The definition of office has been revolutionised by the concept of coworking spaces. Instead of taking on big overheads for your small business or start-up, you can now share an office space. The perks are multifaceted. From cutting down on costs and portraying a professional corporate image, to working in an environment with likeminded people with access to a great networking platform.

Whether you are a digital nomad, an entrepreneur, or part of a small business team – there will be a coworking space in the Mother City to fit your needs and budget. We’ve rounded up the best coworking spaces in Cape Town for you.

Understanding Coworking Spaces

Before we dive into the top coworking spaces in Cape Town, let’s familiarize you with the lingo, if you are new to the concept. Upon arrival, you will get a tour of the space, and the office manager will tell you where the hot desks are located, the shared office spaces, and the private offices.

Hot desks work on a first come, first served basis. You might be lucky to sit on the same seat every day if you pitch at the right time. But you can’t feel disgruntled if someone steals “your” seat. If you are a creature of habit, and can afford it, you should then rather consider the shared office space option. You won’t have complete privacy, but you will be guaranteed the same seat every day. At some coworking spaces you can also set up your computer permanently. This is a good option if you work on a big screen connected to your laptop.

If you like the idea of a designated space, but would prefer more privacy for your team, you can secure a private office within the bigger general coworking space. This is a great option for a small company or start-up, offering you the comforts of an office, without having to worry about high rental and running costs.

#1 Kelvin Corner

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This one recently joined the Cape Town coworking space scene. It’s perfect for the trendy entrepreneurial Woodstock. The space is nice and expansive. Desk spaces include a small filing cabinet. There are also small offices available to rent on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. You can make use of the communal kitchen, lounge area, sun deck, and in-house coffee shop. There’s even a gallery on site for a bit of creative inspiration. Kelvin Corner hosts regular workshops which members have access to. To top it all off, there’s a bar situated downstairs for an after work drink.

Address: 170 Victoria Street, Woodstock

Cost: Hot Desks daily @ R150 | Hot Desks monthly @ R2 200

Visit kelvincorner.com for more information

#2 Craft+Graft

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This bright and airy space will get your creative juices flowing in no time. Craft+Graft is decorated with quirky art piece and potted plants to create a relaxed ambiance while you chase that deadline. There’s also an on-site coffee shop to keep you in tiptop shape all day. Or you can drink some sparkling water on tap! Grab a beer after work from the little mini bar and relax in the communal areas. Use the well-equipped shared kitchen to save on lunch costs. In the summer the patio is perfect for after-work drinks. There’s even showers installed if you have to rush off to a big event after work, or clean up in the morning if you cycled to work. This space strikes the perfect balance between professional and a home away from home atmosphere.

Address: 2 Gordon Street, Gardens

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R200 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 100

Visit craftgraft.co.za for more information

#3 Greenpoint Coworking

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If you like the idea of working close to the beach, this is a good choice. Its location is perfect for a stroll on the promenade before or after work. Enjoy uncapped fibre and unlimited coffee. The coworking space’s location is perfect for a more relaxed vibe, yet still near enough to the city to pop in for a meeting. Snatch a seat at the window to stare out into space if you need inspiration, or just plain distraction.

Address: Third Floor, Foyer A, Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Road, Green Point

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R250 | Full Membership @ R3 300

Visit greenpointcoworking.co.za for more information

#4 The Bureaux

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The Bureaux has three branches across the city each with their own unique perks, benefits, and vibe. It’s a great space to meet likeminded people and challenge yourself to be more productive while feeling part of a community. They are geared towards creating the ultimate working experience for those keen to embrace the new meaning of a working space.

Address: The Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock | Waterclub, Mouille Point | The Point Centre, Sea Point

Cost: Nomad Space monthly @ R1 000 | Fixed Desk monthly @ R1 850

Visit thebureaux.co.za for more information

#5 Workshop 17

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Workshop17 was one of the first coworking spaces in the country. They have branches in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, a good choice if you often travel between the two cities for work. Each venue has its own unique vibe. Try them all out for a free day, to see which one fits you best.

Address: The Watershed, V&A Waterfront | Kloof Street, Gardens | Harrington Street, Zonnebloem | Tabakhuis, Paarl

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R350 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 000

Visit workshop17.co.za for more information

Please note: parking in the Cape Town CBD is mostly paid metered parking, an extra cost to take into consideration when choosing a space.

#6 Inner City Ideas Cartel

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Also known as “The IC” amongst the creative community of the city, this luxury coworking space is the perfect starting point to grow your business. The fully-serviced space offers communal lounges and an in-house coffee bar to spruce up your work day. Let the stylish environment inspire you to greater heights while you rub shoulders with fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. There are three branches across the city.

Address: De Waterkant | Cape Town CBD | Green Point

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R350 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 000

Visit ideascartel.com for more information

#7 Work & Co

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This innovative collaborative workspace pushes the boundaries of what “office” means. The flexible and ambitious space is dedicated to creating a sense of community for freelancers, remote teams, entrepreneurs, and small/medium sized enterprises. Here you can embrace all the wonderful benefits of a coworking space in Cape Town!

Address: 11th–14th floor Touchstone House, 7 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R390 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 900

Visit workandco.co.za for more information

#8 Cubeways Workspace

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This is another coworking space with branches in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, perfect choice for business travellers. It’s a premium office space with various flexible offerings to accommodate your needs – from virtual to large office spaces, entrepreneurs to established businesses. Ideal location for a start-up to find its feet and grow. The brand believes in creating an environment where workstyle can meet lifestyle.

Address: V&A Waterfront | Icon Building, Cape Town CBD | Rondebosch

Cost: Hot Desk monthly @ R2 100 | Dedicated Desk monthly R2 500

Visit cubeworkspace.co.za for more information

#9 Akro

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Akro has the motto of “serious work time and serious play time”. The space is shared by start-ups, freelancers, and part-time Phd students. The facilities include a full kitchen and coffee shop. You can also request a daily prepared lunch. The environment is geared towards effortlessly mixing work life and fun, with pin-pong tables to take the work stress off during your lunch hour or after work. They also hosts quiz nights as well as other workshops focused on building a thriving career.

Address: Cape Town CBD | Salt River

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R250 | Hot Desk monthly @ R1 750

Visit akro.co.za  for more information

#10 №80 Hout Street

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An impressive² loft coworking space in the bustling CBD. The space attracts creatives from a variety of fields including coders, writers, designers and photographers. It’s an open-plan space with a sophisticated minimalistic vibe.

Address: 80 Hout St, Cape Town CBD

Cost: 1.8m Fixed Desk monthly @ R2 200 | 2.0m Fixed ‘Window’ Desk monthly @ R2 800

Visit coworkingcapetown.co.za for more information

Cape Town experienced its worst drought in a 100 years from 2017 till 2019. The city launched a Day Zero campaign to bring greater awareness to the severity of the situation. It was speculated that the Mother City would become the first city in the world to run out of water.

Luckily Capetonians jumped into action to do everything they could to save water, and many great water saving initiatives were launched to prevent this from happening. You can follow the transformation of the drought at capetowndrought.com.

How Does the Drought Affect Water Quality in Cape Town

In the aftermath of the drought, during 2019, some Cape Town areas experienced a change in the water taste. A strong earthy taste appeared in the tap water. Asking water experts about this phenomena, they reassured residents that there is nothing to worry about.

The raw water supply increased in geosmin. This is a natural organic compound that increases in water after the rain starts to fall again, breaking the dry spell. The human palate is very sensitive to this compound. It can be detected in the smallest concentrations, even a few small parts per trillion litres of water can be tasted. The compound also often increases during hot weather.

One of the biggest water supplies to Cape Town, is the Theewaterskloof Dam. And the geosmin increased substantially in the raw water sourced from here. But there is no need to worry, the water is still safe to drink. The tap water of Cape Town is compliant with special SANS 241 water standards.

Photo by sapeople.com Theewaterkloof Dam Is It Safe To Drink Tap Water In Cape Town

Theewaterkloof Dam (Photo by sapeople.com)

The geosmin is also responsible for the pure freshness smell that hangs in the air after a good rainfall. Although it causes a strange taste, with hints of beetroot, it can’t cause any harm to humans or animals drinking the geosmin-infused water.

Water supplied by the Blackheath Water Treatment Plant to Central Cape Town areas and the Southern suburbs are affected most. To counter the build-up of the geosmin compound in the water, the city is treating the raw water supply with powdered activated carbon to reduce the geosmin’s effect.

A Good Rain Season in 2019

Everyone feels great relief that the ominous Day Zero has been pushed back indefinitely. The combination of water saving efforts by Capetonians and a good rain season, has pushed up the dam levels to over 50% in 2019. Since 2015 the drought slowly increased and by 2017 the city was in major crisis mode.

Both locals and tourists are still encouraged to stay in water saving mode, as the hit on the water supplies surrounding the city will still take three to five years to recover. Luckily the municipal water supplied to household taps remain safe to drink, thanks to the city’s constant efforts to monitor the water quality.

Can You Drink Tap Water in Cape Town

The global community sat up and took notice of the Cape Town water crisis. Although the Day Zero campaign shed good light on the situation, it also made many foreigners weary to visit the country, fearing health risks associated with bad water sources.

Throughout the drought the city employed experts to constantly monitor the water quality, linked to the dam levels. The Day Zero date was set as an estimation when the city’s water supplies would drop below 10%.

The municipality anticipated the consequences of running out of water, not wanting to drop below this point. This safety measure ensured that both locals and tourists could rest assured that the tap water would remain safe to drink throughout the water crisis.

Luckily the emergency plan never had to be executed, as the rain season slowly returned to normal in 2018 and even more so in 2019. And the greater awareness around the severity of the situation helped to preserve the existing water resources. Cape Town also employed water restrictions, linked to severe fines, ensuring that residents comply with the overall water saving strategy.

How to Save Water

There are a few habits you can adopt to contribute to the ongoing effort to conserve the Cape Town water resources:

  • Don’t take a bath
  • Take a short or stop-start shower
  • Flush the toilet only when necessary (if it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down)
  • Catch water from the shower and use it to flush the toilet or water plants
  • Close the tap while brushing teeth
  • Catch rainwater for garden use
  • Consider installing a rainwater tank
  • Don’t do washing too often
forge hiking app

There are more than 1 300 kilometers of hiking trails in the Cape Peninsula. The hiking community of Cape Town loves exploring the natural beauty of the city. If you are part of the outdoor fanatics club, calling Table Mountain and Lion’s Head your playground, the new hiking mobile app Forge, is perfect for you!

Where Nature and Technology Collide

The Forge team is passionate about the outdoors and decided to create extensive easy-to-use digital maps of the whole Cape Peninsula. Each trail in the area’s contour map has been captured digitally, showing the peaks and valleys with crisp clarity.

As you zoom in on the map, the available routes are highlighted with the names of familiar beacons such as Lion’s Head, Pipe Track, and Constantia Nek to guide your exploration. Once you select a specific route, more information appear including the features and a gallery. It also includes handy notes about the route to give you a better idea of the hike.

The route features offer you more information about the status, terrain, and difficulty. You can also check whether the specific route is mountain bike, trail running and dog friendly. The base map can be changed to imagery with or without labels, topographic, OpenStreetMap, light gray canvas, streets, National Geographic, oceans, or terrain with labels.

Your One-Stop Hiking Information App

The Forge app has created an extensive list of all the hiking routes in and around Cape Town. Before selecting a hike, you can read a short description of each route. The routes list also offers you information about the hike duration, distance, elevation, and hike difficulty level. With all this information at your disposal, you can make a calculated and educated decision about your route choice.

Although the app works best with your location services switched on, you can use it offline as well to give you an indication of the route while you are hiking. The app is a great way to discover new hiking trails to explore. And you can become better acquainted with the popular ones such as Skeleton Gorge, India Venster, Devil’s Peak, and Lion’s Head.

Related: Top 5 Hiking Routes Up Table Mountain

The Faces behind the Concept

Forge was created by Capetonians and is a 100% local start-up. The concept for the app emerged after realising a need for high quality and reliable data about the mountains surrounding Cape Town. The Forge team wanted to provide hiking enthusiasts with a user-friendly and practical interface to navigate their way across the Peninsula. They aim to create an aesthetically pleasing application that will appeal to both experienced mountaineers and first-time hikers.

The Forge team combined their wide range of backgrounds to tackle the app concept from different angles. Each team member has a different set of outdoor hobbies which helped them to diversify the application, reaching a wider variety of outdoor enthusiasts.

They also want to contribute to the Cape Town outdoor community, creating a space to share information and experiences, inspiring all nature lovers. The Forge toolkit offers access to expansive route information, as well as emergency contacts to ensure a safe hiking experience. There is also a live chat function on the app and their website.

forge hiking app

Meet the Team

Michael Halley is in charge of the GIS and App Development. He is a big lover of technology and the outdoors. With a GIS Business Analyst background, he is the brainchild behind the Forge app. You will often find him meandering around the mountains with his dog, mapping trails. Jozi, a cute little rescued Jack Russel is the official mascot of Forge. Follow Jozi’s adventures on Instagram.

Joshua Weiss heads up Research and Operations, making good use of his Conservation biologist background. His outdoor office is full of trig beacons, and beautiful nature spaces. He collects and verifies data, ensuring that the Forge app remains accurate at all times and scouting out new territory to expand into.

Alex Weiss runs the Media and Design side of the Forge app.  He completed an honours in Environmental Studies at UCT (University of Cape Town). His keen photography eye comes in handy to create highly aesthetic content for the app.

Visit www.forgesa.com for more information.
Or download Forge from the App Store or Google Play.

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s always tricky to wrap your head around the new money system. We’ve got all the information you need during your stay in South Africa. Whether you decide to use cash or cards – here’s all you need to know.

The South African Currency

The South African money system works in rands and cents. The coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 and the notes are R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. One rand is made up of a 100 cents. As with all currencies, the exchange rate fluctuates, but to give you a general idea of the strength of the South African rand against the major world currencies:

Pound R18,35
Euro R15,96
US Dollar R14,26
AUS Dollar R9,87
Hong Kong Dollar R1,82

*Exchange rates calculated on 15 May 2019

To work out your currency against the rand, click here.

Although some people think of South Africa as a third world country, a better way to describe it, is a developing country. There are still lots of growth potential in the economy, but the financial system is well-developed with an extensive bank network across the country. But it is best to convert a bit of your travel allowance into cash because some smaller businesses do still operate in cash only.

You can consider using your foreign credit or debit card, or a special travel money card. There are also a wide variety of ATMs that you will find along your travels. Some are linked to a specific South African bank, others designed specifically for foreign bank accounts.

Money Options in South Africa

We would advise you to consider a combination of cash and electronic money for your visit to South Africa. Below a breakdown of your financial options when travelling to South Africa.

Credit and Debit Bank Cards

Using your familiar bank card can make you feel more at home in a foreign country, but it can become a costly option. Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted throughout South Africa. So you will have access to your local account. The cards are accepted wherever you see their signs including local businesses, restaurants, and ATMs. You don’t need to pre-arrange your travel money, but you must be prepared for possible hiccups along the way when using foreign currency with a foreign card. And remember to inform your bank that you will be using your card in a foreign country.

Pros:

The convenient aspect of using your own bank card, is that you don’t have to pre-arrange a card and weigh up different travel money alternatives. You have access to all the funds in your account, so you don’t have to worry about running out of money. And a credit card is handy when booking your plane ticket, accommodation, and other online services.

Cons:

Your bank’s service charges for overseas transactions might be very high, and unclear. Also, if you use the card to draw money at local ATMs, the withdrawal fee is pricey. If your card gets lost or swallowed by a local ATM, it will be a big and costly hassle to replace it. To reissue a card can take up to four weeks, if it needs to be shipped to South Africa. If your card has advanced security measures, it may not be compatible with the local machines.

Card fraud must also be kept in consideration, and if your card is accessed, all your money can be stolen. Most banks do offer a money-back guarantee in case of fraud committed, but the policy may be limited during travel. Every time you use your card, the foreign currency will be converted to rand, which is linked to a service fee. Plus, if the exchange rate suddenly drops, your travel budget can be greatly affected.

A Visitors Guide to Money and Currency in South Africa

Photo by Daily Express

Travel Money Cards

Most international travel cards do not support the South African currency. But there is a local card available to foreigners from Bidvest bank. It is linked to Visa, which allows you to draw money from any local ATM supporting it. You can also swipe it at local businesses supporting Visa cards.

It is a debit card that you can use to pay for any products or services. You can also draw cash at ATMs or supported point of sale merchants such as PEP stores (clothing) or Checkers and Pick ‘n Pay (supermarkets). This card offers you easy cash access, and it is linked to a fixed exchange rate. You can also use it to fill up your car with fuel at supported petrol stations.

The card offers 24-hour support. You can also activate SMS notifications to keep track of your spending. With the Bidvest Rand Currency Card you can make hotel reservations, but you can’t make car rental bookings with it, unless the agency supports cash/debit card payments. You can collect the card at a local Bidvest bank branch, located across the country in major shopping centres and at the airport. Click here for more information.

Pros:

The prepaid card is not linked to your main bank account, making it a good secure option. There a set transaction fees so that you can budget your holiday spending. With the SMS notifications you can also keep track of your spending to budget better.

Cons:

If you use a different travel card option than the Bidvest Rand Currency Card, you will still be transacting locally in a foreign currency, which is linked to a fluctuating exchange rate. You will also be paying transaction fees to convert the money. There may be hidden transactional fees to take into consideration.

If you choose to use the Bidvest Rand Currency Card, you will need to arrange collection of it and have an alternative source of money in the meantime. (But there are branches located in both the Cape Town and Johannesburg airports)

While fees may look low, there are often a number of hidden costs, and card holders should note that they will generally be charged a percentage on ATM withdrawals rather than a fixed rate. The cards are only valid for a certain period of time and must be cashed out before return. The cards can only be reloaded at the official bank branches.

Traveller’s Cheques

These used to be a very popular travelling money option. They are pre-printed vouchers for a specific currency instead of cash. But they are not widely recognized in South Africa. Instead credit or debit cards are preferred.

Traveller’s cheques are not a viable option for travel in South Africa.

A Visitors Guide to Money and Currency in South Africa

 

Cash

As mentioned, carrying a small amount of cash with you in South Africa is advisable. Especially if you want to explore off the beaten track. If you don’t want the hassle of figuring out an international banking system, it could be the best option for you.

Pros:

You are guaranteed that you can make effortless payments wherever you go, without worrying about finding an ATM to draw money. There are also no extra banking fees to worry about. And it’s not linked to your main account back home.

Cons:

It is not advisable to carry around a big amount of cash with you. You can easily become a target of local thieves, who know how to spot an outsider in the country. If your cash gets stolen, there’s no bank guarantee backup to recover it.

Converting a large sum of money means you will have a big bulk of notes to carry around. And when you start using the money, coins have a way of multiplying and filling up your wallet. You might also not get the best exchange rate for your conversion to cash. It can also be tricky to keep track of your spending, if you are using only cash. Plus, you will have difficulty making a hotel or car reservation with only cash. Oftentimes the institutions would require a credit card as a deposit surety.

Recap: What Is the Best Way to Use Money in South Africa

A combination of local South African money in cash form and an electronic money format is the best way to manage your money while travelling in South Africa. Whether you decide to stick to your own bank card, or use a travel card, it’s advisable to not convert all your spending money into cash.

If you’ve been in Cape Town for a few days, you will have seen the bright red double-decker City Sightseeing bus drive past. These busses operate in over a 100 cities across the globe including London, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, New York, Dubai, and more.

They are the world’s largest open-top, double-decker sightseeing tour bus operator. Started in 1999, this innovative tour operator company is the go-to source for discovering the best a city has to offer. The service runs 365 days a year, regardless of the weather. The handy hop-on-hop-off bus operates like clockwork, arriving at regular scheduled intervals at each stop.

See More Learn More with the City Sightseeing Bus

While you are taking in the beauty of the Mother City, you can listen to interesting information about each area you drive through. The on-board commentary is offered in 15 different languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu). There’s also a fun channel for the kids.

EXPLORING CAPE TOWN WITH THE CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS_

The City Sightseeing Bus is a great way to effectively explore Cape Town. Instead of trying to figure out all the places you should see while you are in the city, use the City Sightseeing Bus with its structured route travelling past all the must-see attractions.

Also, Cape Town’s traffic and parking situation is notoriously challenging. With the City Sightseeing Bus, you can simply sit back and relax while someone else manoeuvres the congested roads. And it is more cost effective than Ubering across the city as well. The company strives to leave a small carbon footprint, and the busses have been declared carbon neutral.

How Does a City Sightseeing Bus Tour Work

There are a variety of tours to choose from including hop-on-hop-off routes through the city, cruises, wine tours, township tours, helicopter tours, and walking tours. A recent exciting addition to the City Sightseeing Bus tour repertoire, is the Franschhoek & Stellenbosch wine region Explorer Tour.

You determine your exploration of the city. The City Sightseeing bus has more than 30 stops, enabling you to explore over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions. The bus passes by each stop every 15 minutes. This gives you the flexibility to plan your day. Depending on the type of tour you choose, the first busses depart around 08:00 in the mornings, and the last busses run between 18:00 and 19:00 (season dependent) Download the bus schedule.

The busses operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. During peak season the bus departures are increased to compensate for the influx of people. Tickets can be bought online at a discounted rate. There are three City Sightseeing offices across the city – at the V&A Waterfront, in the City Centre near Greenmarket Square, and in Camps Bay. You can also buy tickets on the bus at the various stops (cash and card facilities available). The City Sightseeing tours range between 30 minutes, and 140 minutes. But you will most likely be kept busy the whole day with all the sightseeing opportunities.

The City Sightseeing Bus Stops

Here’s a list of some of the City Sightseeing Bus Stops:

  • Two Oceans Aquarium (V&A Waterfront)
  • Cape Wheel (V&A Waterfront)
  • Zeitz Mocaa Museum (V&A Waterfront)
  • District Six Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • South African Jewish Museum
  • St George’s Cathedral
  • SA Museum
  • SA Jewish Museum
  • Jewel of Africa
  • District Six Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Table Mountain
  • Camps Bay
  • Greenpoint Urban Park & Stadium
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Groot Constantia Wine Estate
  • World of Birds (Hout Bay)
  • Seal Island Cruise (Hout Bay)
  • Imizamo Yeth Township (Hout Bay)
  • Mariner’s Wharf Hout Bay Harbour

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City Sightseeing Bus Tour Options

Exploring Cape Town with the City Sightseeing Bus

Photo by City Sightseeing South Africa

There are various tour packages available. Your choice will depend on the duration of your city exploration. Some tickets are only valid for one day, others can be extended to two or three days.

The Classic Ticket (valid for one day, with four tour loops) is one of the most popular ones. It also includes a free Walking Tour of the city, but does not include the Sunset Bus Tour. You can join the tour at any of the 30 hop-on-hop-off stops along the route.

You can bump it up to a Premium Ticket (valid for two days, with four tour loops per day). It includes a free Walking Tour, as well as a free Harbour or Canal Cruise. You also get a half-price discount on the Sunset Bus tour. The ticket is valid for two consecutive days.

The Deluxe Ticket (valid for three days, with four tour loops per day) is a great way to make the most of the City Sightseeing Bus routes with the wide variety of activities. It includes a free Walking tour, Harbour or Canal cruise, and the Sunset Bus. The ticket is valid for three consecutive days.

Another handy option, is buying a Cape Explorer Pass bus ticket that includes entrance to 3 of 12 must-see attractions. This is a very cost-effective option, offering you fast track, hassle-free entry at your choice of attractions. Choose from the following 12 attractions:

  • Classic Burger & chips lunch at the Hard Rock Café in Camps Bay (Red or Blue)
  • The Cape Town Wheel (Red or Blue)
  • Canal cruise (Red or Blue)
  • Harbour Cruise (Red or Blue)
  • Hamley’s Train (Red or Blue)
  • Cape Town Diamond Museum Entry (Red or Blue)
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens (Blue Tour)
  • Groot Constantia wine tasting (Blue Tour)
  • World of Birds (Blue Tour)
  • Imizamo Yetho Township walking tour (Blue Tour)
  • Hout bay Seal Island cruise, Drumbeat (Blue Tour)
  • Hout bay Seal Island cruise, Circe Launches (Blue Tour)

You don’t have to decide which attractions you want to enjoy before the time. Your bar code will give you access to three attractions, before it expires. The ticket is valid for one day, including all the tour loops.

Other City Sightseeing Bus Tour Experience options:

  • Sunset Bus
  • Canal Cruise
  • Bus & Bicycle Combo
  • 6 hour Bicycle rental
  • 20 min Atlantico Scenic Flight
  • Harbour Cruise (V&A Waterfront)
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise
  • Cape Point & Penguin Explorer Tour
  • Franschhoek & Stellenbosch wine region Explorer Tour
  • Franschhoek Wine Tram with Cape Town Explorer Tour
  • Two Day Cape Point & Winelands Combo

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The Mega City Pass

The Mega City Pass offers you access to more than 70 attractions, along the City Sightseeing bus route. You can save 40% to 50% on general entrance fees. It also offers you 25% discount on any of the three Explorer Day Tours. The pass is valid for 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days. Skip the queues with the handy fast-track entrance. You can show your Mega City pass barcode on your phone, or print out the voucher for entry into the attractions.

It includes a handy guide for easy-reference to the locations and contact details of the various participating attractions. You can view the special offers and plan your exploration adventure. The guide is available from one of the City Sightseeing Bus Offices (V&A Waterfront, Long Street, or Camps Bay). You have free access to use th City Sightseeing Bus while your Mega City Pass is valid. You can scan your pass at one of the offices or on your first bus entry to access your bus boarding pass.

Free Entrance:

  • City Sightseeing: Deluxe bus ticket, Harbour or Canal Cruise & Sunset Bus
  • City Sightseeing: Sunset Bus Tour | Harbour & seal cruise |  Canal Cruise
  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
  • Live-guided township tour: Langa & Gugulethu
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Wheel (V&A Waterfront)
  • Two Oceans Aquarium (V&A Waterfront)
  • ZEITZ MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art (V&A Waterfront)
  • Springbok Rugby Experience & Museum (V&A Waterfront)
  • Hamleys Express Train (V&A Waterfront)
  • Shimansky Diamond Experience (V&A Waterfront)
  • Waterfront Charters: Harbour & bay cruise | Harbour & seal cruise | Sunset champagne cruise
  • Jolly Roger Sunset Champaign Cruise
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat: Bay & coastal cruise
  • Cape Town Comedy Club (V&A Waterfront)
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • The Diamond Gallery: Free tour & diamond pendant (spend R1500)
  • &Bikes: Art cycle tour
  • &Bikes: Food tour
  • &Bikes: 4 hour bicycle rental
  • Rush: Indoor trampoline park
  • Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour
  • Imizamo Yethu Township Walking Tour
  • City Centre Walking Tour
  • Slave Lodge
  • South African National Gallery
  • Bo Kaap Walking Tour
  • Bo-Kaap Museum
  • South African Museum
  • Cape Town Holocaust Centre
  • South African Jewish Museum
  • District Six Museum
  • Heart of Cape Town Museum
  • Cape Town Diamond Museum
  • The Woodstock Gin Company: Gin tasting
  • Pienaar & Son Distillery: Free Gin & Vodka Tasting
  • Mama Africa: Starter, glass of wine & wine tasting voucher
  • Gold Restaurant: Free djembe drumming / glass of sparkling wine
  • Groot Constantia: Wine estate tour & tasting
  • Drumbeat Charters: Seal colony cruise (Hout Bay)
  • Circe Launches: Seal Island cruise (Hout Bay)
  • World of Birds (Hout Bay)
  • Vredenheim Big Cat Tour
  • Alpaca Loom Barn Tour & Weaving Studio
  • Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
  • Eagle Encounters
  • Franschhoek Cellars: Cheese & wine pairing
  • Spier Wine Estate: Free tasting and bottle of wine
  • Simonsig: Cellar tour & wine tasting
  • Vredenheim Wine Estate: Wine tasting
  • Bikes ‘n Wines: Winelands cycle tour
  • Franschhoek TukTuk Wine Tours
  • Avontuur Wine Estate: Tasting & bottle of Cabernet/Merlot
  • Stellenbosch Vineyards: Wine tasting & bottle of Welmoed wine
Exploring Cape Town with the City Sightseeing Bus

Photo by City Sightseeing South Africa

Special Discount

  • Hard Rock Café: Free classic burger (valid between 11.30AM and 5:00PM)
  • Cape Point & Penguin Tour: Full-day live-guided tour: 25% discount
  • Wine tour & tasting: full-day live-guided tour: 25% discount
  • Franschhoek Wine Tram with Cape Town Explorer Tour: 25% discount
  • Meloncino Restaurant (V&A Waterfront): 15% discount
  • City Grill Restaurant (V&A Waterfront): 15% discount
  • The Greek Fisherman Restaurant: 15% discount
  • Hard Rock Café: 10% discount on merchandise
  • Jonkershuis: Free glass of wine with main meal
  • Groot Constantia Simons Restaurant: Free glass of wine with main meal
  • Wharfside Grill Restaurant at Mariner’s Wharf: R120.00 for seafood platter
  • Moyo Restaurant @ Kirstenbosch: 10% discount on bill
  • Kaapse Stories: 10% discount off ticket price
  • Jewel Africa: Spend R2,000 and receive a free Table Mountain Bracelet

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The Premium Mega City Pass will also give you free access to one of the following attractions:

  • Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari
  • Cape Town Helicopters Atlantico Tour
  • Cape Sidecars Chauffeured City Tour
  • Marine Dynamics Shark Cage Diving
  • Coffeebeans Routes: Choral Music Tour / Cuisine Tour / Jazz Safari
  • Dyer Island Cruises Whale Watching

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First Thursdays has been a free public event in Cape Town since 2012. On the first Thursday of each month, the city is abuzz with art lovers. Inner city art galleries stay open till 9PM or later, with special events hosted specifically for the monthly fiesta. Other cultural events and live music shows are hosted at partnering venues.

It’s a great way to explore the inner city by foot. Soak up the awesome vibe, the Cape Town CBD truly comes alive on First Thursday! Together with the inspiring art showcase at the various galleries, the streets are filled with buskers and other artistic acts.

What is First Thursdays in Cape Town All About

First Thursdays in Cape Town

It’s all about embracing the creativity that the Mother City has to offer you. Below we’ve created little walking maps for you to plan your next First Thursdays expedition. In between saturating your eyes with beautiful art, we’ve also added a few restaurants that you can use as pit-stops.

The restaurants in the CBD also host special events for First Thursdays. Make sure you also pop in at The Station on Bree market. There’s no specific way to explore the galleries. The best way to plan your night, is to visit the website and browse through the upcoming exhibitions. Or you can sign up for the monthly newsletter to stay in the loop about the latest events hosted every month.

If you want to park at a central point to start your exploration adventure, the best First Thursday Parking is located at 58 Strand Street. But we would recommend that you Uber into the city, to enjoy a free glass of wine at the galleries, and not worry about the new Zero Tolerance Policy by the South African traffic department.

For more information visit first-thursdays.co.za or follow their Facebook Page for upcoming events.

Church Street Galleries

99 Loop Gallery | Corner of Church and Loop Streets

Chandler House | 53 Church Street

Philippa Green & Ida Elsje | 76 Church Street

Addis in Cape Restaurant | 41 Church Street

The Cape Gallery | 60 Church Street

WorldArt | 54 Church Street

SMITH | 56 Church Street

The Association for Visual Arts Gallery | 35 Church Street

Mozart on Church | 37 Church Street

Hokey Poke | 1 Church Street

Loop Street Galleries

The Village Idiot | 32 Loop Street

Durst Gallery of Art + Shark and Safari Café | 58 Loop Street

Ebony Curated | 67 Loop Street

The Botanical Bar | 160 Longmarket Street

Yours Truly on Loop | 63 Loop Street

91 Loop | Corner of Loop and Longmarket Streets

Tjing Tjing Torii | 165 Longmarket Street

Melting Pot (Pop-up Restaurant) | 83 Loop Street

Alliance Française du Cap | 155 Loop Street

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Long Street Galleries

Emerging Artist Programme at the SA Sendinggestig Museum | 40 Long Street

The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel | 38 Long Street

Mungo & Jemima | 108 Long Street

Ministry of Economic Opportunities | 142 Long Street

Beerhouse | 223 Long Street

Lower Bree Street Galleries

Ground Art Caffé | 160 Strand Street

THK Gallery | 52 Waterkant Street

Bastille | 30 Waterkant Street

Youngblood Gallery | 70-74 Bree Street

Mungo | 78 Hout Street

The Architect Gallery | 71 Hout Street

Aces ‘n Spades | 62 Hout Street

Avital Lang Studio & Gallery | 40 Dorp Street

The Gin Bar | 64A Wale Street

Eclectica Print Gallery and Eclectica Contemporary | 69 Burg Street

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Upper Bree Street Galleries

Gallery MOMO | 16 Buiten Street

Crust Café | 243 Bree Street

Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts | 186 Bree Street

Oribi Village | 19 Park Road

Unfiltered | 18 Kloof Street

Edge Glass Gallery & Cape Glass Studio | 29 Vredenburg Lane

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Simons Town 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Every city has a few really cool neighbourhoods that seem to have more than their fair share of history, arts and culture. As it turns out, Cape Town has more than a few. So we’ve put together a handful of our favourite must-see neighbourhoods in the Cape Town area. You’ll want to put aside at least a day to get to know these neighbourhoods or, even better, book into a guesthouse or B&B and fall in love with these local gems.

  1. Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Harbour 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Kalk Bay has always been a cool neighbourhood, but now it’s official. In July 2018, it was named one of The 12 Coolest Cities around the World by Forbes magazine – and it beat London and New York in the process.

Much of Kalk Bay’s cool can be put down to its growth over the years that has been natural, organic and driven by the day-to-day dramas and activities of the locals who live and love this sleepy fishing village on Cape Town’s False Bay coastline.

Even if these days Kalk Bay looks more polished and tourist-friendly than it did in the old days, you won’t find a franchise or imposing high-rise hotel anywhere. What makes this town so gorgeously intriguing is its hodge-podge mix of historic building, cobble stone streets and love for colourful creativity that can be seen everywhere – in bohemian bric-a-brac shops, bookshops, nooks and crannies that stock vintage collectibles, and galleries bursting with art and antiques. Then there are the cafés and restaurants that offer a smorgasbord of eating experiences and culinary treats.

The quintessential things that make Kalk Bay unique in the world, are almost never out of sight – the ocean and mountain views, and colourful fishing boats that in many cases have been used by the same families that have fished False Bay for a hundred years or more.

If you need a bit of activity to burn off those Kalk Bay calories, you can hike the surrounding mountains or explore its caves with an experienced guide. Boomslang cave is popular with novice hikers and groups and the four kilometer hike takes about two hours.

Kalk Bay Theatre is the perfect way to end the day, but you’ll need to book your seat because most shows sell out quickly.

  1. Simon’s Town

Simons Town 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Simon’s Town is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and home to the South African Navy. Its rich maritime history is evident in its architectures, museums, eateries, and the servicemen and women in crisp white summer uniforms or the black and gold of winter.

A walk down Simon’s Town main road gives you the pick of quaint shops, restaurants and historic sites. These include Jubilee Square, the South African Naval Museum, and the Warrior Toy Museum. You won’t want to miss a visit to the statue in Jubilee Square of Just Nuisance – a famous Great Dane mix who became the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. You can visit his grave at the top of Red Hill where he was buried in 1944 with full military honours.

The other famous animal inhabitants of Simon’s Town can be found at Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African penguins who can be seen going about their daily lives in this spot sheltered by ancient boulders along the False Bay coastline.

If you’re after a bit of relaxation, Whale View Manor Day Spa are all about pampering you. And for those after adventure, there’s everything from sailing, cycling, hiking and kayaking, to shark cage dives and ghost walks.

  1. Bo-Kaap

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You will find Bo-Kaap above the city of Cape Town at the foot of Signal Hill and you’ll know when you’ve arrived. Cube houses of tangerine, mint green, candy floss pink and baby blue, wind up hills and down cobbled streets. They’ve been around since the 1760s when they were originally built and leased to freed slaves, most of whom had come from Malaysia and Indonesia. Many of the present day residents in this must-see neighbourhood can trace their roots back a hundreds or more and this why so many of the traditional customs and flavours live on in this unique area.

A good place to start is with a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum for a look at the history of the area and the life of a typical Malay family. There are also a number of colourful mosques in the area – the Auwal Mosque was the first ever established in South Africa. From the museum there is a 20-minute audio tour guided by Shereen Habib whose family has lived there for almost a century.

You can also sign up for a half-day cooking course given by Cape Fusion Tours and take home skills that will allow you to keep enjoying the Cape Malay flavours of Bo-Kaap.

  1. Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Khayelitsha, just 30km south east of the city centre, is the largest township in Cape Town. Although poverty is still rife in this neighbourhood, a spirit of optimism and entrepreneurship is alive and well in the rich history of this place, its culture and many social development projects.

The local eateries offer a mix of traditional and western food, and patrons are treated to an authentic township meal and neighbourhood vibe. If you’re after a morning brew, try artisan coffee shop, Department of Coffee. Or for the healthiest food in town, head over to Spinach King just around the corner from Khayelitsha railway station, for spinach bread and sandwiches made with locally grown spinach.

A Township Walking Tour is still one of the best ways to experience Khayelitsha. Not only will you be able to get to see township life as it happens, but you’ll also be given the opportunity take part in helping to create sustainable, positive change in the community by planting a vegetable gardens, for instance, or creating colourful street art.

  1. Blouberg

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Bloubergstrand is located 15 kilometers north of Cape Town’s city centre, along the shores of Table Bay. The suburb’s name means “blue mountain beach” in Afrikaans, and that’s an accurate description.

The beaches (divided into Big Bay and Little Bay) are best known for their view of Table Mountain across the bay which is the perfect backdrop for holiday pics. Big Bay is the destination of choice for kite surfers and windsurfers from around, while Little Bay is great for picnicking on the lawns or exploring the nearby rock pools.

When you’ve had enough of the beach or air, catch a bite to eat in one of the neighbourhood restaurants or stop in at Studio 46 for an eyeful of creations by local artists and sculptors, jewellery designers and photographers.

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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.

WHERE TO SEE THE SNOW IN WINTER IN CAPE TOWN_

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.

WHERE TO SEE THE SNOW IN WINTER IN CAPE TOWN

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.

Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve,Where to See the Snow in Winter in Cape Town

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.

Guinevere Guest Farm-Where to See the Snow in Winter in Cape Town

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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Pakhuis pass.

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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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