South Africa is quite greedy in that it has three different capital cities. Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital, and Cape Town is the legislative capital.
Cape Town was originally a fortified trading station established by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 but he was explicitly ordered not to colonise the area. He was easily persuaded otherwise by some of residents of the trading station however, and the area became increasing populated and eventually became what we know today as Cape Town.
With all that in mind we bring you our list of the top five free things to do in Cape Town:
5. Green Point Park
First on our list of the top five free things to do in Cape Town is Green point Park. This park is a green space which is around 12.5 hectares in size.
When South Africa hosted the FIFA 2010 World Cup it signed up to the ‘Green Goal’ programme. The idea behind this scheme is that it would reduce the environmental impact of hosting an international event such as the world cup. One of the ways it has been able to do this was by creating Green Point Park.
Green Point Park has water features, green spaces, walkways, seating and ponds for you to enjoy. It would make a good activity for families if you are looking for somewhere to entertain children for free.
It an be found near to Cape Town Stadium.
4. Sea Point Promenade
If you want a taste of Cape Town’s affluent sector, then a you should take a trip to Sea point and take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade.
Sea Point is Cape Town’s only sea front suburb with high rise apartments and buildings so it has become a very popular area for second homes and commuters.
Sea Point promenade runs all the way from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point, so if you are feeling the need for some exercise you could even have a jog along it and view the scenery that way. If you are feeling more energetic then you could try number three on our list of free things to do in Cape Town…
3. Hike Up Lion’s Head Mountain
With its peak at 669 metres (2,195ft) climbing Lion’s Head is no mean feat! But with the incredible views over Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean beyond it; if you get the chance to hike it it is not to be missed!
It is named Lion’s head as it apparently looks like a crouching lion. We will let you decide on the resemblance for that one. The British in the 17th century instead called it Sugar loaf mountain – much like the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio De Janeiro.
2. Company Gardens
Company Gardens is botanical garden and large public park in the middle of Cape Town. It features an aviary, rose garden, fish pond and Japanese garden.
Originally, Company Gardens started as Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable garden which he used to help feed the small colony back in Cape Town’s early days. It is now the venue for multiple festivals and concerts as well as generally being a community area. It is the oldest garden in South Africa.
To see a downloadable map of the Company Gardens, click here.
1. Pecha Kucha Night
The final activity on our list of free things to do in Cape Town is something you may have never heard of before. It is a communal event where people take it in turns to give each other presentations.
The presentation can be on anything you want (although it is usually designers talk about their work) and you have 20 seconds to talk through each image and 20 images or slides.
A great way to meet people as it is a welcoming and social atmosphere – you might even learn something too. For more information about Pecha Kucha and to find out when the next one is in Cape Town check here.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Capetown, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!