18 Family-fun things to do on a budget in Cape Town

2015-09-23 14:42 - Louzel Lombard
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Get your budget friendly fun on around Cape Town. (Photo: iStock)

Having a good time with your family shouldn't cost a fortune.

That's why we've sourced 18 of the very best family experiences to do in and around this splendid city that won't break your budget or crush your spirit. 

From putt putt indoors and outdoors to cruising along the Cape's shores on two wheels - there is plenty of budget friendly options for you and your family to enjoy this summer.

Whether you're into outdoor adventure, good food, science, fiction, art or going to the movies - we've got the best of Cape Town on a budget, right here: 

1. Kalky’s Fish & Chips

A whole platter with 2 pieces of fish, calamari and chips costs under R90

2. Cycle on the Sea Point promenade 

Try UpCycles. You pay R70 to hire the bike for one hour.

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3. Markets

Markets are free to enter and some offer awesome kids play areas and activities. 

4. First Thursdays

Experience world-class art for FREE every first Thursday of the month.

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 5. Cape Point Funicular

Children pay R30 - R35 for a return trip on the funicular, adults pay R70 - R80 for a return trip

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6. Springbok Experience

Families of four pay R210

7. Hike up Lion’s Head

Get a 360 view of the Cape Town for FREE

8. Galileo Open Air Cinema

R90 per person (runs until April / May 2019)

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9. Sea Point Putt Putt

Call them on 021 434 6805 for pricing and info.



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10. Braai at Oudekraal

R31 per person, R16 per child and free entrance for WILD Card and TMNP My Green Card holders.

11. District Six museum

Self-guided visits are R40 per person, a visit with an ex-resident / guide costs R55 per person

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12. Boomslang at Kirstenbosch

Entrance to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are R70 for Adults, R40 for SA Students (with card), R20 for Children (6 - 17 years). Children under 6 years and BOTSOC members can enter free of charge.

13. Strawberry picking at Polkadraai

R40 - R190 depending on bucket size

14. Cave Golf at the V&A Waterfront

R42 per person (R20 of which is a deposit) 

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15. Visit Cool Runnings in Tygervalley

R50 (children 3 - 15) and R60 (adults over 15) per ride  

16. Cape Town Science centre

R65 per person

17. The Heart of Cape Town Museum 

SA visitor R150, scholar & students R75, children under 10, free.

18. Clay Cafe

There is an entry fee to the studio of R40 and the total cost is dependent on the item chosen to paint, ranges from R20 - R300. Book a visit here.

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