Nowadays, by the time you’ve paid for the fuel to reach your Cape Town self-catering accommodation, there’s not much left in the pot for entertainment.

Fortunately, you can still have a wonderful time in Cape Town without having to break the bank. Here are some budget-friendly options for you.

1.     Take the train to Simons Town

To still your petroleum woes, re-live the days of yore with a train trip on the southern line from Cape Town to Simons Town for just R35. For this, you’ll get a hop-on-hop-off ticket and the chance to splurge on a fish and chips at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay or just stroll along the seafront when you reach your destination.

2.    Enjoy What Comes Naturally

Cape Town is surrounded by nature reserves and national parks. The entry fees for most of these are reasonable and you can stay all day. Here’s where you can check out the local fauna and flora and still have change left over from one buffalo (R100 note) –

·       Rondevlei nature reserve - hippos and eland

·       Silvermine nature reserve - fynbos and birds

·       Boulders Beach to see the penguins

·       Newlands with its lovely picnic spots in the forest

·       Oudekraal for stunning sea views and calm waters

3. Camel Rides for The Kiddies

The little ones can take a spin around the courtyard on a camel for just R40 at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie.

4. Go Tobogganing

Yes, you can, South Africa’s only tobogganing track is located at Cool Runnings in Tygervalley. A trip down the ever-winding track with its 17 thrilling bends is just R45 a person.

5. Get the Scoop

Nothing speaks of seaside days like a scoop of fresh organic ice cream from the Creamery. R35 a hit may seem a little steep, but it’s worth it. You’ll see.

6. Take a walk back in time at the Company’s garden

One of South Africa’s oldest and prettiest places hasn’t caught up with inflation yet. You can still meander, picnic and relax to your heart’s content here and it won’t cost you a cent.
Nearby, entry to the Iziko museums is only R20 to R40 each, so you can easily make a day of it in this budget-friendly part of town.


7. Take a free Walking Tour


While we’re on the topic of free stuff, you can brush up on your history and get in tune with local culture on free walking tours from Motherland Coffee on Wale Street every day at 11 am. The tours are free but a tip for your guide is appreciated.  


Another option is to grab a map at the V&A Waterfront information office and take a tour of the 22 historic sites dotted all about this popular Cape Town spot.

8. Indulge a Little

Afterwards, reward yourself with a little treat at HonestChocolate on Wale Street. Almost everything on the menu is under R50 and it’s all delicious and handmade.

9. Scratch and Win

At R17 a bag, the Scratch Patch and Mineral World at the V&A is a cost-effective way to keep the kids busy while they dig for treasure in a huge pile of gemstones.

10.  Banish the Monday Blues with Promenade Mondays

This free event takes off from Queens Beach parking lot on the Sea Point Promenade at 18h00 and sees a gang of skateboarders, rollerbladers, bikes and roller skaters taking off for a mass sunset ride along the seaside. Just bring your wheels and join in the fun.

Step one to enjoying a budget-friendly break in the Mother City is booking your Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Get in touch and we’ll find something that’s perfect for you.

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