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Boys gone wild can enjoy these Cape Town day trips for the price of a few tjops…    

Cape Town is known for all the nook-and-cranny hangouts with great day trip options for bros on a budget.

Cape Comoot, a newly launched transport service, offers one-way trips from Green Market Square to Cape Point or Franschhoek from R99, which means you and your buddies can enjoy the fun responsibly without breaking the bank. Before you set out, you can grab a New York style brekki on Bree Street from Max Bagels, open from 8am. Fairly new, but no less delicious, the shop serves bagels filled with both classic and gourmet toppings. Grab a breakfast bagel and a cup of freshly roasted coffee, with plenty of time left for a stroll to Greenmarket Square, where the Cape Comoot umbrellas can be easily spotted.

  1. Nature guys at Cape Point

Cape Point is steeped in history and ghost ships disguised as funny little rail carts, so you will find some of the best activities in and around the south. The ‘Flying Dutchman’ Funicular is named after the famous ghost ship. These little carts choo-choo your pals all the way from the car park up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse, which is one of the best spots to visit at Cape Point. Note: Cape Point forms part of SA Parks so there will be an entrance fee of R135 per adult.

  • Hiking: If you have some pep in your step, there are many short but striking trails in the area. Check out capepoint.co.za for a description of the trails available.
  • Food and souvenirs: Grab a takeaway sandwich or pizza or go to the restaurant for a seated meal and view of False Bay. Don’t forget to grab a memento for the people back at home from the souvenir shop.
  • Be aware of bad@ss baboons in the area that like to steal food – a lot! Don’t eat in the open fynbos or you might find yourself in an argy-bargy over a chocolate bar with a guy who has bigger teeth than you.
  1. Wine and dine or beer and baskets

Some guys are not all that keen on nature, so Cape Comoot also provides a route to Franschhoek.

  • It’s tram time: The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover that there is a lot more to Franschhoek than people think. A mix of tram and tram-buses takes you on a loop of stops allowing you and your bros freedom of choice. Each tramline is colour coded and ticket prices vary, so check out the website for more details.
  • Manning up in Franschhoek: We encourage you to wine it up here, but if you’d prefer an ice-cold pint, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (which is accessible by tram) offers some of the best microbrews in the province.
  • The Man Wine-Xercise: If you like a bit of exercise between activity spots, it really is a lovely town to hop on a bicycle and get in some cardio. The bike rental shop is a three-minute walk up the road towards the direction the bus came in, on the same side as the tram ticket office. In the bicycle shop, you can get a map of the area and recommendations on which wine farms are closest to town.

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