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Best of Cape Town for free

Destination(s): Cape Town

For most visitors from the ‘developed world’, Cape Town is a pretty affordable destination. But for those on a real budget, the range of great free activities in Cape Town is a great bonus. From exploring the mountains and wildlife to learning more about culture and history, many of Cape Town’s visitor highlights are free and easily accessible. This list highlights a few of the best free things to do and see. read more about Best of Cape Town for free

St. George's Cathedral

St. George's Cathedral

  • 5 Wale Street
  • tel:+27 (0)21 424 7360
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 8000

A landmark site for its role in South African history and a meeting place for modern day protests, St Georges Cathedral in the heart of Cape Town represents a time of change in South Africa. In 1986, Desmond Tutu was enthroned as the first black archbishop of South Africa. From the doors of Ste Georges Cathedral, he led numerous marches and campaigns for the formal end of apartheid. read more about St. George's Cathedral

Penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins at Boulders Beach

  • Boulders Beach Drive,
  • Simon's Town
  • Cape Town, 7975

Standing at just below a foot tall, the diminutive African penguins waddling onto shore, jumping into the sea or just sunbathing are quite a sight to see. Along the southern Cape Peninsula, just past Simonstown, there are several turnoffs for the Boulders Beach area. The second turnoff has the fewest tour buses and leads to a walkway above penguin nesting areas, to a beach where one can swim with penguins, or to another more secluded beach with fewer penguins but nice sheltered swimming areas and boulders. read more about Penguins at Boulders Beach

Lion's Head

Lion's Head

  • Signal Hill Road
  • tel:+27 21 487 6800(Tourist Information)
  • Cape Town, 8001

Guarding the western edge of Cape Town, Lion's Head offers hiking with views over the Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island, the Cape Town city bowl, and Table Mountain. For those who prefer having their feet off solid ground, tour companies operate tandem paragliding from Lions Head's slopes to the Atlantic coast. Locals can be found hiking Lions Head daily but full moon evening is often popular for sunset drinks on the summit. read more about Lion's Head

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

  • Table Mountain Rd
  • tel:+27 21 424 0015
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 8000

Standing guard over Cape Town, Table Mountain defines the city. For early seafarers, the Mountain signified arrival at this port of call. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Mountain was the source of myth and intrigue. For modern day Cape Tonians, Table Mountain is the heart of daily life. At 1086 meters and home to 1400 species of flora, Table Mountain is a spectacular nature reserve surrounded by a city. With hundreds of routes to ascend, the Mountain can keep an avid hiker and climber busy for years. read more about Table Mountain

Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales

  • all along the coast
  • Cape Town
Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

  • Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek
  • tel:+27 21 791 8222
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7806

One of the most beautiful drives in the world, Cape Town's Chapmans Peak Drive is a spectacular 10 km coastal drive linking Noordhoek to Hout Bay. In spring (Sept-November) Southern Right Whales can be spotted in Hout Bay. Year round there are stunning views from numerous viewpoints and picnic spots. A trail to Chapman's Peak itself starts just before the highest viewpoint on Chapman's Peak Drive. If the road is closed or if one only wants to access the portion of the road closer to Hout Bay, a complimentary day pass can be acquired from the toll booth. read more about Chapmans Peak Drive

Kalk Bay - St. James

Kalk Bay - St. James

  • Harbour Road
  • tel:+27 21 426 4260
  • Cape Town, 7975

Quaint little towns along the False Bay coast, Kalk Bay and St James surround an operating fishing harbour that lends the antique and coffee shops a tranquil view. In spring, Southern Right whales abound, often brushing against the harbour walls. Kalk Bay makes a great stop for lunch on a tour of the Cape Peninsula or a nice leisurely walking day. read more about Kalk Bay - St. James

Bo Kaap

Bo Kaap

One of the oldest residential areas of Cape Town, the Bo Kaap is a unique neighborhood with a strong cultural and social history. Home of a "Cape Malay" community, the neighborhood is a collection of brightly painted houses and mosques. Strolling through the streets (daytime and larger streets only) of the Bo Kaap provides a taste of a distinctly Cape Tonian community and lifestyle. If you find yourself in the area for dinner, try out Biesmielleh restaurant on Wale Street that serves delicious Cape Malay fare. A visit to the District Six Museum will offer some more insight into the history of the Cape Malay community of Cape Town. read more about Bo Kaap

Llandudno Beach

Llandudno Beach

  • Llandudno
  • Cape Town

A small, beautiful, boulder bordered beach along the Atlantic Seaboard, Llandudno beach is a local favorite among the surfers and nature lovers. Its secluded location tends to keep Cape Town's wind away and its lack of cafes and bars keeps the Camps Bay beach scene away. The boulders on the northern side of Llandudno beach offer a fun scenic walk. Llandudno is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean with the mountain backdrop glowing red. read more about Llandudno Beach

Noordhoek Beach

Noordhoek Beach

  • Noordhoek
  • Cape Town, 7985