5 things to do for free in Cape Town

If you can fork out for the flights, you don’t need much spending money – Cape Town has enough on offer for even the tightest of budgets! Here are our top picks for 5 things to do for free in Cape Town:

Enjoy free entertainment at the Market Square Amphitheatre

There are buskers, musical acts, dance performances, videos on a giant screen and even live shows from 5 pm – 6 pm on weekends. What more could you ask for? Pack a picnic and head over to the amphitheatre for a day of chilled out fun – the atmosphere is particularly great on sunny days!

Join a mountain hike

The pride of the city: Table Mountain National Park, home to a maze of trails on Table Mountain, up to Lion’s Head and along Signal Hill. Be prepared: they aren’t the easiest of routes, and it’ll take around two and a half hours to reach the top. Your best bet is to head there early in the morning and join a group, bringing along plenty of sun cream and water. The views you’ll get in exchange are incredible, and even a short hike will reveal some stunning sights. Enjoy!

Tour the city’s street art scene

Street art is a major part of Cape Town, with central streets adorned with creative designs – the stamp of an artistic city. The District Six and Woodstock areas are particular hotspots, with a blue Nelson Mandela piece covering an entire side of the Substation 13 on Canterbury Street being a particular favourite amongst tourists. There was even a collaboration with Adidas in 2011 to cover the area in amazing pieces, like Raised By Wolves by artist Nardstar.

Take a historical tour along the V&A Waterfront

It’s one of the most popular areas in the city, attracting more than 20 million visitors each year, so it’s well worth a visit. To really get to grips with its past, grab a free map at the information centre on Dock Road and follow the self-guided historical walking tour. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela statues while en route!

Kick back at the beach

Join the locals for a beach day. There’s nothing quite like the stunning sandy beaches lining the city, complete with postcard-perfect palm trees, grassy banks and soft sand dunes. You can spend the day sunbathing, splashing around in the water (beware: it’s icy!) or just strolling around. Particular favourites include Camps Bay, Noordhoek and Muizenberg.

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