If you want to explore Cape Town on a budget, yet still learn about the city’s celebrated architecture and history, you need to go on a free Nielsen Walking Tour.
We’ll be up front, the tour isn’t completely free — the certified tour guides work exclusively off tips.
Guests are able to decide what the tour is worth and pay the knowledgeable guides a fair tip for their high quality help.
It’s still about as cheap as you’re going to get in Cape Town (and you should be tipping anyway).
There are two versions of the tour, a historic city tour, and a tour around beautiful Bo-Kaap.
The historic city tour start on the corner of Wale Street and St Georges Mall (across from St. Georges Cathedral), then heads to the Parliament building, City Hall, The Slave Lodge, Company Gardens and more.
The Bo-Kaap Walking tour takes you through the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood to see the oldest mosque in Cape Town, Bree Street, and the Atlas Spice Trading Center.
Sometimes this version of the tour stops to get some delicious local beers.
Tours run 365 days a year, twice daily, and begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Each guide has their own love for Cape Town, with unique stories, routes, and experiences to share, making each tour different from day to day.
If you liked it the first time, you should definitely go back for a different experience, some exercise, and some more valuable information.