Tours and Travels




Cape City is among the most fun cities on this planet, and it’s a comparatively low cost place to go to, in comparison with cities within the US or Europe.
Food and drinks are affordable (a fillet steak is round $12, a glass of wine is round $3 and cocktails are round $4 – cut price), getting round is fairly low cost for the reason that invention of Uber and actions are largely fairly priced.
However there are additionally plenty of free and wonderful actions that you are able to do in Cape city to assist preserve your price range to a minimal.
So listed here are my concepts for many free issues to do in Cape City that can assist you have an incredible journey to the Mom Metropolis.
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Free Issues to Do in Cape City

Go to & {Photograph} Vibrant Bo Kaap
Visiting the colorful space of Bo Kaap is a must-do in Cape City. Courting again to the 1760s, Bo Kaap, previously often called the Malay Quarter, is Cape City’s oldest surviving residential space, the place lots of the Malaysian and Indonesian slaves lived, in white, rented homes.
As soon as slavery was abolished, the residents had been allowed to purchase their houses and it’s mentioned that they painted their homes completely different colors as an expression of their freedom.
Right this moment, Bo-Kaap is an attention-grabbing place to go to, to study concerning the historical past of the ‘Mom Metropolis, to {photograph} the colorful homes and to attempt a number of the greatest native cuisines.
Probably the most well-known road to go to is Wale Avenue, the place you’ll discover the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum.

Climb Lion’s Head
My favorite free factor to do in Cape City is to climb Lion’s Head. This is among the greatest hikes I’ve ever performed and the views from the highest are A-MAZING, I might say they’re even higher than Desk Mountain.
Individuals typically inform you to go up for dawn or sundown, nonetheless, the hike is fairly precarious in components (largely the final half, which entails climbing up ladders), so for those who’re afraid of heights or not tremendous assured climbing up ladders or scrambling, I might recommend getting into daylight or with a information.
There may be an ‘simpler’ method (avoiding the ladders), however nobody appeared to know methods to discover it so all of us took the ladders route.

Be a part of a Tour with Cape City Free Strolling Excursions
I extremely advocate taking a tour with the great people at Cape City Free Strolling Excursions.
They’ve 3 completely different excursions to select from – the Historic Metropolis Tour, the Apartheid to Freedom Tour and the Bo Kaap Tour. We took the Apartheid to Freedom Tour and it was wonderful!
Our information, Nizaam, was tremendous educated and pleasant, and I beloved how he weaved his private story into the tour. Subsequent time I’m in Cape City, I’ll do the opposite two excursions.
Excursions depart at 11am, 2pm and 4.20pm. You possibly can examine the particular departure instances for the tour you wish to do right here. You don’t must e book, you simply present up on the assembly level, oh, and put on cozy footwear!
While the excursions are free, all guides work on a tips-only foundation, so do you should definitely tip as they’re value it.

Wander Across the V&A Waterfront
For those who’re on the lookout for a pleasant and enjoyable solution to spend the day, head to the V&A Waterfront for a wander. It’s a terrific place to observe the world go by.
There are tons of outlets, together with designer, excessive road, memento and impartial shops (take a look at The Watershed for cool, regionally made items) in addition to eating places and dwell music.

Climb Desk Mountain
You can’t go to Cape City with out going up Desk Mountain, which is understood for being considered one of Africa’s greatest hikes.
You possibly can go up the simple method, utilizing the cable automotive, however you’ll need to pay for the privilege. Or if you wish to go the exhausting, and low cost method, you’ll be able to hike up both by your self or with a information.
There are a couple of completely different routes to succeed in the highest of the mountain together with Skeleton Gorge, India Venster, Platteklip Gorge, the Pipe Observe, Kasteelspoort, and Diagonal.
There’s additionally the favored and brief Kloof Nook hike which is fashionable for dawn and sundown. It doesn’t take you to the highest of Desk Mountain, however the views are wonderful!

Stroll the Sea Level Promenade
For those who’d like a pleasant enjoyable day, take a pleasant stroll alongside the Sea Level Promenade which is nice for walkers, joggers, canine walkers, skaters and cyclists.
The promenade runs from Sea Level to Mouille Level close to the V&A and is a good place for sundown, with views of Sign Hill and the Atlantic Seaboard. Throughout the street, there are many bars and eating places too.
There’s additionally an out of doors health club and plenty of play parks alongside the route too that children will love and for those who stroll far sufficient, you’ll move by the candy-striped Inexperienced Level Lighthouse.
For a small payment, you’ll be able to rent bikes from Up Cycles which is subsequent to the Sea Level Pavillion swimming pool (which can be a terrific and low cost place to go to). It prices 90 Rand (approx. £4/$5) to rent a metropolis bike for an hour.

Get pleasure from a Picnic within the Park
Cape City has some beautiful parks that you could go to. Two of the most effective are the Inexperienced Level City Park subsequent to the Cape City Stadium and De Waal Park in Gardens.
Within the metropolis centre, the Firm’s Backyard is a pleasant place to go to and a preferred spot for locals to take their wedding ceremony photos. It’s the oldest backyard/park in Cape City and a heritage web site, surrounded by plenty of essential landmarks and there’s additionally a pleasant restaurant. For those who take the Apartheid to Freedom Tour, you’ll stroll by means of right here.

Spend a Day on the Seashore
Cape City, together with the encompassing areas, has no scarcity of fantastic seashores. In actual fact, there are 72 to select from, with plenty of these being Blue Flag seashores.
Probably the most accessible from the town centre and possibly probably the most well-known are Camp’s Bay and Clifton (each Blue Flag, particularly Clifton 4th Seashore) that are in a shocking location with the 12 Apostles mountain vary as a backdrop.
Different notable Blue Flag seashores embody Llandudno, Muizenberg, Strandfontein, and Melkbosstrand. Or if you wish to hang around with the African penguins, go to Boulders Seashore in Simon’s City (though you do must pay for that one).
I additionally actually loved Bloubergstrand which is nice for kitesurfing (so it’s fairly windy – however then Cape City is a windy metropolis usually) and has wonderful views of Cape City and Desk Mountain from a distance.

Swim at Certainly one of Cape City’s Many Tidal Swimming pools
Swimming within the sea round Cape City may not be everybody’s cup of tea (the ocean is COLD and there’s a shark threat – it’s small, however nonetheless a threat), however considered one of my favorite free issues to do in Cape City is to swim within the tidal swimming pools across the metropolis.
Cape City has 19 tidal swimming pools to select from, with a number of the most well-known being round Camp’s Bay, Clifton, Kalk Bay, and St James.
We spent half a day on the Camp’s Bay tidal pool which was actually beautiful and the ocean was a lot hotter within the pool than the splashes we obtained from the water coming over the wall from the open ocean.
We additionally visited the Maiden’s Cove tidal swimming pools (between Camps Bay and Clifton), which had been lovely too, and far quieter than the one in Camp Bay.
However I did discover a whole lot of glass on the seaside, leftover from folks coming there to (I assume) occasion and have braais within the braai space – so I might advise sporting water footwear for those who do go.
Go to First Thursdays
On the primary Thursday of each month, Cape City holds ‘First Thursdays‘ the place artwork galleries keep open late and lots of cultural occasions happen. The initiative is about giving folks entry to the humanities and injecting life into city areas after hours.
That is additionally an enormous occasion night time in Cape City, with what appears like half the town popping out to play. It’s a youthful crowd (largely folks of their late teenagers, early twenties, possibly early thirties – at 42 I used to be undoubtedly one of many older folks there) however very enjoyable.
The realm across the Station on Bree was an enormous block occasion, with dwell music blaring out till late. It’s free to attend and benefit from the ambiance, however clearly, you must pay for drinks!

Test Out a Free Live performance
In the summertime particularly, you’ll discover dwell music everywhere in the metropolis.
We occurred throughout an area singing and dancing troupe in Greenmarket Sq.. There’s typically folks performing on the V&A Waterfront and we additionally noticed a dwell band taking part in close to the Silo Resort as we had been leaving.
In addition they maintain very low cost group live shows in De Waal Park. At 89 Rand per particular person, they’re an absolute cut price.
Attend the Cape City Carnival
Each March they maintain the Cape City Carnival, a road parade with floats, costumes, art work and many dancing.
There are 2 carnival villages which have meals, drinks and leisure which you’ll be able to take pleasure in pre and put up carnival. The carnival villages are open from 3pm, the parade begins at 6pm after which from 9pm – 11.30pm, there’s extra leisure at one of many villages.
The occasion is free, however you should purchase VIP hospitality or seated tickets for those who don’t wish to be a part of the rabble.

Watch the Sundown From Sign Hill
Each sunny night, locals collect on Sign Hill to observe the solar go down. Take a blanket, a picnic, and a few sundowner drinks and luxuriate in.
Simply to warn you, it’s often busy, so don’t anticipate a romantic sundown for 2! And you might want to get there about an hour earlier than sundown to get a great parking spot. I might additionally depart fairly sharpish to keep away from the crowds heading down.

Go to the Neighbourgoods Market at The Previous Biscuit Mill
For those who’re on the lookout for a spot to go which has all of the vibes, head to The Previous Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.
You possibly can discover the distinctive retailers, seize some scrumptious meals or drink and simply benefit from the ambiance. They’ve DJs taking part in which makes for an actual occasion vibe! My favorite day to go to is Saturday, particularly when the solar is shining!
The market is open 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and 10am – 4pm on Sundays. Sundays are a bit of extra chilled and fewer crowded than Saturdays. Once more, it’s utterly free to enter.
The Previous Biscuit Mill can be house to the most effective eating places in Cape City, The Pot Luck Membership. It’s not low cost, however the meals is wonderful. I might extremely advocate their Sunday Brunch (mounted menu) and ‘Bottomless Brunch’. You must e book on-line upfront and pay a deposit through the Dineplan app.

Spend Sunday Morning on the Oranjezicht Farmers Market
The most effective free issues to do in Cape City is to spend your Sunday morning in Cape City is to go to the very lovely Orenjezicht Metropolis Farm Market close to the V&A Waterfront.
It’s utterly free to enter and inside you’ll discover a complete load of foods and drinks stalls, retailers, florists, and contemporary produce. Purchase a dragonfruit – they’re very scrumptious.
The market is open on Saturdays (8.15am – 2pm), Sundays (9am – 2pm), and Wednesdays (5pm – 9pm).

Go to Cape City Satisfaction
Each March, it’s time for Cape City Satisfaction. I went this 12 months and had a good time watching the parade and simply having fun with the glittery rainbow vibes!
The parade begins round Prestwich Avenue Main College (in considered one of my favorite neighbourhoods, De Waterkant), through the ‘Rainbow Crossing’ for the official ribbon slicing and winds its method by means of the streets to Inexperienced Level Observe.
There are many occasions main as much as Satisfaction too, and afterparties!

Benefit from the Avenue Artwork
Cape City has no scarcity of road artwork and also you’ll discover lovely murals everywhere in the metropolis, some tucked down alleys and a few out within the open for all to see.
4 of the most effective locations for road artwork are the CBD (round Bree Avenue, Loop Avenue, Lengthy Avenue), Tamboerskloof (take a look at the road artwork down the facet of the Villa Viva hostel), Woodstock (throughout), Observatory, Salt River (subsequent to Woodstock), District Six (across the District Six Museum and the unimaginable ‘Harvest’ mural) and within the Khayelitsha township.
There are a number of Cape City road artwork excursions you’ll be able to be a part of, or you’ll be able to simply take your self on a self-guided tour which is completely free. Nonetheless, I might advocate taking a tour in an effort to get the background and which means behind each bit. And I might undoubtedly recommend a tour if venturing into the township.
Go for a Salsa Lesson at Mojo Market
Each Sunday, Salsa Cape City holds free salsa lessons on the Mojo Market in Seapoint. And the most effective bit, is it’s completely free. I imply, you’ll most likely find yourself spending cash on meals and drinks (the meals is wonderful), however the exercise itself is free!
It’s a very enjoyable night time and a terrific place to satisfy folks. The final time I used to be there, they had been additionally displaying soccer – half the place was doing the mambo, while the opposite half watching Liverpool v Manchester United. It was fairly cool.

Take part with Hostel Occasions
Most of the hostels in Cape City maintain free occasions that you could be a part of for those who’re staying there.
For instance, the [email protected] hostel in Inexperienced Level have trivia nights, free promenade cycles, braai nights, beer pong, and so forth.
These occasions are nice, particularly in case you are a solo traveller and wish to meet some journey buddies.

Drive the Cape Peninsula
Okay, so this one isn’t technically free, as you’ll most likely want to rent a automotive and pay for petrol, however there are many free issues you are able to do on this route, similar to lovely viewpoints, wandering across the cities and visiting the seashores!
Some cool locations to go to on the journey are Muizenberg, St James Seashore, Kalk Bay, Simon’s City, Cape Level, Chapman’s Peak Drive, and Hout Bay.
Simply keep in mind that for those who go to Cape Level, you’ll need to pay park entry charges and for those who do the Chapman’s Peak drive, you’ll have to pay toll charges. However you may also keep away from them for those who don’t wish to pay, however that form of defies the purpose of the journey.

Go to Kalk Bay for the Buying & the Seals
Head to Kalk Bay for 2 issues. To browse the vintage quirky retailers (antiques, cool garments, hippy retailers) and to see the seals that like to hang around within the harbour and across the fish market on the harbour wall.
Once we arrived, there have been a few seals simply wandering by means of the automotive park when one of many fishermen introduced some leftover fish out for the seals. This despatched the seals right into a frenzy and so they began chasing the fisherman… nicely, his bucket of fish.
These seals are enormous (a lot greater than me) and to see them coming in direction of you is fairly terrifying. The gang actually scattered as all people ran for canopy so that they didn’t get steamrolled. It was hilarious!
Kalk Bay can be a terrific cease so as to add to your Backyard Route itinerary if driving between Mossel Bay and Cape City.
Go to the Boshendal Wine Property Evening Market
In the summertime, the Boshendal Wine property in Franshoek hosts weekly Friday night time markets from 5pm – 9pm and entrance is totally free.
They’ve a variety of meals and drinks to purchase (together with plenty of their deliciouswine) in addition to dwell music. You possibly can examine the schedule right here. The market is climate dependent.
I might additionally extremely advocate spending some additional time right here and doing a wine tour/tasting.

See the Seashore Huts at Muizenberg and St James Seashore
And final however not least on my listing of free issues to do in Cape City, is to go to the seashores of Muizenberg and St James, that are subsequent to one another in False Bay.
Muizenberg is among the greatest browsing seashores within the Western Cape and St James has a beautiful tidal pool for swimming, however what makes them well-known are their beautiful and vibrant seaside huts that are extremely Instagrammable.
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