Strawberry picking. Image via Pixabay
Strawberry picking. Image via Pixabay
Our bank accounts might be taking strain right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about. Cape Town is packed with amazing things to do that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Rondevlei Nature Reserve is a hidden treasure in the heart of Cape Town and home to a diverse range of indigenous fauna and flora — including hippos.
Located in the suburb of Grassy Park, the 290-hectare reserve features over 250 species of indigenous plants and 20 mammal species, including a herd of eland, Cape grysbok porcupines, large-spotted genets, Cape clawless otters, and hippopotami.
There are also several bird hides for birdwatching, viewing towers, and a museum. Pack a picnic and spend the day in this fantastic reserve with the family.
Cost: R12 entry for adults and R6 for kids
Overlooking Cape Town from the southern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest is a fantastic spot for walking your dog, hiking, picnicking, mushroom picking, and enjoying a braai in the designated braai area.
The forest forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Remember to never hike alone.
Cost: Free entry into the forest; R25 for adults and R15 for children to enter the braai area
Held over the weekends from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the Bay Market is a buzzing market in Hout Bay that is well worth a visit.
There are loads of stalls selling locally made and crafted gifts and curios, great food and craft beers, and live music from local artists going all day and into the evening. Entrance is free and the market is open on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9:30am to 4pm and on Sundays from 9:30am to 4pm.
The Green Point Urban Park is a beautiful green space surrounded by an urban environment along the Atlantic Seaboard and is a fantastic spot to spend the day with the family, enjoying a picnic, exploring the park, or simply soaking up some sun.
The park has interesting walk-through areas with interpretive signboards detailing the fauna and flora of the Cape, and there is a play park, an adventure park, an outdoor gym, and an outdoor labyrinth.
The Helderberg Nature Reserve is nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West and stretches for miles.
The nature reserve offers a wealth of outdoor recreation and fun things to do for the whole family from hiking, mountain biking, and mushroom picking to picnicking, birdwatching, and learning all about the region at an environmental education centre.
The kids can enjoy a play area and jungle gym, and there are plenty of lovely spots to picnic. There is also a plant herbarium and a gift shop.
Cost: R25 for adults, R15 for children R15 per vehicle
Nestled between Paarl and Franschhoek, Babylonstoren is a beautiful farm with an array of things to see and do. There are two award-winning restaurants – a laid-back deli and a fine-dining eatery – and a tasting room where you can sample some of the region’s finest wines.
Vast fruit and vegetable gardens burst with colour and aromas, a cactus garden is home to baby hedgehogs, and friendly donkeys, chickens, and turkeys also call the farm home. Take part in a healing tea ceremony that will relax and rejuvenate.
Cost: R10 on weekdays; R20 on weekends
The Polkadraai strawberry farm is located in Stellenbosch and is a great place to spend the day picking strawberries.
Strawberry-picking season is between September and January and you can pick as many strawberries as you like. There are plenty of activities for children such as face painting, pony rides, and a playground, and there is a spacious restaurant serving delicious farm-style food and local wines.
Cost: From R40 per person
Get creative at the Clay Café in Hout Bay where you can design and paint your own piece of pottery, and have it fired. If you don’t want to wait 10 days for your masterpiece to be fired, you can also choose a lovely ready-made piece from the shop.
Cost: From R15
Nestled between Llandudno and Camp’s Bay, Oudekraal is a secluded spot with blissful white beaches and cosy coves in between the huge boulders. This fantastic spot on the coast has over 40 braai areas and is a popular spot to enjoy a braai next to the sea. It’s first-come, first-serve, so get there early and take your own grid.
Cost: R32 per adult and R16 per child
Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville not only produces award-winning wines but also has a network of mountain bike trails that are ideal for great for beginners and group rides.
Tracks zigzag up and down the hills of the beautiful estate and offer spectacular views and there is a farm stall, a restaurant, and lovely gardens for picnicking.