Six things to do for under R50 in Cape Town!2016-07-08
Holidays are important. Really, they are. Taking a break from work and from your day-to-day life is good for your mental and physical health, and will make you more productive in the long run. But holidays can be expensive, so why not take advantage of everything available just outside your front door? Take a “staycation”!
Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, and if you live in Cape Town you’re sure to bump into some foreigners taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. Become a tourist yourself and see what the Mother City has to offer. You don’t have to break the bank either – here are six things you can do in Cape Town for R50 or less:
Free walking tours
One of the best ways to explore Cape Town is on a walking tour. The guys who run those Red City Sight Seeing buses also offer a number of guided tours that explore different parts of the city. These quick tours are usually between 60 and 90 minutes, and the best part is, they’re free!
Hike up Lion’s Head
Hiking up Lion’s Head is almost like a rite of passage for all Capetonians, and it’s easy to see why. A relatively easy hike, the breathtaking view from the top includes views over the Atlantic Seaboard and Robben Island on the one side, Table Mountain in all its glory, as well as Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles mountains running along the coast to the south west.
Picnic in the Company Gardens
One of the oldest gardens in the country, the Company’s Gardens and its green lawns, magnificent rose garden and cheeky squirrels is a great place for a picnic. Rope in a couple of friends, make some delicious tuna sandwiches, and head over to the lawns on a sunny day. Don’t forget to check out the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa while you’re there.
Take the myCiti bus to Hout Bay & back
Cape Town’s myCiti buses are a great way to get around town for cheap, with a myriad of routes going in every direction. What’s more, the 109 bus from Adderley Street to Hout Bay is arguably one of the most scenic bus rides in the world. For only R30 round trip (off peak) the route starts in the CBD, passes Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, all the way along the coast to Hout Bay. A one-way trip takes about an hour.
Have a braai at Oudekraal Beach
While you’re on your way to Hout Bay, why not stop over at Oudekraal Beach, just past the swanky Twelve Apostles Hotel. Oudekraal is part of the Table Mountain National Park and they charge a R30 conservation fee to make sure the place is well kept. The beautiful, boulder beach has braai facilities, so all you have to do is bring your own food and drink.
Sunset on the promenade
The Sea Point Promenade is one of the most popular spots in Cape Town, especially during summer when you can witness spectacular sunsets while walking, running, cycling or skateboarding along this nearly 4km paved walkway. The Prom, as locals call it, is also home to many interesting, interactive public art installations, beautiful lawns, kiddies playgrounds and even an outdoor gym.