Cape Town Sunset

Cape Town can sometimes seem like a tourist paradise, and for locals, they feel left behind, but the city is making changes to appeal to locals as well.


Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Town is the perfect playground for adventurous families with its fantastic climate, breathtaking beaches and, of course, its iconic Big Five. Where else in the world can you potentially snorkel with a seal, feed an ostrich, pet a cheetah cub or swim with penguins, all in one day?

Even in the heart of winter, it’s still regarded as a great place to be as it’s then considered the low season, which means fewer tourists, less traffic and loads of undisturbed selfies.

“Being a global tourist destination Cape Town has gained a reputation, particularly amongst locals and South African travellers, for being heavy on the pocket. However, there’s plenty to explore, discover, and enjoy beyond the mountain, Robben Island, and the most popular sights. even if you’re on a budget.” says Briony Brookes, the Communications and PR Manager at Cape Town Tourism.

Cash-strapped Capetonians may think that it’s just not affordable these days but there are ways of cutting costs. Here are some tips on ways of doing so, including specials geared to assist locals and affordable day trips you should know about.

Take advantage of the freebies!

There are loads of things to enjoy in Cape Town free of charge. Walking along scenic paths is one of them. The Mother City boasts plenty of natural beauty for you to enjoy without spending a cent. If you enjoy hiking, there are more than enough trails which have the most beautiful backdrops perfect for selfies and that look-away pose you love doing.

But if you prefer walking on flat ground, a walk along the Sea Point promenade might not be a bad idea – there are plenty of playgrounds for kids to enjoy and even an outdoor gym in case you feel the need to work on those weight gains in time for summer.

You could also a take stroll through the V&A Waterfront while enjoying the views of the yachts and, if your legs need a break, be sure to stop by the Amphitheatre as this is an ideal spot to sit back and relax while enjoying the buzzing atmosphere around you.

Be on the lookout for discounts!

Cape Town can be a more affordable destination than one might think if you look out for specials on offer.

At Cape Point Nature Reserve, for instance, South African citizens now pay entrance fees of R76 for adults and R39 for children (almost half the standard rate). The Flying Dutchman Funicular remains affordable at R80 for adults and R35 for children.

There is also a Winter special currently running at the Reserve which allows two kids between the ages of 6 – 16 years to get a free funicular ride every time an adult return ticket is bought. There is also a sweet deal taking place at the Two Oceans Restaurant where kids under the age of 12 get a free dessert with every sit-down adult main meal ordered.

Cape Town is also known for having the odd warm summery day in the middle of winter. Why not take advantage of it by spending it at Boulders Beach, where you could get up close and personal with the African penguins. It will now cost South African adults R39 and children just R20.

To take advantage of all of these specials, you’ll need proof of identity (and don’t forget that you can save time by booking in advance online).

Cheap and cheerful

There is plenty on offer in the Mother City that doesn’t necessarily cost a fortune. If you have a car, take a drive around Chapmans Peak Drive where you can stop and take in some of the most scenic views Cape Town has to offer. There are also loads of picnic spots along the way for you and your family to enjoy.

If you don’t have a car, the local MyCiTi bus should be your go-to. The service is affordable, safe, and, as a bonus for parents, free for children under the age of four.

The Cape Town City Sightseeing Hop-on, hop-off bus is also a great way to get to major attractions (with over 50 spots accessible from more than 30 stops around the city). It costs just R200 per adult (or R180 if you buy in advance online) for a full day exploring Cape Town.

Sources: Supplied – Irving Partners
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