The original – and now world-famous – Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970 and offers a range of fun to visitors.
The Scratch Patch is a place where visitors can have loads of fun “scratching” for their favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished 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.
There are also other fun activities on offer too, including two golf sites, the Rock Shop and Mineral World:
Cave Golf Simons Town
This highly-rated, fun and challenging 18-hole course meanders downwards from the back of the Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas that feature rock walls, some highly imaginative 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. There is even a section that is lit only by UV light, and each hole has been thoughtfully designed, constructed, and carefully finished to a very high standard.
Cave Golf V&A
This 18-hole mini-golf layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it is well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed even by regular golfers. It is also indoors, so can be played and enjoyed in any weather.
The unique Rock Shop has both rare and unusual mineral specimens for the professional collector as well as inexpensive minerals for the hobbyist and children. Each piece is one of a kind and makes for an interesting décor item in a home, office or garden.
This is a beautiful shop with a wide variety of gemstone products, from high-end jewellery pieces to inexpensive gift and décor items and with something for everyone.
Address: Simon’s Town – Dido Valley Rd, Simon’s Town, Cape Town | V&A Waterfront (near the aquarium), Dock Rd, Cape Town
Times: Simon’s Town Mon to Fri 8.30am to 4.45pm; Sat, Sun and Holidays 9am to 4.30pm | V&A Mon to Sun and Holidays 9am to 4.30pm