Treat yourself to these Free Birthday Specials in Cape Town

Words: Robyn Samuels

The only thing better than getting free stuff is getting free stuff on your birthday!

Turning another year shouldn’t mean having to break the bank. If you live in Cape Town, there are a couple of fun things to do and goodies to enjoy, the best part is that they’re all free of charge. Treat yourself to these free birthday specials in Cape Town.


Explore Sea Life at the Two Oceans Aquarium


There’s so much to explore in Cape Town and the Two Oceans Aquarium is a good place to start. Get up close and personal with sea creatures, from jellyfish to sting rays and great white sharks. This amazing birthday offer is valid on the day of your birthday or you could claim your free visit up to six days after your special day.

Location: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Contact: 021 418 3823 | Email
Offer Valid: On your birthday and up to 6 days after your birthday.
Good to Know: Only applicable to South African citizens with a valid ID. Present your valid ID to claim your free day pass.
*For more information on the Two Oceans Aquarium, you can learn more about their conservation work or become a volunteer

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Ride the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Of all the free things to do on your birthday, this is probably the most popular among locals. It’s Capetonian tradition to visit Table Mountain on your birthday. All South African citizens get a free ride on the aerial cable car during their birthday month. Ascend Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the Cape, from Robben’s Island to The Atlantic.

Location: Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve)
Contact: 021 424 0015 | Email
Hours: First ride up: 08h00 | Last ride up: 20h00 | Last ride down: 21h00
Offer Valid: Collect and redeem your free birthday cableway ticket on any day of the calendar month in which your birthday falls, even if it’s before your actual birthday.
Good to Know: Check the weather forecast ahead of your visit, it can get pretty cold at the top of the mountain, take a warm jacket with. If you’re driving there, arrive earlier as parking might be limited.
*Birthday special applicable to SA citizens upon proof of ID/birth certificate or driver’s license. Children need to present a birth certificate. For more info on this birthday special read here.

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Feel the Adrenaline at the Adventure Sky-HI Ride at Hotel Sky


There’s nothing like a free-fall to make you feel alive. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted but adrenaline junkies will love this free birthday special in Cape Town. Visit Hotel Sky for a gravity-defying experience. The Sky-Hi ride reaches up to 100 km per hour, and if that’s not exhilarating enough, you descend from epic heights – the hotel’s 28th floor, or 146 metres above the Cape Town City Bowl, to be exact. Tickets are free on your birthday, make sure to book on WebTickets and use your SA ID number as verification. You can also get a video of yourself and relive the moment for only fifty bucks.

Location: 28th Floor, Hotel Sky, 9 Lower Long St
Contact: 021 879 5040 | Email
Offer Valid: Free on your birthday or for your birthday month | Book here
Good to Know: The recording costs R50 | R200 pp if it’s not your bday

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Free Movie at The Galileo Open Air Cinema


Treat yourself to a free movie on your birthday at one of Cape Town’s star-studded locations. The Galileo Open Air Cinema is the perfect way to celebrate a relaxed evening, with popcorn in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Visit any one of their partner locations from Kirstenbosch Gardens to the Cape Winelands, to claim your free birthday ticket. This free birthday special is valid during the week of your birthday. You can watch any show, excluding special shows.

Locations: All partner venues
Contact: 071 471 8728 | Email | Movie Line-up & Ticket Bookings
Offer Valid: Week of your birthday | Standard tickets are R129 pp
Good to Know: Doors open from 18h00 on weekdays and 17h00 on Saturdays. Screenings only start after sunset, but arrive earlier to claim a good spot and snacks beforehand.

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Discover Amazing Art at the Zeitz Museum


Be artsy for a day, and visit Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Engage with stellar art exhibitions, featuring some of Africa’s most talented contemporary artists. It’s a lovely way to celebrate your birthday if you’re in Cape Town. Ticket prices start at R230 but if it’s your birthday month, admission is free on any given day of your birthday month, excluding Mondays. If you would like to take a friend with you, they will also be granted free access, provided it’s a Wednesday.

Location: Zeitz MOCAA, Silo District, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
Offer Valid: Any day of your birthday month from Tues-Sun between 10h00–18h00
Good to Know: Free access for South African ID and African passport holders on Wednesdays between 10h00–13h00 | Free access for under 18s (with proof of SA ID)

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Free Drink at Starbucks for Rewards Members


If you’re a Starbucks regular, you’re in luck! Starbucks Rewards members have the benefit of enjoying a complimentary drink on the day of their birthday. To claim your handcrafted beverage at one of their stores, rewards members have to earn gold status, this also means you get invites to exclusive events. Read more about this awesome birthday special here.

Location: Find a store near you
Contact: Location-dependent
Offer Valid: On the day of your birthday
Good to Know: Only Starbucks Rewards members can claim this birthday special.

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Loyalty Card Holders


Not that into birthday cake, how about yummy doughnuts? Treat yourself and your friends and family to Krispy Kreme doughnuts. If you download the app, you can claim a buy one, get one free deal at Krispy Kreme. All you have to do is buy a dozen of their Original Glazed Doughnuts and the other dozen is on them!

Location: Find a store near you
Contact: Location-dependent
Offer Valid: Day of birthday
Good to Know: Only redeemable if you download the app 48 hours before your birthday.

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Cycle on the Sea Point Promenade with UpCycles


Enjoy the sweet side of life and take a ride on the Sea Point Promenade, or at any one of these locations. Up Cycles have a birthday special where you can rent a bike for one hour on your birthday. We can’t imagine a better way to spend a birthday than taking lovely bike ride with the ocean in view. If it’s a sunny day, you could grab a scoop at one of these ice cream spots afterwards. Be sure to have your proof of identification ready to confirm your date of birth – showing your Facebook account is sadly not acceptable.

Locations: Sea Point Promenade | Silo District, V&A Waterfront | Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Contact: 074 100 9161 | 076 135 2223 | Email
Offer Valid: Only on your birthday
Good to Know: Wear comfortable plants, the last thing you want is to rip your pants and show your birthday suit to innocent bystanders.

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Complimentary Cake and Coffee at Mugg & Bean


It’s not a birthday celebration if you’re not stuffing your face with cake, now is it? Every year, on your birthday you can get a complimentary cake and coffee at any Mugg & Bean store. To claim your free slice and cappuccino, all you have to do is download the Mugg & Bean Loyalty App. Don’t you just love getting free things on your birthday?

Locations: Find a branch near you
Contact: Email
Offer Valid: Only on your birthday
Good to Know: Make sure you sign & register to the app first, as you will use the reward points to claim your cake and coffee.

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Prefer homemade cake for your bday? Try your hand at this Ultimate Rainbow Sprinkle Cake or this Vanilla Funfetti Sheet Cake.

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