20 (cheap) things to do in Cape Town

By admin
27 December 2013

While many people go away during the festive season, holidaying in Cape Town can be achieved by acting like a tourist and hitting these hot spots. And it’s not as pricey as you might think.

Many tourists are visiting Cape Town again this holiday. Hit these hot spots without breaking the bank.

Cape-Town view

1. Full moon hike at Lion’s Head

As you’re hiking, you can enjoy views of Sea Point, Signal Hill and the City Bowl. Once you’ve reached the top, enjoy stunning views: from a view of the ocean to the beautiful city lights. The moon will light the way. If you’re relatively fit then this will hike will take you two hours. Not suitable for young children and the elderly.

2. The Two Oceans Aquarium

If you're at the V&A Waterfront consider stopping here. Tickets for adults is R106 with prices ranging for kids. Little ones younger than four get in free.

3. Silvermine

This is part of the Table Mountain National Park that surrounds the Cape Peninsula mountain range and picnicking along the banks of the reservoir is a beautiful experience. Activities include mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing and a short hike to a view point that encompasses False Bay and Cape Point.

4. West Coast National Park

This just a one hour drive from Cape Town. The West Coast National Park stretches from Yzerfontein up to the edge of Langebaan. It’s paradise, especially if you love water sports. Kayaking, snorkelling and some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing is on offer.

5. Kirstenbosch Gardens Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is open between 8am and 9pm. Bring a picnic basket for a delicious brunch or enjoy an open-air concert with various South African artists and bands. Entry is free for kids under six. Adults pay R45 and children between six and 17 pay R10. 6. The Pink Flamingo Cinema Enjoy an epic movie night on the rooftop of The Grand Daddy hotel. It's the perfect option for a summer's night.

'Enjoy an epic movie night on the rooftop of The Grand Daddy hotel. It’s the perfect option for a summer’s night.'

7. The Iziko South African National Gallery

Located in the Company's Garden, the Iziko South African National Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm every day. It has some amazing South African, African, British, Dutch, French and Flemish art. There is also a changing programme of temporary exhibitions that feature photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles, paintings and architecture.

8. Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most prized possessions and is also one of the new seven wonders of nature. Taking the Table Mountain cableway is an invitation to explore our very own natural wonder. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful Mother City. Make sure you have plenty of sunblock, sunglasses and preferably a hat that will shade your face.

9. Sea Point Promenade

Any summer’s day is perfect for a stroll along Sea Point’s promenade. The 11km walk along the Atlantic coastline is refreshing, scenic and good for you. A great spot for people-watching.

10. Read

If you're a book fan, pop into the Centre for the Book, which is in a historic Edwardian building near the Company Gardens. They host poetry readings, book launches, writing workshops and children's readings.

11. Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in Cape Point

Cape Point has some of the highest sea cliffs and freshest sea air in the world and is home to a variety of animals including Chacma baboons and the Cape Mountain Zebra. Grassy picnic sites are surrounded by beaches and a few safe tidal pools.

12. The Social History Centre

The Social History Centre is in Church Street. Here you can view a collection of ceramics, coins, furniture and textiles from around the world.

13. Company's Garden

The large public park and botanical garden in the heart of Cape Town has a rose garden, a Japanese Garden, a fish pond, an aviary and South Africa’s oldest cultivated pear tree that has been growing since 1652. You can feed the birds, have a picnic or enjoy a stroll.

14. Long Street

From bargain stores to the nightlife, to just absorbing Cape Town culture, Long Street epitomises the cultural offering that we fortunately enjoy in Cape Town. A few trendy spots in neighbouring Loop Street and nearby Bree Street are options if Long Street is too busy for you.

15. The V&A Waterfront

From the scratch patch to shopping to fabulous restaurants to absorbing harbour sounds to the amphitheatre at the V&A waterfront with its live shows featuring local acts on weekend afternoons, the V&A Waterfront is bound to keep you happily busy.

16. Oudekraal

Oudekraal is situated between Camps Bay and Llandudno. There are a number of sites under Milkwood trees that are ideal for relaxing family picnics.

17. Parliament

If you're not in the mood for the sun, consider taking a guided tour of the parliament buildings. The history of parliament, its function and how it works is all revealed on the tour. You can also observe debates from the public galleries. A tour lasts about an hour.

18. Signal Hill

You can arrive before 12:00 for the firing of the famous Noon Gun. Or you can sit in your car looking out toward the city.

19. The Clay Cafe

Get your creative juice flowing and enjoy a memorable and interactive family outing with your kids. The Clay Cafe in Hout Bay offers blank ceramic pieces for you to paint and they will glaze the final product for you. There are also various cakes and drinks on offer to enjoy.

20. Take a wine tour

Head out to either Stellenbosch or Constantia for a wine tour (just make sure you have a designated driver!). The many wine farms offer tastings and often have restaurants where you can have a glass of something delicious with a light meal.

Sources: capetownmagazine.com, uncoverthecape.co.za, safarinow.com, granddaddy.co.za, tablemountain.net, news24.com, claycafe.co.za, citysightseeing.co.za

-Faiza Mallick

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