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5 places to experience Cape Town without breaking the bank

Traveling to Cape Town is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Explore regions that not many people have access to, and dive into one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse metropolises in the world. Jeep safari trips, water activities, trekking and hiking, are just some of the things you can do in Cape Town.

The attractions are numerous, and the locals are more than willing to tell you more about the city’s tumultuous history, customs and traditions. However, most travelers want to see it all without breaking the bank. Here are some guidelines on how to relive your childhood dreams in Cape Town without hitting your wallet.

Cape Point

Cape Point prides with spectacular sights. The endemic fynbos, towering stone cliffs, beaches, breathtaking bays, and rolling green valleys make up the most soothing trekking area in the city. Cape Point is 60km away from Cape Town, and the fastest way to get there is by car. You should rent one as this gives you a unique opportunity to explore the surroundings for as long as you want.

The Old Lighthouse is a must-see. Located at 238m above sea level, it can be easily accessed from a trail. On your way, you’ll also come across the New Lighthouse. Built in 1919, it is Africa’s most powerful light with a candlepower of 19 million.

Groot Constantia

Located in the famous Constantia Valley (also known as Cape Town’s Beverly Hills), Groot Constantia prides itself with hundreds of years of delicious food varieties and a very interesting history. Exploring the premises is free, although you should make an effort and attend at least one wine tasting session.

The options are endless. You can try the wine and chocolate pairing, for example. Each type of wine is unique, but you have nothing to worry about as expert chocolatiers and wine merchants will be there to guide you.

The most acclaimed activity is the Visitor Route Experience. Tourists can buy one ticket and use it to enter the Manor House Museum, take a cellar tour, visit the original Cloete Cellar, and sample exquisite wine tastings.

Trekking the Table Mountain

Trekking Cape Town’s Table Mountain is free of charge. There are lots of activities you can do in the area, including visiting Boulders Beach or exploring the Cape of Good Hope. Adventurers should opt for a hike; the trails are extremely varied, starting from the easiest all the way to the most challenging.

If you’re not an experienced hiker, you can take the Aerial Cableway; which by the way rotates to 360 degrees. The view of Cape Town from the top is absolutely breathtaking, and you wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Camps Bay

At the western edge of the famous Table Mountain we have Camps Bay. This vast, soft piece of sand is packed with bars and cafes. If you don’t want to overspend however, just walk the coastlines and admire the serene surroundings.

Unlike Clifton Beach, where the Atlantic’s waves are way too cold for swimming, Camps Bay is serene and peaceful. It is the perfect location for soaking in the sun, bathing, and exploring the outdoors.

Located near some of Cape Town’s best restaurants, Camps Bay is the perfect spot to cool off. It can easily be accessed via the M6 highway (Victoria Road), and the beach is available for viewing 24/7 free of charge.

Greenmarket Square

Located at a very short distance from the famous V&A Waterfront, Greenmarket Square is Cape Town’s coolest and busiest public square. Once a slave market, the square is filled with street vendors, local arts and crafts, hand-crafted trinkets and painted fabrics.

It is the perfect place to explore if you want to know more about Cape Town’s customs and traditions. The flea market is active from Monday to Saturday, so there’s plenty of time for tourists to have a closer look and buy something nice and durable for their loved ones at home.

What’s not to like about Cape Town, when everything you need is here? From breathtaking mountain tops to endless beaches, museums and busy flea markets, the city will exceed all your expectations with its sheer beauty and welcoming people.

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