Your budget friendly guide to Cape Town entertainment

Your budget friendly guide to Cape Town entertainment

There is no denying that the current economic climate can be cruel on the wallet, especially when it comes to entertainment options. We have compiled a variety of fun-filled activities – all of which can be done without breaking the bank.


Butterfly World
Butterfly World Tropical Garden imports 300 butterfly pupae per week all year round. Butterflies are, apart from high temperature and humidity levels, also dependent on the amount of sunlight present. Some days, which are overcast and cold, may prevent the butterflies from being as active as on a sunny day. If you visit on such a day, spend your time investigating the other interesting animal displays (reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys, meerkats and lots more) and see the resting butterflies close up, a privilege not always available when they are active on a hot day.
Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm
Adult @ R72 & Kids @ R41 (3-18yrs)
Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch), Cape Winelands
Tel: 021 875 5628


Nature’s Best Photography Africa 2016
This is an exhibition of the winning images from Nature’s Best Photography Africa 2016.
The annual African focused nature photography competition is about depicting Africa’s unique biodiversity and wildlife. The competition invites photographers from across the globe to submit their images, taken in Africa, for judging by an expert panel of judges. The winners were announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Iziko South African Museum on June 21.
The combined value of the prizes – to some of Africa’s finest wildlife environs – is approximately R1 million, making this one of the most prestigious competitions of its type in the world.
This is the last few weeks, until the exhibition closes on September 25
Pensioners @ R15, Under 18 @ R15 & Adults @ R30
25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 481 3800


Free Week of Entry to Sanparks
In celebration of spring and in a bid to stoke Mzansi pride, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be kicking off its annual week-long campaign that affords South African residents free access to nearly all of the 21 national parks.
In the Cape Region, Bontebok National Park (special runs until September 18), Garden Route National Park (runs from September 11 to 17), Tankwa Karoo National Park (runs until September 18), Table Mountain National Park (excluding Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. The date also extends to September 17) and West Coast National Park are waiving their costs and ushering in visitors for less than even a pretty penny.
To qualify for this stunning seasonal offer, it’s merely necessary to present an official, green barcoded or smart SA ID at the time of entry.
September 12 to 18 @ 6am to 6pm
Tel: 021 712 2337