ESCAPE TO CAPE TOWN ON A BUDGET [ LUXURIOUS HOTELS, BREATHTAKING VIEWS, AND THRILLING ADVENTURES WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK]
Cape Town, South Africa, offers a stunning blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. If Cape Town has been on your bucket list but thought you had to break the bank to stay at luxurious hotels with views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Table Mountain, and experience its popular fun activities or explore its world class attractions – We are going to share a few tips on how you can visit Cape Town on a budget.
You have probably been considering visiting the Mother City as a tourist! Consider visiting Cape Town and explore it like a local between May and August and you will be astonished at how affordable this city can be. Cape Town offers some of the best winter rates for almost everything from accommodations, experiences, attractions, activities, to restaurants during the winter season. Don’t worry, Cape Town winter is not as bad as people make it out to be. We still experience warm days and there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor things one can do or see this time of the year.
To get you started on seeing most of what Cape Town has to offer, together with The Capital Hotels have carefully selected experiences for you to get bang for buck. Also look out for an amazing GIVEAWAY at the end of this article.
Got 2 days? Do this…
Immerse yourself in contemporary art at Zeitz Mocaa, then take a step back in time to experience Cape Town’s rich and multicultural history in Bo-Kaap, and end your day with a beautiful sunset and a 360-degree view of the Mother City inside the Cape Wheel.
Children under 18 receive free entry
Free entry for South African citizens every Wednesday from 10am to 13pm
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 18pm (with last entry at 17.30pm)
Adult from R175 | Child R95 (standard) – FREE ride on your birthday month.
Sky Dining (Cape Wheel provides basket and table placing – you bring your own food)
Sky Dining Adult R320 | Sky Dining Child R150
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am to 21:00pm | Friday to Saturday 10:00am to 22:00pm | Sunday 10:00am to 21:00pm
Explore on your own at leisure but we highly recommend joining FREE daily guided WALKING TOURS.
Cover most of the major tourist attractions at unbelievable value and convenience on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, City Sightseeing.
CITY SIGHTSEEING HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS
- Valid for all 3 Hop-On Hop-Off loops
- Commentary available in 15 languages
- Comfort and safety in the open-air/inside the bus
- 1 Full day on the bus (Hop-On Hop-Off experience)
NB: The red bus passes at Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Groot Contantia wine farm, Hout Bay (Seal Island Tour), Camps Bay, Clifton, Sea Point, Green Point, V&A Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, and Long Street.
Adult R259 | Child R150 | Infant Free
Got 3 days? Check these out…
Cycle, along the promenade, or view Cape Town from the water and end the day on a high on a fascinating family-friendly marine life tour.
CYCLE ALONG THE COAST ON THE SEA POINT PROMENADE
Hire a bicycle from Upcycles and cycle along the coast on the Sea Point Promenade and enjoy a day at the beach, or a meal or drink at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area. You can easily pedal along the Promenade all the way to the shopping and dining mecca of the Waterfront.
Bicycle hire from R90 for 1 hour
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 18pm (with last entry at 5.30pm)
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM (15% OFF YOUR DAY PASS TICKET PRICE*)
Make lasting memories with truly unique experiences at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Step into their world with guided behind the scenes tours, meet the too-cute rockhoppers with a penguin experience, and explore the Aquarium from the other side of the glass with adventure diving experiences and PADI courses at their Dive School.
Adult R235 | Child R110 – R175 (Day Pass)
*The Capital Hotels guests receive 15% off the Day Pass
THE MIRAGE BOAT CRUISE
See the splendour of the Mother City laid out before you, in all her breathtaking, scenic glory. The Mirage offers 1-hour daily trips out to Sea Point or Granger Bay, weather dependant. The Mirage offers a full-service cash or card bar as well as some light snacks to purchase onboard.
Adult from R300 | Child from R200 (1 hour – daily and weather dependant)
EXPLORE THE WINELANDS WITH CITY SIGHTSEEING HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS
For the perfect winelands experience on a budget, book the City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off red bus and depart from Cape Town in a luxury air-conditioned coach and head directly to the Franschhoek valley to join the Franschhoek hop-on hop-off wine tram and bus.
Adult R599 | Child R325 (includes transport from Cape Town to and from the tram in a luxury coach with free Wi-Fi and the Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket to travel on the Tram and the Tram bus.
Enjoy the freshest produce at the market for an authentic Cape Town experience and dance to live music by international and local artists.
VISIT THE MOJO MARKET IN SEA POINT
The Mojo Market is a vibrant indoor 7-day-a-week food and lifestyle market with daily live music. It is an eclectic mix of retail stalls, 4 bars, food vendors offering international cuisines as well as a venue for sports watching.
30 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday 8am – 12pm
VISIT ORANJEZICHT FARMERS MARKET IN GRANGER BAY (V&A WATERFRONT)
Boasting stunning sea views, Oranjezicht Farmers Market is an outdoor market covered by tents and pergolas, ensuring shelter from the elements. You’ll find fresh-from-the-patch veggies and herbs as well as seasonal fruit, bread, cheese, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, muesli, and ethically sourced meats and seafood. There is also a lifestyle section, selling an array of carefully curated clothing, pet accessories, décor, vintage items, ceramics, houseplants and farm-to-vase flowers.
Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
WHERE TO STAY
THE CAPITAL 15 ON ORANGE
A spectacular urban oasis with distinctive design. The Capital 15 on Orange Hotel is set within Cape Town’s richly historical Company’s Garden and anchored by Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The showstopper here is their underground Grotto Spa and Bar at Cape Town’s only Mangwanani Signature Spa. This is a Spa like no other, check out the video here.
THE CAPITAL MIRAGE
Stylish, spacious, and situated in the heart of Uber-trendy De Waterkant area with stunning views of Bo-Kaap and near the city bowl and V&A Waterfront, The Capital Mirage is the ideal for those who enjoy the Cape Town city lifestyle and nightlife. If the city skyline isn’t enough, don’t worry because you are only minutes away from Sea Point and Green Point.
WINE AND SPA PACKAGE
Indulge in a luxurious winter escape at The Capital 15 on Orange with our exclusive Wine and Spa package for 2.
- Welcome platter
- Breakfast for 2 people
- Complimentary bottle of wine
- Accommodation in a luxury room
- 2 x 60-minute deep earth and warm lava stone full body massages
From R4 115 per night – all inclusive
Terms and Conditions apply.
Valid 1st April – 31st August 2023
Book 24 hours in advance. Subject to availability.
COMPETITION TIME [WIN WIN WIN]
FLIP! What a Prize! WIN a HELICOPTER FLIP!!!
2-night stay at The Capital 15 on Orange and return flights from LIFT. All worth R30k! All you need to do is make a booking to stay at either of the Capital Hotels in Cape Town between May and the end of August 2023, and follow them on their social pages (Instagram or Tik Tok), and you will automatically be entered into a lucky draw to stand a chance to WIN this great prize.
- Return flights with LIFT (ex JHB or ex DBN only).
- 2-Night stay in an Executive Suite with a mountain view for two people sharing, including breakfast at The Capital 15 on Orange.
- Enjoy an arrival platter on your first day and a romantic turndown on your second night, with a complimentary bottle of wine.
- The Hopper Tour on NAC Helicopters Cape Town is approx. 12 mins long and weather dependant.
- This amazing prize is for 2 adults sharing and must be redeemed before the end of September 2023.
Remember to research and plan your itinerary in advance to take advantage of any discounts or deals that may be available. With careful planning and budget-conscious choices, you can have a memorable visit to Cape Town without breaking the bank.
Telephone: +27(0)11 290 9700
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