Tucked away off the main drag in Simon's Town on the Cape is....the world famous Scratch Patch. What, you ask, is the Scratch Patch? I still am not sure myself, but I know that I spent over 2 hours there with two small boys who must have touched every one of three million polished stones before they picked out their own precious collections of special rocks.
The gemstone tumbling factory in Simon's Town, SA is the largest of it's sort in the world. The kids had to themselves the whole Scratch Patch, which is simply a massive open play area whose floor is completely covered (about 10 inches deep) with polished stones from every corner of the world.