Southern Africa is often considered the “gemstone capital of the world” as almost half of the world’s gemstones are found in this part of the world. For this reason, experiencing the amazing beauty and variety of gemstones is an absolute “must” for visitors to Cape Town. One of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones in Cape Town – and see an amazing variety of gemstone products – is at The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets at Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront, and the West Coast Ostrich Farm. Both Simon’s Town and the V&A offers Cave Golf as well.
The original – and now world-famous – Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970. (It has since been “copied” in other parts of the world!) It is a place where visitors can have loads of fun “scratching” for their favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.
There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch, mostly popular Southern African stones such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. If you’re lucky, you might find virtually anything including Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate and some really exotic stones.
It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience.
Visitors can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bags or a cup. They can fill their bag or cup with their favourite gemstones.
Small bag: R25 (contains approximately 140 grams)
Medium bag: R42 (contains approximately 300 grams)
Large bag: R130 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
Cup: R85 (contains approximately 630 grams)
The Cave Golf course at the V&A (at the Scratch Patch, near the Aquarium) has become very popular with visitors to Cape Town’s world famous “waterfront”.
The recent Simon’s Town Cave Golf layout is longer and more spacious than its popular V&A sister-course.
This 18-hole mini-golf layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it’s well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed even by regular golfers.
The course meanders downwards from the back of the Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas that feature rock walls, some highly imaginative man-made cave and mine obstacles and ancient relics, an underground waterfall, and fabulous mineral displays that are embedded in the surrounding rock just as they were originally discovered.
The last round of golf starts 30 minutes before closing time.
Round of golf: R35 per player
Groups of 10: R30 per player
Venue: The Scratch Patch V&A Waterfront, Dock Rd, Cape Town | Dido Valley Rd, Simon’s Town
Time: V&A Waterfront Mon to Fri 9am to 16.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am to 4.30pm | Simon’s Town Mon to Fri 8.30 am to 16.45 pm, Sat & Sun 9am to 16.30pm
Cost: From R25 for Scratch Patch | R35 per player for Cave Golf
Tel: V&A Waterfront 021 419 9429 | Simon’s Town 021 786 2020
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