Cape Town Activities

Top 10 Free Things to Do

Are you looking for free Cape Town activities? Free Things you can do in Cape Town? Here they are the Best Free Activities in the Mother City.

Free & Fun Cape Town Activities 

1. Beaches: The all time favorite not only with the Capetonians: Take a day out at the numerous splendid Cape Town beaches. We especially like to go and see the colorful beach huts at Muizenberg and St James. So take your swimming costumes and body boards and enjoy the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean. Luckily the sea is quite a bit warmer here than in the colder Atlantic Ocean too. And your kids will have fun at the free play parks at the Capetown beaches too.

2. Entertainment: Enjoy the special flair and atmosphere at the V&A Waterfront. There are always street musicians and artists to watch and listen to. On weekends, public holidays and during school holidays, you can enjoy the free concerts in the amphitheatre in front of the Victoria Shopping Centre. There are great concerts and shows for the whole family to watch and best of all they are free. So come early to get the best seats. For more info on current events and Cape Town activities taking place there, click here.

3. Dolphins and Whale Watching: Watch whales and dolphins frolicking in the sea either in Cape Town whether at Dolphin Beach in Blouberg or at the False Bay side from the promenade connecting St. James with Fishhoek, where you can view the whales in season. The whale watching season lasts from June to November, but this year we have seen whales in the bay already. However, you can also head down the Pacific Coast to Hermanus, which is a 90 minute drive from Cape Town, where the town even employs a whale crier to announce the arrival of whales in the bay and the town is regarded the best land-based whale watching spot in the world!

4. Baboons and Penguins: You will love to watch the playful baboons by the roadside. Wildlife roams here freely in some areas around Cape Town. Baboons are a common sight around False Bay and the Cape Nature Reserves. But beware: Do not feed them or approach them, stay in your car and watch them only. Penguins can be seen in Simonstown, occasionally penguins which have escaped from the reserve can be seen lazing under parking cars, so please watch out for them.

5. Naturewalks: Take your favorite picnic items and have a stroll in the many parks or in the winelands. Great spots include Big Bay for its awesome views of Table Mountain, Greenpoint park right next to the Cape Town stadium, DeWaal park in Oranjezicht, Maynardville Park in Rondebosch, Company Gardens in the city centre, or enjoy the beautifully landscaped parks at many winelands estates which offer free entry like the popular Spier Estate near Stellenbosch or Vergelegen in Somerset West. Of course you can also hike in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and visit places with magical names, like Silvermine and Elephant’s Eye or even hike up Table Mountain (only recommended for the fit and well equipped - must wear sturdy shoes or trainers!)

6. View over the City: Walk up Lion's Head or drive up Signal Hill to have a splendid view over Cape Towns City Center. These 'hills' next to Table Mountain are great places to go and see the splendid sunset too. Should the Cable Car be out of service due to strong winds, these are great alternatives to have a good view over the Mother City too and one of the best Cape Town activities anyday.

7. Promenade Walk: Stroll along the Seapoint Promenade and enjoy the smells and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a picnic and laze in the sun in the greens adjoining the promenade or spend some bucks at the many bistros and sidewalk coffee shops. Watch the multicultural people of all backgrounds and races enjoying a great time together. For the soccer enthusiasts of you, from here it is only a stroll to Greenpoint Stadium. When you are tired of walking, head to Greenpoint for the best delis around, like Melissas or Giovannis?

8. Birdwatching: Go bird watching in the Milnerton Lagoon. Head out to the Milnerton Lighthouse and walk from Woodbridge Island over the bridge down to Lagoon Beach towards Cape Town and at low tide walk back on the beach to the Lighthouse. Do not forget to take your camera with you as this is birdwatchers heaven. There are many big birds along the Lagoon and further down Rietvlei Nature Reserve which you access from Tableview and you can see pelicans and flamingoes too or visit SANCCOB, the seabird rescue station right next to the nature reserve (entrance fees apply for visiting the reserve).

9. Museums: Take a walk in the Cape Town Company Gardens, watch the squirrels and visit the splendid Cape Town museums on public holidays like Human Rights Day on 21 March, Freedom Day on April 27 or the International Museum Day May, 18, when there is no entry fee in the many Iziko museums like the Natural History Museum and Arts Museum. See South African art at its best or learn about South Africas natural history. 

10. Nature's Treasures: Enjoy the colorful display of indigenous flowers in the fields, especially during spring time at the West Coast (in September and October) or stroll along the beaches of Blouberg and Melkbosstrand and look out for those special treasures you can find on the beaches like sharks teeth, sea shells and sea snails. 

So these are our favorite Free Cape Town activities. If you feel we missed some great free activites in Cape Town, please let us know and contact me.

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