If you’re a bit cash-strapped but want to explore the beauty and diversity of Cape Town, you’re in luck. The Mother City is home to a vast array of free experiences that allow you to dabble in adventure, immerse yourself in the culture and soak up the picturesque views.
Here are some free things to try in Cape Town:
Take A Hike
Cape Town hikes are pretty spectacular any time of the year. People trek up our incredible hiking attractions to savour unbelievable sunrise and sunset views. There are plenty of free hikes across the city, including Lion’s Head, Woodstock Caves, Cecilia Forest and various Table Mountain trails. Hikes are suited to different fitness levels, from beginners to seasoned hikers.
Sunset Picnic at Signal Hill
Pack a picnic basket and head up Signal Hill to take in one of the most magical Cape sunsets. As it gets busy during the summer months, arrive a few hours early, find a spot and revel in the pretty scenery and energetic atmosphere.
Green Point Park
This family-friendly attraction offers hours of fun for all ages. With an array of spots to choose from, including an eco square, adventure play park, outdoor gym, outdoor labyrinth, as well as an amphitheatre, you’re bound to spend hours here.
Where: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051 | Visit: https://bit.ly/3GMXnx7
Undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most famed attractions, the Company’s Garden makes for the perfect place to relax. The oldest garden in South Africa, located at 15 Queen Victoria Street, showcases some of the most stunning trees and plants, not to mention the cute squirrels that love to make an appearance. Pack a picnic, lay a blanket and soak in the grand views.
Where: 15 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Once known as Ratanga Junction, this park is ideal for those who want to walk, jog or relax in a peaceful setting. Not as crowded as other parks, this Century City attraction also showcases grand views of the canals and surrounding areas.
Where: 4 Conference Ln, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Hit The Streets With A Free Walking Tour
Hear insightful stories of Cape Town’s history, its people and architecture during a 90-minute walking tour. Choose between the Apartheid to Freedom, Bo-Kaap or Historic City tours, which introduce guests to the vibrant culture and history of some of the city’s most iconic spots.
Tours take place three times a day at 11am, 2pm and 4:20pm. The tour is free, but tips are welcome.
Where: Church Square, Cape Town | Visit: https://freewalkingtourscapetown.co.za/
Cool Off At Saunders’ Rock Tidal Pool
Not brave enough to swim in the ocean? Then try Saunders’ Rock Tidal Pool in Sea Point. This popular pool attracts local and international revellers in the summer months and is one of the best spots for sunsets. Once you’re done with a swimming session, grab a spot at the nearby rocks for a picnic.
Where: Sea Point, Cape Town | Visit: https://bit.ly/3ZnT2YI
Soak in the Sea Point Promenade
Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade that attracts everyone from joggers, skaters, dog walkers and cyclists. The Prom, as locals call it, starts at Mouille Point near the Waterfront and runs along the water’s edge through Sea Point. Make sure to capture some pictures at the Sea Point sunglasses.
Where: Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town
Get Active at Battery Park, V&A Waterfront
This 1.2 hectare park forms part of the V&A Waterfront’s Canal District, lined with shops, art and adventure. Key attractions include the skate and scooter park, a piazza, a basketball/mini soccer multi-court and the canal. Each area of the park contains public walking paths and benches.
Where: 19 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront | Visit: https://waterfront.co.za/battery-park-waterfront/
Trek To Just Nuisance Grave, Simon’s Town
Enjoy a scenic climb to Just Nuisance’s grave in Simon’s Town. The famous dog is believed to be the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. The steps begin on Barnard Street and lead up to the Navy Signals area where the grave is located. Please note the climb can be challenging. You’ll also find a bronze statue of the dog on Jubilee Square.
Where: St George’s St, Simon’s Town | Visit: https://simonstown.com/just-nuisance/
Durbanville Rose Garden
Located at 33 Drakenstein Rd, the award-winning Durbanville Rose Garden allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in nature as they stroll through the gardens. People enjoy visiting during summer and spring for its spectacular bloom-with many capturing photos for special occasions. There are short walking trails and picnic spots available daily.
Where: 33 Drakenstein Rd, Durbanville Hills | Contact: 021 976 3414
Mojo Salsa Sundays Powered by Salsa Cape Town
If you want to learn salsa and get your hips swinging on the dance floor, head to Mojo Market for their free Salsa classes every Sunday. Everyone is welcome, whether you are single, a couple or in a group.
After the complimentary beginner class, there is a salsa party featuring a hot lineup of DJs, 5 unique bars and 25 food stalls.
Where: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point | Visit: https://mojomarket.co.za/