Road trips are a brilliant way to spend one’s weekend and there is no shortage of destinations for those fortunate enough to call the Western Cape their home.
Apart from the more obvious attractions in and around Cape Town, there are a number of unexplored gems throughout the province to satisfy the curiosity of any would-be traveler traversing the varied terrain of the Cape.
Five Best Places for a Road Trip in the Western Cape
A brilliant place for those fond of rock climbing and hiking, the Cederberg Mountains are located a short two hour drive from Cape Town and are perfect for those looking to rent a car and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of the areas main attractions is the impressive rock art spread across the mountainous region, offering visitors an insightful glimpse into the pre-historic inhabitants of Southern Africa.
Located just a two-hour drive from Cape Town up the west coast, Paternoster is a small fishing village that has a population of just under 2,000 inhabitants. It is the perfect place to take a load off and escape the hustle and bustle of the mother city.
Colourful boats and Whitewashed houses are the trademark of Paternoster, which experiences its busiest season during its local seafood festival in the November when tourists flock to the small town and indulge in the brilliant food sold by the locals.
The sleepy seaside town of Hermanus is famous for its whale watching and attracts a number of visitors each year during September, when it hosts its annual whale festival.
It has a reputation as being one of the best places in the country to watch the annual migration of the Southern right whale, who return in their numbers to Walker Bay in late September through early October.
One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Franschoek was founded by the French Hugenots in 1688 and has a remarkable history to explore. As an ode to the town’s heritage, Franschoek celebrates the popular Bastille Day annually ever since the end of apartheid in 1994.
Franschoek is also one of the richest wine regions in the Western Cape and has a brilliant array of guesthouses and restaurants suitable to anybody hoping to rest after a long day on the road.
Just a short drive from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is not only a vibrant university town with lots to do, the surrounding area is also one of the main wine-producing regions in South Africa.
Cheese and wine tasting is a popular pastime in Stellenbosch and the town is home to some of the major brands of South African wine as well as some of the smaller boutique farms, offering a plethora of options to any wine-lovers.