Do you believe in the power of crystal healing? Or do you just think gemstones are beautiful to look at? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then The Scratch Patch and Mineral World is the destination for you.

Gemstone Capital of the World

Southern Africa is thought as the “gemstone capital of the world”. Nearly half of the world’s gemstones are found in this area. For this reason, experience the unbelievable variety and beauty of gemstones in an absolute “must” for all visitors to Cape Town.

With multiple locations, The Scratch Patch and Mineral World is one of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones in Cape Town! The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets are in Simon’s Town, at the V&A Waterfront, and at the West Coast Ostrich Farm.

Upon entry, thousands of polished gemstones cover the floor and visitors are invited to sift through to find their favourites (V&A Waterfront and Simon’s Town branch).

The Simon’s Town branch has one of the world’s largest gemstone factories. Here, guests can watch how gemstones are tumble-polished and crafted into many interesting products. The Scratch Patch and Mineral World is an inexpensive activity and popular for all ages.

In addition, each location has been equipped with a genuine gemstone “factory shop”.  These shops cater to everyone; regardless of budget. The shops stock affordable souvenir items; genuine collector items and investment gems. But wait! You and your loved ones can also look forward to playing mini-golf; or ‘putt-putt’ (Capetonian term) at the following locations:

Cave Golf at the V&A Waterfront Branch


The Cave Golf game is part of Scratch Patch, near the Two Oceans Aquarium. This 18-hole mini-golf layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively compact, its well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed even by regular golfers. This is an indoor course, which can be enjoyed in any weather.

Cave Golf at Simon’s Town Branch


This course is more spacious and longer than the V&A Waterfront counterpart. This 18-hole course is played through a series of underground areas. The course has mine obstacles and ancient relics, an underground waterfall, and mineral displays embedded in the surrounding rock just as they were originally discovered. One section is lit only by UV light, with each hole being carefully thought out.

Interested? Then don’t let the adventure end here, seek out and discover the magic of minerals!

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