5 Exceptional Budget Friendly Things to Do in Cape Town

20 September 2023

Cape Town city captures the hearts of travellers from all over the world with its mesmerising landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. From the iconic Table Mountain to beautiful beaches, Cape Town invites visitors to immerse themselves in its charm. While Cape Town is often associated with expensiveness, we’re here to let you in on a delightful secret: you can have an incredible adventure without breaking the bank.

In this blog post, we are excited to share a list of five exceptional hidden gems and budget-friendly activities that will allow you to make the most of your time in Cape Town without straining your finances. Whether you’re a solo backpacker, a family on a budget, or an adventurous traveller seeking incredible experiences, Cape Town will surprise you with its diverse range of affordable options. Discover the best Cape Town has to offer, even on a modest budget.

1. Table Mountain

One of the most iconic landmarks in Cape Town, Table Mountain, is not only a natural wonder but also an incredibly affordable attraction. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune to experience the breathtaking beauty of Table Mountain. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway provides a budget-friendly option for visitors to reach the top and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes. Additionally, nature enthusiasts can take advantage of the many hiking trails available, offering a memorable and inexpensive way to explore the mountain’s diverse flora and fauna. Whether you choose to ascend by cable car or embark on a hiking adventure, Table Mountain proves that you can witness extraordinary beauty without breaking the bank in Cape Town.344540257 941550753707062 2919822099872960532 N

Credit: Facebook: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Prices: (Valid from 1 October 2022 - 30 September 2023)
- Adult (08:00 - 13:00): Return - R395 | One-Way - R220
- Adult (13:00 - close): Return - R340 | One-Way - R220
- Child (08:00 - 13:00): Return - R195 | One-Way - R120
- Child (13:00 - close): Return - R170 | One-Way - R120
- SA Senior Citizen: Return - R110 | One-Way - R60
- Students: Return - 230 | One-Way - R130
Operating Hours: 08:00 - 16:00

2.  Two Oceans Aquarium 

Visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the vibrant V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is an incredible and affordable experience. The admission tickets to the aquarium are reasonably priced, ensuring it is accessible to all visitors looking to explore marine life. With captivating exhibits, educational presentations, and a remarkable variety of marine species on display, the Two Oceans Aquarium offers a value-for-money experience. Whether you're travelling solo, with friends, or with your family, this aquarium is a must-visit destination in Cape Town. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world without worrying about emptying your pockets. Make sure to include the Two Oceans Aquarium in your itinerary for an amazing experience that will leave you in awe.

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Credit: Two Oceans Aquarium Website

Prices: (Prices valid until 31 March 2024)
- Adults: R235
- SA Pensioners (ID Required): R175
- SA Students (Student Card Required): R175
- Children (14 - 17 years): R175
- Children (4 - 13 years): R110
- Children (3 and under): FREE
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 18:00
Weekends, Public holidays and School holidays: 09:00 - 18:00

3. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

When exploring Cape Town, a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a must, offering an affordable and charming experience. Enjoying the natural beauty and serenity of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens doesn't require a hefty budget, making it accessible for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the stunning surroundings. As you wander through the perfectly maintained gardens, you'll be captivated by the diverse flora and treated to breathtaking views of Table Mountain along the scenic pathways. Moreover, Kirstenbosch hosts a variety of affordable concerts and events throughout the year, providing additional entertainment. Whether you're a nature lover, photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden offers an affordable sanctuary of beauty and relaxation in Cape Town, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

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Credit: South African Biodiversity Institute Website

Prices: (Valid from 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024)
- Standard Adult: R220 | SA Adults (ID Required): R100
- Children (6 - 17 years): R40
- Children (6 and under): Free
- SA Residents >60 years (ID Required): Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays.
Operating Hours:  April - August: 08:00 - 18:00
September - March: 08:00 - 19:00

4.  Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

When it comes to affordability, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium in Cape Town is a hidden gem. Many people underestimate how budget-friendly it is to explore the captivating exhibits and celestial wonders offered there. The admission fees are surprisingly affordable, making it accessible to visitors with varying budgets. Step into the museum and embark on a delightful journey through South Africa's rich cultural heritage and natural history. From ancient fossils to beautiful artwork, the exhibits showcase our country's diverse and fascinating stories. As for the planetarium, it offers an immersive and educational experience where you can embark on a celestial voyage. Whether you have a deep passion for history, a curiosity about the universe, or simply enjoy learning new things, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium is a definite must-visit in Cape Town as it is an incredible adventure that will leave you astonished.

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Credit: Iziko Museums of South Africa Website

Prices: (Valid until further notice)
- Adults: R60 | SA Adults (ID Required): R40
- Children (5 - 18 years): R60 | SA Children (5 - 18 years): R20
- Pensioners & Students: R60 | SA Pensioners & Students (with valid cards): R20 - Free entry on Friday’s
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

5.  Castle Of Good Hope

Visiting the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is not only an extraordinary experience but also surprisingly affordable. Despite common misconceptions, the admission fees are budget-friendly, making it accessible for all visitors seeking a cost-effective cultural expedition. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural beauty of the castle as you wander through its well-preserved halls. Gain insights into South African heritage by joining the informative guided tours. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an avid photographer, or simply curious about Cape Town's past, the Castle of Good Hope offers an amazing journey into the heart of South African history. Don't miss this must-visit attraction that combines affordability, culture, and history for an unforgettable experience in Cape Town.

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Credit: Castle of Good Hope Website

Prices: (Valid until further notice)
- Adults: R50
- Children: R25
- SA Pensioners & Students (with valid cards): R25
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

Cape Town offers a multitude of exceptional and budget-friendly experiences for every traveller and welcomes you with open arms. Embark on your affordable journey and discover the remarkable wonders this city has to offer.

*Please note that the information provided was accurate at the time of publication. Three Boutique Hotel cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies or changes that may have occurred. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to inform us, and we will be happy to assist you.

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