Cape Town for free?

EC language school in Cape Town offers many free activities to our students. But in the city walls there are many other free activities to do. We asked our intern Betty to have a look and this is what she found out.

Indeed, Cape Town is such an amazing city! There is so much to do but best of all you can take a free tour with qualified guides and this happens 365 days a year. You don’t even have to book, just come to the corner of Shortmarket Street in front of the Green Market Square and look for the green “FREE TOUR” umbrella – here is your guide to some other free stuff in Cape Town.

There are three tours available : District 6, Historic Cape Town and Boo-Kaap Tour. Each tour takes about one and a half hours – two hours.


District six is a unique opportunity to experience the culture and history of this country and Cape Town in particular


1. District 6 tour (departures : 11am – 2 pm)

Discover a place of colorful and dramatic history, which inspired lots of Hollywood blockbusters. The tour includes:

  •  District Six Café (where the locals sine and which has a chocolate cake to die for)

District six cafe is not just a coffee shop, it is a meeting place for people to celebrate and share.

  • The Resettlements
  • The Seven Steps
  • St. Marks Church
  • “Cairn of Conflict”
  • “The Gangs of Cape Town
  • District six Museum

The District six stands proudly in Buitenkant Street, cape Town


  • The Fugard Theatre


The Fugard theatre has become one of the most popular musical theatre venues in Cape Town


2. Historic Cape Town (departures : 11am – 4:20 pm)

Learn more about Cape Town and South Africa’s colourful and dramatic history. The route will guide you through some of the city’s most prominent places :


  • St Georges Cathedral
  • The Parliament and the President’s House

Parliament in Cape Town offers free tours daily to anyone who wants to see how the Parliamentary process works in reality

  • The Parade and City hall where Mandela made his first speech as a Free Man

The City Hall and Parade is always bustling with people and pigeons. It remains an iconic space in Cape Town

  • Green Market Square
  • The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope tour is a fascinating tour into the early colonial period

  • The Slave Lodge
  • Company’s Garden


3. Bo-Kaap Tour (departures : 2pm – 4:20 pm)

Entering the Bo-kaap is a visual and sensory pleasure as you are surrounded by the aroma of spices and colorful houses.

The colourful houses of the Cape Malay Quarter must be seen to appreciate


  •  The oldest Mosque – Auwal Masjeed
  • The old Tailors House
  • Biesmiellah Cape Malay Restaurant
  • Atlas Spice Trading Centre.

Atlas, situated in the Bo-kaap is where all spice lovers go


Your guides are real passionates, but they only work thanks to be tips. You can also call +27 76 636 9007 for more informations, take a look on their website ( or even look for the hashtag #freetourscapetown