The Mother City is a gorgeous place to explore during the summer time and it's no wonder that Cape Town's popularity has skyrocketed amongst international travellers.
Just to prove that you don't need to be a Rockefeller, tighten up your budget and explore the countryside and cosmopolitan of Cape Town because there are so many great things to do without having to spend a fortune.
BTW, if you're looking for things to do in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, or Gauteng, check these lists out:
So if you're looking for things to keep yourself, and perhaps your family, occupied during the holidays, here are 16 things you can get ready to do:
1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – R60 for adults and R10 for kids
Reputed to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, the Kirstenbosch Gardens forms a sanctuary of shaded streams, green lawns and bursts of floral colour. Let your inner wood nymph out in this little sanctuary. Take a walk along a walkway amongst the treetops or come with picnic basket and find a shady spot underneath a tree.
Check out Kirstenbosch’s summer concerts
2. The Company Gardens – Free
Home to the most cultivated pear tree in South Africa since 1625, the Company Gardens was built to produce fresh fruit and vegetables for the ships that were sailing along the coast. This may not be an activity that you can do for an entire day, but it’s ideal spot when looking for fresh air and sunshine during a lunch break at work or just a day in the inner city. –Do remember some snack for the many adorable squirrels.
Can I feed the squirrels?
3. Rondevlei Nature Reserve - R12 for adults and R5 for kids
Home to over 20 other different mammalian species, the Rondevlei Nature forms a network of footpaths and viewing towers to enjoy the serene sounds of nature.
Don’t forget to pack a scrumptious picnic basket for the family or a romantic day for two.
Can I go now?
4. First Thursdays – Free
Showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has to offer, the first Thursday of every month hosts a free cultural experience where many of the city’s galleries (and other cultural attractions) leave their doors open late so you get to experience art and culture while walking around the beautiful Mother City.
There is no structured tour, so it’s also a great opportunity to make the city yours for the night.
5. #Moonlight Mass – Free
Yet another way to bask in the full moon, professional and social cyclists take to Green Point Circle for moonlight bicycle rides.
This possibly the best way of cycling safely, in a group, under a full moon.
Do I need to bring my own bicycle?
6. Silvermine Nature Reserve – R40 adult and R20 for kids
Experience the best of nature conservation and take a hike through the mountainous trails and rock climbing routes of the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Popular for bird-watching and mountain biking, you can also explore a number of sandstone cave systems.
But what if I’m not fit?
7. Yoga in the square – Free
Cape Quarter Square in Somerset Road hosts free yoga classes every Tuesday from 18h30 to 19h30.
What if I’ve never done yoga before?
8. V&A waterfront and amphitheatre - free
Take a self-guided historical walk through the heart of Cape Town’s harbour that boasts a rich and wide variety stories and 22 landmarks tracing back as far as 1654.
You’ll also find great local talent at the amphitheatre so be sure to check out some free entertainment.
Be sure to stop by the V&A Food Market for a scoop or two of the handmade peanut butter ice-cream.
Who’s on stage?
9. Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony – R30 (for a mini ceremony)
Experience a glimpse of an authentic Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony at Addis in Cape Town. This is definitely one for the coffee lovers.
11. Scratch patch – starting at 17 per bag
Did you know that half of the world’s gemstones can be found in Southern Africa? Find your diamond in the rough from a stones that cover the floor.
Find out more
12. The Labia Theatre – R40 per person
Originally an Italian embassy ballroom, this charming old-style movie theatre is recognised as the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa.
Enjoy the screening of art and festival films throughout the year.
13. Iziko museums – Between R20 and R50
From dinosaurs to wildlife menageries and everything space-related at the Planetarium, Iziko Museums offers insight into South Africa’s natural and cultural history.
Find an exhibition near you
14. Fish and chips at Kalky’s – from about R48
If you’re in the mood for fish and chips, then be sure to make your way to Kalky’s in Kalk bay. You can’t go wrong.
When can I go? - Call +27 (0)21 788 1726 for more information.
15. Wine tasting in Durbanville – from R20
Take a drive along the one of the best wine routes in South Africa and choose from the many lovely local farms for wine tastings and pairings.
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16. Braai at Oudekraal – R35 per adult and R15 per child
With over 40 braai areas, Oudekraal is the perfect spot to keep things local and lekker. Be sure to bring your own grid!
Can I go this weekend?
Have you visited any of these places or know about any other amazing things to do? Tell us about your experience.