How far can your USD10 take you? In this series of blog posts, I’ve challenged some of the travel bloggers based in different corners of the globe to tell me what’s the best way to maximize USD10 as a tourist from where they currently are. Today, I’m featuring Capetown submitted by Sabine of The Travelling Chilli.
USD10 = ZAR130 based on current exchange rate
Cape Town is a very vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do. Cape Town is also one of the cities that receives the most international visitors on the African continent. This means that for some very popular activities you will have to pay a higher price. However, there are still many things to be done for free or a very reasonable fee. On top of that, Cape Town has very good and affordable public transport to bring you to about everywhere in the city and immediate surroundings.
First of all, get a myconnect card, which is a card where you can load the bus fares for Myciti. This card costs 2,5 USD.
Most hotels are located in the city bowl, so start the morning exploring the city on foot. The city centre is not that large and the best way to visit is walking around. One of the nicest museums of the city is the South African Museum. The museum shows a great overview of South African geological history over the past millions of years by means of various collections of fossils, textiles and more artifacts. The entrance fee for the museum is 2,5 USD.
From the museum take a bus to Lion’s Head for 0,5 USD. Lion’s Head is one of the mountain tops overlooking the city, right next to Table Mountain. Hiking up Lion’s Head is a very popular activity with the local Capetonians and visitors alike.
The hike is not too difficult and on top you get a 360 degree view over Cape Town, Table Mountain, the 12 Apostoles and the Camps Bay area. It is really nice to go close to sunset, and sitting on top will give you one of the most stunning African sunsets ever seen. Take a small flashlight or head lamp up with you.
Take the bus from Lion’s Head to the V&A Waterfront, which costs 0,6 USD. The Waterfront area is the place to be for many tourists as well as local people. It is a working harbour, has a shopping mall, movie house, lot’s of souvenir shops, restaurants and bars.
Nearly every day there are live performances, either on the main stage as well as in the little street corners. These performances are free and really good. The restaurants at the Waterfront are not really cheap, but there is also plenty of choice for some reasonably priced fast food. The fast food restaurants are right next to the main stage, so while enjoying your last meal of the day you can swing/move to the music.
Spending USD10 in Capetown and hitting some of the major tourist attractions is absolutely doable. If you spend it wisely, you’ll also have enough to spend for a nightout to end your day.
All photos are submitted by Sabine. If you’re a blogger and would like to submit a guest post in this series, drop me an email at pinayflyinghigh(@)gmail(.)com