Cape Town has myriad sites and activities to offer, most of them do not cost a thing, or cost so little that it feels free. All the Mother City asks of visitors is that we respect Her and keep it litter freeâ€¦ oh, and have fun!
Hike up Lions Head or Table Mountain:
For an exhilarating hike with chains and ropes and the epic reward of one of the most amazing views of Cape Town, hiking up Lions Head is definitely the shortest and most epic voyage to take. However if you want a little more of a challenging hike, then Table Mountain is the peak to conquer. Echo Valley at the top with its huge towering boulders is awe-inspiring, and the view at the top of Table Mountain will have you catch your breath for more than just the hike. If you donâ€™t want to hike back down then the Table Mountain Aerial Cable Car is an option for R125 one way.
Relaxing on your own or with friends or family, taking the promenade down Mouille Point, Sea Point and over to Camps Bay by bicycle is a phenomenal experience in itself. There are always busy people scattering the shoreline, whether surfing, reading, throwing frisbies or jogging with a dog or two, the promenade draws all walks of life throughout the day. Wonderful little kiosks along the way offer divine ice creams and there are even little sushi spots to try.
Feed a squirrel or six:
Cost: R5 per packet of Peanuts
Cape Town’s Company Gardens are something to behold, with an entire section dedicated to the most exquisite roses and flowers. The giant trees frame the main walkway where most of the squirrels come out to play and eat the nuts that you bring. There are vendors before you enter the Gardens and two packets should be enough, however some squirrels are rather greedy. Spotting the two albino squirrels are an exciting sight to see, especially if they come to eat out of your hands. There is also a wonderful restaurant inside the main area where you can grab a milkshake or a bite to eat.
Scratch Patch @ V&A Waterfront:
Cost: R17 upwards.
If crystals are your thing, or digging for pretty treasure is, then the scratch patch is a definite must. One can spend hours looking at the beautifully precious crystals simply waiting for you to pick them up and take them home. A small bag of crystals costs R17, prices vary according to the size of the container.
Cost: Adult R40, Child R35
Want to feel like a child again, then you have to try Tobogganing or bob sledding on a steel pipe at 1.2km p/h downhill at Cool Runnings in Durbanville. Its perfectly safe and good old fashioned fun! Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Apart from the 5 things listed above there are a hundred fantastic things to do in Cape Town that are inexpensive and great fun. Have a little bit more in your budget then try “5 things to do in Cape Town under R100”.