Cape Town is a stunning city full of incredible scenery, multicultural experiences and adventure at every turn and although the more upmarket touristy spots can be quite pricey there is plenty to do in and around Cape Town that won’t hurt your pocket. Here are some ways you can be a savvy traveller and see some amazing attractions and local favourites without spending a cent.
Take a Full Moon Hike up Lions Head
Head up the famous Lion’s Head Before sunset along with many Cape Town locals who frequent this event. Take a picnic to enjoy with some good company at the top of the mountain overlooking views of Camps Bay and Cape Town and let the moonlight guide you on your way down (please do bring a torch though).
Take a walk through Kalk Bay
Kalk Bay is a vibrant little seaside spot full of interesting shops, stalls and restaurant / coffee shops. You can spend the whole day here making your way down the main road towards the harbour where you can take a stroll down the pier and maybe even meet some of the resident seals. Kalk Bay is so full of character and once you’ve made your way in and out of the shops and walked all over you can stop for some fish and chips at Lucky Fish or Kalkys and you will have had the full Kalk Bay experience.
Sunset Picnic on Signal Hill
Summer sunsets in Cape Town are simply breath-taking and there’s no better way to see one than up on Signal Hill. This flat topped mountain is perfect for enjoying some tasty treats and good wine while watching the sun go down over the Atlantic Seaboard, maybe even while alongside your significant other. So pack your picnic and grab a blanket before the warmer weather leaves us.
Visit the Bo-Kaap
Underneath the slopes of Signal Hill you’ll find this historically rich and culturally fascinating corner of Cape Town. As old as Cape Town itself the Bo-Kaap has its roots in Cape Malay culture mainly due to the arrival of slaves in the 16th and 17th century brought over by Dutch imperialists. The Bo-Kaap is mainly known for its array of colourful houses of which many are national monuments which date back to the 1750s. The cobbled streets add extra magic to this already charming area and no trip to the Bo-Kaap is complete without a photo shoot in these colour filled streets. There are also free walking tours where you can gain some insight into the districts rich history while making your way through its streets. These tours depart three times a day from Green Market Square.
Have a Beach Day
The Cape Peninsula has a wealth of options when it comes to beaches and the perfect summer weather to go with. On the Atlantic side you have some beautiful beaches like Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno which are perfect for anything from sunbathing days to sunset strolls. On the False Bay side you can visit beaches like the popular surfing corner of Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simonstown and everything in-between. So get the family together and head to the beach for a day.