Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province.
Cape town attracts a lot of tourists because of its beautiful and natural surroundings. The city has to offer, from its very interesting monuments, art and cultures, to people who can keep tourists on their toes and eager to see more. You can get to know more about the people of cape town, their culture and the things that makes them unique and different from other people. All this you can do by spending more of your time with less of money as possible. Here are the 10 wonderful things you can enjoy doing at Cape Town with less than R200.
1. Interested in watching movies then visit Labia Theatre
The labia theater building on Orange Street was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theater for the staging of live performances. These days however, it’s an old-fashioned movie house used to showcase movies of the old times and to display documentaries of things that happened in cape town. The Labia is the coolest, most unusual independent art-repertory cinema. It is known for attracting love-birds and hipsters its retro decor that seeks to capture the glamour of old. It will offer you the chance to take in a movie that’s slightly more affordable than the prices you’ll pay at the commercial cinemas. All shows cost only R40 per person. What more to have fun.
2. Have an ocean trip at the Two Oceans Aquarium
At The V & A Waterfront you can find fantastic window to the ocean, offering you glimpses of the diverse life that can only be found far off the South African coastline. The enchantment of this particular aquarium is due to its location, where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet. With its magnificent size, the Aquarium allows you to view over 3000 living animals, including fishes, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles and birds in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. Whats more, be sure you don’t miss the daily feeding of the fishes in the I&J Predator Exhibit at 15h00. The Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront is open every day of the year from 09h30 until 18h00. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. Have your hand stamped at the entrance turnstile in the foyer if you want to visit again on the same day. Adults ticket cost R150 and kids age 4-13 cost R70
3. Have a delicious cake to relish at Charly’s Bakery
Since 1989, Charly’s kitchen as it is popularly called, has been serving up an amazing combo of confectionaries that has left people’s eyebrows raised in delight. They went as far as having their own TV show called Charly’s Cake Angels, a 2 season documentary/reality series showing the behind-the-scenes of this family owned business and their anything-is-possible approach to baking. You will love it there. You can enjoy coffee and a cupcake in Charly’s bakery for as little as R35.
4. How about horse back riding on Noordhoek Beach
Noordhoek Beach is over 8 km long, and is the most unspoiled and best protected beach on the Atlantic Cape coast. Go for a 2 hour horse ride combined with a short bush ride along the spectacular banks of Noordhoek beach. An abundance of bird life is visible as the bush ride circles the wetlands, water birds, cranes, geese and rare flamingo flocks. If you are lucky, you might even see dolphins playing in the waves, with an occasional sighting of whales. The Beach is open daily from 09:00 to 16:00 (open till 18:00 from December to February). If you want to try it, you might want to book in advance.
5. Enjoy your favourite beer at the Beerhouse
The Beerhouse is a contemporary beer hall in the heart of the Mother City’s famed Long Street precinct, and it promises fans the sweet nectar of a world of beers. Showcasing only the best in meticulously selected brands of local, international and micro-brewed beers, the appropriately named Beerhouse has fast become a firm favorite among passive pint sippers and beer buffs alike. The price for beers range from R6 (for a 100ml taster) to R450 for the Crazy Diamond by Triggerfish Brewery
6. Enjoy dragon boat racing at Boat Racing Club
The Cape Town Dragon Boat Racing Club welcomes all dragon boaters and new-comers to join their practice sessions from Mondays to Thursdays. In February 2006, the Western Cape Dragon Boat Association delightedly took custody of two more dragon boats, bringing Cape Town’s fleet to four. Tourists are warmly welcome to join the paddling in Cape Town at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It is a life changing experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
7. Feel refreshed at the Earth Fair Market
The Earth Fair Market takes place every Thursday at the St George’s Mall thoroughfare from 11 am to 3 pm, the Earth Fair Food Market attracts workers and tourists from all over Cape Town and beyond. While some go for a Mexican snack, some delicious Biltong or a piece of homemade fudge, others will fill up on their ‘second lunch’ and do some veggie grocery shopping. The market is one of those typically hidden Mother City gems that you’re likely to stumble on, and subsequently fall in love with. You can also catch the Earth Fair Market merchants in Tokai on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
8. Learn some yoga at Bikram Yoga Class
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 posture and 2 breathing exercises. The original hot yoga that is guaranteed to lighten you up. At a Bikram Yoga Class, you will get a deep, complete body and mind workout. It is easy to follow and it’s suitable for all ages, body types and levels of fitness. All new students get the introductory / trial period special offer for your first 5 class package. All classes accommodate beginners as the yoga series is fairly easy to grasp. Bikram classes are 90 minutes long.
9. Enjoy museum and art gallery Holocaust Center
The Cape Town Holocaust Center is a Foundation dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. It is conveniently situated in the midst of Cape Town’s Museum Mile, the Center is in close proximity to the S/A National Gallery, S/A Museum, S/A Library and the S/A Jewish Museum. Opening times are Sundays – Fridays 10am – 4pm; Closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays. you can find it on the 1st Floor of Albow Centre, 88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town.
10. Have fun picking strawberry at Polkadraai Farm
Drive to Stellenbosch and have fun picking strawberries. It is fun for both young and old. The farm is so well maintained that it is a pleasure to walk along the lanes of strawberries while picking the gorgeous red, sweet fruits. Enjoy the fruits of your own labor by going strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm near Stellenbosch.
Polkadraai Farm invites you to come and “pick your own” from October to December annually when the strawberries are ripe for plucking. Individuals and families do not need to make a booking, however, if your group is larger than 15 you should contact Polkadraai Farm. The farm stall at Polkadraai is open year round from 9am to 5pm daily. Strawberry picking prices range from R25 to R170
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