Things to do in Cape Town over the festive season (that won't break the bank)

Capetonians are never bored, because there are always so many things to do here!

Capetonians are never bored, because there are always so many things to do here! However, taking a trip up Table Mountain, sipping on cocktails in Camps Bay, Paragliding over Leeukop and shopping at the V&A can get a tad expensive – especially over the festive season when the city is exploding with tourists.

Also read: 7 driving sins to avoid this festive season 

The good news is, there are loads of things to do in Cape Town which won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

1. City Sightseeing made easy with the Hop On, Hop Off Bus


This is probably one of the best ways to get acquainted with the Mother City. Or even if you live in Cape Town – why not be a tourist in your own city? Start day 1 with the red route – a seamless tour of the City Bowl and its surrounds, and then hop on the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour for sightseeing further afield.

Cost: +/- R200 for the Classic Hop On-Hope Off Tour.

2. Moonlight Mass – Cape Town’s biggest social bike ride


Moonlight Mass is SA’s fastest growing casual cycling event taking place when the moon is full. Unlike the commercial events on South Africa’s cycling calendar, Moonlight Mass requires zero time trials, registration, or expensive gear. Anyone with a helmet and respect for the road is invited to join the masses who meet once a month under the Green Point traffic circle to take over the city in an after dark, two-wheeled frenzy.

Date: 22 December 2018

Cost: Free

9pm – late

3. Explore the Winelands on the Franschhoek Wine Tram


One of the most unique ways to experience some of the French corners most loved wine estates. Modelled on the 1890 Brill Trams, this old-fashioned locomotive clacks through the vineyards stopping at the Huguenot Museum, Haute Cabrière, Dieu Donnè, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence – you’re free to hop on or off at any of these stops. There are few better ways to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Valley than by hopping onto an open-sided tram for an unforgettable guided tour.

Cost: +/- R240 per adult

Tour starts and ends at ticket office in Franschhoek Village

4. Cycle whilst tasting wine among the vineyards with a Bike and Wine tour


In true Cape style, bike and wine tours have fast become the preferred way of experiencing the beautiful winelands, as well as the estates which dot the landscape. Cycling wine tour operators offer a range of tours to suit all fitness levels. Now stop, oscillate and taste.

Bikes ‘n Wines has a variety of half day, full day and multi day bicycle tours to choose from.

Cost: Enquire online

5. Experience the vibrant Mother City and surroundings and all it has to offer by using Cape Town’s MyCiti buses

myciti buc

This reliable, effective and safe transport system in Cape Town was a long time coming. Now, Capetonians and tourists over the festive season can experience the Mother City without having to hire a car or taking expensive cabs.

Plan your trip online via the MyCiti website.