9 Fun Things to Do in Cape Town on a Shoestring Budget

9 Fun Things to Do in Cape Town on a Shoestring Budget

9 Fun Things to Do in Cape Town on a Shoestring Budget

Your visit to the mother city does not have to break the bank. In this post, we will be sharing nine fun things to do in Cape Town on a shoe-string budget. When you book at the super affordable Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments you will have extra cash for exploring the city, and even THAT does not have to empty your wallet! Here’s a list of free or super affordable activities in and around Cape Town. There is no reason why you can’t make the most of your visit and experience as much as you can while you’re here.

1. Self-guided walk through V&A Waterfront

It is worth taking a stroll through the V&A Waterfront which is located at Cape Town’s working harbor with a rich and wide-ranging history that goes all the way back to 1654. The best way to explore the culture of this iconic site and the 22 landmarks is by taking a self-guided walk. You can get a map at the information centre and start your journey. If you happen to get thirsty or hungry while exploring, there are plenty of food and drink places where you can stop to grab a bite to eat and something to drink.

2. Green Point Park

Green Point Park is an excellent place for a walk, picnic, run, or relaxing in the sun. You have access to an outdoor gym, adventure park, play park, and outdoor labyrinth. You can also find out more about various plant species while exploring the park.

3. The Noon Gun at Signal hill

You can witness first hand the firing of the Noon gun at Signal Hill. Two guns get loaded every day (in case of a misfire – which doesn’t happen often) with 1.5kg of gunpowder. At exactly noon, the gun gets fired every day, except on Sundays and public holidays. You can buy some ear plugs since the bang is quite loud.

4. Walk Through The Company’s Garden

The Company’s Garden is located in the centre of Cape town and was created by the Dutch East India Company during 1652 to produce fresh veggies and fruits for the visiting ships that sailed along the spice trade route between the East Indies and Europe, via Cape Town. Today it features the oldest pear tree which was planted in 1652, a rose garden which originates from 1929, and an aviary of birds as well as plenty other mind blowing landmarks. Entry is free and you have access to free wireless.

The super affordable National Museum is also located in the garden and will provide endless informative entertainment for young and old.

5. Beaches Galore

With the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain the beaches in Cape Town are among the most scenic found worldwide. There are plenty of beaches to select from since both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean borders the city.

6. Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is definitely worth paying a visit to and was voted as the coolest neighborhood worldwide in 2018. It is well-known for its selection of eateries that line the main road, lively colorful harbor and the renowned fish and chips from Kalkies – an historic seaside suburb which is ideal for a weekend morning of sightseeing.

7. Intaka Island

Entry is super affordable at Intaka Island and this magnificent sixteen hectare wetland and bird sanctuary nestles in the centre of Century City. The sanctuary is open 364 days every year and is a characteristic example of property development and conservation that coexist in harmony.

8. Cave Golf at the Waterfront

Putt-putt is a crowd pleaser and can be enjoyed at the waterfront, but in a cave-like setting which makes it fun and exciting. The entire family can participate and what’s more, it is located next to Scratch Patch. This activity is indoors, so it can be enjoyed no matter the weather forecast.

9. Toy Museum in Simon’s Town

The Warrior Toy Museum found in Simon’s Town is filled with dolls, dinky toys, boats, Maccano, model car collections, trains, aeroplanes and much more. There is an exciting range of memorabilia on display from the 70s and 80s and the friendly owner is well known for providing interesting facts and information.

Affordable Centrally Based Accommodation

If you are on the hunt for affordable and centrally located accommodation while visiting Cape Town, be sure to consider Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments which are located a short ten minute walk from the city centre and offer spectacular views of the city and natural landscape. The apartments are fully furnished and serviced, and an excellent choice for budget-orientated business travellers or holiday makers alike. The apartments are situated above the Gardens City shopping centre with the V&A Waterfront and several beaches close by.


We hope you have found this post about nine fun things to do in Cape Town on a shoestring-budget. We have only highlighted our favorites. There are loads more to see and do in the mother city when you have a tight budget.

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