There came I point in my life where I questioned whether going to an aquarium or a zoo was a good idea in terms of supporting animal cruelty. I have definitely become more conscious about animal welfare but at the same time I love to learn things and being able to see animals that I would never see if it wasn’t for these institutions. So I decided to give myself a very informal but good rule to follow, if I see that the aquarium does a good job at keeping the animals (it’s clean, they don’t look sad or miserable, they have big spaces) and if they do beneficiary research (without cruelty) to their ecosystems as well as the animals themselves then I will go. It turns out that Two Oceans Aquarium Cape Town is one that fits my rule! This is the second best aquarium I’ve ever been to after the New England Aquarium in Boston.
If you are in Cape Town and have a day with bad weather and all you can do is indoor activities, then I definitely recommend you to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront. I recently went and I loved it! I found it so informative and fun for any age. It is also in a great location where you can go and have lunch before or after visiting and there are a couple of indoor things to go and see around the V&A. They are in the process of opening a tunnel, so check the dates for that. I’m really sad it wasn’t open when I went. One of the things I wasn’t happy about where the penguins, I don’t think they look as happy so I would avoid that room and rather go to Boulder’s Beach and see the penguins in their natural habitat.
Two Oceans Aquarium website: http://www.aquarium.co.za