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5 Things to do in Cape Town for FREE - IH Cape Town

Published on Friday, June 7, 2019

5 Things to do in Cape Town for FREE

Cape Town is a wonderful and very diverse place with a million things to explore and do. Most of the must-do highlights which everyone wants to tick off their bucket list cost money. Here are IH Cape Town’s 5 top tips of activities to do in Cape Town that are for FREE.

1. Free Walking Tour

The best way to explore a new city is by foot with someone local who knows the city inside out.

A company called Free walking tours currently offers 3 different tours: The historic city, the Bo Kaap, and Apartheid to Freedom walking tour. Knowledgeable guides are telling interesting and funny stories about the different eras of South Africa’s history and giving insights of living in the Mother city. Even though it is completely for free, students are strongly encouraged to tip the guide at the end of the tour.

2. Live music at Mojo market

Right opposite International House Cape Town is Mojo market, a food and lifestyle market offering great live music performances every evening. These little concerts are given by local artists and are completely free. It is a great way to get a feel for South African music and a fun evening out with friends that does not cost a lot. The market has a lot of different cuisines to offer: from Sushi, pizza and burger to Mexican, Ethiopian and even Oysters. A selection of 100 different beers and many other drinks can be ordered at one of the two bars.

3. Free dance lessons

Cape Town’s nightlife is vibrant and you can find cool events nearly every night of the week. One activity which we can highly recommend from personal experience is free dance lessons on a Friday night.

Que Pasa Latin Lounge is a movable dance school offering Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata and Swing classes at different locations, some for free and others cost. Friday nights the dance floor of the Cuban rum bar Rum Tum Tum heats up with eager dancers from all different levels. The atmosphere is fantastic and it is so much fun to dance the night away to Latin rhythms.

4. Feel the rhythm of the drum

To indulge more in traditional African rhythms, a great way is to take a djembe lesson. Djembe is a powerful African drum which is also called the “talking drum”, as it speaks to your soul and body through its deeply resonating rhythm. An African shop in town offers a 2-hour free class every Saturday to learn the basics. It gives you goosebumps when the sound of 20 drums resonates through the open streets (as you sit outside).

5. Climbing Lion’s Head

One of the definite must-dos is climbing the famous Lion’s Head, which can be seen from IH Cape Town’s roof top terrace. The 669- meter top offers spectacular views over the city centre, Sea Point and the Atlantic Ocean. The hike is relatively easy, especially in the beginning. Towards the top it gets a bit more challenging including chains, ladders and vertical climbs. It takes about an hour to the top and usually a little less back down.

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