Having fun on a budget, in Cape Town

This article was posted on 05 August 2016

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When that time of the month hits and you are strapped for cash, the Mother City offers some quality indoor, outdoor, daytime as well as night time activities to keep you entertained, fed and most likely impressed.

Here’s a list of things to do for under 100 Randelas (some, just a little bit over ZAR100) in and around Cape Town.




Cape Town is known for its absorbing and lively nightlife. Whether you want to socialise, have something to eat or drink (and I don’t mean milk) or dance the night away, there is one street in the Mother City that will not disappoint – Long Street. This is where all the movers and shakers, students and money-makers alike go to give themselves a great time. With its vast selection of clubs, bars and restaurants, an after-work drink can easily turn into a crazy fun and crazy night/morning. Drinks range from R1 (I kid you not – try Bob’s Bar on a Wednesday) and loads of food specials you’re bound to have the best of times on Cape Town’s most prominent party scene.


GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Being the largest entertainment junction in South Africa and housing the only casino in Cape Town this entertainment powerhouse offers enjoyment 24/7. GrandWest offers something to do for everyone in the family; ice- skating, ten-pin bowling and theatre shows amongst other things. They have housed some of the biggest names in local and international entertainment including John Legend and Nicky Minaj in their Grand Arena. You can also found an in-house cinema screening the latest blockbusters as well as a gaming arcade. Las Vegas for what!?


Rugby at Newlands

Newlands is South Africa’s oldest rugby stadium and the 2nd oldest in the world. When the home team, Western Province (WP) plays a rugby match at the stadium it is pivotal that Capetonians (and fans from abroad) goes out in support of WP. A game-day ticket can cost you anything from R50 – R100. The South African Rugby Museum is also in the area, just a hop and a step from the stadium. The museum offers rugby-related activities as well as very savvy exibitions.




Dubbed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, tourists come from all over the globe to experience our hiking trails with its beautiful scenery, fascinating flora and fauna and scenic waterways. The most popular of these hiking trails is Lion’s Head with its panoramic views of Camps Bay, Cape Town Harbour, The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Signal Hill and the Cape Flats it is all the so worthwhile and very adventurous.


Boat Cruise

From leisurely daytime cruises to romantic sunset cruises and even dragon boat racing – Cape Town has it all. You have the choice of going on ½ hour or hour long cruises departing from the Duncan and Ben Schoeman docks around the Victoria & Alfred Basins for an informative cruise or you can book a trip for private events such as bachelor parties or exclusive events. The Cape Town Dragon Boat Racing Club welcomes all dragon boaters and new-comers to join their practice sessions (Mondays to Thursdays). Cost ranges from R10 to R90 depending on specific activity.


Two Oceans Aquarium

Situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, you can experience the breathtakingly beautiful wonders of the ocean right in front of your eyes. You can get even closer to the large predators as the aquarium offers diving sessions as well. Adults and children alike can sit in on and take part in interactive exhibits that reveals the world under the sea. The most enjoyable part of going to the aquarium must be interacting with the ambrosial rockhopper penguins as they love the attention and often sits on visitors’ laps.


Foody Things

Dinner Theatre

Not your ordinary, everyday restaurant is a place called Stardust just outside of the CBD in Woodstock. Their specially designed Mediterranean menu offers a variety of dishes to tantalize your taste buds and it goes with an exclusive wine list. What makes this restaurant so extraordinary is the entertainment it offers. By day, the waiters who serve you attend performing arts schools and universities in and around Cape Town and by night they perform, while you eat. These performers will break out in song and dance at random throughout the night. Meals start at R25 and the place is perfect for birthday or office parties.


Fish & Chips VS The Gatsby

When in Cape Town, do as the Capetonians do and if there’s one thing that they do best it is eating. More specifically, eating fish and chips and gatsby’s. As Cape Town offers a wide selection of food markets, restaurants and take-away places it is very easy to find these meals. Kalky’s Fish & Chips in Kalk Bay offers a whole platter with 2 pieces of fish (hake or snoek), calamari and chips and it costs under R80. Now for the great Gatsby – a foot-long drumstick loaf stuffed with hot chips, salad, and meats ranging from polony, chicken or steak depending on your budget. The Golden Dish in Athlone claims to have perfected this dish and offers more than 30 varieties for under R89.


Wine Tasting

With its rolling vineyards the Cape Winelands, an hour long drive out of Cape Town, houses most of South Africa’s distinguished wine estates. Closer to the city is the Constantia Wine Route, a sensational experience with its distinct and unique wine boutiques. Then there is the gem that is Durbanville Hills Estate with its awe inspiring view of Table Bay, Robben Island and Cape Town with Table Mountain as backdrop a backdrop. All of these (and so much more) offers wine tastings with pairings ranging from cheese, chocolate and delectable delicacies. Guided tours can be booked throughout the year and generally starts at a cost of ± R25.


- Enzo Leigh Botes


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