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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is certainly no secret. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, it’s high on the “hit list” of most tourists visiting South Africa. The grandeur of its setting against the slopes of Table Mountain is hard to beat, and one can easily spend a day just wandering about and discovering the garden with occasional stops to re-fuel at the tearoom or at Moyo restaurant. If you’re really lucky, and you visit in breeding season for the Cape Eagle Owl, you might even spot one of the breeding pairs and their young nestled in the trees or taking a tentative stroll near the main gate or above the cycad garden.

But if you are pushed for time or prefer a more directed visit, you might like to head straight for some of these top Kirstenbosch spots.

The Wild Almonds

This might seem like an unremarkable place to start the list considering all the other attractions the garden has to offer, but whenever I think about my favourite places to visit in Kirstenbosch, this clump of trees always comes to mind first. If you have children, dragging them around the expansive, hilly garden can be quite a challenge. These wonderful sprawling trees next to a stream and a large grassy stretch perfect for playing on (or sitting on while you watch your offspring gambol about) is a very welcome way to take a break from the walking. The trees themselves are beautiful and many of them have nice thick trunks almost parallel to the ground, perfect for children of all ages to climb.

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If you’re not a big tree climber but you like the idea of wandering about at the top of the tree canopy, head for the Boomslang.

The Boomslang Canopy Trail – Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

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Boomslang means tree snake, and the curved steel and timber design of this low-impact, low maintenance walkway (more formally called the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway) was inspired by a snake skeleton. Constructed in 2013-2014 and opened to the public in 2014, the Boomslang snakes its way unintrusively through the top of the trees as its name suggests, providing explorers with extraordinary panoramic views over the tree canopy and the garden. There is wheelchair access to the Boomslang, but if you’re planning on visiting in a wheelchair it’s a good idea to consult the website in advance to find out the best access routes.

When you want to take a break from walking, go and sit next to the Otter Pond (even if you can’t jump in, just the sight and sound of the water is refreshing) or head upstream to my other all-time-favourite spot in Kirstenbosch, Colonel Bird’s Bath.

Colonel Bird’s Bath.

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Although you’ll find it listed on the map as Colonel Bird’s Bath, locals still often refer to the waterhole at the heart of the Dell as Lady Anne Barnard’s Bath, after the wife of the Colonial Secretary who lived in the Cape from 1797 to 1802. I always loved the idea of her galloping up there on horseback for a morning dip, but sadly this legend is untrue as the bath was only built after she left the Cape.

The real history of the bath was that it was built in about 1811 by Colonel Christopher Bird, then the Deputy Colonial Secretary, who built the pool (in the shape of a bird, as a play on his name) to collect spring water so that it could stand and clarify before being piped into the house.

But history aside, the pool is really beautiful and an absolute must to visit. You’re not allowed to swim in it (though many have) but it’s enough just to perch and take in the beautiful surroundings: the magnificent Tree Ferns are my favourite. While you’re there, don’t forget to drink a handful of the pure, pH neutral water that flows up from an underground spring all year round at an average of 72 litres per minute – it’s delicious!

Just above the Bath is the extraordinary cycad collection, which should definitely not be missed. These palm-like plants are known as “living fossils” because they have hardly changed since the Jurassic Era 150-200 million years ago. Cycads are rare and endangered and Kirstenbosch propagates them to avoid collectors taking them from the wild. You can buy cycad plants at the annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale held every March, and at the Kirstenbosch Garden Centre, but remember that you will need a permit if you want to take them out of the country. Lurking in the undergrowth around the cycads are several bronze dinosaur sculptures. A search for all six of dinosaurs might distract any children you’re visiting with while you catch your breath.

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If you want to give your other senses some attention after all these sights, head towards the Fragrance Garden and the Braille Trail in the direction of the tea room and garden centre near Gate 2.

The Fragrance Garden and the Braille Trail.

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You’ll encounter all sorts of smells in the Fragrance Garden, some delicious (I’m a sucker for Pelargonia) and some definitely not so much (like the one that smells like cat wee to me). It’s shaped in a small loop, handy for corralling children through, and provides a brief and pleasant olfactory focus. Close by is the Braille Trail. Whereas sightseeing is normally, as its name suggests, focused on vision, the Braille Trail is great for those who’d like to give their other senses some extra input. Originally designed for patrons who are visually impaired, the trail provides an opportunity for anyone to close their eyes and use the rough ropes on their left-hand side to guide them sightlessly through almost half a kilometer of garden trail. When your hand reaches one of the large wooden “beads” in the rope you are alerted to a sign post, in English and in braille on the reverse side, which tells you something about where you are standing. You might even choose not to open your eyes to read these – walking the whole Braille Trail with your eyes shut can be quite a transporting experience, and it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Take a hike

Kirstenbosch is a great place to start or end a hike. A great one to try if you have about an hour and are feeling energetic is the Yellowwood Trail. It’s quite a demanding ascent to start off with, and definitely not one to choose if you feel like a gentle stroll. After you’ve hiked up the slope you reach Skeleton Gorge. At this point, we turned left and followed the contour path back down to the gardens, taking in some wonderful views along the way. Alternatively, if you feel like something more strenuous and have about five hours to spare, you could follow Skeleton Gorge to the top of Table Mountain instead. Be warned, despite its location in the middle of the city, Table Mountain is a realmountain, not a theme park and hiking Skeleton Gorge is not something to be undertaken lightly or with young kids – unless yours are unusually fit and willing. Ideally, go with someone who knows the route if you are not familiar with it, but whether or not you take a guide, take a map, a hat, some sunblock, something warm to wear just in case, and make sure you take enough water and are wearing sturdy walking shoes.

I haven’t even touched on the many other attractions that the garden has to offer: the live concerts, the sculpture garden and outdoor art exhibitions, the great gift shop, the Protea garden, the conservatory, the garden shop (for plant take-aways!) and the Useful Plant garden, to name just a few. A picnic at Kirstenbosch is also a great way to spend some time, and the fact that one is allowed to bring one’s own picnic fare (including for the open-air concerts, and including alcohol) rather than being forced into buying it on site as many other places require you to do, is a great bonus. If you do want to buy a picnic there instead, you can order from the tea room.

If you’re not picnicking and you need some refreshment, you can get a great tea, breakfast or light meal at tea room (near Gate 2) or go to the Moyo restaurant, which specialises in Pan African food, for something more substantial.

Whether you’re young or old, fit or unfit, a garden-lover or someone who prefers the arts, or if you’re visually-impaired or visiting in a wheelchair, you’re likely to find something to enjoy in these magnificent gardens.

Boulders Beach African Penguins

Boulders Beach Cape Town is one of the most instagrammable places in Cape Town, South Africa and probably the whole continent of Africa.

Below is a selection of our favourites taken at Boulders Beach. If you have any ones that you love, tag, or post the link to them in the comments below.

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Job description: Traveling the world, ticking off all the animals I can possibly kiss ☺️ :::: Didn’t think penguins 🐧 would make the list (and they technically didn’t cause they tried to bite me haha) but still it was an epic adventure with @livetheadventure #livetheadventure :::::: Ps – don’t forget it’s Aggie’s Giving Tuesday – send me a cause you’re passionate about that needs attention and I’ll share my favorite 3 on stories later today! ::::: The crew: @rayawashere @funforlouis @helenowen @zackkalter @nashgrier @g1avasis @chelseakauai @sam_kolder @michaelmoretti @jbxcreative @mijlof ::::: #bouldersbeach #capetown #penguins🐧 #🐧 #bucketlist #southafricaza

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2. @emmett_sparling – Emmett Sparkling

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Amazing photo by @emmett_sparling

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5. @wildlifejosh

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Tucked away in the corner of the Artem Centre (formerly known as the Adelphi Centre) a cosmopolitan café experience awaits you. Coco Safar was “conceived in New York, designed in Toronto and made in Cape Town”, after 10 years of meticulous dreaming and planning.

The luxury coffee café has now implemented their final phase to become an all-day café. We got to sample their new bistro dinner menu. Decadence galore!

An Accessible World-Class Café

Coco Safar has managed to strike the perfect balance between sophistication and a relaxed vibe. You can choose to dress up a bit for a luxurious evening outing, or simply impulsively pop in for a quick bite without feeling awkward in your jeans and t-shirt.

The brand creators aim to offer patrons “daily affordable luxury”. When you hear “Coco” you immediately envision luxury. Add to this “Safar” meaning journey, and you will agree that the name choice is very apt. Step in to the restaurant, and you will for a moment forget that you find yourself in Sea Point.

Coco Safar’s décor has a retro chic feel to it, with plush comfy leather seats and warm brown colours. It feels like an infusion of New York sass and Parisian flair. Wilhelm Liebenberg and Caroline Sirois have big plans for the brand. They plan to open stores in Johannesburg, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Tokyo, and Mexico City.

Artisan Coffee Meets Fine Dining

Although coffee is one of the biggest passions of the brand, the evening menu is a step above mere bistro nibbles. Their Espresso Bar features special Spirit Idrocompresso machines designed by Kees van der Westen. The innovative design turns pouring an espresso shot into a true art form.

The on-site Roastery & Coffee Lab gives Coco Safar complete control over the quality of coffee served. They aim to produce exceptional Third Wave specialty coffee, producing micro-lots from award-winning coffee beans. To offer patrons the ultimate coffee experience, Coco Safar’s baristas are highly trained.

Where It All Started

Wilhelm and Caroline have been travelling across the world for about two decades, searching for the ultimate culinary experience and the best coffee. They incorporated their findings into various dining endeavours, opening cafés and restaurants in various cities including New York, Toronto, and Montreal. Coco Safar is a culmination of the journey. They dream of making luxury dining accessible to everyone, not only the high-end market.

They brought Carmen Rueda Hernandez on board as chef. Her passion lies with chocolate and desserts. But she still out did herself with the dinner menu. Her attention to detail is exquisite. She creates interesting taste combinations, breaking away from traditions with flair. She’s travelled extensively. From her home country of Spain, to the UK and France, to Singapore and Australia.

The exposure to such a wide array of cultures is evident in her food creations. She has honed her skills as a pastry chef with training from Oriol Balaguer, a big name in the pastry industry. The other renowned pastry chef that helped her refine her skills in France, was Olivier Bajard. And celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal challenged her talent even further as part of the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen team.

The other exciting addition to the team, is Marshall Siavash. He brings to the table his cocktail-making expertise, a former bartender at The House of Machines as well as the Cause/Effect cocktail bar. He was also involved behind the scenes with the conceptualisation of the Cause/Effect cocktail bar.

It’s Not Just a Restaurant

The Coco Safar brand reaches beyond simply offering you a dining experience. From the Roastery & Coffee Lab they produce a unique coffee capsule range. What makes it even more special, is the innovative compostable, oxygen tight bio-capsules. It’s a world first, offering environmental-conscious coffee fanatics a sustainable capsule experience. Enjoy the ultimate Third Wave coffee experience in the comfort of your home! The capsules are compatible with Nespresso® machines, manufactured from 2010 onwards.

To complement your delicious cup of coffee, stock up on couture pâtisserie and viennoiseries. Inspired by the French patisserie tradition but infused with unique twists, such as maple-infusions originated in Toronto, and artisan touches from Cape Townian talent. Or, if you’re stopping for a cuppa at the restaurant, try their homemade gelato or sorbets (made on-site).

Coco Safar loves pushing the limits of the culinary world, producing various world-first products. Together with the on-site roastery, they now also have the world’s first botanical micro-brewery. The non-alcoholic beverages are created from brewing rooibos. They’ve also have a tonic water that is infused with the rooibos, available on tap at the restaurant. The range includes the Red Rooibos Cold Brew, Green Rooibos Cold Brew, and a Coffee-Citrus Cold Brew.

Marshall is in charge of overseeing the brewing process. With his extensive experience in the industry, he also creates unique botanical cocktails. And the presentation of these are very tongue in cheek! If you are a cocktail enthusiast, you are guaranteed an exceptional experience.

Dining As an Immersive Experience

Coco Safar has paid close attention to every little detail of the dining experience. Step inside and be transported into a luxurious world. The décor almost feels like liquid coffee, with its strong brown emphasis. The background music meanders from upbeat jazz to sultry French tunes. A special film created by the owners complete the escapist experience. Snippets from Pathé films include a fashion show and exploration of European cities. It plays on a screen in the background, a perfect distraction or conversation starter.

To whet your appetite, before we share with you their new dinner menu. From the breakfast selection: French Toast – seasonal fruit, rosemary-poached pear, caramelised banana, yoghurt cream, almond & almond crumble, and lemon-caramel sauce. Or Brioche Florentine – flaky croissant pastry filled with Anura Estate feta, sauteed spinach & a baked egg, served with a fresh citrus salad.

From the lunch selection: Superbowl 2.0 – quinoa, broccoli, green beans, butternut, avocado, courgettes, radish, beetroot, and mixed leaves. Or Safar Bobotie – free range lamb mince, pineapple, apricot, garden peas, mango chutney, and yogurt.

Visit www.cocosafar.com for more information.

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If only we could have a limitless budget to explore the Mother City! Until we figure out how to do this, we’ll have to keep an eye on our budgets. We’ve hunted down a few fun things that you can indulge in, without feeling guilty about your spending.

#1 Catch a Comedy Show at The Cape Town Comedy Club

Situated in the Pump House at the V&A Waterfront, you can get your dose of endorphins from top South African comedians including Alyn Adams, Nik Rabinowitz, and Dave Levinsohn. While you are enjoying the laughs, you can also order some food.

Tickets to weekday shows (Wednesday or Thursday) cost R95 and Sunday night shows are R60.

Visit capetowncomedy.com for more information.

#2 Have a Meaty Township Lunch at Mzoli’s

This unique culinary experience is situated in Gugulethu. So before you head over, remind yourself to not expect a flashy fine dining outing. In fact, there won’t even be knives and forks on the tables. And no waiters at your beck and call. It’s a down to earth authentically local experience. You can buy your beer or wine at the bottle store across the road before heading over to the butchery to select your braai meat. After you’ve selected your meat, head over to the braai grids, and wait for your freshly braai’d meat.

You determine the price of your meal. The average prices range from R89 per kilogram for the mutton chops and R60 per kilogram for the boerewors. And their homemade bread is a must, R10 per slice.

Visit the Mzoli’s Facebook page to stay in the loop with upcoming events.

#3 Catch a Movie under the Stars

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The age of drive-in theatres are now a thing of the past, but the Galileo Open Air Cinema has put a fresh spin on outdoor movies. Imagine watching a movie at a wine farm. Or in Kirstenbosch Gardens! Other venues include the V&A Waterfront rooftop, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, and various wine estates in Stellenbosch and Somerset West. They screen old classics and new blockbusters. Screenings are scheduled throughout the week during the summer months, from October to April. They also offer picnic baskets and there are food stalls as well.

Online bookings: a standard ticket costs R70 | Warm ticket with blanket included R79 | Comfy ticket with chair included R88 | Warm & comfy ticket with chair and blanket included R95

Visit thegalileo.co.za for more information.

#4 Have a Beer at Perseverance Tavern

It’s not every day that you get to sip a beer at the oldest surviving pub in the country. The Perseverance Tavern poured its first beer in 1808 and has remained operational ever since. For 28 years it went under the radar and only became an official pub with a liquor licence in 1836. In the beginning it also operated as a hotel. Surviving for more than 200 years is a feat to be cheersed with a beer!

You can buy a beer from R20.

Visit perseverancetavern.co.za for more information.

#5 Enjoy Theatrical Dining

This restaurant puts a new spin on “dinner and a show”. Your waitron will surprise you with their hidden talents. During the evening the waitrons spontaneously jump on stage and transform into a glitzy entertainer, wooing you with their sultry voices. If you are brave enough, and you know the lyrics, you can join them on stage! It’s a great way for students from the art schools around Cape Town to practice their performance skills, while saving money towards their studies.

You can determine your budget for the night, whether you simply want to pop in for a quick drink, or stay for a scrumptious meal.

Visit stardustcapetown.com  for more information.

#6 Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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A visit to this world-renowned botanical garden is a must! Nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain on the Southern suburbs side, it feels like a little tropical forest in the city. The gardens cover five out of the six South African biomes. It was founded in 1913 with the main purpose of preserving and showcasing the country’s unique flora. Make sure you take a stroll to the top of the gardens and walk on the Boomslang walkway.

Entrance fees: R70 (adults) | R40 (students with valid SA card) | R20 (children 6 to 17 years) | Children under 6 have free access.

Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens website for more information.

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront

The museum opened in 2013 and has been bestowed with many international accolades. It offers an interactive experience of the South African rugby history. View the largest collection of Springbok memorabilia in the world! You can admire the Springbok jacket of Paul Roos, the original Springbok Captain, and listen to audio recordings of classic games.

Entrance fees: R75 (Adults) | R50 (Pensioners over 60 | R50 (students with valid SA card) | R50 (children 6 to 18 years) | Children under 5 have free access.

Visit sarugby.co.za  for more information.

#8 Visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)

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Another world-first in the city, a museum solely dedicated to contemporary African art. And the housing of the artwork is a masterpiece in itself. The old grain silo dates back to 1921. Thomas Heatherwick was the mastermind behind the conversion of the silo. Read the TimesLive interview with the innovative architect. There are a 100 gallery spaces to explore, so make sure you set aside enough time to admire the unique collections.

You can enter for free on Wednesdays between 10 AM and 1 PM (only for African citizens with a valid ID/Passport/Driver’s Licence); on Museum Night and Heritage Day (24 September) between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Alternatively, pay half-price (R95) on the first Friday of every month between 4 PM and 9 PM

Visit www.zeitzmocaa.museum for more information

#9 Explore the City on a Bicycle

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There’s just something about getting on a bicycle that reconnects you with your adventurous side. This is a nifty way to explore the city from a unique perspective. The UpCycles bikes are classic Dutch-style, single speed bikes, with back pedal brakes (important thing to know, so you don’t panic when you can’t find the brakes!) Their upright shape and sprung saddles will keep you comfy while you admire the city views. They also have bikes with child seats. They also offer more advanced mountain bikes, aluminium road bikes and pedal assist ebikes (on request for pre-booking). Their drop-and-go stations are located at The Pavilion on the Sea Point Promenade, Breakaway Café (Waterkant Street Fan Walk), Silo 5 (V&A Waterfront Silo District), and Camps Bay (Bay Hotel). You can hire the bike at one station, and return it at another.

Bike hire: one hour costs R75 or two hours for R110 (if you want to go a little over your cheapie budget)

Visit upcycles.co.za for more information

Another option is to go for a guided bicycle tour around the city, but this will cost more than R100.

#10 Swim at the Long Street Baths

The Long Street Baths date back to 1908, a true historic gem. Although the interior has been upgraded, the original look is preserved. It has a 25m indoor heated pool that’s perfect for a quick morning or lunchtime workout session. The Turkish bath section has specific times dedicated to men and women. Tuesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 are exclusively for the ladies.

Turkish baths entrance R64 per hour or R120 per 4 hour session
Indoor pools entrance R23 (Adults) | R12 (Children) | free for pensioners
Hot baths/showers entrance R19 (Adults) | R19 (Children) | R19 (Pensioners)

Visit capetown.gov.za for more information.

Read about all the amazing public pools in Cape Town here. If you are up for more adventure explore Cape Town’s 19 tidal pools.

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Cape Town is a playground for everyone. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor fun to be had. We’re not going to list the obvious family fun options. But for in case you’ve forgotten: ten blue flag beaches, endless mountains to conquer, the Top 10 Parks in Cape Town, and Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools.

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cape Town

Let’s tell you about more fun things to do with your family in Cape Town. There are a lot of options that will entertain both the kids and the grownups.

#1 Go Karting

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Create a friendly competitive moment with your older kids. Who can do the quickest lap? The Kenilworth Karting track has become an old favourite institution in the city. And there is also another track to try at Century City.

Visit karting.co.za for more information.

#2 The Clay Café

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Let the creativity run rampant, each family member creating their own masterpiece. Best part, you get to keep your crockery creation afterwards. Don’t worry if you’re not too creatively inclined, the helpful staff will teach you a few tricks. Stop for a bite at the restaurant afterwards to chat about the experience and admire each other’s artwork. There is also a huge outdoor play area for the kids to blow off steam after sitting still.

Visit claycafe.co.za for more information.

#3 College of Magic

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The school has been teaching people the art of magic since 1980. It will stimulate both your kids’ minds and your own. Junior courses are hosted on Saturday mornings and adult courses on Thursday evenings. You can also simply sit back and watch the experts put on a mesmerizing public show. These magical performers can also be booked for a private show at a kids or staff party.

Visit collegeofmagic.com for more information.

#4 Rush Trampoline Park

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Reconnect with your inner child alongside your kids at this indoor park. The wall-to-wall trampolines are sure to burn some calories, keeping you fit and make the kids sleep like angels afterwards. They have two branches in the city. One is situated at Stadium on Main in Claremont, on the third level of the parking lot. The other is in the Greenstone Mall, corner of van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road. Besides the wall-to-wall trampolines, there are also three basketball slam dunk lanes, two dodgeball courts, two long trampoline lanes for epic flips,  plus a battle beam and more.

Visit rushsa.co.za for more information.

Insider info: get free entry with a City Pass

#5 HintHunt

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A unique way to bond as a family, if your kids are over the age of 9. Older kids above 15 can also crack the mysteries on their own. You’ve got 60 minutes to figure out the mystery to escape the room. Don’t worry, it’s not a small confined space, so you won’t feel claustrophobic while solving the riddles and puzzles. With enough team work, you can crack the code before the hour is up!

Visit hinthunt.co.za for more information.

#6 Cave Golf & Scratch Patch

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Putt-putt is one of those fun activities that can be enjoyed by all ages. Spice up the traditional game in a cave setting at the V&A Waterfront! Before or after the game, stop at the Scratch Patch, and let the kids discover the wonder of gemstones while hunting for their own ones. There’s another branch of the Scratch Patch in Simonstown.

Interesting fact: close to half of the world’s gemstones are found in South Africa

Visit scratchpatch.co.za for more information.

#7 Bugz Family Playpark

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This is a kid’s paradise! The expansive park features outdoor and indoor play areas, suitable for kids aged 2 to 10. Entertainment includes a water slide, choo-choo train, quad bikes, swing horses, real horse rides, a tree house, and even a castle. If you’re lucky the Bugz characters will make a special appearance. And don’t forget to watch the magic show. Fun galore!

Visit bugzplaypark.co.za for more information.

#8 ZipZap Circus School

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Ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Well, here you can sample the circus life. Best of all, the programs are hosted free of charge. They are funded by organisations and individuals passionate about the Zipzap vision. The programs are customized for various age groups, from kids to adults. If you rather want to watch the experts entertain you, pop in at one of their shows during the year.

Visit zip-zap.co.za for more information.

#9 The Blue Train Park & Putt-Putt

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No, this is not the famous train that travels to Gauteng. It’s a smaller one with an epic location next to the ocean, in Sea Point. The train has been operating for 50 years, maintained by the Sea Point Rotary Club. Both kids and adults can ride the fun train. Before or after your ride, squeeze in a round of putt-putt with a sea view. You can park next to the putt-putt course and walk along the Promenade to the train.

Visit thebluetrainpark.co.za or puttputtcapetown.co.za for more information.

#10 Imhoff Farm

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A farm outing is always fun for city dwelling kids. Situated in Kommetjie, the expansive space has something for everyone. The kids can play at the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo while the adults relax at the Blue Water Café. And pop in at the Old Cape Wine Shop before you leave. Other activities offered include Imhoff Equestrian Centre with outrides on the Noordhoek Beach. Plus a very unique experience – riding a camel! You’ll score brownie points with the kids for the rest of the year. You can also host a kids party at the farmyard.

Visit imhofffarm.co.za for more information.

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When exploring Cape Town, it’s easy to get stuck on the major tourist attractions. Table Mountain, the aquarium, Boulder’s Beach, Robben Island. And although you will definitely not be disappointed when visiting the iconic tourist attractions, if you stay in the Mother City, you might feel the need to spice things up a bit.

Dig A Bit Deeper into The Mother City Fun

We’ve found a few alternative activities to enjoy. From foodie fun, to outdoor activities, to learning new skills. Cape Town truly has something to offer every type of person.

#1 Tuning the Vine – Inner City Wine Route

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You don’t have travel all the way to the Stellenbosch winelands to taste good wine. Now you can simply venture into the CBD and embark on an inner-city wining adventure. The route meanders between 13 venues, each offering you a snippet of their best wine selections. Meander from Tjing Tjing Torii, to Publik Wine Bar, to House of Machines and other distinguished venues tucked away in the city centre. The event occurs once a month, at R150 per person. Your wine tasting will be infused with wine-tasting challenges, food pairings, and live music. The ticket includes access to the various venues, a glass, and a tasting map.

Visit tuningthevine.co.za to stay in the loop.

#2 Visit the R10 Restaurant

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The Xpresso Café believes that good coffee (and tea) should be affordable. And a cup of good coffee (or tea) should be accompanied by a yummy munchie, also at an affordable price. So, they decided to make everything on their menu, yes you heard right everything, only R10. The concept keeps things plain and simple, but delicious. They are open Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 6pm, on Saturdays from 7am to 4pm and Sundays from 8am to 1pm.

They have branches in Durbanville, Canal Walk, Cape Town CBD, Cape Gate, Stellenbosch, N1 City, Vangate Mall, and Table Bay Mall.

#3 Life-size Chess in The Company Gardens

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Feel like you’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole and pretend you are part of a Wonderland scene with this oversized chess set. It’s situated close to the Company Gardens Restaurant. If you feel a bit tired after dragging the big pieces around, pop in at the restaurant for a refreshing beverage. It was recently revamped by the Madam Zingara group, breathing a breath of fresh air into the eatery with its sought-after location.

#4 Embark on A Real Life Treasure Hunt

The Gallivanting Goose is a fun treasure hunting concept. Explore areas you’ve seen a hundred times before in a fresh new way. At the start of the hunt, you get a special smart device loaded with the game and used for navigation. Choose between the following venues: V&A Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town City Walk, Hout Bay, and Stellenbosch. Do you have the strategic, navigational, and problem-solving skills it takes to be the winning team?

Visit thegg.co.za for more info.

#5 Smash A Few Plates

Every month, on the last Saturday, you can fill your tummy with great Greek food and then party like only the Greeks can. Drink ouza, say “opa!” and decadently break a plate.  Hosted at Mykonos Taverna, in Sea Point, this popular Greek restaurant is a firm favourite in the local culinary scene. So, make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment.

Visit mykonostaverna.co.za for more information.

#6 Hike to The Kleinplaas dam

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Cape Town is full of hiking opportunities, tucked away within the city borders. If you are looking for a leisurely weekend outing that the whole family can enjoy, this is a great option. The dam lies in the Redhill area, situated above Simon’s Town. Along the way there are also interesting old ruins to explore.

#7 Learn to Salsa

Dancing is a fun couples’ activity to do. The Que Pasa dancing school hosts fun free dance classes every Friday night at La Prada, 107 Bree street (CBD), starting at 21:00. Or join at Jade Bar, 39 Main road (Greenpoint) on Sunday nights, starting at 20:00.

For more info, visit quepasa.co.za

#8 Fine Dining on Peaceful Waters

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The V&A Waterfront has a magical vibe. It’s always abuzz with activity. And now an even more exciting restaurant has entered the scene, a first of its kind in the city. The Alba offers you a floating restaurant experience. While you are feasting, you can stare out over the calm waters of the harbour.

The 22m long cruise boat can seat 72 people for an unforgettable dining experience. It’s designed as an all-weather boat, so come rain or sunshine, you can enjoy a unique dining experience. Plus, it operates every day of the year. You can also book out the Alba for your private function. The cruise and dine options range from R495 to R695, depending on the time of day.

Book your floating seat now!

Related: Top 10 things to do at the V&A Waterfront

#9 Become A Chocolatier

Lindt chocolate is a world-famous brand. If you are a hardcore chocolate fanatic, you most likely have an opinion on the various types of chocolate they create, with the cocoa percentage varying from milky sweet to darkly bitter. You can book a class to learn how to make your own chocolate delights with the delicious Lindt chocolate. Classes range from R345 to R475. Choose between making truffles, cupcakes, a cake, macarons, or a fondant pudding. They also offer kids chocolate making classes.

Visit the chocolate studio website to book now.

#10 Explore the Abandoned Zoo

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Did you know the city once had a zoo? It was functional from 1931 to 1975. Cecil John Rhodes requested it, and it included animals from his own menagerie. Situated close to the Rhodes Memorial it makes for an interesting exploration adventure with friends. Investigate the eerie remains of the old cages and other structures.

Back in the day it was very popular and offered free access to the public. Look out for the lion’s den, it is the most distinguishable structure.

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Snow in South Africa remains a fascinating weather phenomenon. Maybe it’s because we’re used to mostly sunny skies and warm days. It’s a great adventure to go snow hunting in winter, and in Cape Town we’re lucky enough to have snow almost on our doorstep.

A quick road trip within a three-hour drive, and you can pretend for a moment that you’re driving somewhere in Europe. We’ve sourced the best places for you to see the exciting little white fluffy stuff.

Snow season differs every year but late June to late July you’re mostly guaranteed to see some good downfall. Good thing this period falls over the school holidays! Perfect excuse to stare in amazement at the snow-capped peaks. And there’s nothing more romantic than a weekend getaway to the snowy hills. The best way to stay in the loop with snow in South Africa, is Snow Report SA. They are also active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you plan a trip over the weekend, there are great farm stays in the surrounding areas.

Best Places to See Snow in The Western Cape

There are four main areas in the Western Cape that consistently receive snow: Tulbagh, Ceres, Cederberg, and Worcester.

Tulbagh is the closest to Cape Town, an hour and bit drive away. The quaint little town has beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, tucked away between the mountains. On its outskirts lies many farms. These scenic mountains and open fields are often transformed into a white wonderland in the winter season.

Ceres is a little bit further away, just over two-hours drive. The fruitful valley produces an array of fruits. The second highest peak in the province is found here and the South African Ski Club calls it home. The reserve located outside the picturesque town is perfect for snowman building, snowball fights, skiing, and snowboarding. But if you want to truly enjoy the snow, you need a 4×4 to access it.

Also about a two-hour drive away, you can hunt the snow in the Cederberg. In the summer time the region is infamously hot and dry. But in winter it boasts with beautiful bright-blue skies and snow-capped mountains. The region’s highest peak, Sneeuberg, always has a sprinkle of snow adorning it in the winter months.

Two and a half hours away, you can enter the wine valley to view snow and lush green pastures. The wine growing region stretching from Worcester to Robertson often boasts with snowy mountains in the winter time, even if it’s only on the higher peaks. You can keep yourself busy here for hours with wine tasting, trout fishing, and historical winter walks hosted in the town.

Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve

Where: Farm Erfdeel, Matroosberg, Breede River, Ceres

www.matroosberg.com

Most of the time during snow season, this is your best bet to see snow. The Matroosberg mountain range boasts with the highest peaks in the Western Cape. In a good winter season, you can access the snow with a regular car on the lower slopes. With a 4×4 you can make your way to the higher peaks to explore the deeper snow.

The reserve has its own official ski slope and hut. There’s a wide range of accommodation options available in the area, something for every budget.

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Where: Breede River, Ceres

www.cherryfarm.co.za

Situated on the other side of Ceres, this cherry farm is often powered white during winter. Sometimes it’s just the tips of the Matroosberg surrounding it, but in a good season the snow lies thick on the farm. The farm offers both camping and self-catering accommodation options.

Guinevere Guest Farm

Where: R46, Tulbagh Road, Tulbagh

www.guinevereguestfarm.com

This beautiful farm is ideal for an overnight stay on your way to the snow hunting. During high snowfall seasons you might wake up to a white wonderland, with the magnificent mountains as a backdrop. If not, you will be close enough to the other snow-rich areas a short drive from the town.

Mont Rouge

Where: Strekstroom Road, Tulbagh

www. montrouge.co.za

Another great overnight option in the Tulbagh area. It’s centrally located to offer you the best chance of driving to see the snow in the surrounding areas. Often formidable peaks surrounding the farm is snow-capped in the heart of winter.

De Wilge

Where: Robertson

www.dewilge.co.za

This guesthouse in the Nuy Valley used to be an 19th century wine cellar. It was revamped into two stunningly luxurious apartments. Looking out onto the magnificent Langeberg Mountains, it’s a great spot to celebrate your successful snowhunting endeavours.

De Pakhuys

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Where: Clanwilliam

www.depakhuys.com

This spot is popular with hikers and rock climbers.  Situated 26km from Clanwilliam on the way to Wupperthal village, it’s ideal for camping or glamping.

Tucked away in the beautiful Agter-Pakhuis valley, it will give you the opportunity to savour the moment of your glorious snow hunting.

Goatherds House

Where: Matroosberg

www.matroosberg.com

It’s not every day that you get to stay in a hundred-year-old farm house. This immaculately restored humble abode is located at the foot of the Matroosberg Mountain, and it’s fitted with a few cosy comforts to heat you up during an icy winter moment.

Fairfield

Where: Ceres

www.fairfieldcottages.co.za

Easily accessible from Ceres, this lovely mountain retreat is only 6km from the town. It is nestled between orchids, at the foot of the Skurweberg Mountains. Perfect spot to stay after you’ve visited the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve.

Seven Oaks Vineyard Cottages

Where: Worcester

www.sevenoaksvineyardcottages.co.za

These self-catering cottages are situated on a 63-hectare active wine farm. Located in the Breede River Valley, the little cosy cottages offer you glorious mountain views.

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What do you get when you combine camping with luxury accommodation? Glamping. Glam camping has opened up the wild outdoors to those who prefer to sleep and wake up in comfort (and adore a hot shower). It’s the perfect way to get your dose of nature, without feeling uncomfortable in it.

If the idea of roughing it up doesn’t appeal to you, but you still long for a moment of pure natural bliss, then glamping is the perfect option for you!

The Old Mac Daddy, Elgin

The Daddy Brand is famous in Cape Town for The Old Biscuit Mill and The River Club. And the quirky Old Mac Daddy luxury airstream trailers on top of the Daddy Long Legs Hotel in Long Street. These airstream trailers are also found on the Elgin campsites: Daddy’s Den and Daddy’s Hideaway. They are tucked away in the valley, next to a tranquil lake with a white-sand beach. It’s the perfect weekend getaway, less than an hour’s drive from the city.

It’s also a great family-friendly space, relax in a hammock with your Daddy’s Beach Bar cocktail while the kids frolic in the woods or splash in the nearby pool. Enjoy awe inspiring views of the lush Elgin valley.

Facilities

Daddy’s Den features two tented bedrooms, one with two bunk beds and the other a double bed. Your tent is fitted with a tea-and-coffee station, mini bar, air conditioning as well as a private bathroom. Breakfast included.

Daddy’s Hideaway is a luxury tent with a double bed and two single beds. It also has a heated bathtub plus shower, and a private plunge pool. Make use of the premium coffee-pod machine and lounge on the swinging deck chairs. Free wi-fi included.

Activities

Restaurant and bar, mountain biking, wine tasting, archery, SUPing and kayaking, zorbing, tractor rides, and fishing (catch and release).

Pets not allowed.

Visit oldmacdaddy.co.za for more information

Cherry Glamping, Elgin

Enjoy your very own forest hideaway, lounge in your tent between looming pine trees. At night the campsite lights up into a real enchanted space. Special forest festivals are hosted here from time to time. It’s truly a magical place.

Facilities

Twelve fully-furnished bell tents with an equipped kitchen on site, a communal lounge area with a big dining table plus fireplace. There is also a lapa area with braai facilities.

Activities

Hiking and mountain biking, bird watching. Nearby: Cape Canopy Tour, Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre, Nature Discovery Tours, wine farms and the Whale Route.

Pets not allowed.

Visit cherryglamping.co.za for more information

West Coast Luxury Tents, Elands Bay

Situated between Elands Bay and Dwarskersbos, embrace the ruggedness of the West Coast terrain on the Fork West Farm. Turn the wild seaside into a glamping haven of crowdless bliss with access to an unspoiled private beach.

Facilities

Three luxury lodge tents, each accommodating two adults. The Fork South tent also has another thatched unit beside the tent that can accommodate four extra guests. Each tent has a fully-equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom, with electricity. Each tent also includes a private braai area.

Activities

Beautiful beach near the camping site, boat launching facility, surfing, and bird watching. The farm has an airstrip that can be used by arrangement.

Pets welcome, by arrangement.

Visit westcoastluxurytents.co.za for more information

Luxury Treehouse, Vindoux Guest Farm, Tulbagh

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Tucked away between the Tulbagh vineyards and fruit trees, lies a secluded getaway in the tree tops. The treehouses feature big comfy beds and delectable farmhouse breakfasts. Ideal spot to recharge and soak in the tranquillity of nature.

Facilities

The treehouses are perfect for game viewing (springbok, wildebeest and zebra). They look out over the Saronsberg Mountains and orchards. Equipped with a double bed, en-suite bathroom and a spa bath, coffee/tea making station, plus a balcony. The Honeymoon Suite is situated apart from the other treehouses, the secluded setting includes an indoor seating area with a partially covered balcony.

Activities

Gym and spa, picnic/braai packs from the farm’s deli, mountain biking (bikes available for hire) Nearby: wine farms.

Pets allowed, but have to adhere to property rules.

Visit vindoux.com for more information

Thali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

A family-run fynbos private reserve. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the West Coast. The deer will offer you a friendly welcome, oftentimes wandering into the lodge for a quick investigation of the new guests. The reserve features five luxury en-suite tents. The farmhouse has a vintage porch to escape the hot days and cosy fireplace for the chilly winters.

Facilities

The tents are equipped with a microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge. Plus an outdoor stoep and braai area.

Activities

Restaurant, game drives or walking tours, archery (with lessons from professional coaches) and a 3D archery course.

Pets not allowed.

Visit thalithali.co.za for more information.

!Khwa ttu, Yzerfontein

Situated just over an hour outside the city, the name comes from the ancient San culture. Escape the bustling city and learn more about these mysterious people that roamed the bush. Great spot to reconnect with nature.

Facilities

The Bush Lodge consists of four large tents. Each sleep two adults, with a lounge area, en-suite bathroom, covered outdoor deck and small kitchenette, plus private braai area.

The Bush Camp has five tents, with more basic facilities. Each tent sleeps two to four people, with communal bathrooms, a central kitchen, plus a boma with fireplace.

Both the campsites are solar-powered.

Activities

Game drives, walking and cycling trails, nature walks (learn more about the tracking skills of the San people), a photo exhibition with ethnographic film, restaurant, herbal tea tastings, and San language sessions.

Pets are welcome.

Visit khwattu.org for more information.

Africamps at Kam’Bati, Swellendam

Indulge in the countryside lifestyle at this tranquil riverside getaway. The luxury tents are nestled in a charming little forest next to the river. Fall asleep to rumbling water passing by your tent and wake up to a family of ducks cruising down the river.

Facilities

Five boutique luxury tents, with fully-equipped kitchens and en-suite bathrooms. Tents are equipped with two queen-sized beds and one bunk bed, a wood-burning fireplace and braai area. The tents also have air conditioning and electric blankets. You can order a breakfast or dinner braai pack. The bar is open on weekends and the on-site shop open daily.

Activities

Swimming pools with water slides, pool lounge, putt-putt course, jungle gym, hiking trails, and fishing. You can also canoe or take a tube ride on the Breede River. Nearby: wine farms, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Cape Agulhas and Swellendam.

Pets not allowed.

Visit the Africamps at Kam’Bati website for more information.

Other Africamps: AfriCamps is a glamping service provider, working in collaboration with family-run farms and reserves. Other locations to explore include Pat Busch Mountain Reserve (Robertson), Ingwe (Plettenberg Bay), Stanford Hills (Stanford), and Oakhurst (Wilderness).

Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal

The camping site strives to offer you a no-hassles camping experience. The tents are situated on the riverbank of a peaceful river. Follow the wooden walkways down to the edge of the water.

Each little campsite has its own private jetty, to canoe from. And you can easily explore the farmland and mountains of the area from this base.

Facilities

Each little camping village has a Bedouin freeform marquee plus a few canvas tents. The camping villages include a braai area with seating, electric lighting and a power point, as well as cooler boxes.

Activities

Canoeing, fishing trips (R30 per person), hiking, and horse riding (on nearby farms). Nearby: Stadsaal caves, Cederberg Wilderness Area.

Pets not allowed.

Try out their associated luxury campsite called KleinVlei, at Hermanus. The wooden cabins are situated near Grotto Beach, next to a lagoon.

Visit wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za for more information.

Africamps at Stanford Hills, Stanford

Another awesome glamping experience created by Africamps! This one is situated near rolling hills and lush green meadows, at the foothill of the Klein River Mountain Range. Peer out over the dam for a picture-perfect idyllic moment. The campsite is on a boutique wine farm, which offer wine-tasting experiences with authentic country food to guests. Eat the scrumptious farm-fresh vegetables, sourced from the estate’s own garden.

Facilities

Five luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms and fully-equipped kitchens. The tents have two queen-sized beds plus a single bunk bed. Each one features a braai area, with a wood burning fireplace. Tents are equipped with air conditioning and electric blankets.

You can order a breakfast basket or traditional South African braai pack, delivered to your tent. The wine farm’s Tasting Room serves both breakfast and lunch. They can also create a personalised picnic basket for your enjoyment.

Activities

Swimming in a farm dam, bass fishing at the top dam, wine tasting, horse riding, as well as hiking and mountain biking. And a very unique experience to consider, whale watching from an airplane.

Pets allowed, but must follow property rules

Visit the Stanford Africamps website for more information.

Lancewood Tipi Lodge, Assegai Rest Farm, Robertson

These unique tents offer you camping with a Native American twist. The campsite has three areas: the Paws TiPi site, Magic TiPi Lodge and the Noy Noy TiPi. The Paws TiPi site has two tents; the one sleeps two people and the other accommodates five. The Magic TiPi Lodge is one tepee that can accommodate between two to five people.

And the Noy Noy TiPi can sleep two to three people. It’s a romantic tent with a shaded terrace, a hammock, plus extra luxuries. All the sites have solar power lighting, and gas/solar for hot water.

Facilities

The TiPi tents feature double or single beds, sleeper couches plus other furniture. The Paws and Magic TiPis each have a private outdoor shower and wash basins (as well as an inside shower and toilet), with hot water from solar/gas geysers. The Noy Noy TiPi includes an open air bath plus a shower with a “twist”. The campsite has a fully-equipped kitchen area, private braai areas per tent and each TiPi includes a fireplace for cosy winter nights.

Activities

Swimming pool, relaxing spa treatments from a massage therapist, field archery, hiking, and bird watching.

Pets allowed by arrangement.

Visit the Tipi Lodge website for more information.

Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu

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If you’re looking to make the most of your safari adventure in a vast and hidden landscape, Dwyka Tented Lodge provides the perfect escape. This secluded beauty, shaped like a horseshoe, is one of three luxury lodges at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a safari haven only a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. It is also home to free-roaming white lions. Enjoy game drives, guided nature walks, the rich fauna and flora in the area, boat safaris, rock art tours, relaxation retreats and stargazing. We love this snap, @twowolvesroam thank you. #MeetSouthAfrica #travel #nature #travelgram #exploresouthafrica #southafrica #thisissouthafrica #wanderlust #travelsouthafrica

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350-million-year-old rock formations enfolds the campsite. The reserve is a hidden, sacred space. The Khoisan people once called it home and their fascinating paintings, dating back over 3 500 years, are scattered across the reserve. This one is a bit further away from Cape Town (roughly three hours) but it’s worthwhile for a solitary getaway.

Facilities

Nine luxury tents, each sleeping two adults. The tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, (including a shower and basin), tea and coffee facilities, a mini-bar, heating and cooling, plus a private deck with a Jacuzzi.

The lodge features a lounge with a fireplace and satellite TV, open-air dining area, wi-fi, as well as a wine cellar.

Activities

Spot the Big Five on the expansive Karoo plains, visit a San rock art site (seven in total), games drives (two per day), guided walks, bird watching, stargazing, boat safari (dependant on the weather), and special relaxation retreats

Pets not allowed.

Visit the Dwyka Tented Lodge website for more information.

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There’s so much to do in Cape Town. And unless you have a sugar daddy (or mommy) refilling your wallet every day, your budget will not be happy with you going on an endless spending spree. Luckily there are ways to still have fun and not break the piggy bank.

We’ve sourced a few fun activities that are cost effective, but still guarantees priceless entertainment.

#1 Take a Hop-On Hop-Off Train Trip

Cost: R35 for hop-on, hop-off ticket

The Southern Line train travels between Cape Town city centre and Simon’s Town. Although caution to safety has to be taken when travelling on the trains, this particular line is geared towards tourists and in a very good condition. It’s a great way to see the variety of Cape Town city life whizzing past you. You will also be treated to epic ocean views between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town.

With the hop-on, hop-off ticket you can stop in Muizenberg to surf (or watch the surfers); stop in Kalk Bay for an affordable fish and chips lunch at Kalky’s, right on the working harbour edge; and end your adventure in Simon’s Town with a visit to Boulder’s Beach.

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#2 Visit the Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Cost: R12 (adults) | R6 (kids)

A little nature spot hidden within the city borders! Situated in Grassy Park, it’s about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The reserve was established in 1952 and covers 290 hectares. It features a museum, viewing towers, bird hides, picnic spots, and a special network of footpaths. The reserve boasts with about 256 indigenous plant species and 20 mammal species including Cape Clawless Otters, Large-Spotted Genets, Cape Grysbok Porcupines, and Eland. Plus, the most famous inhabitants, hippos!

For more information, visit zeekoevlei.co.za

#3 Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Cost: R30 for a mini ceremony

Cape Town is a truly cosmopolitan city, embracing a wide variety of cultures. This Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is a unique experience, offering you a first-hand idea of what life in Ethiopia is like.

The Addis restaurant will transport you to the country for a moment, with their authentic Ethiopian furnishings and music.

For more information, visit addisincape.co.za

#4 Create Your Own Cool Runnings Toboggan Moment

Cost: from R48.50

It’s the only African track of its kind. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that you don’t need snow to enjoy this adrenaline-filled activity. Situated in Tygervalley, it is a stainless steel 1.25km track with 17 s-bends, exhilarating corners as well as a tunnel. You get to regulate your speed, so it’s perfect for hard-core and wannabe adrenaline junkies. The sled can take two people, great for a family activity.

For more information, visit www.coolrunnings.capetown

#5 Iziko Museums

Cost: Between R20 and R50

From South Africa’s natural history, to cultural treasures – the Iziko Museums preserve a variety of specimens for you to admire. List of museums, scattered across the city: Bo-Kaap museum, Groot Constantia Manor House, Koopmans-De Wet House, Maritime Centre, Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House, Planetarium, Rust en Vreugd, SAS Somerset, Slave Lodge, Social History Centre, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Bertram House, and the William Fehr Collection at The Castle of Good Hope. Read our post about The Iziko Museum Mile

For more information, visit iziko.org.za

#6 Groot Constantia

Cost: Free to enter, R50 for wine tasting

It is the oldest wine estate in the Cape, boasting with formidable Dutch architecture. The first wines were produced in 1685, under the supervision of Simon van der Stel, and it has continued producing fine wines without interruption ever since.

You can pop in at the Groot Constantia manor house Iziko Museum, before indulging in wine tasting and a delicious bite at one of the farm’s two restaurants. If you want to be more active, try one of the trail running routes meandering through the leafy grounds.

For more information, visit grootconstantia.co.za

#7 City Sight Seeing Harbour Cruise

Cost: R45

Although the other City Sightseeing tours are over a R100, these ones tick the box for being super cheap. You can choose between the harbour or canal cruise, both departing from the V & A Waterfront. The harbour cruise will take you out at sea, exploring the working harbour of the city. With the canal cruise, you can explore the little canals meandering between the Waterfront and CBD. Both will offer you a unique perspective on the city.

For more information, visit citysightseeing.co.za

#8 Braai at Oudekraal

Cost: R31 (adult) | R16 (child)

One of those truly South African activities. Add a new element to your usual braai with epic views. This spot lies between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno. It features cosy little coves between the robust boulders, with beautiful beach stretches. There are more than 40 braai spots available. Some have grids, but it will be safer to bring your own along. And make sure you head over early, it’s a very popular spot.

Visit the SanParks website for more information

#9 The Labia Theatre

Cost: R50 or R40 with Fanatics card discount

It is South Africa’s oldest independent art-repertory cinema. They focus on showing mostly foreign films, independent movies, and historical cinema as well as alternative plus art circuit films. So it’s like going to Cinema Nouveau, but in a stylish retro cinema. There are also regular film festivals to expose yourself to thought-provoking cinema.

Plus, you can order a glass of wine and a nibble to enhance your movie experience (and take it into the movie!).

For more information, visit labia.co.za

#10 Mountain Biking in Meerendal

Cost: R30

An outing in the winelands is always fun! The picturesque wine farm has created tracks to explore the beautiful area. The route is mostly flat and easy, but it does include a few hills that can be challenging for novices.

But the spectacular views will definitely make up for the hard work!

For more information, visit meerendal.co.za

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