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January 04, 2016

50 things to do for under R50 in Cape Town


(This blog was first published in January 2015 and was updated in January 2016)

There are so many ways to enjoy what Cape Town has to offer without spending a fortune. Here are 50 ways to explore this gorgeous city for a mere R50 or less.

1. Take a hop-on hop-off train trip along the Southern Line Rail Route

Image: St. James train view, captured by Mike Metlerkamp

Cost: R35 for the hop-on, hop-off ticket

The Southern Line Rail Route stretches between Cape Town and Simon's Town. Besides it being a great way of getting from A to B, it’s also a relaxing way of seeing Cape Town’s varied scenes. The part of the journey between Muizenberg and Simon's Town winds along the edge of the ocean and the views are brilliant. Buy the hop-on, hop-off ticket and stop at Muizenberg for a surf; Kalky’s in Kalk Bay for some mouth-watering fish and chips; and Simonstown for a trip to Boulders Beach for a visit with the penguins (this visit to the penguins will cost extra).

2. Go hippo spotting, Eland viewing and bird watching in Rondevlei Nature Reserve

You can see plenty of birds at Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Cost: R12 entry for adults and R6 for kids

Rondevlei is an unexpected treasure situated within the Cape Town suburb of Grassy Park, about 20 min drive from the city centre. Home to some 256 species of indigenous plants, it spans 290 hectares and has a museum, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several bird hides. It is also home to – wait for it – Hippopotami as well as 20 other mammal species, including the Cape Grysbok Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter and Large-Spotted Genet. And recently, a herd of Eland was released into the reserve. It makes for a really great family outing. Don’t forget to pack your picnic.

Phone: +27 21 706 2404
Email: RondevleiNatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.zeekoevlei.co.za/
Physical Address: Fisherman's Walk, Zeekoevlei, Cape Town

3. Go on a guided tour of the SLANGKOPPUNT LIGHTHOUSE

Slangkoppunt Lighthouse

Cost: R16 for a guided tour

The bright white Slangkoppunt (Snake Head Point) Lighthouse, situated on the coast in the South Peninsula, is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in South Africa. The internal spiral staircase you will climb during the guided tour takes you up 100 feet from the bottom to the balcony. If the idea of climbing up all those steps gets you a bit nervous, rest assured that the views from the top are entirely worth it. The tour will leave you with all sorts of interesting facts including the reason for South Africa being one of the few remaining places to retain actual Light House Keepers.

Phone: +27 (21)789 2812
Physical address: Lighthouse Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town

4. Ride a Camel in Kommetjie

Cost: R40 for kids for a courtyard ride

Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the only place in Cape Town where you’ll have the unique opportunity of riding a camel. Kids love sitting some two metres up on the camel’s hump and sauntering around the courtyard. Longer rides through a nearby forest area are also possible, but cost a bit more (R200 per person.) Once the kids have finished their rides, pay a visit to the interesting gathering of shops inside Imhoff Village, The Imhoff Farm Shop has a delicious range of fresh free-range foods, and be sure to visit the Higgledy-Piggledy Farmyard.

Phone: 021 783 4545
Email: Info@imhofffarm.co.za
Website: www.imhofffarm.co.za/
Physical Address: Kommetjie Road (M65), Kommetjie

5. Pick up a treat at the Spier Werf Market

Cost: Various

The Spier Werf Market happens every Saturday under the beautiful ancient oaks on Spier's newly-restored historic farmyard. You can go here armed with R50 and pick up a treat to enjoy while browsing the other stalls. You could esily spend an entire day here. 

Phone: 021 809 1100 
Email: market@studio-h.co.za
Website: http://www.capetown.travel/events/entry/spier-werf-market1
Physical Address: Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch

6. Whizz down Africa’s only toboggan track at Cool Runnings

Get in some fun rides at Cool Runnings

Cost: R40 - R45 for a ride

It’s hard to imagine tobogganing without snow, but Cool Runnings in Tygervalley offers exactly that. The stainless steel track has 17 s-bends, corners and a tunnel. Adrenaline junkies will love this experience, as you get to regulate your own speed and boy can things get speedy if you want! Sleds accommodate up to two people, so the little ones can go with Mum or Dad. It’s also a really popular venue for kiddies parties.

Phone: +27 (0)21 949 4439
Email: ops@coolrunnings.capetown
Website: http://coolrunnings.capetown
Physical Address: Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley

7. Grab a scoop of Creamery Ice-Cream

The Creamery selection of ice-cream is well worth paying for

Cost: R34 per scoop 

We realise that paying R34 for a scoop of ice-cream sounds a little much, but it's worth it! The Creamery is a local company and all the ice-cream is made with organic, locally sourced products. Some of the amazing flavours include sweet cream, toasted coconut, cookie dough, sea salt caramel and so much more!

Email: hello@thecreamery.co.za
Website: http://thecreamery.co.za/
Physical address:
The Creamery Cafe Newlands
Shop 4, Newlands Quarter
Dean Street, Newlands
021 686 3975

The Creamery Cafe Salt River
Unit G2, PALS Building,
97 Durham Avenue, Salt River
021 447 7690

The Creamery Cafe Mouille Point
Shop 2, New Cumberland Building
163 Beach Road (Behind The Hussar Grill)
021 434 2455

8. Stroll through the Company’s Garden

The Company's Gardens sits in the heart of the Cape Town CBD

Cost: It’s free to visit

The Company’s Garden is situated right in the city centre of Cape Town. It was planted by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 to produce fresh fruit and vegetables for the ships that were sailing along the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via Cape Town. Today it is home to the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, said to have been planted in 1652; a rose garden built in 1929; an aviary with a variety of birds and many other interesting landmarks. It’s also well-known for the resident and perpetually hungry squirrels, so take along some peanuts to feed to them. What’s more the garden offers free wireless.

Tel: 021 426 1357/1218/1768
Email: rory.phelan@capetown.gov.za
Website: www.capetown.gov.za/en/parks/Pages/TheCompanysGarden.aspx
Physical address: 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

9. Do a tour of Muizenberg with Voicemap

Cost: Free

Download the VoiceMap App - Muizenberg like a Local that will take you on a tour round the streets of Muizenberg and help you see it through the eyes of a local.

Tel: +27 (0)81 868 0197
Email: https://voicemap.me/
Website: https://voicemap.me/

10. Explore the V&A Waterfront on a self-guided Historical Walk

V&A historical walk

Cost: Free – just grab a map and go!

The V&A Waterfront, situated at the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, has a rich and varied history that can be traced back as far as 1654. A great way to discover the stories of this iconic site’s past and its’ 22 landmarks is to do a self-guided historic walk. Simply grab a map at the Information Centre and off you go. And if you get hungry or thirsty along the way, there are plenty of food and drink places to choose from. A stop at The Creamery at the V&A Food Market for a scoop of their handmade peanut butter ice-cream is a must!

Phone: +27 (0)21 408 7600
Email: info@waterfront.co.za
Website: http://www.waterfront.co.za
Physical Address: V&A Waterfront Information Centre
Situated on Dock Road

11. Dim-sum at the Earth Fair Market

Cost: R50

The latest food craze in Cape Town? Dim sum! And one of the best selections that you can get is from Silk Road at the Earth Fair Market every Thursday in the CBD. For R50, you get a combo of various types of dim sum and it's very filling! Silk Road can also be found at the Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock on a Saturday and at other markets around the city. 

Email: hello@silkroad.io
Website: http://www.silkroad.io

12. Visit the Scratch Patch 

There are many gemstones that can be collected at the Scrath Patch

Cost: From R17 per bag

Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? Did you know that you could scratch for these gems yourself right here in Cape Town? The Scratch Patch and Mineral World at both the V&A Waterfront and in Simonstown is a cool way to dig for your own beautiful gems. You get to emerge yourself in all the stones that quite literally cover the floor, then visit the gem exhibitions and shops afterwards.

Phone: (021) 786-2020.
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
Physical address: Dido Valley Rd , Simon's Town

Phone: (021) 419-9429
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
Physical address: Dock Rd, Waterfront

13. Indulge your sweet tooth at Honest Chocolate

Cost: Almost everything on the menu is under R50

This Wale Street-based coffee and chocolate shop is where you can get handmade chocolate made from raw ingredients and organic Ecudorian cacao with no preservatives or artificial flavouring. It’s also dairy free. You can grab a good cup of coffee with a delectable slice of cake (gluten-free also available) or purchase some of the delicious chocolate products. Try the banana bread bunny chow - a banana bread mini loaf filled with macadamia chocolate spread and ice cream for R48. Click here for more information. 

Phone: 021 447 1438
Email: info@honestchocolate.co.za
Website: http://www.honestchocolate.co.za/
Physical address: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town

14. Promenade Mondays

Promenade Mondays

Cost: Free

This weekly event starts at Queens Beach Parking lot (the last parking lot along the Promenade before you get to Bantry Bay) at 6pm every Monday night and is a fun way to explore the Sea Point Promenade. You will need something that skates – skateboard, longboard, rollerblades, roller-skates or even a BMX – in order to get the most out of this. The event was created in celebration of the lifting of the ban on skateboarding and rollerblading along this area. Click here for more information.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PromenadeMondays/128084890690061
Physical address: Queens Beach Parking lot (the last parking lot along the Promenade before you get to Bantry Bay)

15. Live Music and entertainment at the Bay Harbour Market

Cost: Free

Aside from having great stalls where you can buy locally made and crafted gifts and curios, the Bay Harbour Market has live music that you can enjoy for free. Local artists entertain the crowd and keep the vibe going all day and into the evening. It's open on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9:30am to 4pm and on Sundays from 9:30am to 4pm.

Email: info@bayharbour.co.za
Website: www.bayharbour.co.za
Physical address:  31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay

16. Muizenberg Moonlight Meander

The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander takes place once a month in the light of the full moon

Cost: Free

In Cape Town, we make the most of the full moon. The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander happens at 6pm on the Saturday closest to the full moon and brings together family, friends and loved ones for a leisurely stroll along the beach by moonlight. The walk starts in front of Knead bakery.

More info here.  

Phone: 083 325 7048
Email: info@safertogether.org
Website: http://safertogether.org/
Physical address: Surfer's Corner (in front of Knead), Muizenberg

17. First Thursdays

First Thursdays in Cape Town. Pic by Lisa Burnell

Cost: Free

On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure. To ensure your First Thursday can be catered to your own specific preferences, organisers provide a map and highlights of what is on show. From there it is all up to you.

Email: goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/
Physical address: Cape Town CBD

18. City Walk Saturdays

Cost: free

City Walk Saturdays event happens once a month starts in the Company’s Gardens, continues down St George’s Mall to Waterkant Street and progresses up the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square. It connects significant places in the urban heart of Cape Town through storytelling, public art, walking tours and retail offerings.Expect a wide variety of fun things to do and participate in. This includes free walking tour, photo exhibitions, an Instawalk, an outdoor library with book readings for kids, a jumping castle, face painting and SO much more!

Email: media@capetownpartnership.co.za
Website: https://www.facebook.com/CapeTown2014?fref=ts
Physical address: Starts at the Compnay's Garden

19. Play some cave golf

Cost:  R15

Everyone enjoys a game of putt-putt. At the Waterfront you can enjoy this activity in a cave-like setting! It’s fun for the whole family and it’s right next door to the Scratch Patch.

Phone: +27 (021) 419-9429
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
Physical address: Dock Rd, Waterfront

20. Visit the Urban Park

Green Point Urban Park image by Nicky Willcock

Cost: Free

A unique space in the middle of an urban environment, the Green Point Urban Park is a fantastic, family-friendly place for a picnic, walk, run or for simply lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth. There are different plant species within the area as well as information about them. Access to the park is via Bill Peters drive, Bay Road or Helen Suzman Boulevard.

Phone: 021 417 0111
Email: Patricia.Giliomee@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html
Physical address: Bay Road, Green Point

21. Silvermine

Breathtaking views at Silvermine (pic: Jenny Hallward)

Cost: R40 for adults and R20 for children

Silvermine Nature Reserve is within the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park and offers a variety of things to do. There are braai spots (only in winter), picnic areas and hiking trails that end in stunning views. Just 20 minutes’ drive away from the city centre, the reserve is an important conservation area for indigenous fynbos plants. It’s also a popular spot for bird-watching and mountain biking as well as having a number of sandstone cave systems and rock climbing routes that connect all the way to Muizenberg. You can access Silvermine from Ou Kaapse Weg drive.

Phone: 021 780 9002 (Gate), 021 789 2457 (Office)
Website: http://www.sanparks.org/
Physical address: Ou Kaapse Weg road

22. Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia

Cost: Free to enter, R50 for wine tasting

One of the oldest wine producing farms in the Cape, Groot Constantia is steeped in history. This farm boasts fine examples of Dutch architecture and has been producing wine on the estate without interruption since 1685 when Commander Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East Company (VOC) was originally granted the land on which Groot Constantia stands. You can amble around the leafy grounds, do some trail running or take in some wine tasting. There’s an Iziko Museum on site and if you get hungry, the farm has two restaurants to choose from.

Tel: 021 794 5128
Email: enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za
Website: http://www.grootconstantia.co.za/
Physical address: Groot Constantia road, Constantia

23. Helderberg Nature Reserve

Helderberg Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to take a break from urban life (pic: Friends of Helderberg Nature Resrve)

Cost: R20 for adults, R10 for children (3 to 18 years), R10 for students, R10 for pensioners, R10 per vehicle

The beautiful Helderberg Nature Reserve is located in Somerset West and stretches as far as the cliff faces of the Helderberg Mountain. There is so much to do and enjoy here. There is a plant herbarium, Guinea Gift Shop, an environmental education centre, a picnic area, children’s play area and jungle gym, as well as bird watching, hiking trails and walking trails. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for information on amazing guided hikes. 

Tel: 021 851 4060
Email: helderbergfriends@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.helderbergnaturereserve.co.za/
Physical address: cnr. Helderberg Nature Reserve Road/Verster Avenue, Jeep Trail, Helderberg Rural

24. Tour of Newlands Brewery

Newlands Brewery has been brewing beers for almost 200 years

Cost: R50 per person

A National Heritage site, the Newlands Brewery dates back to the early 1800s and has so much history to offer visitors. You can take this all in as well as learn about how the Newlands Brewery makes its eight famous beers on a fun tour of the establishment. The tour includes a beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.

Tel: 021 658 7440
Email: newlandstours@za.sabmiller.com
Website: http://newlandsbrewery.co.za/
Physical address: 3 Main Road, Newlands

25. Spirit of Just Nuisance Harbour Cruise

The Siprit of the Just Nuisance takes in the Naval Base 

Cost: R50 for adults, R30 for children under 12

This cruise takes place in the picturesque sea-side town of Simon’s Town. It takes you around Simon’s Town Bay to take in the historic sites of the area as well as the breath-taking views.

Tel: 083 257 7760
Email: dhurwitz@iafrica.com
Website: www.boatcompany.co.za
Physical address: Town Pier, Wharf Street, Simon's Town

26. Get in some practise at the River Club Driving Range

The River Club is a great place to get in some golf time

Cost: R35 for 50 balls

The River Club Golf and Conference Centre is the perfect combination of leisure and business. Recently acquired by the innovative team who brought you The Old Biscuit Mill, The Woodstock Exchange and the Daddy Hotels, The River Club has had an exciting make-over. It’s the perfect place to practise your golfing swing. There are also restaurants on site should you get a bit nibbly or feel the need for a cool-down drink. 

Phone: 021 448 6117
Email: info@riverclub.co.za
Website: www.riverclub.co.za
Physical Address: Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory

27. City Sight Seeing Harbour Cruise

Cost: R40

This cruise gives you an amazing harbour cruise from the V & A Waterfront and around the harbour. It's a fun adventure and it gives you the chance to admire mountain views from a unique angle. ‪

Phone: +27 (0)21 408 7600
Email: enquiries@waterfront.co.za
Website: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town
Physical Address: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

28. Crystal wine tasting at Durbanville Hills

Durbanville Hills

Cost: R50

Here you get a selection of eight wines to taste as well as a souvenir crystal glass. The tasting lasts one hour and can be enjoyed in the tasting room or outside if the weather is clear. You can enjoy great views of Table Mountain on a clear day.

Phone: +27 (0)21 558 1300
Website: http://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/
Physical address: Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville

29. Visit the MTN Science Centre

Cost: R45

Children are naturally inquisitive, so a trip to the Science Centre will prove very enlightening for them. There are interactive displays, a fun building site where kids can build houses, puzzles to solve, insights into gravity, brainwaves and so much more!

Phone:  +27 (0)21 300 3200
Website: http://ctsc.org.za/
Physical Address: 370B Main Road, Observatory

30. Enjoy Cape Town's outdoor ice rink

Cost: R30 for 30 minutes, R50 for an hour

This one is for children only, but parents need to supervise, of course. Cape Town's first outdoor synthetic ice rink is situated at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Moulle Point. Kids can enjoy the fun of ice skating on a sunny day in Cape Town and take in views of the mountain and the sea. 

Phone: 084 314 9200
Email: info@thebluetrainpark.com
Website: www.thebluetrainpark.co.za
Physical Address: Beach Road, Mouille Point (Approx. 80m south of the Mouille Point Lighthouse)

31. Coffee at the award-winning Truth Coffee Shop

Truth is an award-winning coffee shop

Cost: Various

If you like good coffee served in a gritty and industrialised environment then Truth Coffee is the ideal Cape Town coffee shop for you. Walking into Truth Coffee feels like you’re walking into a Victorian futuristic fantasy: steam punk lovers will be in awe of the well thought of décor. More important than the interior though is the incredible coffee: strong, hot and full of flavour.

Contact: +27 (0)21 200 0440
Website: http://www.truthcoffee.com/

32. Take in the sights with a free walking tour

Learn more about the city, its history, interesting facts and take in the beautiful sights with Cape Town Free Walking Tours. There are various different tours on offer - a historic tour, a street art tour, a Bo-Kaap tour, a promenade bicycle tour, a District Six tour and a Taste of Cape Town tour. Each one offers a uniq perspevtive on Cape Town and what this amazing city has to offer.

Email: capetownguides@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nielsentours.co.za/

33. Meditation at Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Maintain a peaceful mind at Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Cost: A donation of R50 per class is encouraged

Need to find a peaceful space inside yourself? Up for some meditation? Then try the meditation classes at the Tushita Buddist Centre in Rondebosch. The gives gives a pratical overview of meditation. You can attend a drop-in class to get acquainted with meditation.

Phone: +27 (0)21 685 3428
Email: info@meditateincapetown.org
Website: http://meditateincapetown.org/
Physical address: 21 Loch Road, Rondebosch

34. Check out the Toy Museum

The Warrior Toy Museum is fun for all 

Cost: R10 per adult and R5 per child

The Warrior Toy Museum in Simon’s Town is lined with dinky toys, dolls, Maccano, model cars, boats, trains, aeroplanes and other miscellaneous toys that all make up a collection of thousands. This is a must-see for all toy-lovers.  

Phone: (0)21 786 1395
Email: toymuseum@showcase.com
Website: http://sashowcase.com/Default.aspx?tabid=53
Physical Address: St George's Street, Simons Town

35. Family fun at Blue Rock

There is something for everyone at Blue Rock (pic: Kieshe Latoya Delcarme‎)

Cost: R50 for adults, R40 for children under 16 years, R30 for children under 6

Blue Rock in Somerset West is a great spot for a day out with the family. Your entry fee gets you access to the amazing picnic spots, swimming in the lagoon and the rock jumping facilities. Pack your picnic basket or you can buy food from the restaurant on site. If you are the adventurous type, you can rent some of the sporting equipment or do some cable skiing or participate in a paintball game at an extra cost. The cost for December and January goes up slightly to R55. 

Phone: (0)21 858 1330
Email: info@bluerock.co.za
Website: http://www.bluerock.co.za
Physical Address: Blue Rock Village, Somerset West

36. Happy Hour at the Foreign Exchange Bar

Happy Hour at the Foreign Exhange Bar 

Cost: Starts at R25

The Foreign Exchange Bar in Observatory is a place where locals and internationals hang out for drinks and lots of fun times. There is everything from beer pong nights to salsa classes. The famed happy hour runs from 17h00 to 19h00 (happy two hours) where you can pick up a refreshing drink from as little as R25.

Phone: 021 4480 083
Website: http://theforeignexchange.co.za/
Physical Address: 92-96 Station road, Observatory

37. Hiking

There are so many places to hike around Cape Town

Cost: Mostly free

There are some magnificent free hiking spots in and around Cape Town. Lion’s Head is one of the more popular ones and, although it can get slightly strenuous, it rewards you with an amazing view at the top. You can also do this in the light of the full moon (head torch is still advisable). Platteklip Gorge takes you to the top of Table Mountain and you can either head left towards Kirstenbosch or right to the Cable Station. Newlands Forest is leafy and most of the way is shaded by the trees. This is a shorter hike and there’s a pretty stream along the way if you want to cool down. The hike to Elephants Eye is accessed via Silvermine and will cost an entry fee (but still under R50) and you will be able to take in the amazing False Bay views. Always follow mountain safety rules.

38. Mountain Biking in Meerendal

Mountain biking is a great way to get out and into nature

Cost: R30

Great for beginners and group rides, the tracks at Meerendal are flat and easy to navigate. You start with a bit of an uphill, but then it takes you to the first stretch of single track and onto a zig-zagging uphill that can prove tough on novices. There are spectacular views to take in along the way.

Phone: (0)21 975 1655
Email: info@meerendal.co.za
Website: http://meerendal.co.za/
Physical Address: Vissershok Road, Durbanville

39. Trail Running

There are many places for trail runs in Cape Town

Cost: Mostly free

There are so many places to do trail runs in Cape Town that it’s tough to list them all. You can run the hiking trails we mentioned before as well as try the 5,3 km Devil’s Peak route where you start at the top of Devil’s Peak Estate and run the gravel paths to Rhodes Memorial. Also try the Silvermine routes and Constantia Nek ones (some fees apply). Trail running is excellent for fitness and endurance.

40. Visit Rhodes Cottage

Rhodes Cottage overlooks the lovely suburb of Muizenberg

Cost: Free, but a donation of R10 is encouraged

Cecil John Rhodes is well-known world-wide and was a South African politician and mining magnate in Southern Africa in the late-1800s. At some point, he contributed to shaping both South Africa and Zimbabwe’s political landscape. Once his residence, you can visit the cottage in Muizenberg that is now a museum.

Phone: 021 788 1816
Email: linsell@absamail.co.za
Website: https://www.facebook.com/RhodesCottageMuseum
Physical Address: 246 Main Rd, Muizenberg

41. Rietvlei Wetlands Reserve

A great spot for nature lovers

Cost: R13 for adults, R6 for children

This freshwater wetland is located on the floodplain of the Diep River and has extensive reed beds, a tidal lagoon and flourishing flora and fauna. You can find a wide variety of birds here at any time with over 10 000 individual birds having been counted during the water bird censuses. The Friends of Rietvlei  organisation often host holiday programs such as fishing and other activities that start at around R5. There are various walking trails and places for wet water sports enthusiasts to enjoy themselves - as well as braai spots. Click here for more information. 

Phone: 021 444 0315
Email: tablebay.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.friendsofrietvlei.co.za/
Physical Address: Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, Bloubergstrand

42. Enjoy a glass of wine and #StellaSessions

Stella Cafe & Bar is a fantastic after-work drinks venue

Cost: R30 and up for a glass of wine

Stella Cafe & Bar at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel is a great spot to wine (see what we did there?) down after a long day at the office. The #StellaSessions happen every Friday at 16h00 where you can enjoy your drink along with some live entertainment. 

Phone: 021 415 4000
Website: https://www.tsogosun.com/the-cullinan/restaurants-bars/stella-cafe-bar
Physical Address: 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town


You can volunteer or simply see how they look after the sea animals

Cost: Between R30 and R50

SANCCOB is a non-profit organisation that aims to preserve and conserve seabirds and other sea life. SANCCOB allows visitors in for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility where you can get a look at how a seabird hospital works and see how the penguins are treated and fed. If you love what you see and want to to get involved, there are various ways to give back to them too.

Phone: 021 557 6155
Email: info@sanccob.co.za
Website: http://www.sanccob.co.za/
Physical Address: 22 Pentz Drive, Table View

44. Wine tasting in Durbanville

Durbanville has some of the best wines in SA

Cost: From R20

We have amazing wines in Cape Town and Durbanville has a fantastic wine route. Why not drive along the route and choose one of the lovely local farms for a wine tasting and some pairing? There are so many to choose from that you may have to go back a few times to experience all of it! 

Phone: 083 310 1228
Email: kjackson@durbanvillehills.co.za
Website: http://www.durbanvillewine.co.za/
Physical Address: Start at Visserhok road

45. Tour of the diamond museum

Shimanksy Diamond Museum gives you a great insight into the South African diamond mining industry

Cost: R50

The Shimansky Diamond Experience at the V&A Waterfront not only houses millions of Rand worth of diamonds, but also allows you to delve deeper into the history of the precious gem.It includes history on the diamond rush in SA, featuring well-known figures such as Barney Barnato and Cecil John Rhodes and lesser-known like the 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs who unknowingly would begin the story of diamonds in the country in 1867, as well as the history of some of the more famous ‘rocks’ uncovered in the country’s soil, including the Cullinan Diamond, which was sliced and diced and scattered abroad.

Phone: +27 (0)21 421 2488
Email: diamondtour@shimansky.co.za
Website: http://www.shimansky.com/the-diamond-experience/
Physical address: Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront

46. Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Ethipion Coffee Ceremony at Addis in Cape

Cost: R30 for a mini ceremony 

Participate in a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at Addis in Cape. The experience gives you a glimpse into Ethiopian tradition and feels authentic amongst the traditional Ethiopian furnishings.

Tel: 021 424 5722
Email: celebrate@addisincape.co.za
Website: www.addisincape.co.za
Physical address: 41 Church Street, Cape Town

47. The Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre is a fun way to watch great art movies

Cost: R40 per person

The Labia Theatre entices people with its old movie theatre charm. It was originally an Italian embassy ballroom and is widely recognised as the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. The theatre screens art movies and hosts various interesting film festivals throughout the year. Go here for great movies that you won’t find in the mainstream movie houses.

Phone: 021 424 5927
Email: labiatheatre@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.labia.co.za
Physical Address: 68 Orange Street, Gardens

48. Braai at Oudekraal

Beach front braai spots at Oudekraal

Cost: R35 per adult and R15 per child

Nestled between Llandudno and Camp’s Bay, you’ll find cosy coves and blissful white beaches peeking from between the huge boulders. Oudekraal has over 40 braai areas, although most don't have grids, so be sure to bring your own with you! Get there early, as Oudekraal is immensely popular. Call 021 438 9555 for more information.

Phone: 27(0)21 712 7471
Email: www.sanparks.org
Website: tablemountain@sanparks.org
Physical Address: Victoria road, OUdeKraal

49. Iziko Museums

Iziko Museums are amazing if you're interested in history

Cost: Between R20 and R50

There are many Iziko Museums in Cape Town and all offer insight into South Africa’s natural and cultural history. The exhibits range from 700-million-year-old fossils to insects and fish, dinosaurs and wildlife menageries as well as everything space-related at the Planetarium. There are also stone tools dating from 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century and authentic beadwork. 

Phone: +27 (0)21 481 3800
Email: info@iziko.org.za
Website: http://www.iziko.org.za
Physical Address: All over

50. Go for a swim

Cost: Between R6 and R21

There are many public pools around the city. The Sea Point Pavillion is a popular spot and is situated right next to the ocean. So you get a great view along with a fun swim. The cost to enter is R21 for adults and R10.50 for children. In Gugulethu you will find Vulindlela Swimming Pool. There's a main pool and a kiddies one. Entry is R6 for adults and R1 for children. Newlands baths is a popular family public pool with great grassy areas to relax on. The charge is R21 for adults and R10.50 for children. Trafalgar swimming pool is situated in Woodstock and has plently of green areas for you to relax on inbetween dips in the pool. The entry fee is R6 for adults and R1.50 for children. 

Address: Beach Rd, Sea Point, Corner of NY145 and NY117, Gugulethu; Main Road, Newlands; Searle Street, Woodstock
Call: 021 434 3341 (Sea Point), 021 637 5097 (Gugulethu), 021 674 4197/021 671 2729 (Newlands), 021 461 5060 (Woodstock)

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