This is part two of a list of 20 cool things to do during your stay in Cape Town. These are not just cool things, but all these activities are possible with a budget of around R100. This is equal to £5,- €6,- or $7,- and offer great value for money if visiting Cape Town on a budget. There are even some awesome things to do in Cape Town for free. If you have missed part one of the list and would like to see that first, please click here.
11. Take a Tour using your smart phone with VoiceMap
Would you like to do a tour of the city, but don’t want to follow a tour guide with a group of slow people, then VoiceMap is the app for you. The app includes interactive maps as well as different types of storytellers. The GPS on your phone makes sure the app tells you every detail and where to go at the right moment. You can download the maps and stories while you have WIFI available and then use them offline later during your walk. This way it won’t even cost you any of your data.
you can now even do the free “Welcome to the Neighbourhood” Ashanti Lodge Gardens audio-tour.
Costs: The app includes both free and paid tours. The paid tours vary from R16 to R96
12. First Thursdays
If you are in Cape Town on the first Thursday of the month, you can’t miss out on this amazing event. During First Thursdays many of the art galleries and cultural events in the Cape Town centre stay open until 9pm or even after. The best part about this event is that entrance is free everywhere and many places offer free wine. Before leaving make sure to read up on the places you want to go and grab a printed map at your first stop.
Costs: Entrance at most participating venues is free, anything extra will cost you.
13. Groot Constantia, wine tasting
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in South Africa. Here you can enjoy beautiful views, take a cellar tour and do a wine tasting. (or chocolate and wine for the real foodies) Even if you are not a fan of wine, the tour is really interesting and you can’t visit Cape Town without enjoying the view from this beautiful estate.
Costs: The wine tour and tasting costs R60 and the wine tour and tasting with chocolate costs R100. (booking is necessary for the chocolate and wine tasting.)
14. City sightseeing harbour cruise
If you are at the V&A Waterfront and want to see things from a different perspective, then make sure not to miss the Waterfront Harbour Cruise. During this 25 minute cruise along the harbour you will be informed about the history of the harbour, the sights and the special boats that you can find there. The boats depart just next door to the Two Oceans Aquarium. This tour is an add on for the Hop on Hop off Bus.
Costs: The harbour cruise costs R40. (R35 if you book online)
15. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens are one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. From flowers to colourful birds and small animals, to amazing views of the mountains, you will find it all at Kirstenbosch. With an entrance fee of just R60, which is put to good use, you can’t say no to a day in what National Geographic called “one of the most beautiful picnic spots in the world”.
Costs: Entrance to the garden is R60 for adults, R30 for SA students and R15 for children.
16. Visit the Planetarium
Always wanted to travel through the stars, but couldn’t quite cut it in astronaut school? Well here is your chance of seeing the stars and planets up close and personal. In the planetarium they have a show called “The Night Sky” showing you all the wonders of the little lights that brighten our night. Being located in the company Gardens allows for great walks in the park after your visit to the stars.
(the planetarium is closed until early 2017 for refurbishments)
Costs: Entrance is at just R40 and for SA students only R20.
17. Visit the Hout Bay Harbour market
Did you fall in love with the market at Biscuit mill, but weren’t a fan of how busy it is? Well the Hout Bay Harbour market will save your day. The market, located in an old fish factory, has everything the Biscuit Mill market has to offer and more. Not only is the Hout Bay market a lot less busy, it is also opened three days a week instead of one. The market is open at Friday from 4pm to 10pm, on Saturdays from 10am to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Costs: The Hout Bay Harbour market doesn’t have an entrance fee, but make sure to bring some cash so you can buy some of the beautiful goods.
18. Visit The Castle of good hope
Despite being built in 1666, the walls of Castle of Good Hope still stand strong. The castle was originally built on the beach front, but over recent years the sea has been pushed back to make way for new buildings and the V&A Waterfront. The castle is open to visitor’s every day from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Make sure to visit South Africa’s oldest building during your stay in Cape Town
Costs: Adults pay R30 for entrance to the castle, while children and SA students pay only R15.
19. Rent a bike
There is no better way to explore the city or parts of it than using a bike to do so. You are able to travel a lot faster than on foot but still have the convenience of stopping anywhere you like, something that you might miss while using a bus tour. There are beautiful places to ride to both in and around Cape Town. Most bikes you rent include a helmet, so you will always be safe while cycling.
Costs: Renting a bike varies per type of bike. With R100, you can rent a bike for 2 hours at multiple places.
20. Souvenir shopping at Greenmarket Square
When you are visiting Cape Town, you will surely visit Long Street. While you’re there why not just hop on by to Greenmarket square. During the day the square is filled with market stalls that sell all kinds of African crafts. You can’t go home empty handed, so why not buy your gifts over here.
Costs: There is no entrance fee for the Greenmarket Square, but make sure to bring some cash if you would like to buy some souvenirs.
There are plenty of cool things to do in Cape Town on a budget. This makes it one of the places you will have to go to in this lifetime. If you are searching for accommodation in Cape Town, make sure to check out Ashanti Lodge to see what we have to offer. If the activities on this list aren’t enough for you and you want more excitement, take a look at Ashanti Travel Online to see what we have on offer.
This is the second half of a list of 20 things to do in Cape Town on a budget of R100. If you would like to check out part 1 click here.