Budget Friendly Fun In Cape Town

Our budgets can be tight after the holidays from buying Christmas gifts, going on holiday or indulging in delicious foods. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to still have a blast in Cape Town.

Just because the festive season is over doesn’t mean the fun has to be over. There is plenty of fun things to do with your loved ones even if you are on a budget.

Here are some fun ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg:

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Promenade Mondays

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With the curtains drawn on another season we'd just like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who pulled through for any of the #PromenadeMondays this Season, we wouldn't be who we are without you. 🏄 A reminder of what we stand for with #UnitedWeSkate; remembering that with all the inequality in society, as a community we can push through it all – together as one! The culture of skating is that of family, and family looks after one another. 💛 A special thank you goes out to @greenapplesphotography for consistently shooting the sickest action photos for us in his spare time, we love having you with us behind the scenes! 📷 Finally to the crew, old & new: Thank you for the tireless effort which goes into making/planning/attending as many of the events associated with the skate community as possible – even with life's responsibilities piling up, it's for the best cause. 💯 See you next Summer ✌ Yewww!

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what: Skateboarders, longboarders, rollerbladers, and BMX riders come together every Monday to celebrate the right to skateboard & rollerblade along the Sea Point Promenade (which was previously banned).

where: Queens Beach Parking lot (the last parking lot along the Promenade before you get to Bantry Bay)

when: Every Monday at 6 pm

cost: Free

website: www.facebook.com/promenademondays/

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Visit The Squirrels At The Company Gardens

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what: Take a walk in the beautiful company gardens where plenty of squirrels have made their homes in the trees. They are known to eat straight from your hand.

where: 19 Queen Victoria StreetCape Town 

when: September to March 07:00 – 19:00 / April to August 07:00 – 18:00

cost: Free

website: www.capetown.gov.za

e: gina.vantonder@capetown.gov.za | t: +27 79 609 4700


Muizenberg Moonlight Meander

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What: Take a relaxing moonlight stroll on the beach with your loved ones. The Moonlight Meander happens once a month on a Saturday that falls closest to a full moon

where: Muizenberg Beach, the walk starts in front of “Knead Bakery”

when: Monthly 6 – 7: 30 PM Events Page

cost: Free

website: www.safertogether.org

e: prekelt@synnovation.co.za | t: 083 325 7048

Moonlight Mass

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little man and his dad at #moonlightmass epic moment

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what: A monthly casual group moonlight bike ride that kicks off at Green Point Circle on a full moon once a month

where: Under the Green Point circle

when: Events Page

cost: Free

website: www.moonlightmass.co.za

e: info@moonlightmass.co.za




Klein Roosboom Wines

what: Wine tasting in a “Cave” at the award-winning Klein Roosboom boutique winery.

where: M13, Durbanville Wineries, Durbanville

when: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 16:30

cost: White-wine tasting: R40 (3 Sauvignon Blancs, 1 unwooded chardonnay, 1 rosé)
Red-wine tasting: R30 (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz)


e: info@kleinroosboom.co.za | t: +27 (0) 60 877 2678

The Southern Line Rail Route

what: Take a train ride from Cape Town to Simon’s Town with plenty of stops at several beautiful suburbs and coastal villages along the way.

where: Cape Town Metrorail

when: TimeTables

cost: R35 for a hop-on, hop-off ticket

website: www.metrorail.co.za

e: info@capetown.travel | t: +27 (0) 21 487 6800 

Cool Runnings Toboggan

what: Experience Cape Towns only Toboggan park, perfect for the whole family.

where: Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley, Cape Town

when: 9 am – 6 pm Weekends & Public Holidays / 11 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday

cost: Prices vary depending on age and amount of rides Price List

website: www.coolrunnings.capetown

e: ops@coolrunnings.capetown | t: +27 21 949 4439

The Scratch Patch


what: “It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favorite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.”

where: Simon’s Town – Dido Valley Rd

when: Mon – Fri: 8:30am to 4:45pm; Sat/Sun/Hol: 9:00am to 5:30pm

cost: Starts at R17

website: www.scratchpatch.co.za

e: paxtona1@webmail.co.za | t: (021) 786-2020



Kirstenbosch Gardens

what: There are lots of things to do in Kirstenbosch. Hike up Skeleton Gorge, Explore and picnic in the gardens, or take the canopy walk amongst the treetops.

where: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town

when: Sep-Mar (Summer) Mon-Sun 08h00-19h00 | Apr-Aug (Winter) Mon-Sun 08h00-18h00

cost: Adults: R65, SA Students (with card): R35, Children (6 – 17 years): R15, Under 6 years: Free

website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

e: Kirstenboschinfo@SANBI.ORG.ZA | t: 021 799 8783

Tea Under The Trees


what: “Tea Under The Trees is a beautiful tea garden situated on a working farm in Main Road Paarl” Enjoy farm-fresh meals from their menu and explore their Bric-a-brac shop. They are pet and child friendly.

where: St. Pieter’s Roche, Main Rd, Paarl

when: Monday – Friday: 09h00-16h00 During Summer Only

cost: Everything on their menu is under R60

website: www.teaunderthetrees.co.za

e: info@teaunderthetrees.co.za | t: 072 871 9103

Hout Bay Boat Trip

what: Jump on board for an adventure from Houtbay to Duiker/Seal Island and spy some Seals along the way.

where: 20 Northoaks, Hout Bay, Cape Town

when: Mon-Sun: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

cost: R90 per adult | R50 per child under 14yrs

website: www.drumbeatcharters.co.za

e: hello@drumbeatcharters.co.za | t: +27 21  791 4441 / 082 658 7055 

Franschhoek Motor Museum

what: Take a look back at more than 100 years of motoring history at the Franschhoek Motor Museum with their large collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and memorabilia on display. Be sure to book your viewing ahead of time on their website.

where: R45, Franschhoek, 7690

when: Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm Only By appointment

cost: R80

website: www.fmm.co.za

e: kras@fmm.co.za | t: +27 (0)21 874 9000


Secret Sunrise

what: Start your day by celebrating the sun. Secret Sunrise is an event where people come together and dance to music through silent headphones guided by instructors to welcome the new day.

where: Venue is confirmed closer to each event. Take a look at their facebook page for announcements.

when: 6 – 7 AM

cost: R90 (early bird), R100 (regular ticket), R75 (children under 12), R120 (Share the Joy ticket to donate a portion to charity)

website: www.secretsunrise.com

e: capetown@secretsunrise.com | t: 072 550 8028


Visit The Two Oceans Aquarium

what: Learn more about Ocean life by exploring the exhibits and visit the penguins and other sea species.

where: Dock Road at the V&A Waterfront.

when: Mon 9 am to 6 pm, Tue-Sun: 9 am to 7 pm

cost: R165 and under (Buy online for discount)

website: www.aquarium.co.za

e: aquarium@aquarium.co.za | t: +27 (0)21 418 3823 / +27 (0)21 418 3952

Admire The Penguins On Boulders Beach

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E dopo tanti km e scenari meravigliosi, siamo arrivati anche alla fine di questo viaggio 😅😌. Ho visto posti pazzeschi, scenari che cambiavano continuamente, di km in km. Alcuni erano esattamente come li avevo immaginati, altri richiamavano luoghi già visti in altre parti del mondo. Ho visto e conosciuto persone laboriose ed amichevoli, sorridenti e gioiose pur possedendo poco. Ho visto bambini giocare con bastoncini di legno e sassi e li ho visti andare in bicicletta in due proprio come si andava ai miei tempi (uno guidava e l'altro seduto o in piedi dietro! ☺️) Ho dormito in lodge spettacolari ma anche in alberghi dove si faceva la doccia facendo scorrere una clessidra per non consumare troppa acqua, perché in Africa il problema dell'acqua è davvero serio. Ho mangiato benissimo nonostante la celiachia, li ho trovati molto preparati (con mio stupore 😳) sull'argomento glutine e contaminazione, anche nel "peggior bar di Caracas" sono riuscita a sopravvivere! 😉 Ho visto la vastità dei due oceani…Respirato la loro essenza anche quando c'era aria di tempesta… Sarei stata ore a guardarli… e solo chi ha il mare dentro come me, sa cosa significhi lasciarsi cullare dal suono e perdersi dentro quelle onde… 🌊 Avevo scelto come foto di fine viaggio questa che in realtà è stata scattata nei primissimi giorni dall'inizio del percorso, perché la ritenevo la più emozionante, in quanto tra tutte le esperienze che sapevo che avrei vissuto, era quella che sapevo mi avrebbe più emozionata…Per una smisurata simpatia che ho verso questi animali, i pinguini appunto! 😊🐧 Alla prox emozione 🗺

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what: Visit one of the few African Penguin Colonies that made their home on Boulders Beach.

where: Kleintuin Rd, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

when: Daily

cost: R75 per adult  / R40 per child

website: www.sanparks.org

e: reservations@sanparks.org | t: +27 (0)12 428 9111

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