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Best Budget Activities in Cape Town

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The Company's Garden

A historic public garden, The Company's Garden has seen several changes, much like the city of Cape Town itself, from the time of its original foundation. Originally established by the Dutch in 1652, they used it as a station to supply and stock provisions to ships sailing to the East. Maintained by the Dutch East India Company till 1795, when the garden fell into ruins as the company dissolved into bankruptcy. Following years saw further changes by the British and finally, it was taken over by the Municipality in 1892 and opened to the public six years later. Due to its historic nature, as well as the natural beauty, the gardens are a major cultural landmark as they house institutions like the Parliament Houses, Iziko Museum, Great Synagogue and Tuynhuys amongst others. A lovely place to spend a day visiting the sites, or just relaxing amongst the greenery. Kids will love the lovely pond and aviary and the local crafts along the main avenue.

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De Waal Park

Established in the late 19th century, the De Waal Park lies in Oranjezicht and is renowned for the numerous species of trees that have taken seed there. It is a popular playground for both children and has a special area designated for walking and playing with dogs. An organization known as the Friends of De Waal Park works effortlessly to maintain the area, and create a space for arts and culture. The park's bandstand, which was constructed in the early 20th Century, is host to various kinds of concerts that are held for the public benefit.

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Table Mountain National Park

The Table Mountain National Park was demarcated as a protected zone in 1998. The Table Mountain is populated by a rare form of shrubland known as Fynbos. The South African National Park is also a part of UNESCO’s Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope are the two famous landmarks of the area. The park is home to a vibrant variety of wildlife, especially larger animals like leopards, black rhinoceros and bontebok.

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Llandudno

Llandudno is a part of the suburbs Cape Town in Africa. The area was named after a Welsh Township, which it very closely resembles. Its location by the lovely beaches along the Atlantic Ocean makes it a prime real estate area. The water itself is popular with surfers: the rough seas create quite an adventurous challenge. The blue seas are a sharp contrast to the dramatic mountain peaks and the grey granite constructions: a picturesque scenery.

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Muizenberg Beach

This is a long stretch of gently sloping, white sand beach bordering the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Muizenberg provides safe swimming and the moderately sized waves makes it a popular hangout for body-boarders and novice surfers. This is the ideal choice for families with young children since it has all the facilities that make for a great day at the beach. Behind the beach side pavilion is a seawater pool, putt-putt course and long curvy Super Tube (water slide). A new complex has been built alongside the pavilion to provide more changing-rooms, showers and safe lock-up facilities. Lining the car park is a collection of mini-vans selling fast food, ice-creams and cold drinks. There are a number of fascinating places to explore in the town of Muizenberg, including the Natale Labia Museum, Rhodes Cottage, the Toy museum and Collectors' Shop and the Masque Theatre.

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Boulders Beach

These rocks are named after the rounded boulders which shelter a beautiful swimming beach from the mischievous south-easterly winds. A part of Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach gives a unique opportunity to swim with Jackass (African) penguins. You'll find the main penguin colony at Foxy Beach next to the swimming beach where there is an attractive boardwalk. The friendly park staff will be happy to answer any questions. Although these penguins are among the most human-tolerant in the world, they can inflict a severe bite if their space is invaded, or they feel threatened. It is safe to maintain a safe distance of at least a meter between them and yourself. You'll be able to see a variety of other birds at Boulders. These include the African Black Oyster-catcher and the Crowned Cormorant plus numerous species of smaller birds.

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