Cape Town family outings on a budget

2014-10-10 16:33 - Selene Brophy
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Going on a family holiday is probably one of the greatest experiences you could ever offer your kids, however, it could (and probably will) end up costing a pretty penny… and then some.

So, having a list of super fun activities in and around your chosen destination that won’t break the bank is always a good idea.

Now, if you’re heading to Cape Town on your next vacation, we know how expensive this tourist darling can be, so you may want to make a note of these.

Whether you’re after some classic sightseeing, outdoor adventures, good food or just chilling, Cape Town has a lot on offer for a budget-friendly family break.



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City Sightseeing Red Bus tour

While the Red Bus may seem like a foreign tourist activity out and out, they are currently running an amazing special for families with kids under 18: For every 1 day adult ticket, you can take two kids along for free. The offer is valid over weekends, school holidays and on public holidays and comes to an end on 31 October 2014.

Adult tickets cost R170 if bought from the Red Bus offices and R130 if bought online.

Check out the Red Bus website for more details 

Table Mountain Cable Car

Similar to the City Sight Seeing tour, Table Mountain Cableway is considered a sort of ‘luxury’ outing by many South Africans. The good news, however is, that they are also offering a great 3-for-1 special where a paying adult can take two kids along for free. Same as the CSS bus, the offer is valid over weekends,  school holidays and on public holidays and comes to an end on 31 October 2014.  

The adult return ticket rate is R215 per person

Check out the Table Mountain Cableway website for more details 

Train to Simonstown

One of the most enjoyable and carefree ways to sample all the many delights of Cape Town’s False Bay coastline, is to hop on board one of Metrorail’s Southern Line trains. You could either opt to go the full mile, catching a coach from Cape Town station, or you can jump on at any of the stations along the way, including Observatory, Rondebosch, Newlands, Muizenberg etc.

The best way to do this trip, is to purchase the special Hop On, Hop Off Metroplus ticket, which will give you the opportunity to explore each coastal nook and cranny to your heart’s delight without having to buy a new ticket every time you board the train. Just be sure you have a timetable at hand, so as not to miss the last ride!

Cost: R30 for a one-way Hop On, Hop Off ticket and R50 for return



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Hikes, trails and tracks are pretty much a dime a dozen in Cape Town – and what makes this even better, is that most of them are accessible completely free of charge! Of course there are the classics: Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, but they do tend to get slightly crowded. If you’re looking for something slightly less stressful, we suggest these three FREE options:

If you’re looking for a leisurely walk with magnificent vistas all around, the Pipe Track is definitely for you. Taking the form of an out-and-back contour path at the foot of Table Mountain, it offers breathtaking views of Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard and is completely accessible to all fitness levels and ages.

Newlands and Tokai Forest provide a more fairy tale-like landscape with a feast of different trails to try out – some super easy, some a little more challenging, some sweet and short, others long and languid.

Cost: Free


Even more so than with hiking trails, visitors to Cape Town are spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. There is literally something for everyone – if you like a bit of glitzy bustle, head to Camps Bay or Clifton. Want to take a dip without freezing your toes off (but running the risk of hearing the dreaded shark alarm go off), check out Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay. In the mood for something a little more exclusive and somewhat wild – Llandudno is the way to go!

Pack a picnic, a Frisbee or two, bat-and-ball and buckets and spades and your family will be entertained for the whole day!

Cost: Free

Green Point Urban Park


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If you have children between the ages of 2 and 16, Green Point Urban Park is a fantastic option, as it offers the perfect blend of play and education. Rustic jungle gyms, water fountains and large patches of lawn would coax even the most indoorsy child to run, jump and climb. Once they’ve gotten rid of some of their wiggles, take them to explore the biodiversity section of the park where they can learn more about history, botany and the environment.

Entry to the park is free, which means it’s a super popular weekend spot for families. Which means, go early to get a good spot!

Cost: Free

Sea Point Promenade

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Green Point Urban Park, you can combine the two outings quite easily. Not only does the promenade offer an easy and family friendly walk along the Atlantic Ocean, it is also dotted with cool things to see and do as you go along – there are various playparks for kids to explore, an outdoor gym or two for energetic adults and a number of intriguing art installations. End your walk off with an ice cream, juice or coffee at the poolside atrium and don’t forget to have your camera handy!

Cost: Free

Company’s Garden, Cape Town CBD


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Located right in the very heart of Cape Town’s CBD, the Company’s Gardens provide a perfect blend of history, fun and natural beauty. They’ve been around Jan van Riebeeck first landed in the Cape and still offer work weary souls sanctuary from the city buzz during their lunch hours. Squirrels, Egyptian Geese and pigeons abound, so be sure to purchase a little packet of nuts/seeds for a good old-fashioned feeding session (although – be warned, these city critters can be quite aggressive!) Also be sure to check out the brand new VOC-styled veggie garden which is being cultivated 

Cost: Free

Eating, drinking and other fun

Imhoff farm, Kommetjie


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If you’re looking for something that will truly entertain the ENTIRE family, head to Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. While there’s plenty to thrill the kids – from camel riding and face painting, to a super cute petting zoo and slithery snake park – an array of quaint shops and restaurants see to it that adults and teens also have an enjoyable time. Plus, there’s always the bonus of stunning surrounds and beautiful views!

Check out the Imhoff website for details on shops and activities.

Eden on the Bay, Blouberg

Finally! The kind of mall that kids won’t hate! It’s outdoors, pet-friendly and just a stone’s throw away from Blouberg’s Big Bay… PLUS there’s that unparalleled view of Table Mountain. Eden on the Bay offers parents the opportunity to enjoy lunch or breakfast on the patio of one of the many restaurants, while kids can run and play to their heart’s delight.

A definite win for all involved!

Check out Eden on the Bay's website for more details

Franky’s Diner

Humungous burgers, curly fries, double thick milkshakes and a juke box! Channelling the classic 50’s American dining experience, Franky’s Diner on Sea Point Main Road is loads of fun and super budget friendly! The average meal + a drink will cost you under R100… unless of course you’re keen to take the CHUBBY BURGER CHALLENGE… 


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