Ratanga Park: Play and go an a Tram Ride in Century City

Ratanga Park is a green oasis in the heart of Century City where you can relax, unwind and breathe in some fresh air after a hectic day. It’s a great place to have a picnic with the family, let the kids run free and play.

Alternatively, the park also offers a variety of land and water-based outdoor exercise options in beautiful landscapes, as well as the enhancement of rich bird-life and indigenous vegetation.

What was formerly known as Cape Town’s amusement park Ratanga Junction, has now been transformed into a beautiful public space that is open to anyone for free. You’ll find two bridges crossing the canal, open lawn space and a big picture frame for taking home some memories. There is also a kiddies play area with a jungle gym, a slide, swings and lots of space to explore.

The green lawns are very inviting to have family picnics or enjoy some ball games. The park is surrounded by apartment buildings as well as coffee shops and restaurants for your convenience.

Of course, the park is not only popular with families and kids, but also runners and dog-walkers. They enjoy the wide open space just as much and soak in the green scenery and lush surroundings. Ratanga Park has a similar feel to the Green Point Park in Cape Town and is a great success among locals and visitors alike.

Century City Tramway

As a new highlight (tram opened in 2023 and is designed in a 1920’s look), you and the kids can now also hop on the Century City Tramway which takes you on a 20 minute ride around Century City on the old Rantanga Junction Railway line.

You get to see the canal, drive by some coffee shops, get a peak at the park, go through a small subway station and ride along Canal Walk Shopping Center. 

The ticket price is R70 per person and a fun experience for the little ones. The tram leaves right at the entrance of the park (see map below). You can pay in cash or via card payment.

Due to the price it’s probably a once-off thing to do, but still lots of fun for the entire family. Afterwards, you can go for a walk at Ratanga Park and let the kids run free at the playground right next to the station.

Our Experience

It’s a beautiful park not far from town and our kids loved to explore it. It’s perfect for riding their bikes and having a little play session after a long day. We love the green open space in Century City and usually visit the park after being to Canal Walk. We also went on the tram ride and really enjoyed the experience. The kids were super excited.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Checklist

  • Entrance Fee: Free (optional Tram costs R70 per person)
  • Opening Times: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Things to do: Play Area, Water Features, Picnics, Running, Walking
  • Dogs on leads allowed
  • Address: 4 Conference Ln, Century City (there is free parking right in front of the park)
  • Phone number: 021 552 6889

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19 thoughts on “Ratanga Park: Play and go an a Tram Ride in Century City”

  1. I have been to the park and found it beautiful, but find it quite strange that there is no toilet facilities available.

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    • Get off at the Myciti stop right next to Virgin Active Gym…from there you go around the gym,take a left & proceed towards the Century City Park.

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  2. Hello

    I’d like to know if there are store that sell any snacks or food ? So there is a tram ride and what else because my baby brother is turning 4

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    • Hi Keira. As far as I remember there are no shops in the park that sell food or drinks. It’s basically just a pretty park with nice greenery and a playground. The tram goes around the Century City area. The day of your visit doesn’t really matter I guess. Either Saturday or Sunday will be fine.

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