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.
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Visit an Iziko museum
The many Iziko Museums dotted around the Cape Town City Bowl offer great insights into South Africa’s rich natural and cultural history. The Bo-Kaap Museum, Rust en Vreugd, and Koopmans de Wet House charge only R20 for entry, with others all coming in under R60.
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.
VoiceMap tour of Muizenberg
VoiceMap’s GPS audio walking tours are 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 Prom in celebration of the great outdoors and beautiful scenery at the Sea Point Promenade.
First Thursdays takes place on the first Thursday evening of every month. 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 Green Point Urban Park
The Green Point Urban Park has an outdoor gym, play and adventure parks, sprawling green lawns, and biodiversity gardens. It 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 reserve 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.
For those who like to step it up a bit, there are some spectacular trail running routes in Cape Town. 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.
Enjoy a cup of coffee in Khayelitsha
Siki’s Koffee Kafe in Khayelitsha serves up an Americano for just R20. It’s Siki’s special blend, and some of the finest coffee in town. Grab a homemade muffin for under R10 while you’re there!
Grab a soft serve on Fish Hoek Beach
Head to Drifters Takeaway in Fish Hoek to enjoy some of the best soft serve ice cream in the city. Get it in a cup or cone and sit watching the waves with your feet in the sand. Cups are under R10, and cones are under R15.
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. The best part? It’s free!
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.
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. Read more about whale watching here.
Enjoy a free concert at De Waal Park
On Sundays once a month, there is a concert in De Waal Park near the City Bowl. Expect a fantastic line-up of the best South African talent! It’s only R20, so pack a picnic basket and get your friends and family together for a delightful sunny day out!
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