By Catherine Fulton
Are you looking for a place to get some fresh air, but don’t want to spend that already-poor student
budget? Varity has compiled a list of the top 5 free things to see and do, and none of them require much
muscle! These activities are a better alternative to sitting behind the computer all day. Sun’s out, Gun’s
out, time for some healthy, good fun!
Ardene Gardens can be described as the student alternative to Kirstenbosch. Established in 1845, it was
founded by a timber merchant called Ralph Henry Arderne, who was originally from Cheshire, England.
The park has a very diverse range of trees, plants and flowers, and now officially includes one of the
largest trees in South Africa: the vast Moreton Bay Fig. This park is conveniently close by to the UCT
student, as it is situated in Claremont – just a Jammie stop away. Tip: pack a picnic to make the walk
Swings at Sea Point promenade
Sea Point’s Promenade is more than just a beautiful view. With its wide range of outdoor jungle gym,s
you can get in touch with your inner child and go wild. Or, if you are looking for a more serious workout,
you can even try out the outdoor gym along the way. This walk is not only targeted to gym bunnies, but
is also great for those with an interest in art, as there are many creative and interactive exhibits along
the way. Best part? Its free, and just a hop away from the beach! Tip: The paving is perfect for bikes,
roller blades or skateboards too!
Greenpoint Urban Park
This place is perfect for all kinds of people, adults and children alike. This biodiversity garden is perfect
for your inner botanist, as it features 25 000 indigenous plants,! With its playgrounds, outdoor gym,
picnic tables and beautiful lawns, it is perfect for a whole day adventure. What is great about this place
is that it encourages healthy outdoor activities; you can bring along some outdoor toys such as soccer
balls or tennis! Tip: This place is perfect for birthday parties; even shady picnic spots are on offer if the
sun is not your thing.
Domestic Animal Rescue Group: Walk some doggies.
DARG is a perfect place to ‘feel good and do good’. This local animal shelter is situated in Hout Bay, just
around the corner from beautiful hiking spots and beaches. Walk the dogs or pet the cats, and just enjoy
some good furry company. It’s a great way to have fun and make a difference – all at the same time! Tip:
Bring a group of friends and combine a doggie bag food donation.