How to Have Fun for Free in Cape Town


You have booked the holiday of a life time in South Africa and now you need to fill your time up with great things to do. The good news is you can save your spending money for food, souvenirs and loads of luxuries as there are lots of free things to do when you take a trip to Cape Town. Whether you’re holidaying on a budget or you just don’t like paying out for entertainment you’ll find plenty of great options below.

A Walk on the Promenade

The Sea Point Promenade is just over six miles long. The promenade winds along the Atlantic coastline providing you with incredible seafront views. You’ll find beautiful patches of sandy beaches to explore, rocky shores and lots of lawn areas ideal for picnics and playtime. The promenade is a great day out and it’s suitable for families with pushchairs or wheelchairs thanks to the even surface level. You will need money for ice creams and drinks but that’s about all.  Just make sure you stay long enough to watch the sunset, it’s a glorious sight.

Climbing the Lion’s Head

The Lion’s Head is a fantastic mountain that is ranked number 7 in the top attractions in Central Cape Town. If you’re into your hiking this is an activity you don’t want to miss out on.  There are several paths to choose from depending on your abilities. If you have the energy and the stamina (along with decent shoes) it’s worth taking the paths that lead to the top of the Lion’s Head. The views are something else; you see the peninsula, the city and the coastline from a fantastic viewpoint. A fantastic time to head up is on a full moon night, but you must ensure the weather forecast is good and be prepared to share the view with a crowd.

Taking in the Sounds of Africa

Free music can be found all over Cape Town and it’s the perfect way to absorb the African culture and atmosphere for free. Hunt down the restaurants that offer free music but be prepared to pay for some food or drinks while you’re there. Some of the most popular spots to head to include:

  • Mama Africa
  • Marco’s African Place
  • Karibu
  • Thuthuka Jazz Café

On Sundays the best place to go to for some free music is De Wall Park. During the summer afternoons free concerts are held here and you’ll find it packed with families who bring their children and family dogs along for some alfresco tunes.  Another great location is the Hout Bay harbour market located in Hout Bay.  Live, free music can be enjoyed between the trading hours of the market and you won’t be disappointed.

Finding Places to Stay in Cape Town

If you’re interested in visiting Cape Town you’ll need to find a decent place to stay. Visit to find the best accommodation that will be the perfect base for you while you explore all the free sights and activities to enjoy on your holiday.

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