20 Things for Under R20 in Cape Town
There are so many ways to enjoy what Cape Town has to offer without breaking the bank. Here are 20 things to do in Cape Town for a mere R20 or less.
Visit an Iziko museum
The many Iziko Museums dotted around the CBD offer great insights into South Africa’s rich natural and cultural history. From the Slave Lodge to the South African National Gallery, you will find plenty to get lost in.
Go on a guided tour of the Slangkop lighthouse
Situated just around the corner from Kommetjie, is the Slangkop (snake head) lighthouse. At 34m tall, it’s the tallest cast iron lighthouse in South Africa and well worth clambering up the spiral staircase to the top.
Voice map tour of Muizenberg
The Voice Map self-guiding walking tours is a great way of experiencing Cape Town from a local’s perspective. There are many free tours to choose from, including the popular ‘Muizenberg like a local’ tour.
Bring your skateboard, inline skates, roller skates, or even BMX and skate along the Sea Point promenade in celebration of the lifting of the skating and cycling ban on the prom a couple of years ago.
The first Thursday evening of every month is when the CBD comes alive with art and culture, with many galleries opening their doors until late. Get a map of highlights from the website.
Visit the urban park
Created when the Cape Town Stadium was built for the Soccer World Cup in 2010, the Green Point Urban Park with its outdoor gym, play and adventure parks, and of course, green lawns, is the perfect place to relax.
Helderberg nature reserve
The Helderberg Nature Reserve is located just outside Somerset West, about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town CBD. The beautiful park with its spectacular views has lots to do for the whole family.
Take in the sights with a free walking tour
A great way to learn about the city’s history and culture is by joining one of the many free walking tours on offer. There are a large variety to choose from and all offer a unique perspective of the Mother City.
Take a hike
With scores of trails that wind up and around the mountains and peaks that envelope the city, hiking is a favourite activity among locals, especially during full moon. From leafy forest trails to rocky climbs, there’s something for all ages and abilities.
Check out the toy museum
Peer into toy history by visiting the Warrior Toy Museum in the naval village of Simon’s Town, just south of the city, near Cape Point. Their collection includes literally thousands of toys from yesteryear.
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For those who like to step it up a bit, most of the trails are open for runners too. There are a number of trail running clubs who have regular runs and visitors are always welcome.
Go for a swim
Cape Town can get pretty hot during the summer months and besides the near-frigid sea, there are numerous public pools in and around Cape Town where you can go for a cool-down splash.
Visit Rhodes Cottage
Quite a controversial figure, Cecil John Rhodes was in influential person in South African politics in the late 1800s and his former home in Muizenberg is now a museum with interesting memorabilia from the era.
Rietvlei wetlands reserve
A favourite among birders, the Rietvlei wetlands reserve is a freshwater wetland just outside the suburb of Milnerton. While there are numerous walking trails and water sports activities, it’s the wetland’s more than 10 000 birds that draw keen bird watchers from all around.
Watch the sun rise and set
Few things beat the spectacular sunrises and sunsets of Cape Town. Whether you watch it from a blanket on the beach, a secluded boulder or from the top of mountain, it’s always a breathtaking site to behold.
Attend a book reading at The Book Lounge
One of Cape Town’s most endearing little shops is the Book Lounge on the corner of Roeland Street, just down the road from Parliament. Their reading lounge is reason enough to go hang out there, but they also host regular readings by new and established authors.
Watch the noon day gun being fired
Every day at precisely noon, visitors get startled by a loud boom echoing from Signal Hill. It’s Cape Town’s famous noon gun that has been signalling the mid-day hour every day since 1806.
Feed some squirrels
Take a leisurely stroll through the Company’s Garden and find your inner peace, just remember to buy a bag of peanuts from the vendors at the entrance so that you can dole out some treats for the local squirrels along the way.
Play a game of putt-putt by the sea
Test your putting skills while taking in the spectacular view. The famous putt-putt course near rhw Mouille Point lighthouse is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Whale watching from the shore
Every year between June and December Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate north from the Antarctic and hang out in the waters around Cape Town to calve. Very often, especially in Kalk Bay, they can be seen right from the shore. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an elusive Bryde’s whale.