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.

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

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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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Premium Free Access

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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The city of Cape Town has seemingly endless exploration opportunities. But outside the city borders lies a completely different world. The Western Cape mountains create a rich landscape with mesmerizing beauty.

And the Franschhoek Valley should definitely be on your exploration to-do list! There are a few different ways to travel from Cape Town to Franschhoek. It’s a quaint little town, surrounded by world-class wine estates.

How to Travel to Franschhoek from Cape Town

The Best Way to Get to Franschhoek from Cape Town

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We’ve sourced a few different travel options for you to consider, with route suggestions as well. Public transport between Cape Town and the surrounding areas are limited, but there are a few possible ways for you to experience the beauty beyond the city borders.

Shuttle Companies

You can hire a private shuttle to transport you between Cape Town and Franschhoek. A shuttle can cost up to R 950 per person (return trip). We recommend that you use Winelands Experience as they can also help you to explore the town with their tours. Alternatively, you can use ShuttleUp  to travel between Cape Town and Franschhoek, as well as other locations nearby. A trip between the city and Franschhoek will cost R590 per person, one way. They also offer tours of the Cape Town region.

You can use an Uber to Franschhoek. But it will only be a viable option if you are travelling as a group. UberX will cost you about R700 from the Cape Town city centre to Franschhoek, one way. That works out to R175 per person (group of four)

Train to Franschhoek

If you are feeling very adventurous, you can take the Metro train to Stellenbosch, and Uber to Franschhoek from there. The train ticket will cost you R19.50, one way. And the UberX from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek in the region of R285. View the train schedule.

Bus to Franschhoek

The Greyhound Bus only runs between Cape Town and Stellenbosch. It will cost you from R270 to R290. You will then have to Uber from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, costing about R285.

Plan Your Trip from Cape Town to Franschhoek

Another travel option that you can consider, is to hire a car for your trip to Franschhoek. Depending on the type of car you prefer, this will cost between R200 to R500 per day, excluding the petrol costs. Read our article Best Car Hire for a few car hire company options.

There are a few different ways you can travel to Franschhoek from Cape Town.

Via the N1 and R45

Travel time: 1 h 12 min | 88.8 km

This is a fairly direct and fast route to Franschhoek from Cape Town. Travel on the N1 past Century City, on your way to Paarl. Take exit 59 from the N1 and turn right onto the R301, which later becomes the R45. You’re guaranteed spectacular mountain views whichever route you choose to Franschhoek!

Via N2 and R310

Travel time: 1 h 25 min | 88.6 km

Alternatively, you can take the N2, travelling past the Cape Town International Airport on your way to Somerset West. Take exit 33 (Baden Powell Drive) towards the R310, turn left onto Baden Powell Drive. Next, turn right onto Polkadraai Road (still the R310). Follow the road through Stellenbosch, turning left onto Adam Tas Road (R310/R44) Turn right onto the Helshoogte Road (R310). Next, turn right onto the R45, and left onto Lambrechts road to stay on the R45.

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Use the City Sightseeing Bus to Travel to Franschhoek from Cape Town

The Best Way to Get to Franschhoek from Cape Town

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If you want to combine your travelling and touring expenses, why not consider the Franschhoek & Stellenbosch wine region Explorer Tour. This way you will effortlessly travel to Franschhoek from Cape Town, and explore the area.

The tour includes stops at two Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine estates. Here you can indulge in wine tastings and learn more about the cellars with a tour. You can also stop for lunch in Franschhoek. Tickets cost R580 for adults, and R300 for children.

Or try the Franschhoek Wine Tram Explorer Tour. While you are travelling to Franschhoek from Cape Town, you will be learning more about the areas you drive through with their handy commentary on the bus. There are two tram routes to choose from, travelling in a circular route, and stopping at 8 Wine Estates. The tram stops at each wine estate on the hour, giving you ample time to explore. Tickets cost R540 for adults and R275 for children.

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Cape Town’s natural beauty is awe inspiring. And the best thing about it, is that it’s entwined in the cityscape. Instead of roughing it up on dirt roads, you can hit a tar road and soak up the mesmerizing scenery whizzing by. But beware, you won’t be the only one hitting the road, so choose the timing of your scenic drive in Cape Town carefully.

As with all major cities, mornings and afternoons are the peak traffic times. And over the weekends roads can become heavily congested on a beautiful sunny day. But even if you get stuck in traffic, the epic landscapes will keep you entertained. Cape Town scenic drives offer you it all – meandering bends, panoramic views, and engineering feats.

The Best Scenic Drives in Cape Town

Whether you are simply driving from one activity to the next, or you plan a scenic drive in Cape Town – the spectacular views along the way are an awesome bonus!

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Chapman’s Peak Drive

This one is the big honcho of scenic drives in Cape Town. The locals refer to the 15km (9 miles) drive as Chappies. It has a total of 114 curves! The road’s name is in remembrance of John Chapman, a Captain’s mate of an English ship called the Consent, which arrived in Hout Bay in 1607. In 1915 planning of the mountain-hugging road started. It was officially opened on May 6, 1922. The road was re-engineering to prevent rock falls, and reopened in December 2003. To maintain the road, a small toll fee is required, R31.00 for motor cycles and R47.00 for motors.

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During turbulent weather, the road is closed for safety reasons. There is also regular maintenance projects to keep the cliffs stable. The road hugs the cliffs, with sheer drops to the expansive Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There are various lookout spots along the way for you to pause and admire the view.

Visit www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za for more information and to keep up to date with road closures.

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Victoria Road

This winding ocean scenic drive in Cape Town lies on the other side of the Chapman’s Peak drive. It’s almost as winding as its cousin, with just as much mountain and ocean wonder. A few of the highlights include an expansive view of Llandudno near the Suikerbossie Drive, the magnificent Twelve Apostles, and Lion’s Head in the distance. You’ll catch different glimpses of the breath taking scenery in both directions.

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Boyes Drive

This is a short drive, so you’ll have to go slow to soak up all the beauty. It is an alternative to the bottom coastal road linking the little coastal neighbourhoods of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenberg. Elevated above the ocean, you’ll find yourself staring in pure awe at the rolling waves of Muizenberg. As you round the bend back towards the city, the Constantia valley will charm you with its own picturesque mountain views.

You can also extend this drive past Fish Hoek towards Simon’s Town, if you prefer ocean views over mountains. Although, you can’t really escape the mountains, they continue to hug the road on the one side. Follow the M65 further towards Misty Cliffs and Scarborough for a truly nature-filled outing. Here you’ll find the mountains change to rocky cliffs, instead of the rolling green hills found closer to the city. The road also leads to Cape Point and the lonesome Kommetjie lighthouse.

R44 from Gordon’s Bay

This one you can keep for a weekend getaway, or simply a daytrip. Travel on the N2 towards Gordon’s Bay and swing away from the main highway onto the R44. Another winding scenic drive in Cape Town, with the mountain on the one side and the expansive Atlantic Ocean on the other. Take your time and pull over regularly for epic Instagram shots. You’ll spot Table Mountain across False Bay. Get ready to inundate your eyes with the wild blue ocean and lush green mountains! You can follow the road all the way to Hermanus, or stop at one of the other little coastal towns along the way such as Kleinmond or Betty’s Bay.

If you want to create a loop trip, travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass on the N2, and the R43 towards Hermanus and do the coastal road on your way there or back.

Cape Town to Melkbosstrand

The West Coast road has its own unique charm. It’s not as dramatic as the other scenic drives in Cape Town, but on your way back into the city, you will be intrigued with Table Mountain following you all the way, steadily “growing” bigger and bigger as you near the city again. Stick to the R27 coastal road that will take you past the most popular kite surfing spots as well.

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On the lonely stretch out of the city there are various little beaches you can stop at to soak up the mountain views. If you get the timing right for your scenic drive, you’ll catch a stunning sunset across the Bay.

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Tafelberg Road to Signal Hill

This one is a great little mini scenic drive in Cape Town. The Tafelberg Road hugs the side of Table Mountain next to the bottom Aerial Cableway station. After the steep winding road, you will be greeted by one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in all its glory. Follow the road past the cableway station towards its end next to Devils Peak. On one side the mountain looms up next to you, and on the other the city lies in the valley.

Plan your trip just before sunset to watch the sun colour the mountain and then the city lights popping up. Or you can drive towards the other side on the Signal Hill Road, across Kloof Nek road, to watch the sun set across the ocean.

A Little Bit Further

We’ll let you in on a little secret, the mountain views outside the city are almost more mesmerizing than the ones within the city borders!

Cape Town to Worcester

The N2 highway (toll road) will take you through the Huguenot Tunnel towards the Du Toits Kloof pass. Get ready to catch your breath when you exist the tunnel, the mountains in the valley are spectacular. You can also use the alternative routes to bypass the toll road, offering you an even more scenic drive.

Worcester to Swellendam

Not as famous as its cousin, Route 62, but this scenic drive is just as stunning. The route travels through unspoiled nature reserves and the looming Matroosberg Mountain range. Eventually the road will lead you to the Bree River, with lush vineyards along the way. Create an alternative loop back to see as much as possible of the Klein Karoo on your trip.

Most Scenic Drives in Cape Town

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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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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

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100 - The Galileo Open Air Cinema

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

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100

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

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

Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens website for more information.

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

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

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

Visit sarugby.co.za  for more information.

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

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

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

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

Visit www.zeitzmocaa.museum for more information

#9 Explore the City on a Bicycle

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

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

Visit upcycles.co.za for more information

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

#10 Swim at the Long Street Baths

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

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

Visit capetown.gov.za for more information.

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

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

Dig A Bit Deeper into The Mother City Fun

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

#1 Tuning the Vine – Inner City Wine Route

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

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

#2 Visit the R10 Restaurant

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

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

#3 Life-size Chess in The Company Gardens

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

#4 Embark on A Real Life Treasure Hunt

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

Visit thegg.co.za for more info.

#5 Smash A Few Plates

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

Visit mykonostaverna.co.za for more information.

#6 Hike to The Kleinplaas dam

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

#7 Learn to Salsa

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

For more info, visit quepasa.co.za

#8 Fine Dining on Peaceful Waters

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

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

Book your floating seat now!

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

#9 Become A Chocolatier

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

Visit the chocolate studio website to book now.

#10 Explore the Abandoned Zoo

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

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

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

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

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

Best Places to See Snow in The Western Cape

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

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

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

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

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

Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve

Where: Farm Erfdeel, Matroosberg, Breede River, Ceres

www.matroosberg.com

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

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

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Where: Breede River, Ceres

www.cherryfarm.co.za

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

Guinevere Guest Farm

Where: R46, Tulbagh Road, Tulbagh

www.guinevereguestfarm.com

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

Mont Rouge

Where: Strekstroom Road, Tulbagh

www. montrouge.co.za

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

De Wilge

Where: Robertson

www.dewilge.co.za

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

De Pakhuys

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Where: Clanwilliam

www.depakhuys.com

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

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

Goatherds House

Where: Matroosberg

www.matroosberg.com

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

Fairfield

Where: Ceres

www.fairfieldcottages.co.za

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

Seven Oaks Vineyard Cottages

Where: Worcester

www.sevenoaksvineyardcottages.co.za

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

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

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

The Old Mac Daddy, Elgin

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

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

Facilities

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

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

Visit oldmacdaddy.co.za for more information

Cherry Glamping, Elgin

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

Visit cherryglamping.co.za for more information

West Coast Luxury Tents, Elands Bay

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets welcome, by arrangement.

Visit westcoastluxurytents.co.za for more information

Luxury Treehouse, Vindoux Guest Farm, Tulbagh

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets allowed, but have to adhere to property rules.

Visit vindoux.com for more information

Thali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

Visit thalithali.co.za for more information.

!Khwa ttu, Yzerfontein

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

Facilities

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

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

Both the campsites are solar-powered.

Activities

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

Pets are welcome.

Visit khwattu.org for more information.

Africamps at Kam’Bati, Swellendam

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

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

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

Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal

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

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

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

Visit wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za for more information.

Africamps at Stanford Hills, Stanford

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

Facilities

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

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

Activities

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

Pets allowed, but must follow property rules

Visit the Stanford Africamps website for more information.

Lancewood Tipi Lodge, Assegai Rest Farm, Robertson

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

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

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Pets allowed by arrangement.

Visit the Tipi Lodge website for more information.

Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu

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

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

Facilities

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

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

Activities

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

Pets not allowed.

Visit the Dwyka Tented Lodge website for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the train schedule

#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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