5 Pocket-friendly activities to try in Durbanville

Durbanville, some 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre, is home to award-winning wineries, adventure activities and a range of striking outdoor spots.

If you’re on a budget, here are some pocket-friendly and free activities to try when you visit this area in the northern suburbs.

Majik Forest

Majik Forest is one of those places you visit take in the breathtaking scenery.

The forest features a variety of plant species and is ideal for cycling, walks, jogs, picnics and dog-friendly trails. There is also a play area for the kids. Please note, parking is available at Protea by Marriott Hotel Cape Town Durbanville.

Price: Free entry.

Contact: 0860 103 089.

MCC and macaron pairing at Canto Wines

Durbanville boasts some of the most spectacular wine estates in the city, with most offering tastings for under R150. One such place is Canto Wines, a boutique winery known for its unique pairings.

Try their signature MCC and macaron pairing in the lush lawns or at their tasting room. For those who want a non-alcoholic pairing, Canto offers a tonic and macaron tasting.

Price: R125 for the MCC and macaron pairing, R90 for the gin and macaron pairing.

Website: www.cantowines.co.za

Bloemendal Trail Park

Young and old can get their bike on at Bloemendal Trail Park, located in the Durbanville Wine Valley, between the slopes of the Tygerberg Hill and Kanonberg terrain. The rugged trails are perfect for avid bike riders and running enthusiasts. The best part? The routes cater to everyone from beginner to advanced levels.

There is a café on the premises for those who want to grab a bite to eat.

Price: Day permit entry starts from R40. Bike hire is also available.
Website: https://www.bloemendaltrailpark.co.za/

Cool Runnings

Head to Cool Runnings, Africa’s first downhill tobogganing track, for a day of fun and adventure.

Manoeuvre through the crafty twist and turns by yourself or with a friend as many times as you want. The best part? The more times you ride, the cheaper the ticket becomes!

The onsite café serves food and drink at affordable rates.

Price: R75 per ride.
Website: https://coolrunnings.capetown/

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Art enthusiasts can visit the historic Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, which once served as a prison, police headquarters and a magistrate’s court.

It has since been converted into a haven for art lovers with captivating exhibitions.

Be sure to visit the clay museum, which houses an exclusive, contemporary collection of South African ceramics that illustrates the various techniques of making, decorating, and firing. There is a restaurant onsite.

Price: Free entry.
Website: www.rust-en-vrede.com/

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