some fascinating sites in there.
      My favourite part of the visit was the penguin enclosure called The Sappi River Meander Exhibit, this allows you to get pretty close to the african penguins, closest than I have ever been and although you can't touch them you can really see what a beautiful creature they are and of course we all know that penguins are pretty funny to watch.
      If you have an interest in sealife then this definately is the place to go during your visit in Capetown as you get to see creatures from both the Indian and the Atlantic ocean.
      Overall a great experience with value for money doesn't look much from the outside but inside is a real treasure.


      www.aquarium.co.za for more details

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