A Cape Town holiday on a budget

The Mother City! Cape Town is a popular travel destination for both local and foreign travellers. With its beautiful beaches, fine wine and dining, and diverse culture; it is no wonder that a Cape Town holiday is at the top of most peoples’ lists. But this would not have to prevent you from going on a safari in South Africa. There are plenty of other Big 5 game reserves that are malaria-free and offer great wildlife sightings. Here are my tips on how to keep budgets low on a holiday in Cape Town.

Stay outside of the City

The City of Cape Town area is packed with Hotels, but because of its close proximity to the attractions, it makes their rates expensive. And while being in the hustle and bustle is fun, sometimes a break is good too. Staying outside of Cape Town can help you save costs and have unique experiences. And if you rent a car, you can easily be at the attractions in no time. My top 3 places to look at:

  • Rondebosch
  • Simonstown
  • Tokai

Eat cheaper

Yes, Test Kitchen is apparently amazing and Greenhouse is great. But do you really need to spend a few thousand rands on a meal? If you eat locally and eat cheaply, you can save yourself a lot of money. But where to eat? Here are my 3:

  • Kalkies Fish and Chips in Kalk Bay
  • Gibsons at the V&A
  • Colcacchios in Camps Bay

Travel Cheaper

Ubers and Transfers add up fast! As do tours! You can save yourself a lot of money by renting a small car and driving yourself! You will also be able to explore at your own pace and stop along the way.Make sure you have your international license if you are coming from abroad.

Drink wine at the right places

I am a wine lover and a bargain hunter at heart. So I also find cheaper places to taste and buy wine. Places where you can experience deep complexities in your wine while having a less noticeable drop in your bank balance. Going off the beaten track and doing some research ahead of time can save you money and find you better wine.

My 3 favorites:

  • Leopards Leap
  • Vredenheim
  • Ken Forester

Travelling doesn’t have to be that expensive! You can travel on a budget and make memories that will last a lifetime! Don’t wait, travel.