Believe it or not Cape Town is not such an expensive travel destination. There are lots of ways travelers can explore this superb territory without spending a fortune. Thankfully, sightseeing is free and Cape Town is packed with lots of natural attractions you will adore. The metropolitan area is incredibly vast; it stretches from Durbanville all the way to Somerset West and Cape Point and Atlantis up-north. The city center is positioned in very interesting area, between Table Bay and Table Mountain, South Africa’s iconic mountain range.
The natural miracles of Cape Town
Cape Town can be seen as an affordable travel destination because admiring the natural sights is free of charge. The city is defined by the breathtaking Table Mountain National Park, which is a flat-topped mountain filled with breathtaking natural landscapes. Exploring the city is a delight, and among some of the most famous places are interest are: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the monumental Company’s Gardens and Green Point Park.
Even though Cape Town may be seen as an urbanized metropolis, on the outskirts there are many things you can see and do without having to spend a lot of money. For example, you can start exploring the Cape Peninsula; there are so many enticing estates and villages to see. The winelands should also be included on your itinerary. Franschhoek, Constantia Valley and Stellenbosch are a must-see.
Getting to Cape Town
There are two major airlines that offer flights to Cape Town, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Of course if you don’t have a problem with flying, then you could opt for cheaper flights with a stopover. In general, it takes about 12 hours to get from the UK or US to Cape Town. But the good news it most journeys are pleasant and relaxing. If you’re in Cape Town by yourself, take the bus to reach your preferred destination. MyCiti Airport Shuttle is a convenient option. However, you will have to change buses and grab a cab to get to the civic centre. As for the tickets, these are usually on sale at the local kiosks.
Cape Town is packed with hotels of all types, starting from the most luxurious and opulent to the most convenient and affordable. If you’re traveling on a budget, stay away from the city center. The closer you get to the Table Mountain area the higher the prices. Boutique hotels and even local hostels are a good idea. The most accessible lodging places are in the south region of Cape Town.
South African food is delicious! Cape Town in particular, is packed with spectacular eateries and bistros. What’s your favorite type of food? Whether it’s Thai, Chinese, Italian or Greek, you should know that the city has it all. Of course, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on an exclusive meal at Test Kitchen, you can opt for a cheaper restaurant where reservations are not mandatory. Some of the most amazing places are 97 Keerom or Bistro Sixteen82.
There are so many things tourists can do while in Cape Town; and believe it or not trying out the activities is not that expensive. Start with a hike to Table Mountain. If you’re new to the city you are not advised to go on your own. Tour guides are available, and they’re not overly expensive. General rates begin at R700 for half a day, including drop-off and pick-up from your location. An organized trip is better than a solo trip because you get the chance to see more. For cheaper tickets, access the web and make a purchase online.
After you’ve seen Table Mountain your next travel stop should be the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It is a gorgeous natural place where you can have a picnic, or just lie down and admire the sights. In the summer season there are all sort of activities planned, including live concerts and other forms of open-air activities.
South Africa’s Cape Town is stupendous. It is filled with natural surroundings and breathtaking sights. The people are welcoming too, and exploring the city is easier than you think. To save money you can always rent a car or bike and start your exploration journey.
About the Author
Edward Francis is a regular travel blogger who writes here on behalf of CapePortfolios.com!