Scratch Patch & Mineral World

Scratch Patch & Mineral World

Scratch Patch & Mineral World
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Corne L
Bellville, South Africa156 contributions
A must visit for a small school group...tasty hotdog and chips prepared for 15 of us in no time at all by only one in the kitchen. Kids loved the really nice putt-putt course and the glowing balls they play with. Not expensive at all. Beautiful polished stones to collect as well. Much to buy from a small budget to really expensive rocks and stuff...something for all.
Written May 28, 2022
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Gr1970Gr
Gaborone, Botswana244 contributions
Family
If you like geology or gemology then this place will interest you. A wide range of finished products, but everyone enjoyed sifting through the scratch patch to find the stone’s they really liked. My wife bought a couple of stone bracelets and my daughter a salt stone lamp. Relatively well priced. Jewelry and semi precious cut and polished stones I found well priced.
Written January 6, 2020
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Judy-Ann_Croome
Johannesburg, South Africa62 contributions
Couples
The two shops - one with polished and carved stones, the other with uncut, natural stones, my preference - have a wide selection of gems and minerals, and the staff in both shops are very friendly, obliging and helpful. Prices are very high though and the whole place is clearly aimed at the tourist trade, which makes it expensive for those of us who earn rands!
Written September 27, 2016
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TravelLover
Sandton, South Africa2 contributions
Family
Arrived at 4:25pm to play cave golf. Travelled over 30 minutes from Muizenberg in the traffic and the rain with my little girl to play. We were refused entry as it’s an 18 hole course and we wouldn’t finish playing the course in 30 minutes. I was prepared to play as many holes as time permitted at the full fee - even if it turned out to be the last 5 holes for example. Only my little girl would have played. I hope you retain your tour bus customers as it’s clear you don’t value your local tourists. I would recommend playing at the Muizenberg putt putt rather.
Written January 9, 2020
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DesireeCMentor
Fish Hoek, South Africa121 contributions
Friends
Lots of interesting facts about the various precious stones and their origin. Can go into the "patch" and select precious stones, at a price (of course). Gift shop and restaurant on-site. Can also observe "factory" where gems are sorted. Lovely place to spend with the family, young and old. entrance is free, but you must buy "empty packet" that can be filled in the patch section.
Written June 2, 2016
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RenateVink
Haarlem, The Netherlands150 contributions
Family
Every time we go to Simon’s town, we scratch for a small bag of stones, we love it! We have quite a collection of stones already.
Written May 26, 2019
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René
Cape Town, South Africa119 contributions
Family
I’ve played cave golf at the Scratch Patch at V&A (which I thought was awesome) and thought the Simon’s Town one would be identical, but it was actually so much better and my 8-year-old son LOVED it!

And of course the shops are amazing with a bonus that you can see where they process the crystals as well.

Will definitely return again
Written July 15, 2018
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Treflesg
London, UK192 contributions
Family
If you like semi-precious stones then you will love here. Kids have fun for little money. Staff friendly.
Written October 15, 2017
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hoosainnarker
Cape Town Central, South Africa6,346 contributions
Our first visit to Scratch Patch and it will now definitely not be the last one … both our daughters were so amazed at all the wonderful shapes and colours that they were mesmerised for the entire time they were scratching around.

They over-loaded their cup and bag with stones and then promptly emptied it more than once to start the process over again. Scratch Patch is very popular and we could see that in the short while we were there with constant visitors from young to old. It is rather inexpensive as you can purchase a small plastic bag or a cup ranging in price from R17 to R95 and then what stones you chose to put in your bag or container is entirely up to you. Being able to experience the beauty and huge variety of gemstones is an unforgettable experience and a must visit for anyone.
There are two branches, we went to the main one in Simonstown which opened in 1970 and the other is at the Waterfront. The girl certainly had fun scratching for gemstones from the thousands of tumbled-polished stones that quite literally covered the entire scratch floor. There were a variety of stones including Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Jasper, Agates, Crystals and Amethyst.

Not only is there the scratch patch, but you can also buy gemstones - they offer a large range of gemstone products, including unusual stone specimens, gem-stone carvings and jewellery - from inexpensive to investment Gems. One can also take a tour of the Topstones factory and see how the stone is processed from rock to finished product.

The facility has a small take-aways with ample seating.
Written August 16, 2016
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Finlay122
Perth, Australia692 contributions
A good spot for a rainy day. Kids can play Cave Golf and then play in Scratch Patch.You pay for whatever size of bag you want and then literally scratch around in a room filled with semi precious stones taking what you want. There is a small shop selling jewellery, as well as loose stones and some set for home jewellery making.
Written July 1, 2016
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