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CCape Town offers it all - world-class food, accommodation, and fun activities for the whole family, but you might be wondering what to do if you’re travelling on a slightly tighter budget. The good news is that you can still get the full Cape Town experience with our help. Here are all the fun things to do for under R200.
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to get an overview of Cape Town and its surrounds is the popular City Sightseeing bus. It works on a hop-on-hop-off service all over the area, making sightseeing a breeze and totally spectacular. You can even stop for lunch and a glass of crisp wine with no worries about drinking and driving.
Cost: Classic hop on hop off ticket - R200 (Adult) R100 (Child)
Sightsee via railway…
The Southern Line Rail Route which stretches between Cape Town and Simon’s Town, is a fun way of getting around and a relaxing way of seeing Cape Town’s varied scenes. The journey between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town winds along the edge of the ocean and the views are brilliant. Get yourself the hop-on, hop-off ticket and stop at Muizenberg for a surf and lunch at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay for some delicious fish and chips;
Cost: R35 for the hop-on, hop-off ticket
VVisit Rondevlei to view indigenous flora and fauna
An unexpected gem situated within the Cape Town suburb of Grassy Park, about 20 min drive from the city centre. Home to some 256 species of indigenous plants, it spans 290 hectares and has a museum, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several bird hides. It is also home to Hippos as well as 20 other mammal species, a herd of Eland was recently released into the reserve. It makes for a really great family outing so don’t forget to pack your picnic.
Cost: R12 entry for adults and R6 for kids
Visit this website for more info: www.zeekoevlei.co.za
The next 2 are for free…
Enjoy the beach and a braai at Maiden’s Cove Beach and Braai area
Tucked between Glen Beach and Clifton Beach, is Maiden’s Cove. With views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean, Maiden’s Cove is the perfect spot for a day out with fantastic views. Take a cold dip in a tidal pool, relax in nature, and remember to pack a picnic.
Great stalls, great vibe and free great music, what’s not to love? Buy locally made and crafted gifts and curios and enjoy an evening with friends at the Bay Harbour Market with live music that you can enjoy for free. It’s open on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9:30am to 4pm and on Sundays from 9:30am to 4pm.
Really take in the Cape coastline and the harbor area with this activity. This cruise gives you an amazing harbour cruise from the V&A Waterfront and around the harbour. It’s a fun adventure and it gives you the chance to admire mountain views from a sea angle. Fresh sea air and wind in your hair is what this is all about.
MMostly free - Hike in Cape
There are some magnificent free hiking spots in and around Cape Town. Lion’s Head is one of the more popular ones and, although it is not the easiest, it’s maybe not suitable for the entire family, it does reward you with an amazing view at the top. Platteklip Gorge takes you to the top of Table Mountain and you can either head towards Kirstenbosch for some extra hiking and views or mosey down with the cable cart.
Here is what you need to know about safety and hiking in Cape Town.
Remember to take cash if you do want to ride down the mountain in the cable cart. Here is what you need to know: Table Mountain cable way
Mountain biking in Meerendal
Great for beginners and group rides, the tracks at Meerendal are flat and easy to navigate. You start with a bit of an uphill, but then it takes you to the first stretch of single track and onto a zig-zagging uphill that can prove tough on novices. Enjoy the views!
Visit the Iziko Museums
The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils, which are almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
Founded in 1825, in 1897 the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company's Garden. Visitors leave the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.
Cost: Between R20 and R50
Surf Emporium is internationally renowned as South Africa’s most popular Surf and SUP destination with a proven track record. Surf Emporium, located on the Muizenberg beach front Surfers Corner, offers an accredited Surf and SUP School, high quality equipment rental hub, retailer of leading Surf and SUP brands and a Vida e Caffè all under one roof.
Cost: Refer to the link above for private or group lesson costs