Free things to do on your Sunday
You don’t need an endless supply of cash to enjoy yourself and experience some of the real gems Cape Town has on offer. With a bit of luck, and the vast array of mountains, beaches, public squares and open amphitheatres you can basically live on love and fresh air.
Cape Town’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world and access to almost all of them is free (Boulders Beach and Oudekraal are the only exceptions). The best wind-free spot is Clifton, but don’t forget the sunscreen! The three kilometre walk from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay is one of the most scenic in the world, but you can also walk up the mountain from Boyes Drive, which gives you a bird’s eye view of the bay and an even better vantage point for whale spotting.
Walk Table Mountain National Park using any one of the many access points across the Peninsula. Walks along these mountain paths encompass gentle contour paths to gruelling uphill hikes. Or head up to Deer Park and cycle the dirt tracks on the slopes of the mountain, enjoying spectacular views at all times of the year, particularly when the infamous tablecloth starts moving over the edge of the mountain. Other cycling routes to try include the track up to Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak and the Majika Forest trail in Durbanville.
Walk from the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront, across the suspension bridge and over to the quays near the mall. Look out for seals and watch our working harbour in action along the way. At the V&A Waterfront, the Robben Island Museum display at the Nelson Mandela Gateway is free, as is a smaller exhibition area at the old ferry departure point on Jetty 1.
Join locals lazing on the grass at the Biodiversity Garden in the Green Point Urban Park (next to Cape Town Stadium) or wander through the indigenous fynbos gardens.
If you’re feeling energetic, go for a jog along the promenade from Mouille Point to Sea Point.
Walk Cape Town’s City Centre and Company Gardens for a look at our South African heritage. Do the Museum Meander or stop in an Iziko Museum where free entry is given on selected days throughout the year. In the city, follow signs to the top of Bo-Kaap, to see the Noon Gun cannon fire daily.
For a moving and thought-provoking memorial and museum, visit the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in Gardens. The Prestwich Memorial along the Fan Walk in Green Point commemorates the legacy of slavery in the city.
The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum near Somerset West, Helderberg, is not-to-be-missed. One hostel has been retained in its original state to honour the labourers. A photographic exhibition of David Goldblatt’s work and an installation by Gavin Younge are also of special interest.
Take a walk through our city streets and pop into our art galleries. Rust en Vreugd (1778) in Buitenkant Street, Gardens is home to the Willaim Fehr Collection of pictorial Africana. There’s plenty of public sculpture to enjoy too: Kevin Brand’s interactive White Horses and Marieke Prinsloo’s 18-piece ‘Walking the Road’ are the most recent installations on the Sea Point promenade.
Grafitti by urban artist Faith47 can be seen all over but in District Six, and on the Foreshore at the historic Jetty Square, an installation of shark skeleton sculptures by Ralph Borland gives pedestrians a surprise when they walk beneath them.
Free musical concerts and live sport is often on at the open-air V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and at The Company’s Gardens off Queen Victoria Street, especially on public holidays. And on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, free talks are offered at the South African Astronomical Observatory at 8pm.
Please do not hesitate to contact Cape Town Tourism for suggestions on what to see and do, where to eat, how to get around and where to stay. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call +27 21 487 6800, or visit www.capetown.travel.