Our Top Day Trips from Cape Town
Cape Town is a fantastic base from which to explore the Western Cape. Whether it is near-by adventures or journeys further afield, there are countless exciting and memorable activities available.
A day tour is a great trip option as you begin and end your day in marvelous Cape Town. Fill the hours in between with visits to spectacular spots in Cape Town’s surrounds.
Here are our four favourite day trips from Cape Town:
A trip around the Cape Peninsula is an ever popular Cape Town day tour. Travel from the city to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Cape Point nature reserve is perfect for nature lovers; the reserve is home to stunning flora and fauna as well as ruggedly dramatic scenery. While here, visit Cape Point - the most south western point in South Africa, take a stroll along Dias Beach, and admire Cape Point Lighthouse either by hiking or taking a trip on the furnicular.
During a tour through the Cape Peninsula, highlights include Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Simon's Town and Boulder’s Beach which is home to colonies of adorable African Penguins.
A Cape Peninsula day trip is filled with breathtaking natural scenery, interesting culture and history. A drive along Chapman’s Peak and through Hout Bay at sunset is the perfect way to end off a spectacular adventure.
Whale Coast and Hermanus
Located 90 minutes from Cape Town, along the Cape Whale Coast Route, is the charming seaside town of Hermanus. The town is famous for being a prime whale watching destination. From July to November, pods of whales migrate along the whale coast, with September- November being the best time for viewing. Visitors are almost guaranteed to see a few spouts, fins and tails! The area also provides the mating and breeding ground for the Southern Right Whale. While watching for whales, keep an eye out for the town Whale Crier and his conch shell!
There are a number of things to see and do while in Hermanus. Embark on the cliff walk along the coastline, explore the town, enjoy the markets, cafes and restaurants – you can even enjoy a meal in a restaurant carved into a cave at Beintang’s Cave.
If you have more time in the area, further away from the center of town, visit Fernkloof Nature Reserve or experience the delicious delights of the Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley.
A day spent enjoying the sights and sampling the tastes of the Cape Winelands is a quintessential experience to have when visiting the Western Cape. South Africa is famed for producing world-class wines and the Cape Winelands are the heart of wine production in the country. Towns such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the perfect destinations for exploring award-winning wineries in the surrounding valleys.
Follow along the various wine routes to experience delicious vintages, excellent hospitality and gourmet food. Stellenbosch is the oldest wine route in the country boasting 148 wine farms. Franschhoek is a fantastic destination for wine aficionados and foodies as it is a hot spot for fine dining. Franschhoek is also home to the wine tram – a unique way to explore the Franschhoek Wine Valley.
The combination of dramatic mountain ranges, rolling vineyards and historical Cape Dutch architecture make the Cape Winelands one of the Western Cape’s most popular attractions.
The Western Cape’s West Coast offers travelers a quiet, scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Made up of a number of small, quaint towns and villages, travellers can wind their way along the coast for a great, scenic day trip.
As you begin your road trip up the coast, make sure you have your camera for the fantastic views of Table Mountain in Blouberg and Table View. Make stops at Melkbosstrand and Yzerfontein for relaxed and beautiful beach days perfect for the whole family. Further up the coast, Langebaan has been described as the “jewel of the west coast” and is home to azure blue waters and the Die Strandloper restaurant where visitors can enjoy delicious seafood right on the beach. Another great destination is Paternoster which is a small fishing village bordered by stretches of sandy beach and deep blue ocean. The white houses dotted along the shore seem as if they belong on a Greek island!
When spring begins to arrive, the West Coast is bursts into colour as the wildflowers bloom. Visit from August to September to see fields and fields of wildflowers. The West Coast National Park, bordering Langebaan, is a splendid spot to admire the flowers and the stunning surroundings. Just outside the West Coast National Park is the West Coast Fossil Park which is a great destination for family fun.
For something different from the coastal route, head Inland to the charming towns of Darling, Hopefield and Clanwilliam.
Looking to go on your own adventure? Start planning the perfect Cape Town Holiday today!