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Top 5 free things to do in Cape Town

By Bidvest Bank
This year’s budgets may be tight but that shouldn’t amount to doom and gloom. We live in one of the most naturally beautiful and buzzing countries in the world so cutting down on costs doesn’t have to mean staying home. Following our Joburg post in this nationwide series of top free things to do, we move onto the Mother City. 

Boasting staggering natural beauty, quaint architecture and a laidback atmosphere, here are the best ways to fill your time in Cape Town when your pockets are running on empty. 

1. Pay homage to the mountain 

What would Cape Town be without ‘the mountain’? But Table Mountain’s not the only peak worth celebrating. Join hundreds of nature lovers, torches in hand, on a hike up Lion’s Head on the night of a full moon. Or for more serious hikers looking for a challenge, Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine should do the trick. 

2. Bask in the sounds of summer

One of the finest things to do in Cape Town when you don’t want to spend a cent has to be enjoying the De Waal Park free summer concerts. Bring your loved ones, a picnic from home and lounge on the grass to listen to the tune of great local musicians. In winter, look out for free performances – ranging from choral to Jazz – at the beautiful and historic St George’s Cathedral. 

3. Explore local literature

For a dose of wordy fulfillment, head to The Centre for the Book for poetry readings, book launches, discussions and writing workshops. With its mission to “promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in local languages and easy access to books for all”, you can be sure you’re in for a stimulating and cost-effective journey of the mind. 

4. Discover local art and history

With events like First Thursdays and the Iziko Musuems free entry days open to the public, there’s no excuse to not immerse yourself in the city’s array of cultures, thriving art scene and depth of history. Discover local Islamic culture and heritage at the Bo-Kaap Museum in the city’s most colourful neighborhood, check out the National Art Gallery or local contemporary art at What If the World gallery. 

5. Sink your toes in the sand

Cape Town boasts one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. From family-friendly Noordhoek and the coves of Clifton packed with sun tanning supermodels, to the rugged beauty of Llundadno or surfing-friendly bays of Blouberg and Muizenberg Beach, this coastline offers something for everyone. 

Look out for the next city in our series of free things to do in South Africa. With activities that help you spend less, you’ll inevitably save more. If you’re looking for a way to make your savings work as hard as possible, consider opening a Bidvest Bank Fixed Deposit Account. It allows you to deposit a single amount starting from R10 000 at a fixed term for a guaranteed interest rate. Interested? Find out more today.