Free Things to Do in Cape Town
Bo Kaap: The Bo Kaap is a colorful neighborhood in the heart of the city. It’s free to walk around past the houses, but please be respectful to the residents.
Hiking: One of the best parts about living and traveling to Cape Town is the city’s outdoor lifestyle. There are dozens of free hiking trails that zigzag around the city. You can easily spend your entire vacation tackling one route each day. Some of my favorites are Lion’s Head, the Pipe Track, Kloof Nek and the walking trails on top of Table Mountain.
Go to the Beach: While the ocean around Cape Town is freezing, the city’s beaches are beautiful. My go-to’s along the Atlantic Seaboard are Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno. If you’re traveling around the Cape Peninsula, don’t miss Noordhoek Beach, Dias Beach inside Cape Point and the colorful beach houses along Muizenberg Beach.
Table Mountain: If you’re an avid hiker, you can walk to the top of Table Mountain for free. The most direct route is Platteklip Gorge and will take around 2-3 hours. However, it is a steep ascent. If you’re looking for an easier way to the top, you can take the Aerial Cableway. A return ticket costs between R 290.00 – R 330.00 or, if you hike up, you can get a one-way ticket for R 145.00-R 165.00.
First Thursdays: First Thursdays is an institution in Cape Town. The event takes place on the first Thursday of each month, and the city center becomes a massive walking street after hours. All the art galleries, bars, and restaurants stay open late and there’s plenty of free wine, drink specials and other events that take place.