The best things in life are free: Discover Cape Town at zero cost!

2019-10-23 23:21 - Thutolore Tsatsane
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There is plenty to see and do in the city from hiking up the mountain to enjoying a glass of wine overlooking the beach.

We are all looking to save a few extra coins but sometimes you don't even have to spend if you search hard enough. That probably sounds like a lot of work which is why we have done the looking for you! Here is how you can enjoy Cape Town for free:

1. Full moon hike up Lion's Head

Hiking up Lion's Head has become a favourite activity for most people but you can do something different by taking a hike just before sunset, watch as the moon illuminates the water and everything around you. Invite a few friends over and enjoy a picnic after conquering the steep.

Where: Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill.

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2. Visit the Iziko Museums

Learn a thing or two at Cape Town's premier cultural attraction. The premises house 11 national museums, each with their unique history. Entrance is free on Fridays and commemorative days.

Where: 25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens

READ: The best things in life are free: 10 ways to explore Johannesburg without spending any money

3. Surf at Muizenberg beach

Be part of the Muizenburg surfing culture and ride the waves with your surfer friends. The community is friendly and welcoming, even if you are there alone you are bound to make a friend.

Get there early so you can beat the traffic!

Where: Beach Rd, Muizenberg

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4. Discover a world of literature at the Centre for the Book

Situated inside the National Library of South Africa, the Centre for the Book aims to encourage the culture of reading among South Africans in all local languages. A walk through the large hallways surrounded by all book genres will leave you with a sudden itch to grab a copy.

Keep an eye out for their book-related activities such as poetry readings, writing groups and workshops.

Where: 62 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre

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5. Wine tasting at Wine Concepts on Kloof

Wine tasting is a widely appreciated Cape Town activity but it can cost you quite a bit. This CBD-based store offers wine tastings for free, you can taste some of the best wines at no cost from Monday to Sunday.

Tastings during the week take place from 16:00 - 19:00 and on the weekends from 12:00 - 15:00. The best part is that you receive a 10% discount on the wines that are up for tasting. 

Where: Lifestyle on Kloof, 50 Kloof St, Gardens

READ: What to do in your city for R100 or less

6. Enjoy a picnic on Signal Hill

Signal Hill gives you some of the best views of the city from all angles including the iconic Robben Island, it is located next to Lion's Head and Table Mountain.

Drive up to the top of the hill and enjoy a picnic, the perfect time to hang out with friends is in the summertime as the sun sets-the amazing view will be worth the traffic heading up to the mountain.

Where: Signal Hill

READ: Unique and interesting picnic spots around SA


7. Feed squirrels at the Company's Garden

Somewhere in the busy streets of Cape Town lies a modern-age Garden of Eden, a charming area of bright greens and large trees. Squirrels are always scurrying around the Company Garden and they love the park just as much as we do and. All they require from you is a few peanuts to munch on. As you picnic with your loved ones, take a second to share some of your animal-friendly goodies.

Where: Cape Town CBD

8. Explore Green Point Urban Park

If you have ever wanted to learn more about the Western Cape's rich biodiversity the Urban Park is where you should spend your day, the park is surrounded by cleverly placed labels of all the Cape flora scattered around. Whether you are interested in keeping fit or releasing your inner-child on the jungle gym you are guaranteed an enjoyable and educational day all for free.

Where: Green Point

9. Admire art the Norval Foundation

This otherwise pricier attraction opens its doors to the rest of the city to view the sculpture garden and exhibition spaces every Tuesday. The contemporary art gallery houses several other galleries showcasing African art and culture. Get lost in the garden among the marvellous sculptures and chirping birds.

Where: Steenberg Estate

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

10. Do the Shimansky Diamond Tour

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend so take a tour and spend the day learning about the factors that influence their value. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at experts turning the rock into something that will make your eyes sparkle and shine. 

Where: The Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront


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