23 Cheap-cheap outdoorsy things to do in Cape Town

2016-01-06 21:00
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Cape Town - South Africa's Mother City is a hive of activity and adventure and while it is easy to spend a small fortune in one day, there are a few things you can do with your loved ones that are budget friendly but no less exciting.

Whatever your interest, Cape Town won't let you down. 

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Here are some of the coolest and fun things to do that won’t break the bank - 

Join the First Thursdays movement every first Thursday of the month. The event showcases Cape Town's best art, pub and cafe scene.

READ: Open Streets, Soirees and art for everyone: The new streets of Cape Town

Check SA’s first outdoor ice rink! General Park access is R20 per person, which includes 1 Free Train Ride.



Cycle the city with UpCycles. You pay R60 to hire the bike for one hour. 

ALSO SEE: Woodstock's hip and Funky Green Cycle Route 




Take a day trip to Cape Point and treat the kids to a ride on the Cape Point Flying Dutchman Funicular. Children pay R25 for a return trip and adults pay R65. 

READ: Cape Point included in TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 

If you're a sport and rugby fanatic, visit the Springbok Experience at the V&A Waterfront. There's a massive lawn in front of the centre where you can practice your drop kicking skills... Families of four pay R210 entrance. 

READ: 8 Fun SA rugby facts





Go hiking – whether you choose Lion’s Head or one of the many trails dotted around the peninsula - you'll never run out of options. Plus, it's free! 

READ: Cape Town Hiking: All the best nooks and crannies to explore 

Go see a movie at one of the Galileo Open Air Cinema screenings. Prices start at R79 entry per person when bought online. Blankets and backrests can also be hired online. 




Bliss out with some Sea Point Put Put. It's the perfect alterna tive to the usual stroll along this popular Cape Town stretch.

READ: Sea Point: The least Capetonian suburb in Cape Town

Enjoy a braai at one of these awesome spots around Cape Town. Some, like Oudekraal, as a small entry fee, while plenty others are free! You just have to take your own picnic. 

READ: 11 Fantastic coastal braai spots to check out in Cape Town

Speaking of picnic... Head out to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and check out the beautiful Boomslang Walkway. Entrance is R60 for Adults, R15 for Children under 18.




Hop on the iconic Red bus tour to the world of birds or other cool venues like Groot Constantia Wine Estate. A one-day ticket costs R170 per adult. 

You can also park off in the Company Gardens. It's absolutely free, and there are many squirrels to keep you entertained for hours. 

Visit Cool Runnings in Tygervalley and relive one of the coolest movies ever made. It costs R40 per ride for children, and R50 for adults.




Max out with the fun activity programme at the popular V&A Waterfront. From cave golf to free music concerts, there's never a shortage of activities to choose from. 

Speaking of which, go play some cave golf at the scratch patch in the V&A Waterfront for R20. 

Take a self-guided walking birding tour of Intaka Island urban eco-sanctuary near Century City. The experience cost R30 per person, and includes a boat ride, island tour and educational activity.

Day trip to the Taal Monument in Paarl. The trip is free, but also keep your eyes out for some music and poetry events held at the spot.   

ALSO SEE: Did you know you can abseil off Paarl Rock? 






Take a guided tour of the Slangkop Lighthouse. It costs only R16 per person. Slangkoppunt Lighthouse is open from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), from 10:00 to 15:00. 

Drive up through the colourful Bo-Kaap district to see two of the world's oldest cannons faithfully perform their duty and then enjoy a picnic on Signal Hill . It's absolutely free. 

READ: Walking the streets of Cape Town






Plant a tree with Greenpop. It's not only free, but you get to make a positive contribution to the world we live in. 

READ: Greenpop: The tangible magic of trees 

Enjoy a cuppa on the sidewalk at Truth Coffee... it's only the very best coffee shop in the whole wide WORLD! 

SEE: Cape Town coffee spot trumps the entire planet's brews - AGAIN! 

If you're looking for something cooler (literally), go get some ice-cream deliciousness at The Creamery for R35 a scoop. 

Join one of the fun and interactive City Walk Saturdays. They happens once a month and are completely free. 



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