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

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

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)

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

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

#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.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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If you embrace everything that Cape Town has to offer, you can literally be kept busy 24/7. But trying to soak up all the awesome things the city has to offer, can chew a big hole in your wallet. So, we’ve collected a few activities that you can do that won’t cost you a cent!

The sheer natural beauty of the Mother City is always available, but not everyone thinks that hiking up Lion’s Head makes for a fun outing. We’ve gathered a mix of activities for you. From outdoor fun, to cultured fun, to a bit of education mixed in.

Free Activities in Cape Town

Whether you are an outdoor junkie, or rather prefer indoor fun, there’s free things to do in Cape Town for everyone.

#1 Green Point Urban Park

The stunning community park is situated close to the Cape Town Stadium. It includes a wetlands area, attracting many bird species. Expansive pathways meander past the lush green lawns and little bushy nooks. A perfect space to escape city life for a moment of nature infusion. Read our other post  Top 10 Parks in Cape Town for other ideas as well.

#2 Sea Point Promenade

There’s a wide pathway that enfolds the side of the Atlantic Ocean, starting in Sea Point and ending close to the Waterfront. Almost any time of day you’ll see people using this nifty path to get some fresh air while appreciating the ocean views. Walkers, joggers, cyclists – it’s a favourite of both locals and tourists. At the beginning of the promenade there is a little hub of food stalls, close to the public swimming pool. Grab an ice cream and start enjoying the vibe. You could even stop at the outdoor gym if you feel guilty about the extra calories. Another fun activity along the way, is the putt-putt. It’s not free, but still very affordable at R28 per person.

#3 Cecilia Forest

It’s not often that you find a forest hidden in a city neighbourhood. This magical place is tucked away in Constantia, at the Constantia Nek. There are clear paths winding through the trees, suitable for all levels of fitness. It is also a dog-friendly area, as long as you keep your four-footed friend on a leash.

#4 The Company’s Garden

Another great nature spot to escape from the busy city life. The gardens date back to the days of the early Cape Settlers. It was used as a big veggie garden, stocking up the ships before their next voyage. You won’t find any carrots growing anymore, but the beautiful garden has been transformed into a lovely park. There are also a few museums that you could pop in to while you stroll among the trees. The SA Museum offers free entrance on public holidays.

#5 Centre for the Book

After you’ve soaked up all the fresh air of the Company’s Garden, pop in at this section of the South African National Library, situated on Queen Victoria street. It houses a big collection of books by local and foreign authors. The little reading rooms offer you a perfect spot to lose yourself in a good book for a few hours, in complete silence. Events are hosted regularly, check with the front desk to find out what’s coming up in the near future. Or check in on Facebook for upcoming events.

#6 De Waal Park

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Situated in Oranjezicht, on Camp street, you can get another quick nature fix. As the sun goes down, you can also get some extra free entertainment, watching the city dogs enjoy their moment of outdoor fun. There’s a big fountain in the middle, with great old-world charm, as well as great jungle gyms to keep the kids busy. In the summer time free music concerts are hosted in the park. Keep an eye on the upcoming show on the Concerts in the Park Facebook page.

#7 Do a Free VoiceMap Tour

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VoiceMap is an innovative audio tour app, that turns your phone into your own personal tour guide. It makes use of your phone’s navigation services to guide you step by step through an area. They have a variety of free tours available, scattered across the city. These include the V&A Waterfront, Blouberg Strand, Constantia Winelands, and Woodstock. Read more about them in our post here.

#8 First Thursdays

Book out the first Thursday of every month for your dose of art and culture. The inner city art galleries remain open after hours, with special exhibitions (and of course a free glass of wine) Other businesses in the area host live music events and special activities for the evening. You can pick and choose what you want to see and do. The event creates a great vibe in the CBD. Check out the First Thursdays website to see what is happening at the next event.

#9 Take in The Sights with A Free Walking Tour

If you prefer a tour guide showing you around, you can join one of the city’s free walking tours. The tour options include the Bo-Kaap, District Six, a historic or street art tour, as well as exploring the promenade on a bicycle. The tours will offer you unique perspectives of the Mother City. Check the Nielsen Tours website to find out where each tour starts.

P.S although the tours are free, you can offer your tour guide a tip as a thank you for the great experience.

#10 A Sunset on the Beach

An outing on the beach is another great freebie outdoor outing you can enjoy. And sunset in Cape Town is an event on its own! Pack a picnic basket and wait for the sun to slowly sink down over the horizon. There are a variety of beach options to choose from. We’ve hunted down the best secret beaches in the Cape for you.

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It feels like there’s always something brewing at the Waterfront. Enter from almost any side, and you will be greeted with music hanging in the air from the local buskers. It’s a popular location all year round. And as with many Capetonian institutions, during peak season (December to February) everything picks up a notch or two.

But most of the time you can pop in almost any time of the day, and you will find something happening at the Waterfront.

The Silo Concerts

The Silo District is a recent addition to the Waterfront scene. It includes the formidable Zeitz MOCAA museum. Special contemporary and classical music concerts are hosted from December to February. Entry to the concerts are free. Concerts are Friday afternoons, from 7pm.

Click here for more information.

The Silo Markets

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These occur all year round, on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm. Entry is free. It strives to create a unique creative market experience, with two partners, Cape Craft and the Design Institute. The market aims to offer young talented artists a platform to showcase their innovative products, getting direct feedback from the public. While you are browsing the funky products, young up-and-coming performers will keep you entertained with music in the background. It’s a very exclusive market, so you are sure to find exceptional products not widely available.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

If you were a fan of the drive-in cinema, you will love this concept – watching a fun movie alfresco.  It is hosted at the new Battery Park, every 2nd Friday from October to April. The tickets range from R89 to R175 per person. You can choose to spruce up your movie experience yourself, or pay for one of their nifty seats or blankets. Want to impress someone special? Book a Snuggle spot, which includes a mattress in the front row, blankets and pillows, plus chocolates and Coke.

Click here for more information.

Related: Top 10 Things to Do at the V&A Waterfront

Summer Sessions presented by Mercedes

Musicians who have been part of the initiative include ZINGARA, Unity Band, Andrew Young, Gerald Clark, Bam Bam Brown, and more. The Amphitheatre hosts events over the weekends, starting at 7pm. This space often showcases new talent from across the country, so keep an eye on the Waterfront’s website or Facebook page to stay in the loop.

For more information visit the V& A Waterfront events page or follow the V&A Waterfront Facebook events page

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Cape Town has been voted best city in the world six times in a row. Each year the Telegraph UK asks their travel readers to vote and pick their favourite cities in the world. We totally understand why the Mother City has claimed the top spot six times now!

It feels like the city is filled with endless adventure options. And these range from tame leisurely activities, to hard core challenging ones. The Cape Town Big 6 company has created a platform where you can conveniently book the top must-do experiences.

The following should be high on your holiday priority list. And if you live in Cape Town, make sure you put these on your bucket list.

#1 Table Mountain Cableway

The cableway has been operating since October the 4th, 1929. It is estimated that over the years the Table Mountain Cableway has carried more than 27-million people to the top of the world-famous mountain. Table Mountain is a World Heritage Site and has been included in the list of New 7 Wonders of Nature. Read our post about the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to find out more about its history.

Each cable car carries up to 65 people, that’s approximately 800 people enjoying a scenic trip up the mountain every hour. That adds up to about 909 000 people every year. In 1997 the cable way was upgraded to state-of-the-art Rotairs that offer you 360° views while you make your way up and down the mountain. These nifty cable cars will carrier you to the top of the mountain in five minutes, travelling at 10m per second. Another handy feature of the Rotairs, is the water tank base. Each cable car can carry 3 000 liters. It serves a dual purpose, transporting fresh water for mountain visitors and a sturdy ballast during windy conditions. Click here to learn more about Table Mountain.

#2 V & A Waterfront

This unique shopping and entertainment hub draws about 24 million people each year. It’s rated as one of Africa’s most-visited destinations. It’s not hard to see why it is so popular. The place has a unique vibe. Buskers are scattered around beating out a tune on their guitar or xylophone. And it features the formidable Table Mountain as its backdrop across the ocean views in the harbour.

The V & A Waterfront stretched over 123 hectares. It’s a unique mixed-use development which revamped the old Victoria & Alfred basins which expanded the harbour capacity. The land was repurposed in 1990 to include commercial trading which included restaurants, speciality shopping, an arts and craft market, the V&A Hotel, a theatre, the National Maritime Museum, and more.

Now almost 30 years later, the V & A Waterfront is a firm fixture in the South African economy, bringing in millions of rands every year. Recent additions to the area include the expansion of the Silo district and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Read our post Top 10 Things To Do At The V&A Waterfront, you’ll be kept busy for hours (if not days)

#3 Kirstenbosch Gardens

It is one of the greatest botanical gardens of the world. Kirstenbosch nestles against Table Mountain’s eastern slopes, stretching over 5.28 km². The area dates back to ancient times, with Stone Age hand-axes and stone implements discovered in the Dell. This area was also home to two Khoikhoi clans, the Gorachouqua and Goringhaiqua. Click here to read more about the history. And make sure you view the historical Van Riebeeck’s hedge.

Kirstenbosch was officially founded in 1913. The main aim of the gardens was to preserve the country’s unique flora. This was a worldwide milestone, no other botanical garden had this ethos. Till this day, the botanical garden has a very strong focus on cultivating indigenous plants. The garden covers five out of the six South African biomes. Another unique feature of Kirstenbosch is the Boomslang walkway. It celebrates the centenary birthday of Kirstenbosch (2013). Read more about it here.

#4 Robben Island

The name means “seal island” in Dutch. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a South African National Heritage Site. Since the 17th century the island operated as a prison. The most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and Nobel Laureate. He spent 18 years of his 27 year sentence on the island.

After the end of Apartheid, the island transformed into a living museum, offering visitors a behind the scenes glimpse of prison life. The ferry leaves from the Waterfront, at the dock next to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island Museum.

An interesting element incorporated into the experience, is that some of the tour guides are former Robben Island prisoners. This will give you priceless insight into life on the island. The tours to the island are very popular, so you need to book ahead of time, especially in peak season (December to February)

#5 Groot Constantia

It is the country’s oldest wine estate, established over 330 years ago. This world renowned estate formed the foundations of South Africa’s commercial wine industry. In Europe kings and emperors enjoyed the famous wines, including King Louis Phillipe of France and Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Jane Austen called it “a cure for a broken heart” in her novel Sense and Sensibility. And Charles Dickens claimed that a sip will lift your spirit in his novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other famous drinkers included Napoleon Bonaparte, soothing his sorrows during his exile on Saint Helena Island.

The beauty of Groot Constantia, is that you don’t have to travel far to reach this little wine valley. It lies in the Southern Suburbs, just before you reach Hout Bay. You can also travel to it via the City Sightseeing bus, if you want to taste wine without worrying about the driving. Try one of the VoiceMap App Audio Walking Tours to enhance your experience.

#6 Cape Point

In 1488 the explorer Bartolomeu Dias gave it the nickname “The Cape of Storms”. In the daytime it’s a great navigational landmark. But at night when the fog descends, and when the ocean becomes tumultuous, it is not the sailors’ friend anymore.

By 1859 a lighthouse was erected to navigate more safely around this treacherous point. The first lighthouse still stands, towering at 238 metres above sea-level on the highest peak section. This lighthouse is also a centralised monitoring point for the surrounding lighthouses along the South African coastline. Use the Flying Dutchman funicular to travel up to it from the lower station (127 metres above sea-level)

The Cape Point is part of the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, situated within the Table Mountain National Park. It is a World Heritage Site that is part of the Cape Floral Region. There’s a lot to explore in the reserve. You can create a little mini safari for yourself spotting zebras, bucks, baboons, and more while admiring the local fauna. And stop at one of the rugged beaches for a quick picnic.

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Museums might sound to some like a very boring outing. But the Iziko initiative aims to offer a unique experience of South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage. The word means “hearth” in isiXhosa. In a traditional African homestead, it is the central focal point. Similar to the idea of a hearth drawing the community together, these museums strive to be a gathering point of the country’s varied legacy.

Once you’ve completed the Iziko Museum Mile, you will have visited 7 museums, each focusing on a different cultural element. The route kicks off in the Company’s Gardens. The term “mile” is used loosely, if you walk between the museums, you will cover roughly 8km by foot. Or 10 km by car.

Visit iziko.org.za for more information about the museums listed below. Click here to view directions.

Iziko South African Museum

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It’s the flagship of the museum family. You will travel back thousands of years to the origin of our country. The museum dates back to 1825, established as research and educational institution. Scientists still work here to preserve and capture newly-found artefacts and fossils. There are thousands of these in the archive of the museum.

The exhibits include fossils of early human ancestors; Khoi-San archaeological collections; an extensive marine biology collection; minerals and rocks; dinosaur dioramas plus a life-size display of African dinosaur fossils.

Planetarium

Linked to the South African Museum, a visit to the Planetarium is a must. The shows captivate both adults and children. With new state of the art digital technology, the educational shows are engaging and a great visual treat. View the daily Planetarium shows.

Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Company’s Gardens

Iziko South African National Gallery

The building has been preserving inspiring artworks since 1871. It boasts with South Africa’s past and present art gems. A wide variety of historical and contemporary artworks have been gathered for your viewing pleasure, including both African and international works. Admire the paintings, photography, beadwork, sculptures, and textiles. The permanent collections are rotated every few months, carefully selected by a team of curators. Plus, established South African artists regularly host exhibitions at the gallery.

Visit the South African National Gallery events page to stay in the loop.

Location: Government Avenue, Company’s Gardens

Iziko Slave Lodge

The history of this building is tainted with the darker side of South Africa’s history. Built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it was thousands of slaves’ first taste of their new forced homeland. It was used from the 17th to 19th century. Now you can imagine yourself in their shoes while learning more about the South African slavery history and challenge yourself to think about human rights issues. The exhibitions include Egypt in Africa; Singing Freedom: Music and the Struggle Against Apartheid; The Story of isiShweshwe: Material Women? and more.

Location: Upper Adderley Street, CBD

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

The museum is  in one of the original residential houses of the area. It was built somewhere between 1763 and 1768. This area was formerly a Malay Quarter. The house was restored and now showcases artefacts of the Muslim cultural heritage, as well as exhibits exploring the development of the city. Read our post to find out more about the history of the Bo-Kaap.

Location: 71 Wale Street, , CBD

Iziko Rust en Vreugd Museum

The city is full of beautiful historical buildings. This one dates back to 1778. Willem Cornelis Boers called it home. He was a high-ranking Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie* (VOC) official. It’s located on the outskirts of the CBD and features the typical Cape Dutch architecture. The period-style garden enfolding the house will transport you back to a bygone era. You can view the William Fehr Collection of Artworks on Paper, to get a better feel for the life of an early Cape settler.

*Translated from Dutch: United East Indies Company

Location: 78 Buitenkant Street, CBD

Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House

You might have walked past this house on Strand Street, oblivious that it’s a hidden historical gem. In the 18th-century a wealthy family settled here. The house’s name comes from the final private owner, Marie Koopmans-de Wet. Over the years the building underwent renovations, but its original flair has remained intact. A beautiful façade, extravagant big sash windows, and stylish doors – it’s a classic example of Cape Dutch architecture. The private townhouse was the first opened to the public in 1914, giving it the status of oldest South African house museum.

Location: 35 Strand Street, CBD

The Castle of Good Hope featuring William Fehr Collection

The castle is the oldest South African colonial building. Dutch colonialists built it from 1666 to 1679. And for more than two centuries the pentagonal fort was the house of military and government operations. Walking through the castle will offer you a glimpse into the early Cape life. View William Fehr’s historical art collection in the Kat. This building was once the home of the Cape governor, situated in the middle of the Castle grounds. The collection contains beautiful paintings and ceramics, as well as furniture. It’s a great way to gain insight into early colonial South African life.

Location: Corner of Darling Street and Buitenkant Street, CBD

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Cape Town has been voted the best city in the world six times in a row by the Telegraph Travel Readers. And it’s not hard to see why. Beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, endless things to do, a buzzing cosmopolitan vibe… And that’s just mentioning the bare minimum!

But there is a little challenging factor to a holiday in the fairest of Capes, as Sir Francis Drake called it. The city was also given the name “the Cape of Storms” by Bartolomeo Dias. Depending on your holiday needs, the tumultuous weather can be a pro or a con.

Weather in Cape Town

The best way to describe the weather in Cape Town? Four seasons in one day. It can be high summer and you will need a jersey. The best way to approach the weather in Cape Town, is to be prepared for anything. Carry a light jersey with you, even in the summer months, because the wind can suddenly get very chilly. During winter and the other in-between seasons, layer up, so you can layer down if need be. Even during the icy wet winter, an almost-summer day can make a quick appearance.

With its location next to the ocean, the climate has a Mediterranean-feel to it. In the hot summer months, the temperatures can soar up to 35°C (95°F) and then you will wish the infamous wind will make an appearance. In the winter it can rain for days on end, with the temperatures dropping below 10°C (50°F).

The wind is a constant companion of Capetonians. Mostly you will have a love/hate relationship with it. The Cape Doctor, the nickname of the South-Easter wind, blows during the spring months (August and September) to late summer (March and April). Some days it will be a gentle breeze ruffling your hair as you walk on the beach, breaking the extreme heat. Other days it will threaten to blow you off your feet. In Table Bay winds of up to 160km/h have been measured.

The wind also triggers the famous Table Cloth. It’s a mesmerizing weather phenomena, caused by the fluctuations in temperature surrounding the mountain. The False Bay air, full of warm moisture, is picked up by the wind and it’s pushed towards the eastern flank of Table Mountain. It’s lifted up against the Table Mountain slopes. Then all of a sudden it drops down and the clouds disappear into thin air.

Summer in Cape Town

The balmy summer months end and start the year, from December to mid-March. It’s the perfect end or start to your year! Another great aspect of Cape Town summers, is the fact that the sun sets around 8 o’clock. Morning temperatures range at about 15°C (59°F) and can reach 35°C (95°F) middle day in high summer.

If you are a big fan of lounging on the beach, summer months are the best time to visit Cape Town. With the prospect of the wind joining you on your holiday, it’s also a great time to indulge in fun water sports such as kite or wind surfing. Another activity complemented by the wind, is paragliding. Slowly hovering over the city from Lion’s Head or Signal Hill (or even Table Mountain) will be an unforgettable experience.

But beware, you will not be the only one thinking it’s a good idea to head to the beach on a beautiful summer’s day. Especially during December you will also have the local South African tourists to contend with. All of a sudden you will notice that half the cars on the road have GP number plates! We’ll give you the inside scoop, head over to one of the best secret beaches in the Cape to avoid the crowds.

Accommodation and flight prices are pushed up during the peak summer period. If you’re schedule is flexible, rather plan a trip in late-November or mid-March to soak up the African sun without being squashed on the beach and paying exorbitant prices.

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Autumn and Spring in Cape Town

The in-between seasons can be the best time to visit Cape Town. During these months the weather is less extreme, and the city is not as crowded as during peak season. You can score great accommodation and flight deals if you plan ahead. Just keep an eye on the Easter weekend dates, prices are pushed up for this popular holiday break.

From late-March the mornings become chillier, and slowly the sun starts rising later in the morning, and setting earlier at night. During the day temperatures range in the early 20’s (68°F) and in the afternoon it will start dropping lower again.

Spring arrives from the end of August, with the sun rising around 07:00 in the morning and setting at 18:30. Daytime temperatures start climbing into the higher 20’s (68°F). But mornings and evenings are still chilly. Read our post Where to See the Wildflowers in the Cape for a truly magical experience which transforms the landscape every year.

With the extreme summer heat subdued, both autumn and spring are great seasons to explore the outdoors in the middle of the day, instead of worrying about the potent summer midday sun. Cape Town is an outdoor fanatic’s paradise, with almost-endless hiking and mountain bike trails. Read our post Top 5 Hiking Routes up Table Mountain.

Winter in Cape Town

Some would argue that winter is the best time to visit Cape Town, but it all depends on what kind of holiday experience you are looking for. Winter is whale-watching season, read our post 5 of the Best Ways to See Whales around Cape Town to plan your holiday around these fascinating gentle giants of the ocean.

The winter period is from late-June to mid-September. Morning temperatures can drop below 10°C (50°F) and will hover in the teens throughout the day. Along with the chilly weather, long stints of rain ascend on the city. All of a sudden the tip of Africa will be transformed into a London-like atmosphere, with soft drizzle falling relentlessly for days on end.

If you are sensitive to long periods of overcast weather, you might want to rather plan your trip at the beginning or end of winter to avoid the gloominess. Even though the outdoor activities mostly come to a halt, you can still indulge in the indoor fun. Read our post about 10 Restaurants with Fireplaces in Cape Town to counter the chill.

Another great indoor activity for the winter months, is exploring the Iziko Museum Mile. You’ll be kept busy for hours hopping from one heritage museum to the next. These include the Bo-Kaap museum, Planetarium, Rust en Vreugd, Slave Lodge, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, and the William Fehr Collection at The Castle of Good Hope. End off your exploration at one of the Harrington Street Restaurants and Cafés.

Daylight Hours

In the summer months, it almost feels like there’s endless sunshine available. You can get up to 14 sunlight hours per day, from 05h30 to 20h00. During the in-between seasons of spring and autumn, it goes down to about 12 hours, from 06h30 to 18h45. And in winter there is around 10 hours of sunlight, from 07h45 to 17h50.

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Peak Season (mid-December to January)

A lot of people will tell you this is the best time to visit Cape Town to experience the ultimate summer holiday. But because it’s so popular, it’s very busy and very pricey. Flight tickets can be pushed up by as much as 50% from mid-December to January. If you do want to visit the Mother City during the epic height of summer, you will have to book your accommodation and flights at least three months ahead.

Shoulder Seasons (March to May; September to November)

Planning your visit a little bit away from the peak season can be the best time to visit Cape Town if you want to still experience the summer fun, but not have excessive travel costs. You can save up to 30% when travelling in this gap period.

Off-Peak Season (June to August)

People might tell you it’s not the best time to visit Cape Town. And you will save up to 40% because of this believe. But because of the winter rain, the Western Cape transforms into lush green rolling hills.

So What Is The Best Time To Visit Cape Town?

Well, according to us the best time to visit Cape Town, is every day of the year! Each season in the Mother City has its own special charm. From the balmy summer days, to the cold winter nights perfect for snuggling next to a fireplace.

We hope that you find your favourite season in the Mother City and return every year to come and soak up the awesomeness! Remember to share your epic Instagram pics with us! Tag @secretcapetown or use #secretcapetown to be featured with our #guesswhere.