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9 Awesome Things to do in Cape Town on a Student Budget

Cape Town has to be one of the most exciting cities in South Africa, alive with culture and first-world lifestyle options.

If you’re attending one of South Africa’s premier universities in the Cape, over and above visiting the pristine beaches you’ll probably be looking for a few more thrilling budget-friendly things to do in Cape Town to spice up your downtime.

9 Things to do in Cape Town

Historic City Walking Tour

Take the tour of the heroes and villains of colonialism, drama, and harmony. Get a personal insight into being a real Capetonian through an introduction to the different eras of Cape Town and South Africa’s history and a few of the people who shaped it. Highlights include the Company’s Garden, the oldest living citizen in Cape Town, Parliament, Green Market Square, The Castle of Good Hope and The Slave Lodge.  Tours run twice daily at 11 am and 2 pm, leaving from Motherland Coffee Company in Mandela Rhodes Place. Price: Free. No booking required, just show up.

Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

Visit the colourful houses, hear the mosques calling in prayer and let the smells of the rich spices of Cape Malay cuisine tempt your taste buds. You may even be treated to hidden spots to enjoy a local beer on the way. Highlights include the oldest Mosque, the story of Tuan Guru, the old Tailor’s House, Biesmiellah Cape Malay Restaurant, the Atlas Spice Trading centre, and a stroll down the beautiful Chiappini Street.  Tours run once a day from 2 pm, leaving from Motherland Coffee Company in Mandela Rhodes Place. Price: Free. No booking required, just show up.

Visit the World of Birds

Be amazed by over 400 species of birds at the Hout Bay World of Birds, one of the most spectacular nature reserves you’ll ever see. These majestic, winged wonders can be seen from Monday to Sunday between 8 am to 5 pm daily. Price: Donation.  All proceeds go towards Animal Conservation.

Meander Around the Markets.

When it comes to things to do in Cape Town, not only is cruising a market a fun way to spend a few hours but you can stock up on healthy food supplies and needful knickknacks at the same time. The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock features 100 traders each Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm, with vegan, gluten-free and organic options.

The Century City Natural Goods Market features local crafts and musicians as well as gourmet food. Held on the village green close to Intaka Island, the market runs from 9 am to 2 pm on the last Sunday of the month during Summer and 4 pm to 9 pm on the last Friday of the month during Winter.

See the Stars

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome in Victoria Street, where art, science, and entertainment meet, is one of the most advanced digital planetariums on the African continent. Immerse yourself in multi-sensory edutainment and take a virtual voyage of the universe in an unparalleled experience of digital animation in the 360-degree cinema complex. Price: R30 for students.

Catch a Movie

Enjoy a quality movie on one of four characteristic screens in the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa at The Labia Movie Theatre on Orange Street. The Labia boasts the best on circuit, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, classics, and other alternative art circuit films. The cinema is also home to a cosy coffee bar offering homemade delicacies, a chocolate bar, and an outside garden terrace with a fully licenced bar. Sip on a unique Labia cocktail slush puppy while being entertained by the action on the big screen. Price: R50 for students.  Visit their website for more details on movie titles showing and booking procedures –

Get Back to Nature

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is one of the world’s most beautiful. It features over 7000 indigenous plants from around South Africa with a walkway through a canopy of trees and is the host to magical sunset concerts in Summer. If you’re in the mood for a walk, guided garden tours take place Monday to Friday at 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm with one on Saturday at 10 am. Alternatively, bring your own picnic basket and relax while enjoying the splendour of nature. Price: R75 entry fee

Beer Fans Please Stand Up

If you enjoy a quality ‘cold one’, then the Newlands Brewery in Newlands should definitely be on your list of things to do in Cape Town. The brewery runs several tours daily from Monday to Friday which include a beer tasting adventure and two free drinks. Price: R80 for students

Take a Wild Ride

Cool Runnings Theme Park in Tygervalley is a thrilling outdoor adventure with a difference where you get to whizz down a 1.2km Toboggan track, the only one in Africa. It’s basically the land version of a Supertube. The Toboggan track is open from Tuesday to Sunday until 6 pm. Price: R60 a ride or R400 for a day pass.

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