cape town on a budget



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Cape Town has numerous options for the budget minded traveler. As many of the city's highlights are outdoors and freely accessible, the key to the budget trip is getting to all the destinations cheaply and safely. This trip makes use of public transport, time on your feet, and local food options to help really explore Cape Town.

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Day 1 - Cape Town


Stop by a Spar or local supermarket and pickup food for a picnic on top of Table Mountain. Head up the steep road to Kloof Nek circle (anyone should be able to give you directions) and follow the road to Table Mountain. The most popular route up the mountain is Platteklip Gorge. If you have a map, you can try another, but make sure you know where you are going!! After you've enjoyed lunch and some exploring on the mountain, you can walk down to Camps Bay beach or, if you're feeling tired, catch a taxi. There's a Pick n Pay supermarket in Camps Bay for some more picnic dinner fare or you can grab Nando's take out to enjoy on the beach. If your budget can handle it, there are numerous clubs along the Camps Bay beachfront. At night, make sure to catch a private taxi back to the hotel. If its still daylight out, you can catch a minibus taxi along the coast past Sea Point and Greenpoint into Cape Town central and walk back to your hotel from there.


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Table Mountain

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Table Mountain Rd
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 424 0015
fax: +27 21 423 0402
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Camps Bay Beach

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Location:

Victoria Road
(Camps Bay)
8005 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 438 1800
fax: +27 21 438 5056
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Backpack (The)

Location:

Corner of Military Road and New Church Street
Tamboerskloof
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 27 21 423 4530
fax: 27 21 423 0065
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Day 2 - Cape Town


Walk into town and explore some of Cape Town's city centre sights along the way. Head to the train station and take the train that goes to Simonstown. Make sure to sit in a train car with plenty of other people and keep an eye on your bags and belongings. Hop off first at Muizenberg if you want to go for a quick swim with some surfers. Theres a short (30 minute) coastal walk to Kalk Bay or you can hop back on the train. If open ocean swimming isnt for you, there's a nice tidal pool in Kalk Bay perfect for swimming. Stop by the Olympia Bakery (around the corner from the restaurant) for some great bread and lunch foods. Theres also a little supermarket nearby for any sandwich toppings. Head back on the train after your picnic lunch and take the train to its last stop, Simonstown. A walk of few kilometers past the train station and through town will take you to Boulder's Beach and the penguins. There is a boardwalk section that is free and one that has a fee. The lower (fee) boardwalk takes you closer to one beach and allows access at another. If you take the free boardwalk, you are led above penguin breeding areas and come to the far end of the Boulders area. From here, you can cross the parking lot and have free access to beaches and rocks that the penguins frequent. There aren't as many penguins here but its free and there are far fewer tourists as well! Head back to Kalk Bay, stop off and grab some great fish and chips at Kalky's and make sure not to miss the last train back to Cape Town.


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Muizenberg Beach

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Beach Road
Muizenberg
Cape Town, South Africa


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Kalk Bay - St. James

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Location:

Harbour Road
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

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tel: +27 21 426 4260


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Olympia Café

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Location:

Main Road
Kalk Bay
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 21 7886396
fax: +27 21 788 9864


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Penguins at Boulders Beach

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Location:

Boulders Beach Drive,
Simon's Town
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

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Kalkys

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Location:

Kalk Bay Harbour
Kalk Bay
7975 Cape Town,


Day 3 - Cape Town


Start off your day with another nice walk up a Cape Town mountain. Again, head up to Kloof Nek but, from the circle, take the road that leads right to Lion's Head. Follow the clear path up from the main parking lot. When youre done, walk back down into the city and grab a quick lunch. Walk over to the District Six area and explore the museum and neighborhood. Wander back through town the Company Gardens, and the various museums and sights. Leave enough time to walk some of the streets of the Bo Kaap before heading to Biesmiellah for some authentic Cape Malay food. If you dont feel like sit down, there's also a take out cafe around the corner. The numerous clubs of Long Street are nearby for any clubbing or barhopping if you have any money leftover.


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Lion's Head

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Location:

Signal Hill Road
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

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tel: +27 21 487 6800(Tourist Information)


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District Six Museum

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Location:

Albertus and Buitenkant Streets
District Six
7800 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 466 7200
fax: +27 21 466 7200
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Slave Lodge

Location:

Corner of Wale and Adderly Streets
Wale Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 461 8280
fax: +27 21 460 8202


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St. George's Cathedral

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5 Wale Street
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

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tel: +27 (0)21 424 7360
fax: +27 21 424 9772
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Bo Kaap

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7800 Cape Town, South Africa

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tel: +27 82 423 6829
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Biesmiellah

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Location:

2 Upper Wale St
Bo-Kaap
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 021/423-0850


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