Celebrate your birthday for free in SA

Your birthday is special occasion, so why not spoil yourself? Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, compiles of lists of spots that offer birthday discounts and freebies in South Africa.

Free cable car ride up Table Mountain (Cape Town)

Get a Table Mountain cable car ride for free on your birthday. It’s a saving of R255 per adult (correct as of 9 March 2016). This deal is only valid for those who are 18 years and older. You must also be South African and have valid ID to present at the counter. You need to fill in the registration from on their site which will be added to the Cableway’s Birthday Special database. On the day of your birthday, you will automatically receive a free return ticket for the cable car. Keep in mind that this functionally is still a work in progress. Automated tickets are not yet being generated but feel free to register in the meantime.

Free Coffee from Vida e Caffé (Nationwide)                                                    

If you own a Vida Loyalty Card (sign up is free of charge), you can receive a free cup of caffeine to kick start your birthday. This will save you R20. Ensure that you get your free loyalty card before you birthday, as you won’t qualify if you only present a valid ID.

Free beer experience tour at the Newland’s Brewery (Cape Town)

Visit the Newland’s Brewery on your birthday and enjoy a free beer experience tour (valued at R80 for adults and R50 for pensioners). Advanced bookings are required. Call 021 658 77440 or email newlandstours@za.sabmiller.com. When booking you need to specify your birthday and bring a proof of ID with on your visit (passport/student card). The tour, which takes about an hour (which follows the journey of beer from its beginning as a grain, to its end as a well-crafted, ice-cold treasure), a beer tasting.

Get R100 off your meal at Cape Town Fish Market (Nationwide)

Get your hands on Cape Town Fish Market’s accrue card, free of charge and receive a R100 birthday voucher, which will be uploaded onto your card and is valid for 30 days from the date of your birthday.

Slick restaurant group’s loyalty card (Cape Town)

To enjoy your birthday, the Slick Restaurant Group will issue you R200 birthday voucher on your loyalty card. This special is applicable to those who dine at Gibson’s, Balducci and Balthazar. The voucher will be uploaded onto your card to spend any time during the month of your birthday and is redeemable once during that month. Your card must be used at least four times a year.

Body Shop’s R50 gift voucher (Nationwide)

The Body Shop’s loyalty card holders will get a R50 gift voucher to celebrate their birthday.

Enjoy a birthday meal at JC Brasserie (Cape Town)                                                                                                  

Head over to JC Brasserie and treat yourself to a free drink and meal to the value of R80 on your birthday. Simply present your valid ID and dig into hearty meal.

Spur’s free ice-cream (Nationwide)

Along with Spur’s specials during the week, brace yourself for a very public birthday cheer from the waitrons, along with a bowl of complimentary ice-cream (R16.90) on your special day.

50% Off your treatment at Sorbet (Nationwide)

If you sign up for Sorbet’s loyalty card and choose a treatment worth R200 or more, you get it for half the price.

Piano Bar (Cape Town)

Do you have an avid sweet tooth? Book a table for yourself and those dearest to you at Piano and enjoy a free dessert tapa. This consists of mini choux pastries with a soft chocolate mousse centre, one mini crème brulee and a scoop of ice-cream. T&C’S apply and the special is only valid while stocks last.

Cape Wheel’s free ride (Cape Town)

Fill in an application form on Cape Wheel’s website and receive a free ride voucher (valued at R120) on your birthday. Make sure that you take you printout and ID with you on the day to enjoy the ride. Plus, you also receive a complimentary A3 sized birthday photo when you purchase a photo pack after your ride.

How much you’ll save on your birthday month?

We take a look at the total saving you’d make on your birthday month if you took advantage of all the specials listed above. (We are aware that some of these specials are only available in Cape Town but if you live elsewhere do take note of the nationwide deals available):

Vida é Caffe: R20

Table Mountain: R255

Newland’s Brewery: R80

Cape Town Fish Market: R100

Slick restaurant group:  R200

Body Shop: R50

JC Brassiere: R80

Spur: R16.90

Sorbet: R100

Cape Wheel: R120

Total: R1,021.90

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