23 Budget-Friendly Family Activities in Cape Town

There’s no denying that Cape Town is a playground of beauty, adventure and activities. A hotspot for creativity, shopping, nature and gourmet food, you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy all that the city has to offer. We’re always on the prowl for interesting things to do on a budget. Take a look at these family activities in Cape Town that won’t break the bank. Some of them are even free!

1. Half-price cableway at sunset

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Feel like a tourist but pay like a local, with the half-price sunset special during summer. Enjoy a drink or two on top, taking in the sweeping views of the city on a cool summer’s evening. Don’t forget to bring your camera and ID!

When: 18:00 daily, November-February

Price: R145 adults, R72.50 children (under 18 years). Free if you go on your birthday!

2. Hop aboard the Red Bus

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You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy a day out exploring Cape Town’s stunning attractions! Gather a group of friends or bring the family and spend the day sightseeing, while learning about the city’s history along the way. The Hop-On Hop-Off bus is a great way to spend a birthday, or just have a fun day out. Choose between the Classic Red City or Blue Peninsula tours, Cape Point guided tour, Winelands tour, Township tours and Big 5 Safari tours. Buses depart from selected bus stops every 15-20 minutes.

Price: R200 online/ R220 at any ticket office for the Classic 1-day tour

When: First bus leaves the Waterfront @ 08:20, last bus leaves Greenpoint @ 19:40 returning to the Waterfront

3. Museum day

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Getting a bit of a culture fix can be a great way to get to know the city. Cape Town is chock full of museums and art galleries, so you can easily spend a day hopping from one to another. Even if you’re a Capetonian, you’ll be surprised at how much history you don’t know about your city!

Some museums and landmarks worth checking out:

  • District 6 Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Zeitz MOCAA
  • Slave Lodge
  • Iziko Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • 18 Gangster Museum
  • Noon Gun

4. Stargaze at the Planetarium

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You don’t need to be a kid to go stargazing and appreciate the beauty of other galaxies far, far away. From interactive lectures and mapping out the solar system to educational film festivals, pop in for an hour-long show before or after lunch and learn something new about our stellar universe. A day at the Planetarium is one of the best family activities in Cape Town.

Price: R60 for adults/ R30 for children, SA students & pensioners

Show Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-16:00/ Evening shows on Wednesdays @ 19:00

25 Queen Victoria Street| 021 481 3900

5. Movie time at the Labia

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An iconic landmark in Cape Town’s art scene, the Labia’s laidback old-school charm makes it a great place to watch your favourite arthouse film or catch the latest blockbuster. The best part? You can enjoy an ice-cold beer, G-&-T slushy, or soft drink in the cinema. At just R50 a ticket, you can treat yourself to a drink and a bag of fresh popcorn all for under R100!

Price: R50 a ticket. Look out for their dinner and movie specials at selected restaurants around town.

68 Orange Street, Gardens | 021 424 5927

6. That’s so Darling

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A small town blooming with wildflowers, festivals, theatre, wine farms, museums, hiking trails and cosy lodges – Darling will have you falling in love with its nostalgic charm in no time. Barely an hour’s drive from Cape Town, you’ll feel like you’re somewhere in the countryside as you walk through the town. Start your day with breakfast at one of the padstals along the route, watch a slice of comical satire at Evita se Perron, and be sure to pop in at Darling Brew for a late lunch and beer tasting – you won’t be disappointed!

Also read: Discover Epic West Coast Gems

7. Walk through Woodstock

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A once flourishing seaside resort, it’s hard to imagine Woodstock as anything other than an industrialised area that is undergoing massive gentrification and urban renewal. Bustling with creativity on every corner, Woodstock is home to niche art studios, trendy coffee shops, furniture workshops and design agencies aplenty. Yet, under all this lies a prevalent and vibrant history that is coming alive on its walls and buildings. Spend a morning perusing the shops along Victoria Road, and into the narrow and colourful streets.

Take a street art tour with local tour guide, Juma, and learn about the history of the area behind these graffiti artworks. Tours cost R350 for 1.5 hours and start at the Woodstock Exchange. Grab some brunch at the Old Biscuit Mill on weekends and pick up some quirky vintage décor along Albert Road. If you’re an arty family or just love the city’s history, this is one tour you shouldn’t miss.

8. Explore the Constantia Valley

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While the beautiful Cape Winelands is our pride and glory, you don’t have to venture too far to enjoy the classic flavours and scenery of Cape Town’s best wine farms. The Constantia Valley is home to some formidable estates and you can easily spend an entire day visiting your favourites. Some of the nine farms along the Constantia route include Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest, Buitenverwagting and Silvermist. Ziplining, horse riding and bike trails are just some of the family-friendly activities on offer. Stay for lunch and wine tasting, surrounded by enviable views of the city. Groot Constantia and Buitenverwagting have beautiful lawns for you to enjoy a delicious picnic while the kids play on the jungle gyms.

Wine tastings in the area range between R50 – R150 per person.

Also Read: 6 Undiscovered Wine Farms around Cape Town

9. Mojo Market madness

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The perfect brunch spot, a stone’s throw from the Sea Point promenade! Pick up some hand-crafted jewellery, vintage clothing and home décor pieces as you wander between the buzzing food stalls. You’ll find everything from fresh smoothies and ice cream to sushi, gourmet breakfast plates and home-baked treats. Grab a table to watch a football game or bring a board game to relax for a few hours. Catch live music on stage every evening from 19:00 and weekends around lunchtime.

Open: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-22:00

30 Regent Rd, Sea Point | 087 940 7474

10. Mid-week dinner specials

We all love a good dinner special, especially at our favourite restaurants. Here are some irresistible ones to schedule in your weekly calendar:

Mondays:

  • Jazz up your Monday with half-price burgers and pizzas at Gardens Collectors Club. From the usual classics to gourmet toppings, you’ll definitely be back for more.

51 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 422 5822

  • Enjoy a seafood platter for two at Blowfish Restaurant until 22:00. R99 gets you a platter of fresh fish, calamari, prawns, mussels, rice, veggies and chips.

Dolphin Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Table View, 021 556 5464

Tuesdays:

  • From 18:00 onwards, The Twankey Bar serves up delicious grilled or battered linefish and chips with a 500ml draught or glass of wine for just R95. Pop in earlier for their happy hour special before tucking into dinner.

Next to the Taj Hotel, Cnr Wale Street & St. Georges Mall, 021 819 2000

  • It’s the battle of the buns at Devil’s Peak Taproom every Tuesday from 18:00. For R75 you get a gourmet cheeseburger and 340ml lager – the perfect combo deal.

150 Cecil Road, Salt River, 021 201 1401

  • Manga offers a two-for-one sushi special for lunch and dinner. Only available at their stores in Mouille Point and Church Square.

Beach Rd & Rothesay Place, Mouille Point | 32 Parliament St, CBD

Wednesdays:

  • Two-for-one pizzas at Hail Pizza just behind Clarke’s in Bree Street. Valid every Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00.

133A Bree St, Cape Town CBD, 021 424 7648

  • Arrive hungry for bottomless ribs at Beerhouse every Wednesday from 11:00 throughout the day. At only R99, booking is a must and strictly no sharing or takeaways – challenge accepted!

223 Long Street, CBD, 021 424 3370

  • Sotano in Sea Point serves up delicious two-for-one lamb burgers at just R110 from 17:00 onwards.

121 Beach Road, 021 433 1757

Thursdays:

  • Primal Eatery is one of the best steakhouses in town, and from Tuesday to Thursday they serve up 300g sirloin or rump with a side at just R145. We highly recommend booking a table!

50 New Church Street, Gardens

11. Get your game on at Big Box Café

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Looking for a fun thing to do in Cape Town? Tucked away in the CBD is Cape Town’s only board game café where you can spend an entire afternoon or evening. Grab a table and choose anything from their vast collection of board games, while their cosy kitchen can whip up some tasty treats to keep you going. Whether you’re a strategic mastermind or looking for some wholesome family fun, the guys at Big Box cater to all kinds of players.

Price: games are free to play

Open: Monday-Wednesday, 08:00-17:00/ Thursday-Friday, 08:00-22:00/ Saturday, 10:00-22:00

18 Roeland Street, Gardens | 071 314 9134

12. Cape Town Science Centre

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Calling all science buffs and curious minds – discover a world of interactive displays, science shows, theatre, hands-on experiments and workshops to keep your hands and mind busy at the CTSC. Saturdays are filled with robotics workshops, topical discussions, chess tournaments, and lessons geared around exam preparation for scholars.

Open: Monday-Saturday, 09:00-16:30/ Sundays & Pub. Holidays, 10:00-16:30

370B Main Road, Observatory| 021 300 3200

13. Birthday freebies at the Aquarium

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Yip, you read right. The Two Oceans Aquarium has just announced you get free entrance on your birthday! If you can’t visit on your birthday, the offer is still valid for six days after. Simply bring your ID book or driver’s licence and collect your free pass from the ticket office.

Scuba diving, kelp forests, penguin interactions, shark feedings and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish displays are just some of the amazing things you can experience at the aquarium. A day at the Aquarium is definitely one of the most popular family activities in Cape Town!

Open: Every day, 09:30-18:00

Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | 021 418 3823

14. Make some furry friends

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Animals are the greatest companions we could ask for, and what better way to help them than volunteering to make their world a little better? There are lots of local animal shelters and charities that would greatly appreciate your time. Make a donation, bring some supplies, or spare a few hours of your time to walk them, groom them and help clean their rooms. You’re guaranteed lots of licks, tail wags and kisses in return!

Check out some of these animal shelters in your area:

DARG: info@darg.org.za | Main Rd, Hout Bay

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre: hello.uitsig@gmail.com | Thandanani Farm, just before the Duynefontein turnoff, Melkbosstrand

Sidewalk Specials: contact@sidewalkspecials.org  | Find them at the Granger Bay market on the 1st Saturday of each month

TEARS: volunteer@tears.org.za | 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Noordhoek

Fallen Angels: info@fallenangels.org.za | Just before the Duynefontein turnoff, Melkbosstrand

African Tails: manager@africantails.co.za | 56 Koeberg Rd, Brooklyn

Lucky Lucy: volunteer@luckylucy.org | N7, between Philadelphia and Malmesbury

15. Rainbow Puppet Theatre @ the Waldorf School

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Theatre is the rawest and most honest form of storytelling. Pry your little ones away from their screens and video games for a morning and watch their minds be transformed by the magical world of theatre. Using hand and rod puppets in a beautiful custom-made set, the shows are inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, each story carrying an uplifting message. Shows are recommended for age 4 years and up.

The venue is great for kiddie’s parties, and the troupe also has a mobile puppet theatre for home events.

Price: R20 per ticket

When: Saturday mornings, two shows @ 10:00 and 11:15

Where: Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia | 021 783 2063

16. Ice skating at Grand West

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Practise your graceful (or wobbly) moves on the ice at the Ice Station at Grand West. The Olympic-size skating rink is open to all ages and abilities and is a hotspot for families over the holiday season. This is great fun in a group or even for a date night!

The rink hosts ice hockey championships and figure skating competitions throughout the year, and spectators are welcome to sit in and watch.

Price: R60 incl. skate hire/ R50 bring your own skates

Open Times:

Mon – Tues 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30
Wed – Thurs 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30 20:00 – 22:30
Friday 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30 18:00 – 20:30 21:00 – 24:00
Saturday 12:00 – 14:30 15:00 – 17:30 18:00 – 20:30 21:00 – 24:00
Sunday 12:00 – 14:30 15:00 – 17:30 18:00 – 20:30

Grand West, 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, | 021 535 2260

17. Get a Rush!

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Bouncing around on trampolines is not just for kids. You can work up quite a sweat and have great fun challenging your friends to a game of dodgeball or slam dunk basketball. When you’re not tumbling around the nets, you can enjoy some coffee, snacks and free Wi-Fi on the side. Great for birthday parties and some weekend fun!

Price: From R115 per hour. See their online pricing guide

Open: Monday-Thursday, 13:00-21:00/ Friday-Saturday, 09:00-22:00/ Sunday, 09:00-19:00

5th Floor, 109 on Main, Claremont | 087 094 0178, 021 683 3841, 021 671 1489

18. SUP Boarding

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One of the best ways to get fit while you take in views of the city, SUP boarding is becoming a favourite summer pastime. There’s no better way to start your day than a refreshing dip in our sparkling ocean – this is a great family activity in Cape Town.

SUP Cape Town offers a 1-hour paddle along the Waterfront canals at R220 per person, or spend 1.5 hours paddling in the open ocean at R550 per person.

Let Ocean Riders take you out along the canals of Intaka Island, the CTICC and off Muizenberg and Clifton beaches. A 1-hour intro lesson and paddle ranges from R180-R350 per person.

If you’re looking for a full-day SUP experience, the guys at High Five can treat you to a sunrise paddle and brekkie or a sunset paddle and braai. Enjoy a 2-hour guided session off Blouberg beach at just R400 for an entire group of three!

For the yogis out there, you can even try SUP Yoga with SUP Yoga Cape Town at R300 per person for 1.5 hours in the Camps Bay tidal pool.

19. Hit the mountain bike trails

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Swap your Sunday drive for a Sunday ride instead. If you’re up for a little exercise, this is a fun thing to do in Cape Town. The city is full of exciting and scenic bike trails to explore. Here are nine of our top picks:

  • Meerendal Wine Farm: 21km, easy riding. Start point – wine farm
  • Deer Park, Table Mountain: 16-34km, intermediate riding. Start point – Chelmsford Rd, Vredehoek
  • Cape Point Reserve: up to 45km, easy riding. Start point – anywhere
  • Koeberg Reserve, Melkbosstrand: 7-25km, easy riding. Start point – Visitors Centre
  • Jonkershoek: 10-45km, intermediate to technical riding. Start point – Jonkershoek Reserve main gate
  • Tokai Forest: up to 40km, moderate to extreme riding. Start point – Arboretum
  • Dirtopia, Delvera Wine Estate: 7-18km, moderate riding. Start point – Dirtopia Trail Centre
  • Contermanskloof, Durbanville: up to 36km, intermediate riding. Start point – The Dairy Shed
  • Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch: 10-45km, easy riding. Start point – The Radish Restaurant

Note that park entry fees or trail fees may apply.

20. Green Point Park

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Looking for a space to bring the whole family, picnic, throw some frisbee and walk the dogs? Green Point Park is a recreational hub with lots to see and do. It features an amphitheatre, outdoor maze, exercise gym, wetlands garden, 25,000 indigenous plants, two child-friendly playparks, tea garden, nursery and loads of picnic areas. This is a great space to enjoy some fresh air and be active. If you’re planning to host a kiddies party or large gathering, come early to secure a good spot.

Note that swimming, skateboarding, alcohol, loud music and braais are not permitted.

Open: 07:00-19:00 daily

1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point | 021 417 0111

21. Swim at Silvermine

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A short trot from Ou Kaapse Weg leads you to the sparkling freshwater Silvermine Reservoir where you’re free to swim, hike, picnic and braai. Dogs are welcome, but owners must have a Level 1 My Activity permit. Gates open at 07:00 and close at 18:00 in summer.

Price: R50 for adults, R25 children (2-11 years), Free to SANParks Wild Card & My Green Card holders

Silvermine Reserve, off Ou Kaapse Weg | 021 712 0527

22. Have a picnic on Beta Beach

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Beta Beach is one of Cape Town’s top beaches, and with its perfect positioning and big boulders to laze on, it’s easy to see why. It’s seclusion away from the bustle of Camps Bay and Clifton beaches make it a more peaceful spot to catch a tan, read your book and enjoy a picnic with your crew. And the water’s not far away for a refreshing dip. As the sun sets, watch everyone migrate to the big flat rocks to get the perfect view (and selfie)!

23. Pick roses at Chart Farm

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Summer is here and the roses are in full bloom! Spend the morning or afternoon filling a bucket with your favourite coloured roses and enjoy the beautiful views of the farm. You’re also welcome to pick table grapes, lemons and chestnuts – delicious seasonal essentials! Their dog-friendly coffee shop serves up very reasonably-priced breakfasts, lunches and freshly-baked cakes. A perfect family outing!

Please bring your own bucket and secateurs if possible.

Price: R6 per rose

Open: Monday-Sunday, 09:00-16:30

Klaassens Road, Wynberg| 021 762 0067, 066 100 8924

 

If Cape Town is your back garden, make sure you take advantage of all these great activities. If not, book your cheap flights to Cape Town and start exploring the Mother City!

Got any other budget-friendly ideas on family activities in Cape Town? Share them in the comments below.

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25 Fun Things to Do in Cape Town on a Budget

There’s no denying that Cape Town is a playground of beauty, adventure and activities. A hotspot for creativity, fashion, nature and world-class cuisine, you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy all that the city has to offer. We’re always on the prowl for interesting things to do on a budget. Take a look at these fun things to do in Cape Town that won’t break the bank at R350 and under. Some of them are even free!

1. Half-price cableway at sunset

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Feel like a tourist but pay like a local, with the half-price sunset special during summer. Enjoy a drink or two on top, taking in the sweeping views of the city on a cool summer’s evening. Don’t forget to bring your camera and ID!

When: 18:00 daily, November-February

Price: R145 adults, R72.50 children (under 18 years). Free if you go on your birthday!

2. Hop aboard the Red Bus

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You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy a day out exploring Cape Town’s stunning attractions! Gather a group of friends and spend the day sightseeing, while learning about the city’s history along the way. The Hop-On Hop-Off bus is a great way to spend a birthday, or just have a fun day out. Choose between the Classic Red City or Blue Peninsula tours, Cape Point guided tour, Winelands tour, Township tours and Big 5 Safari tours. Buses depart from selected bus stops every 15-20 minutes.

Price: R200 online/ R220 at any ticket office for the Classic 1-day tour

When: First bus leaves the Waterfront @ 08:20, last bus leaves Greenpoint @ 19:40 returning to the Waterfront

3. Museum day

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Getting a bit of a culture fix can be a great way to get to know the city. Cape Town is chock full of museums and art galleries, so you can easily spend a day hopping from one to another. Even if you’re a Capetonian, you’ll be surprised at how much history you don’t know about your city!

Some museums and landmarks worth checking out:

  • District 6 Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Zeitz MOCAA
  • Slave Lodge
  • Iziko Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • 18 Gangster Museum
  • Noon Gun

4. Stargaze at the Planetarium

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Photo credit: @rodmccall via Instagram

You don’t need to be a kid to go stargazing and appreciate the beauty of other galaxies far, far away. From interactive lectures and mapping out the solar system to educational film festivals, pop in for an hour-long show before or after lunch and learn something new about our stellar universe.

Price: R60 for adults/ R30 for children, SA students & pensioners

Show Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-16:00/ Evening shows on Wednesdays @ 19:00

25 Queen Victoria Street| 021 481 3900

5. Armchair Sundays comedy night

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Buckle up for an evening of laughter as the Armchair’s local residents and guest comedians make for an entertaining end to the weekend. Nestled in the quirky, bohemian neighbourhood of Obs, you can expect all sorts of weird and wonderful characters on stage at this beloved theatre, which has been the starting ground for many of South Africa’s top comedians. Grab a beer and a front row seat to some of the best Cape Town comedy.

Price: R40 at the door

When: Sundays @ 20:30

Obviouzly Armchair, 135 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town | 021 460 0458

6. Movie time at the Labia

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An iconic landmark in Cape Town’s art scene, the Labia’s laidback old-school charm makes it a great place to watch your favourite arthouse film or catch the latest blockbuster. The best part? You can enjoy an ice-cold beer, G-&-T slushy, or glass of wine in the cinema. At just R50 a ticket, you can treat yourself to a drink and a bag of fresh popcorn all for under R100!

Price: R50 a ticket. Look out for their dinner and movie specials at selected restaurants around town.

68 Orange Street, Gardens | 021 424 5927

7. That’s so Darling

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Photo credit: @tales_of_nadia via Instagram

A small town blooming with wildflowers, festivals, theatre, wine farms, museums, hiking trails and cosy lodges – Darling will have you falling in love with its nostalgic charm in no time. Barely an hour’s drive from Cape Town, you’ll feel like you’re somewhere in the countryside as you walk through the town. Start your day with breakfast at one of the padstals along the route, watch a slice of comical satire at Evita se Perron, and be sure to pop in at Darling Brew for a late lunch and beer tasting – you won’t be disappointed!

Also read: Discover Epic West Coast Gems

8. Salsa on the Promenade

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Strap on your dancing shoes and salsa down to the Sea Point promenade every Sunday from 15:30 where beginners and seasoned dancers swing their hips to Latino beats against the gorgeous ocean backdrop.

Price: free!

When: Sundays, 15:30-18:30

Where: Sea Point Pavilion

9. Walk through Woodstock

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A once flourishing seaside resort, it’s hard to imagine Woodstock as anything other than an industrialised area that is undergoing massive gentrification and urban renewal. Bustling with creativity on every corner, Woodstock is home to niche art studios, trendy coffee shops, furniture workshops and design agencies aplenty. Yet, under all this lies a prevalent and vibrant history that is coming alive on its walls and buildings. Spend a morning perusing the shops along Victoria Road, and into the narrow and colourful streets.

Take a street art tour with local tour guide, Juma, and learn about the history of the area behind these graffiti artworks. Tours cost R350 for 1.5 hours and start at the Woodstock Exchange. Grab some brunch at the Old Biscuit Mill on weekends and pick up some quirky décor and vintage items along Albert Road.

10. Taste the wines of the Constantia Valley

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While the beautiful Cape Winelands is our pride and glory, you don’t have to venture too far to enjoy the classic flavours and scenery of Cape Town’s best wine farms. The Constantia Valley is home to some formidable estates and you can easily spend an entire day visiting your favourites. Some of the nine farms along the Constantia route include Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest, Buitenverwagting and Silvermist. Pop in for a wine tasting or stay for lunch, surrounded by enviable views of the city.

Wine tastings in the area range between R50 – R150 per person.

Also Read: 6 Undiscovered Wine Farms around Cape Town

11. Mojo Market madness

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The perfect brunch spot, a stone’s throw from the Sea Point promenade! Pick up some hand-crafted jewellery, vintage clothing and home décor pieces as you wander between the buzzing food stalls. You’ll find everything from fresh smoothies and ice cream to sushi, oysters, gourmet breakfast plates and home-baked treats. Catch live music on stage every evening from 19:00 and weekends around lunchtime.

Open: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-22:00

30 Regent Rd, Sea Point | 087 940 7474

12. Sundowners at The Vic

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This stylish Victorian-inspired bar is the ideal spot to grab an after-work drink or spend a Friday night jamming to folk rock and indie vinyl. Cosy up on the velvet couches on a chilly night, or dine al fresco in the cute courtyard. The bar mixes up some great cocktails and classic G&Ts, while the kitchen serves simple and tasty food – try any of their pizzas and bar nachos and you’ll know what we mean!

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-01:00/ Sundays, 12:00-21:00

84 Kloof Street| 021 811 0292

13. Dinner specials throughout the week

We all love a good dinner special, especially at our favourite restaurants. Here are some irresistible ones to schedule in your weekly calendar:

Mondays:

  • Three-course dinner at Asoka for R195. Choose from a selection of delicious Asian plates from 17:00 onwards.

68 Kloof Street, 021 422 0909

  • Jazz up your Monday with half-price burgers and pizzas at Gardens Collectors Club. From the usual classics to gourmet toppings, you’ll definitely be back for more.

51 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 422 5822

  • Enjoy a seafood platter for two at Blowfish Restaurant until 22:00. R99 gets you a platter of fresh fish, calamari, prawns, mussels, rice, veggies and chips.

Dolphin Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Table View, 021 556 5464

Tuesdays:

  • From 18:00 onwards, The Twankey Bar serves up delicious grilled or battered linefish and chips with a 500ml draught or glass of wine for just R95. Pop in earlier for their happy hour special before tucking into dinner.

Next to the Taj Hotel, Cnr Wale Street & St. Georges Mall, 021 819 2000

  • It’s the battle of the buns at Devil’s Peak Taproom every Tuesday from 18:00. For R75 you get a gourmet cheeseburger and 340ml lager – the perfect combo deal.

150 Cecil Road, Salt River, 021 201 1401

  • Manga offers a two-for-one sushi special for lunch and dinner. Only available at their stores in Mouille Point and Church Square.

Beach Rd & Rothesay Place, Mouille Point | 32 Parliament St, CBD

Wednesdays:

  • Two-for-one pizzas at Hail Pizza just behind Clarke’s in Bree Street. Valid every Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00.

133A Bree St, Cape Town CBD, 021 424 7648

  • Arrive hungry for bottomless ribs at Beerhouse every Wednesday from 11:00 throughout the day. At only R99, booking is a must and strictly no sharing or takeaways – challenge accepted!

223 Long Street, CBD, 021 424 3370

  • Sotano in Sea Point serves up delicious two-for-one lamb burgers at just R110 from 17:00 onwards.

121 Beach Road, 021 433 1757

Thursdays:

  • Primal Eatery is one of the best steakhouses in town, and from Tuesday to Thursday they serve up 300g sirloin or rump with a side at just R145. We highly recommend booking a table!

50 New Church Street, Gardens

  • All you can eat sushi at Active Sushi for R199 from 17:30 onwards

32 Hudson St, CBD, 021 418 2604

Fridays:

  • Happy hour tapas and tipples at Harringtons. Choose any four tapas off their menu for R200, valid from 17:00 – 20:00. Enjoy their classic cocktails, beers and local bubbly at half price!

61 Harrington Street, 021 461 2276, 021 422 3232

14. Get your game on at Big Box Café

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Looking for a fun thing to do in Cape Town? Tucked away in the CBD is Cape Town’s only board game café where you can spend an entire afternoon or evening. Grab a table and choose anything from their vast collection of boardgames, while their cosy kitchen can whip up some tasty treats to keep you going. Whether you’re a strategic mastermind or looking for some wholesome family fun, the guys at Big Box cater to all kinds of players.

Price: games are free to play

Open: Monday-Wednesday, 08:00-17:00/ Thursday-Friday, 08:00-22:00/ Saturday, 10:00-22:00

18 Roeland Street, Gardens | 071 314 9134

15. Cape Town Science Centre

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Calling all science buffs and curious minds – discover a world of interactive displays, science shows, theatre, hands-on experiments and workshops to keep your hands and mind busy at the CTSC. Saturdays are filled with robotics workshops, topical discussions, chess tournaments, and lessons geared around exam preparation for scholars.

Open: Monday-Saturday, 09:00-16:30/ Sundays & Pub. Holidays, 10:00-16:30

370B Main Road, Observatory| 021 300 3200

16. Birthday freebies at the Aquarium

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Yip, you read right. The Two Oceans Aquarium has just announced you get free entrance on your birthday! If you can’t visit on your birthday, the offer is still valid for six days after. Simply bring your ID book or driver’s licence and collect your free pass from the ticket office.

Scuba diving, kelp forests, penguin interactions, shark feedings and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish displays are just some of the amazing things you can experience at the aquarium. A day at the Aquarium is definitely one of the most fun things to do in Cape Town!

Open: Every day, 09:30-18:00

Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | 021 418 3823

17. Make some furry friends

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Animals are the greatest companions we could ask for, and what better way to help them than volunteering to make their world a little better? There are lots of local animal shelters and charities that would greatly appreciate your time. Make a donation, bring some supplies, or spare a few hours of your time to walk them, groom them and help clean their rooms. You’re guaranteed lots of licks, tail wags and kisses in return!

Check out some of these animal shelters in your area:

DARG: info@darg.org.za | Main Rd, Hout Bay

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre: hello.uitsig@gmail.com | Thandanani Farm, just before the Duynefontein turnoff, Melkbosstrand

Sidewalk Specials: contact@sidewalkspecials.org  | Find them at the Granger Bay market on the 1st Saturday of each month

TEARS: volunteer@tears.org.za | 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Noordhoek

Fallen Angels: info@fallenangels.org.za | Just before the Duynefontein turnoff, Melkbosstrand

African Tails: manager@africantails.co.za | 56 Koeberg Rd, Brooklyn

Lucky Lucy: volunteer@luckylucy.org | N7, between Philadelphia and Malmesbury

18. Rainbow Puppet Theatre @ the Waldorf School

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Theatre is the rawest and most honest form of storytelling. Pry your little ones away from their screens and video games for a morning and watch their minds be transformed by the magical world of theatre. Using hand and rod puppets in a beautiful custom-made set, the shows are inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, each story carrying an uplifting message. Shows are recommended for age 4 years and up.

The venue is great for kiddie’s parties, and the troupe also has a mobile puppet theatre for home events.

Price: R20 per ticket

When: Saturday mornings, two shows @ 10:00 and 11:15

Where: Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia | 021 783 2063

19. Ice skating at Grand West

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Practise your graceful (or wobbly) moves on the ice at the Ice Station at Grand West. The Olympic-size skating rink is open to all ages and abilities and is a hotspot for families over the holiday season. This is great fun with a group of friends or for a date night!

The rink hosts ice hockey championships and figure skating competitions throughout the year, and spectators are welcome to sit in and watch.

Price: R60 incl. skate hire/ R50 bring your own skates

Open Times:

Mon – Tues 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30
Wed – Thurs 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30 20:00 – 22:30
Friday 10:00 – 12:30 14:00 – 16:30 18:00 – 20:30 21:00 – 24:00
Saturday 12:00 – 14:30 15:00 – 17:30 18:00 – 20:30 21:00 – 24:00
Sunday 12:00 – 14:30 15:00 – 17:30 18:00 – 20:30

Grand West, 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, | 021 535 2260

20. Get a Rush!

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Bouncing around on trampolines is not just for kids. You can work up quite a sweat and have great fun challenging your friends to a game of dodgeball or slam dunk basketball. When you’re not tumbling around the nets, you can enjoy some coffee, snacks and free Wi-Fi on the side. Great for birthday parties, team building or some weekend fun!

Price: From R115 per hour. See their online pricing guide

Open: Monday-Thursday, 13:00-21:00/ Friday-Saturday, 09:00-22:00/ Sunday, 09:00-19:00

5th Floor, 109 on Main, Claremont | 087 094 0178, 021 683 3841, 021 671 1489

21. SUP Boarding

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One of the best ways to work on your abs and take in views of the city, SUP boarding is becoming a favourite summer pastime. There’s no better way to start your day than a refreshing dip in our sparkling ocean – hands down the most fun thing to do in Cape Town.

SUP Cape Town offers a 1-hour paddle along the Waterfront canals at R220 per person, or spend 1.5 hours paddling in the open ocean at R550 per person.

Let Ocean Riders take you out along the canals of Intaka Island, the CTICC and off Muizenberg and Clifton beaches. A 1-hour intro lesson and paddle ranges from R180-R350 per person.

If you’re looking for a full-day SUP experience, the guys at High Five can treat you to a sunrise paddle and brekkie or a sunset paddle and braai. Enjoy a 2-hour guided session off Blouberg beach at just R400 for an entire group of three!

For the yogis out there, you can even try SUP Yoga with SUP Yoga Cape Town at R300 per person for 1.5 hours in the Camps Bay tidal pool.

22. Hit the mountain bike trails

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Swap your Sunday drive for a Sunday ride instead. If you’re up for a little exercise, this is a fun thing to do in Cape Town. The city is full of exciting and scenic bike trails to explore. Here are nine of our top picks:

  • Meerendal Wine Farm: 21km, easy riding. Start point – wine farm
  • Deer Park, Table Mountain: 16-34km, intermediate riding. Start point – Chelmsford Rd, Vredehoek
  • Cape Point Reserve: up to 45km, easy riding. Start point – anywhere
  • Koeberg Reserve, Melkbosstrand: 7-25km, easy riding. Start point – Visitors Centre
  • Jonkershoek: 10-45km, intermediate to technical riding. Start point – Jonkershoek Reserve main gate
  • Tokai Forest: up to 40km, moderate to extreme riding. Start point – Arboretum
  • Dirtopia, Delvera Wine Estate: 7-18km, moderate riding. Start point – Dirtopia Trail Centre
  • Contermanskloof, Durbanville: up to 36km, intermediate riding. Start point – The Dairy Shed
  • Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch: 10-45km, easy riding. Start point – The Radish Restaurant

Note that park entry fees or trail fees may apply.

23. Green Point Park

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Looking for a space to bring the whole family, picnic, throw some frisbee and walk the dogs? Green Point Park is a recreational hub with lots to see and do. It features an amphitheatre, outdoor maze, exercise gym, wetlands garden, 25,000 indigenous plants, two child-friendly playparks, tea garden, nursery and loads of picnic areas. This is a great space to enjoy some fresh air and be active. If you’re planning to host a kiddies party or large gathering, come early to secure a good spot.

Note that swimming, skateboarding, alcohol, loud music and braais are not permitted.

Open: 07:00-19:00 daily

1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point | 021 417 0111

24. Swim at Silvermine

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A short trot from Ou Kaapse Weg leads you to the sparkling freshwater Silvermine Reservoir where you’re free to swim, hike, picnic and braai. Dogs are welcome, but owners must have a Level 1 My Activity permit. Gates open at 07:00 and close at 18:00 in summer.

Price: R50 for adults, R25 children (2-11 years), Free to SANParks Wild Card & My Green Card holders

Silvermine Reserve, off Ou Kaapse Weg | 021 712 0527

25. Have a picnic on Beta Beach

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Beta Beach is one of Cape Town’s top beaches, and with its perfect positioning and big boulders to laze on, it’s easy to see why. It’s seclusion away from the bustle of Camps Bay and Clifton beaches make it a more peaceful spot to catch a tan, read your book and enjoy a picnic with some friends. And the water’s not far away for a refreshing dip. As the sun sets, watch everyone migrate to the big flat rocks to get the perfect view (and selfie)!

26. Pick roses at Chart Farm

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Summer is here and the roses are in full bloom! Spend the morning or afternoon filling a bucket with your favourite coloured roses and enjoy the beautiful views of the farm. You’re also welcome to pick table grapes, lemons and chestnuts – delicious seasonal essentials! Their dog-friendly coffee shop serves up very reasonably-priced breakfasts, lunches and freshly-baked cakes.

Please bring your own bucket and secateurs if possible.

Price: R6 per rose

Open: Monday-Sunday, 09:00-16:30

Klaassens Road, Wynberg| 021 762 0067, 066 100 8924

 

If Cape Town is your back garden, make sure you take advantage of all these great activities. If not, book your cheap flights to Cape Town and start exploring the Mother City!

Got any other budget-friendly ideas on fun things to do in Cape Town? Share them in the comments below.

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart will not be held liable for loss or inconvenience resulting from the use of out-dated or incorrectly noted information.

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13 Best Bora Bora Resorts on the Water

Bora Bora is a true tropical getaway with its aquamarine lagoons and lush jungle landscapes. This small South Pacific island is French Polynesia’s sparkling gem, known for its memorable snorkelling and scuba diving and iconic overwater bungalows sitting on stilts above crystal-clear water.

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The Low Down on What it’s Really Like Snorkelling in Bali

Bali is famous for many things – sacred temples, beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, delicious food, amazing surfing, and cute little island towns. But just below the waves, there is

another side to Bali that you absolutely need to explore if you want to make the most of your trip to Indonesia.

And although scuba diving in Bali is an unforgettable experience, if you would prefer something less technical, snorkelling in Bali is also a great experience and all you will need is a mask and fins.

Sounds like something you would love to do? Carry on reading and we will give you the low down on essential information such as visibility and sea temperatures and all the best snorkelling spots in and around Bali.

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Best Time for Snorkelling in Bali

The rainy season in Bali is typically from October to March. The ocean can be quite rough and murky during these months and aren’t ideal for snorkelling. Although the weather can be unpredictable and go from lousy to fantastic within hours, so it might still be possible to get some snorkelling in if you are planning your holiday during this season.

The best time for snorkelling in Bali is definitely during the dry months from April to September. If you want to swim with the manta rays, the best time to visit is between April and May. And if you want to see the famous Mola Mola (oceanic sunfish), the best time to visit is between July and September.

Also see: Your Guide to the Best Time to Visit Bali

snorkel with turtles

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Sea Conditions

The ocean temperature is quite consistent throughout the year, ranging between 24-29 degrees Celsius and visibility usually ranges from 10 to 50 metres.

The currents around Bali can be quite strong so it is important that you:

  • know how to handle getting caught in them
  • find out what the conditions are like where you plan to snorkel
  • go with someone else or a group (especially if you are a newbie)
  • try to plan a morning trip because the sea tends to get rough in the afternoon
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The Best Snorkelling Spots in Bali

Northern Bali: Tulamben and Amed

USAT liberty shipwreck – Tulamben

The USAT Liberty Shipwreck is one of the most well known and popular snorkelling sites in Bali. The USAT Liberty was a World War II cargo ship that ran aground in 1942 after being hit by Japanese torpedoes. The ship remained intact on Tulamben beach until Mount Agung erupted in 1963 and the tremors caused the ship to break up and slip off the beach onto a sand slope. The ship is covered in colourful corals and home to hundreds of strange and wonderful reef fish and marine animals.

USAT liberty wreck

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Coral Garden – Tulamben

The coral garden is a shallow reef situated just a few hundred metres from the USAT Liberty wreck site. It is close to the shore and has a depth of 2-15 metres, which is perfect if you are a beginner snorkeller or just want to take it easy. The Coral Garden is a vibrant kingdom of soft and hard corals, playful tropical fish, lazy moray eels, peculiar bumphead parrotfish, and graceful blacktip reef sharks.

coral garden tulamben

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Japanese shipwreck – Amed

The Japanese wreck is a mysterious and magnificent snorkelling spot just off the beach in Lipah Bay, near Banyuning. How it ended up on the sandy seabed is a mystery, but its fate helped create a perfect landscape for marine animals and beautiful Gorgonian fans to flourish. Barracuda, blue spotted sting rays, scorpion fish, and octopus are just some of the creatures that you might find hanging around.

japanese wreck bali

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Jemeluk Bay – Amed

Famous for its Underwater Temple (a.k.a. Underwater Post Office) and rich marine life, Jemeluk Bay is one of the most popular snorkelling spots in the area. Underwater sculptures are scattered throughout the bay to support coral growth and have created a vibrant world that will excite all levels of snorkellers. You can expect to see corals, angelfish, surgeonfish, damselfish, and blue spotted rays.

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Bunutan Point – Amed

Less touristy than the other sites, snorkelling at Bunutan Point tends to be an easygoing affair. The reef begins in shallow water and gentle slopes into the ocean towards a coral garden alive with all kinds of colourful sea life. Triggerfish, boxfish, barracudas, and tropical reef fish are common sights at this snorkelling site. Curious blacktip reef sharks are also often spotted cruising around Bunutan Point.

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Menjangan Island

Situated next to West Bali National Park and surrounded by crystal blue water, Menjangan Island is a dreamscape for snorkellers. It was ranked 3rd on Discovery Channel’s list of The World’s 10 Best Spots for Snorkelling and has some of the loveliest corals in Bali. You will encounter clownfish, blue tangs, Moorish idols, starfish, yellow tangs, pufferfish, and if you are lucky, whale sharks, manta rays, and turtles.

menjangan island

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Pemuteran Biorock

For something a little different, Pemutran Biorock is an artificial reef located off Pemuteran Beach. The reef is made up of steel structures that use low-level electricity to speed up coral growth as part of a restoration and conservation project that began in 2000. It is an interesting snorkelling spot and home to all the usual suspects, including yellow striped snappers, catfish, damsels, and humbugs.

biorock bali

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Eastern Bali: Padangbai

Blue Lagoon – Padangbai

If you are a newbie snorkeller or just want to take it easy and float in luminous blue water with schools of tropical fish then Blue Lagoon is the spot for you. The water is usually very calm and the coral reefs rest on top of a sandy bottom in shallow water, so it is great for a leisurely snorkel. Some of the curious creatures you will encounter are emperor angelfish, trumpet fish, stargazers, octopus, and reef sharks.

coral garden bali

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White Sand Beach (a.k.a. Pantai Pasir Putih) – Padangbai

Not only is White Sand Beach a great beach for lazing about beneath the Balinese sun, but it is also a fantastic spot for snorkelling. When you sink beneath the waves, corals invite you to look a little closer and meet some of the marine creatures that flutter and float around them. Cute tropical fish, curious moray eels, and even turtles hang out in the water surrounding White Sand Beach.

clownfish snorkel

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Southern Bali: Nusa Islands

Nusa Penida

This tiny island lies just off the south coast of mainland Bali and has some of the absolute best snorkelling experiences in Indonesia. Calm on the surface but teeming with life beneath the surface, Crystal Bay is a world-famous snorkelling spot. And if you want to swim with gentle manta rays and the famous Oceanic Sunfish (Mola Mola), head to Manta Point, which is considered a legendary snorkelling spot in Bali.

snorkel with mantas

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Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan Island is a small island next to Nusa Penida with some incredible snorkelling experiences if you can handle the strong current (getting snorkel guide for this island is recommended). The best snorkelling spots around Nusa Lembongan are Mangrove Point and Mushroom Bay. The water is crystal clear and home to creatures such as reef sharks, triggerfish, parrotfish, ocean sunfish, and barracudas.

buddha temple lembongan

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The Gili Islands

If you want to snorkel with green and hawksbill turtles, the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air) just off Lombok are the Turtle Capital of the World. If you are up for the journey, a ferry ride will take you from Padang Bai to Lombok Island and then onto the Gili Islands.

Find and compare cheap flights to Bali on Travelstart.co.za!

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And remember:

  • Do not touch the anything or stand on the reefs while snorkelling. Marine life and corals are extremely fragile and even a simple touch can damage them.
  • Support local businesses by using small local companies for snorkelling trips.

If we missed any great snorkelling spots in Bali, let us know in the comments section below!

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New York: Cheap Things to Do & What’s Worth the Splurge

“New York, New York it’s a hell of a town’’ sang Leonard Bernstein – a hell of an expensive town you might be thinking to yourself! At Travelstart, New York represents a pipe dream for many of our travellers. They long to see the Big Apple, but the perception of New York as a staggeringly expensive city pushes it further down their holiday wish list.

Having just visited New York City with our partners at Virgin Atlantic, we can confirm that visiting New York can quickly become a costly exercise. However, there are many free things to do and affordable things to do to enjoy this city on a shoestring. Let’s explore where you can save money in New York, and what’s worth the splurge! As with any trip, it’s about prioritising.

Free and Cheap Things to Do in New York

Pound the Pavements

flat iron

The best way to experience New York is by walking its action-packed streets, and Manhattan is small enough to do just that. Pounding the pavements is a great way to see the most famous sites, from the Flatiron building to the Empire State Building, but also to discover the unexpected. We stumbled across talented street artists, a sex museum, incredible Halloween installations, designer pop-up sample sales, crazy characters and mind-boggling food on our walkabouts. If your feet get weary and you can’t go on, you can always abort your mission and jump on the subway.

Staten Island Ferry

staten island ferry

There are plenty of ferries that take you to or around the Statue of Liberty, but those in the know assured us that Lady Liberty is better seen from afar than ascended. So rather than forking out a few hundred Rand to go up the Statue of Liberty, we kept our cash and decided to take the Staten Island Ferry instead. This entirely free service runs 24/7 between Whitehall Terminal (located in Lower Manhattan) and Staten Island. The 20-minute trip is a fun way to get some fresh air, enjoy magnificent views of the New York skyline and get up close to the Statue of Liberty. We were worried at the volume of people wanting to board our ferry at first (it’s used by both commuters and tourists), but the ferries are enormous and there was plenty of seating inside and space outside to enjoy the views and take photos.

Times Square

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Bright lights and larger than life, a billboard advertising the new Grinch movie sarcastically and rather accurately describes Times Square as the place “where classy meets subtle.” Wandering around Times Square entails marvelling at the sheer volume as well as true creativity of the billboard displays, popping into the coolest shops (M&M’s store anybody?) and wowing over the arts and music. If you’re on a budget, be sure to avoid the cartoon characters walking about – take a photo with one and you’ll be expected to fork out up to $20 (About R300) for their troubles. Stand in front of the live streaming Street-Level Times Square Cam on the Visitors Centre on 46th Street and wave to your family and friends as well as thousands of strangers from anywhere around the world who happen to be watching the Times Square camera live.

Visit Central Park

central park

A sanctuary in the middle of Manhattan magic, Central Park, which is an unmissable New York attraction, is a great place to slow down and spend a few hours away from the hustle. This huge and beautifully maintained park boasts acres of grass that beg to be picnicked upon, playgrounds, ice-rinks, museums, yoga classes, running tracks and more. Kick off your shoes and play frisbee on the lawns, grab a coffee and wander around spotting your locations from your favourite movies or just read a book in the peace and quiet. Public vehicles have recently been banned on the few roads that run through Central Park, which makes it even more appealing!

Walk the Skyline

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With lofty views of the city from a different perspective, the High Line is a free public space built on a historic elevated freight line on the west side of Manhattan. This 2.3 km rail trail is a linear park where you can enjoy art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, and buy delicious food while enjoying a unique view of the city and its compelling portfolio of architecture and design. Saved from impending demolition, the High Line has become a world-renowned example of how cities can transform industrial infrastructure into beautiful public spaces. It’s definitely worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare!

Visit Chelsea Market

chelsea market

Close to the High Line, the trending Meat Packing District plays host to fashion designers, galleries, museums and markets. Make your way towards the Chelsea Market for lunch and walk the halls perusing the cute speciality stores, the art on display and grab lunch at one of the dozens of eateries. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Chelsea Market has something to satisfy your stomach – from Italian fare and oyster bars to tacos and doughnut shops.

Chow Down on American Street Food

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Eating on the go in New York is affordable. It’s also the best way to multi-task like a true Manhattan local. Just like they do in the movies, stop at a local vendor and grab yourself a steaming hot dog, a slice of the most incredible pizza or a fresh pretzel for $1-$3 (Between R15-R45). No one ever said New York would be good for the waistline, but all that walking will help ward off any extra kilos!

5th Avenue Window Shopping

saks 5th avenue

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone? Remember that 5th Avenue is one of the top shopping destinations in the world, which means this is one place all the top brands are putting their best foot forward. Marvel at opulent, creative and crazy window displays and explore the hottest new releases and fashion ranges. The usual luxury designer brands aside, 5TH Avenue highlights include Saks 5th Avenue, Tiffany & Co, Fao Schwatz (a magical toy store) and the Apple store. Even if you have no plans to shop, 5th Avenue should be on everyone’s New York to-do list!

Visit The National September 11 Memorial

sept 11 memorial

If you’re prepared for an emotional outing, visiting “Ground Zero” – the former site of the Twin Towers before the 9/11 attacks –is a very special thing to do while you are in New York. Once a devastating reminder of the horrific tragedy, this space has been transformed into a beautiful tribute to the 2977 victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks.

The Memorial’s staggering design features twin pools of water-the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Inscribed in bronze around the perimeter is the name of every victim, a powerful reminder of the incredible loss of life. Walk a little further to the fire station – the first responders on the day of the attack and take a minute to pay your respects to the brave firefighters who sacrificed their lives to help others.

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What’s Worth the Splurge in New York

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

STARDUST

Everyone should visit a diner for breakfast in New York- it’s practically a right of passage- and if you can choose only one, you should choose Ellen’s Stardust Diner on Broadway.

This fifties-themed diner is the ultimate way to start your day, because not only is the food amazing (think bacon and egg waffles) but the servers are the hottest up and coming Broadway stars, taking turns to perform your favourite songs with you sip on your morning coffee. One of our favourites was a hugely talented server singing La Bamba while wearing Edward Scissorhands talons that he would twirl as he danced and run through unsuspecting patron’s hair. It’s like a party with your pancakes and you’ll leave energised, ready for the day! Prepare to pay about $20 (R350-ish) for breakfast – but it comes with a free show!

Disclaimer! Don’t be put off by the queue, this is one famously popular spot, but the line moves quickly and it’s 100% worth the short wait.

Horse & Carriage Ride through Central Park

horse ride nyc

 

Fun, romantic, exhilarating or cheesy, no matter which way you spin it, riding in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park is the stuff that fairytales are made of! Truly a fun thing to do while in New York, a Horse and Carriage ride is a terrific way to get your bearings of the park, learn a little about the sites and famous movie settings from your guide and of course, it’s great for selfies!

Do your research and book online, you can expect to pay about $55 (About R800) for a 20-minute ride for 4 people.

Jekyll & Hyde Club

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The world famous Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant and Bar is a one-of-a-kind place! In an intimate, eerie and bizarre setting enjoy live entertainment and spooky special effects throughout dinner.

Encounter bizarre characters such as Claw the Gargoyle who will sing customised songs to birthday guests, Tobias the Werewolf and prankster, or an authentic Egyptian mummy. The servers and staff perform magic tricks, introduce you to the oddest creatures and generally have fun freaking the patrons out. The food is pretty delicious and the portions are enormous, and you’ll pay about $39 (R600) for the Standard Service package which includes dinner, an appetiser or dessert, unlimited soft drinks and bewitching entertainment all night. There are many other options available too.

Grab a Drink at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

230bar

The rooftop bars of New York provide patrons with the perfect panoramic backdrop to enjoy sundowners high above the humming city streets. Drinks may be expensive, but treat yourself to even just one drink and savour the splurge as the sun sets on another day. After all, how can you visit Manhattan without a taste of the nightlife? 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is the biggest in New York. Located on (you guessed it ) 5th Avenue, they’ve got plenty of seating, great music, gowns to borrow on chilly nights and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. We also loved Magic Hour- a rooftop bar located on the top of Moxy Hotel on Times Square, with its carousel of rotating tables and putt-putt course.

Your Visa

Travelling on the South African passport means procuring a visa for the majority of the most popular destinations in the world, which can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful. The plus side for the USA visa is that your hard work pays off! Not only is the USA visa processing time very quick when compared to Schengen and UK visas, but you will also be automatically given a 10-year multi-entry visa for the USA! Which means at the drop of a hat, you can buy your Virgin Atlantic flight on Travelstart and be in the USA in no time. Double bonus – if you fly to New York via London with Virgin Atlantic, your valid USA visa means you won’t need a transit visa for England.

A Central Hotel

moxy hotel

New York is all about walking and it’s pretty safe to even stroll the busy areas at night. Try book a hotel that’s close to the action if you can – we opted for the uber-cool Moxy Times Square which was ideal for sightseeing, shopping and restaurants. The rooms were spacious and modern, and the hotel was very funky. It has multiple restaurants and bars and also had free candy since it was Halloween and gave us ponchos when it rained. Be sure to book early because affordable hotels in Manhattan understandably fill up fast. If you need to stay a little further out for budget’s sake, never fear. One subway ride into central Manhattan is only $2.75 (About R40).

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Sample Sales

If you travel to New York during shoulder season, you may be fortunate enough to stumble across some sample or clearance sales as we did. Having arrived in New York with zero intention whatsoever to shop, we may have been swayed by a sample sale pop-up, where the Rebecca Minkhoff bags and shoes were about 80% off the original retail price. Great deals on designer brands were also to be found in Macy’s and other department stores, so seek carefully and ye shall find!

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Chichén Itzá – Mexico’s New 7th Wonder of the World

Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world and has 32 states. It’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches, diverse landscape of mountains, desserts and jungles. Discover Chichén Itzá which is one of the new 7 wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site! There are over 4,400 Maya sites throughout Latin America, with about 200 of them located in Mexico.

About Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá is the most visited ancient ruin in Mexico and is located in the state of Yucatán. The main purpose of Chichén Itzá was to serve as a religious center for the people in this region. Built by the Maya people, the ruins were once a large city and cover an area of 5 square kilometres. “Chichén Itzá” means: “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This is derived from chi which means “mouth” or “edge,” and ch’en meaning “well”. The name is fitting because the many cenotes (natural pit) nearby which they used as a source of water. Chichén Itzá was also an important trading center for the Maya people.

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The buildings are grouped in a series of architectonic sets, and each set was at one time separated from the other by a series of low walls. El Castillo (the castle) dominates the center of Chichén Itzá. This 30 m high pyramid has exactly 91 steps on each side leading up to the top on the temple. When you include the steps taken to enter the temple, the total number of steps adds up to 365 – one for each day of the Mayan solar calendar, known as the Haab’. The same calendar that predicted the year 2012 to be the end of the world.

One of the reasons Chichén Itzá is a world-class site is because of its phenomenal architectural design. Twice a year, shadows align the steps of El Castillo creating an image of a snake. The sites are known for their exceptional acoustic design. For instance, El Castillo creates sounds that mimic the chirp of a bird which resembles the sound of the Mexican Quetzal, a sacred bird in the Mayan culture. The ‘chirp’ can be triggered by a hand clap made at the base of the staircase.The structures of Chichén Itzá were overgrown with jungle and slowly decayed until major archaeological projects began in the 1920’s. Since then, more of the ancient structures have been cleared and restored and more and more tourists come to visit.

The Maya People

Originating in the state of Yucatán, about 2600 B.C, the ancient Maya people were famous for their outstanding skills in agriculture, pottery, calendar-making and Mathematics. There are an estimated 7 million Maya people still living in and around the state of Yucatán, making them the largest single block of indigenous peoples north of Peru. They inhabit southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The term Maaya is a Yucatec Mayan language word that describes the language spoken by indigenous people in the Yucatán Peninsula, México

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How to get to Chichén Itzá

Car rental: Rental car and driving privately to Chichén Itzá is one of the best options. There’s no reason for you to be intimidated by driving in Mexico. If you use a third-party website to rent cars, which often has really low prices, be aware that you’ll still have to buy insurance at the rental counter, which may double or even triple the original quote. Entrance fee at the ruins is 237 Mexican Pesos (R 165) and It’s free for kids under 12. This is a large park and usually visitors are on a tight schedule, consider the services of a guide. They can be found in the museum at the entrance and are very nice and reasonably priced.

Bus: ADO bus service from Cancun costs 202 Mexican Pesos (R136) for a one-way trip and takes 3 hours. You will be dropped right next to the ruins. You will need to purchase a ticket to visit the ruins. You’ll have about 4 hours to spend in the area if using the faster bus. Remember that if you are coming from Cancun or anywhere in that coast, you are in Eastern Standard Time and when you get to Chichén Itzá, it’ll be Central time, so you gain an hour to explore the ruins!

Day Tour: Many tourists visit Chichén Itzá as a day trip, especially from Cancun since there are a number of companies that organise tours. You can take a break from the busy city life and book a day tour to Chichén Itzá which is approximately 200 km away from Cancún. A full day tour (8am – 6pm) is approximately 36 USD (R 530) pp and includes all entrance fees, a buffet lunch with delicious Mexican food and a stop for a swim at a cenote.

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Travel Tips

Travel Tip 1: At the site you can only get around on foot so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Travel Tip 2: Chichén Itzá is very hot, even if you visit in the mornings. It is advised to bring with you a hat/umbrella, sunblock and water.

Travel Tip 3: If you choose to visit the ruins without booking a day tour. The best option is book a hotel overnight in the area then visiting the ruins in the morning. The gates open at 8 am. You’ll experience significantly less crowds before the tourist busses arrive at about 10 am. It’s also the best time to avoid the heat.

Travel Tip 4: Chichén Itzá closes at 4 pm but reopens from 5 – 6 pm. Often you have the place almost to yourself.

Travel Tip 5: If you want to know more about the Mayan local communities, their cooking, religious rites, calendar system and ancient arts, visit the small towns around Chichén Itzá.

Chichén Itzá is incredible! While visiting, you can shop for souvenirs. Items like magnets are still super cheap so it’s always nice to pick up some gifts for your loved ones at home! In general, though, prices are higher here and you should shop around and negotiate on the cost.

What are you waiting for? Book your next trip to Mexico and explore one of the New 7 Wonders of the world!

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12 Best Calistoga Hotels with Hot Springs

A bucket-list destination for wine lovers, foodies and wellness seekers, Calistoga is an intimate sought-after city in California’s Napa Valley. Best-known for its bubbling hot springs discovered by the Wappo tribe more than 500 years ago, this charming town also boasts picturesque wineries, boutique shops and scenic outdoor adventures.

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Greece visa requirements for South Africans

Dreaming of waking up in a white-washed villa in Santorini, or exploring the Parthenon in Athens? Greece is a Mediterranean haven of great food, gorgeous beaches and picturesque villages. The Greece visa application process is a simple one, and you can easily find out all you need to know.

South African passport holders require a Greek Schengen visa to travel anywhere in Greece. You can apply at the Greek Consulates or Greek Visa Application Centre located in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. We advise you to apply for your Greece visa two to three months before you travel to avoid disappointment or delays.

Please note this process is applicable to South African passport holders.

The short-stay Schengen visa is available as a single or multiple entry visa. It is valid for 90 days.

How to apply for your Greece visa:

  1. Schedule an appointment online with your nearest VAC
  2. Submit your documents, booking confirmation, proof of payment and biometrics in person at the VAC
  3. Expect to wait between 15-30 days for your application to be processed
  4. Collect your visa or have it couriered to you, as soon as you’re notified

All Schengen states require everyone to appear in person for biometric data to be collected. Greece is no exception, though travellers who have submitted their biometric data to Greece within the last five years may be allowed to submit their application through an authorised representative.

Note: Any additional visas to your final destination must be obtained before applying for your Greece visa

Greece visa cost:

You can either make a cash deposit before your appointment, or pay by debit/ credit card at the application centre.

Visa fee: R1020 / EU60

An additional charge of R350 is payable should you choose to apply via GVC World.

The fee can be paid in cash to the following Nedbank account:

Bank Name: Nedbank
Branch Name: Business Banking North Rand
Account Name: Euro World
Account No: 1050318277
Branch Code: 146905 or 198765 (Universal Code)
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
Reference: Passport Number

Please note that application fees are non-fundable and subject to fluctuations in exchange rates.

When submitting your application, you can select an SMS service at R20 for visa collection notification. There is also an optional courier service at R200 per visa application.

Consular visa fees are waived for the following applicants:

  • Children under 12 years
  • Spouses and children (under 22 years) of EU citizens
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports
  • Participants of NPOs taking part in events or conferences organized by NPOs
  • Scholars and students travelling for the purpose of study or educational training

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Requirements for the Greek Schengen visa:

South African applicants must present:

  • Fully completed application form. Application forms for minors (below 18 years) must be signed by both parents.
  • South African passport, valid for at least 3 months after your last day in Schengen territory. Passports must have two blank pages for visa stamps.
  • Two colour passport photos 35x45mm, not older than six months.
  • A return air ticket with travel dates. A reservation ticket is sufficient for application.
  • Proof of income in South Africa.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay – minimum R700 per day or R3,600 reflecting in your account. You need to submit bank statements of the last three months. Any other bank account details may be submitted as additional proof.
  • Copies of travel medical insurance covering at least 30,000 Euros (R470,000), or SOS International cover from Discover Health.
  • Copies of all previous Schengen visas.
  • Confirmed hotel booking for entire stay (with hotel’s official letterhead) OR a sworn affidavit of invitation by a Greek resident with a certified copy of their ID/ passport.
  • For minors below 18 years: ID’s of both parents/ guardians and consent forms certified by the SA police. An unabridged birth certificate should be submitted or the official documents/court decisions establishing the minor’s parents/legal guardians. Parents must accompany minors in person at the Consulate.

Spouses of Greek/ EU citizens and children under 21 years are exempt from the above requirements, provided they supply the following:

  • Fully completed application form.
  • Originals and copies of spouse’s EU passport.
  • Full marriage / birth certificates.
  • Additional documents may be requested.

For a detailed breakdown of the Greece visa requirements, consult the Consulate’s checklist.

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Where to Apply:

Greek Consulate General – Johannesburg

Address: 261 Oxford Road, Fortune Kunene House, Illovo
Telephone: (011) 214 2300/2309/2317
Email: ecocom-johannesurg@mfa.gr / greekconsulate-johannesburg@mfa.gr
Website: https://www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 13:30 (Closed on Wednesdays)

Consulate of Greece – Cape Town

Address: 19th Floor Reserve Bank Building, 60 St.George Mall (cnr. Hout str.), CBD
Telephone: (021) 424-8160/1
Email: grconcpt@mweb.co.za / grcon.cpt@mfa.gr
Website: https://www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 12:00 (Closed on Wednesdays)

GVC World – Greece Visa Application Centre

Telephone: +27 012 425 3018
Email: info.zagr@gvc24assist.eu
Website: http://za-gr.gvcworld.eu/
Address – JNB 2nd Floor, Harrow Court 1, 11 Boundary Road, Houghton
Address – CPT 5th Floor, 47 Strand Street, CBD
Address – DUR 91-123 Cowey Road, Unit 101A, 1st Floor, Essenwood, Durban

If you have any queries regarding your Greece visa, contact our partners at VisaBox for an obligation-free quote and assistance!

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13 Best Bed & Breakfast Accommodations in Key West

A tropical island known for its laid-back charm, Key West is famous for its pastel conch-style houses, succulent stone crabs and a variety of water adventures. Catch the sunset and theatrics at Mallory Square, come face-to-face with six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then hop on a glass-bottom boat tour or snorkel at nearby Dry Tortugas National Park.

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Why Windhoek is a top tourist destination in it’s own right

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia, the country with the smallest population in Africa due to its vast size, much of it covered by desert. For many travelers Windhoek is nothing more than a transit city, a place to fly in to, collect a 4 x 4 rental and leave for the attractions of Sossusvlei or Etosha Pan.

Set amidst rolling hills the city and suburbs span about 14 kilometers north to south and roughly 7 kilometers east to west. With a population of under 300 000 people, traffic is never an issue and getting anywhere does not take long. The city is clean, well structured and has a diverse range of cultural attractions, architecture and entertainment. Previously known as South West Africa, Namibia gained independence in 1990 and is since then has it has enjoyed uninterrupted peace and stability, a rare status on the African continent.

Hot days and warm nights make it a city worthy of a few days of exploration before or after a wild African experience.

Be a culture vulture.

Heroes Acre is situated on the southern outskirts of the city and it a celebration of all who played a role in the long and difficult road to democracy. Located on a hill in a rural setting it is a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and to admire the views as birds call, small creatures scuttle in the bush and the city is spread out in the distance.  The imposing 8 metre high statue of the unknown soldier, and beneath it, the grave of the unknown soldier, serve as a memorial to all who died during the war of independence. The 36 metre tower represents a sword and symbolises the strength, bravery and dedication of the Namibian people, while the bronze frieze at the base depicts the history of the struggle. There is a restaurant on site for refreshments after climbing the multiple stairs in the hot African sunshine.

Iconic Christus Church in Windhoek

The landmark Christuskirche in Windhoek

The Independence Memorial Museum in the CBD is a tall modern structure opened in 2014. The restaurant and shop have viewing decks on all 4 sides and the glass lifts show off the city perfectly. The lower levels showcase the history of colonial repression, the liberation struggle and the road to independence.

The Christuskirche is opposite the Independence Museum. It was built in 1910 and is one of the iconic landmarks in Windhoek. The architecture is neo Romanic with an art deco influence and the stained glass windows and decorative detail inside the church are part of the rich German history of the city.

In the same street as the church is the old fort, or Alte Feste. Now a national monument, it has been the headquarters of South African and German troops as well as a hostel for the local high school.

Katutura Cycling Tour.

Katutura is a township 8 kilometers north of the CBD. It was established before independence by the South African Apartheid government as part of their black segregation program which resulted in forced removals. Katutura means “we will never settle here”.

Today Katutura is a lively community that welcomes visitors to craft and food markets, traditional restaurants and recreational areas and Eveline Street, “the street that never sleeps”.

Independence Monument, Heroes Acre in Windhoek

A monument to the struggle for independence

Shop till you drop.

The Carl List Mall is home to exclusive local boutique shops and international brands for the discerning shopper and lover of quality items.

The Old Breweries Craft Market is a collection of rather touristy curio outlets and restaurants set in the old brewery building. South Africans will not find anything they can’t buy at home, but for other visitors there is a wide variety of quality curios, mementos, clothing and books for sale. The Namibia Craft Centre in the complex is well worth a visit as they support crafters from far flung rural communities, providing life changing opportunities.

Bushman Art Gallery and Afrikan Museum has a fascinating collection of African masks, carvings, jewellery and domestic items on display and available to purchase. These items reflect the cultures of local tribes.

Windhoek has several fairly large shopping malls where you will find supermarkets, chemists, retail chains, restaurants and coffee shops. Maerua, The Grove, Wernhill, Town Square and Post Street and Khomas Grove Mall are the most popular ones to visit.

Eat, drink and be merry.

A drink or meal at Joe’s Beerhouse and evening cocktails at the Hilton Sky Bar are mandatory when visiting Windhoek, but there are many excellent restaurants and pubs dotted around the city.

Live like a local.

Meet the locals at these popular spots.

The Stellenbosch Wine Bar and Bistro for great food and excellent South African wines.

For fine dining indoors or on the terrace, the Am Weinberg Estate offers a sophisticated dining experience.

Andy’s Pub for excellent pizza and beer in a relaxed environment.

Slowtown Coffee for a great brew with breakfast or a snack while you watch the world go by on the main street.

For German style coffee and eats visit the Fresh n Wild coffee shop.

The Elisenheim Farmers kitchen is a 10 minute drive out of town. Family friendly it opens at 4 pm and is an excellent spot for a cold beer and hearty meal served inside or outdoors in an awesome rural setting.

The Sardinia Blue Olive restaurant is a firm favourite with locals for great Italian cuisine.

African bush in the suburbs of Windhoek

The African landscape is a short drive from central Windhoek

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Fast facts about Windhoek.

Currency: Namibian Dollars and South African Rand’s are accepted in Windhoek. Most major credit cards are accepted in the city.

Water: The tap water in Windhoek is safe to drink.

Language: English is the official language, and German is spoken by many in Windhoek.

Cost of living: Windhoek offers excellent value for money for any visitor with BP, USD or Euros as the exchange rate ranges between 14 and 18 to 1.

Access: Hosea Kutako International Airport serves the city of Windhoek and is situated 45 kilometers east of the city. It handles daily international flights from Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Climate: The climate in Windhoek is generally hot and dry although it can get humid during the summer months.The nights can be extremely hot in summer making air conditioned accommodation vital to anyone unaccustomed to the heat.

Summer is from October to April with temperatures ranging between 20 and 34 C. Winter is from May to September where temperatures fluctuate between 18 and 25 C during the day but can drop to 0 C at night.

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