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Improbable day journeys from Cape City

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There are lots of nice locations to go to as a day journey from Cape City for any traveler be it an adventurous traveler, a household with youngsters, or a honeymoon couple. From unimaginable climbing routes to breathtaking scenic drives, from famend wine routes to various wildlife, it’s going to by no means disappoint you simply have to decide on the fitting place for you. There are lots of unimaginable things to do in Cape City and among the recommended day journeys are undoubtedly to incorporate in your bucket-list.

Greatest locations to remain in Cape City

There are lots of lodges, hostels, and guesthouses in Cape City for any funds. My major recommendation right here is to remain at a spot close to town heart (Lengthy Avenue, Bree Avenue), V&A Waterfront, or Inexperienced Level these are one of the best areas to remain for exploring town.

Superb climbing day journeys from Cape City

Crystal Swimming pools, Steenbras River, Gordons Bay

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 60 km
  • Required time to finish the route (excluding the driving time) – 2-Three hours.
  • Greatest months – November to April
  • Entrance payment – ZAR 100/US$ (conservation payment – ZAR 75, climbing allow ZAR 25). 
  • Problem stage – easy-moderate

A hidden gem close to Cape City with an attractive climbing path and implausible pure swimming pools nice for a refreshing swim after the hike. The path is a few 5 km return. There are a few swimming pools you may cease on the first or proceed strolling all the way in which to the final one. The path follows a rocky path with occasional boulders. It’s well-marked and has a gradual ascent on the way in which to the swimming pools. It’s an ideal place to return for a day, convey snacks, water, and towels with you. The surroundings alongside the path and on the swimming pools is wonderful; huge boulders, mountains, fynbos, and naturally refreshing rocky swimming pools.

The hike must be booked not less than 2 days prematurely. The variety of each day guests is restricted to 50. In case you determine to do the hike over the December holidays I’d extremely advocate reserving a few weeks beforehand. E mail for reservations – [email protected]. It’s potential to do a guided hike in Crystal Swimming pools that features transportation permits, a information, and lunch.

Mountaineering within the Crystal Swimming pools might be mixed with a street journey to Cape Agulhas, or whale watching in Hermanus.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch

  • Distance from Cape City – 60 km
  • Required time – from 2 to eight hours relying on the path
  • Greatest months – October to April. In the summertime months December to February, it’s really useful to begin climbing early within the morning earlier than it will get too sizzling particularly if you happen to’re planning on doing one of many longer routes.
  • Entrance payment – ZAR 50/US$ adults, ZAR 30/US$ youngsters.
  • Problem stage – straightforward to tough relying on the route

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is a shocking place close to Stellenbosch even the drive there may be lovely. Mountaineering right here is one in every of our favourite things to do in Stellenbosch. There are a number of climbing routes contained in the reserve from brief and straightforward walks appropriate for the entire household to lengthy and difficult trails for comparatively match folks.

Tweede Waterfall is a simple 6 km return path from alongside the river; Swartboskloo to Sosyskloo stroll is one other straightforward 6 km route appropriate for households with youngsters; Panorama Circuit, a difficult 17 km steep path that provides gorgeous views of the world and Swartboskloof Path one other lengthy and difficult 18 km route for nice views. In case you’re planning on doing one of many lengthy routes ensure that to convey sufficient water and snacks or sandwiches.   

Green mountains and rocky peaks in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a great place for a day trip from Cape Town
The surroundings on the Panorama route in Jonkershoek, probably the greatest locations for a climbing day journey from Cape City

Limietberg Nature Reserve, Rawsonville

  • Distance from Cape City – 80 km
  • Required time – 5-6 hours
  • Greatest months – October – December, March – April. It will get actually sizzling right here in January and February and in contrast to Cape City, this space doesn’t get contemporary sea breeze in summer time.
  • Conservation payment – ZAR 50/US$ adults, ZAR 30/US$ youngsters.
  • Problem stage – straightforward to reasonable

Limietberg Nature Reserve is one other hidden gem close to Cape City. There are a number of day hikes within the reserve that take guests by means of fynbos vegetation with implausible views of the Du Toitskloof Mountains to pure rocky swimming pools and secret waterfalls the place hikers can take pleasure in a refreshing swim and a picnic.

There are 5 trails: Bobbejaans River Path – 16 km; Comfortable Valley Path – 18 km; Krom River Path – 14 km (our favourite route right here); Eland River Path – 14 km and Rockhopper Path – 16 km. All trails aside from the Rockhopper Path and the final a part of the Krom River Path are comparatively straightforward and appropriate for households with youngsters. It’s the one path that begins and finishes at completely different spots you’ll want two vehicles or a experience to get again to your automobile. Krom River Path is our favourite right here, the rocky swimming pools and the waterfalls on the finish of it are very lovely. The paths begin at completely different areas it’s higher to determine which one you wish to hike earlier than you begin driving. 

Mountaineering in Limietberg Nature Reserve might be mixed with scenic drives over Du Toitskloof Move or Bainskloof Move (or each) and with wine tasting within the Breedekloof Valley.

A natural pool with a small waterfall on the Krom River trail near Rawsonville
A rocky pool on the finish of the Krom River Path close to Rawsonville.

Harold Porter Botanical Backyard, Rooiels

  • Distance from Cape City – 90 km
  • Required time – 2 to five hours relying on the path
  • Greatest months – October to April
  • Entrance payment – ZAR 30 adults, ZAR12 youngsters (underneath 6 yo free).
  • Problem stage – easy-moderate

Harold Porter Botanical Backyard and the encompassing space is a superb place to return for a day from Cape City. There are a number of routes from straightforward walks within the lovely backyard to longer and tougher hikes up the mountains to the pure swimming pools and hidden waterfalls. Three major trails are Disa Kloof Path, a simple 1-hour return stroll, Zig Zag Path takes guests to the look-out level up the hill, and Leopards Kloof Path, probably the most difficult route on a slim path with occasional ladders.

The Backyard itself could be very nice with many lovely vegetation and flowers even if you happen to’re not planning on doing critical climbing right here it’s a pleasant cease on the way in which if you happen to’re driving in direction of Hermanus, Cape Agulhas, or beginning your Backyard Route street journey. The backyard has a pleasant espresso store/restaurant and a few picnic spots. 

Suicide gorge & Riviersonderend Kloofing Trails, Grabouw 

  • Distance from Cape City – 90 km
  • Required time – 9 hours for Suicide Gorge, 7-Eight hours for Riviersonderend Path
  • Greatest months – November to April
  • Problem stage – tough – Suicide Gorge, moderate-difficult – Riviersonderend Path

These two kloofing journey trails begin on the similar place, about 20 km north of Grabouw. The Riviersonderend Path is a a lot better different for individuals who are by no means achieved kloofing earlier than. The climbing half is about 7,5 km return, the kloofing part within the center has a number of swimming pools, the best cliff for leaping is 7 m. There are just a few swimming pools the place leaping is the one choice for getting down. 

The second trails the Suicide Gorge is an journey not for the faint-hearted or those that are afraid of heights. The climbing half is about 17 km and it’s the simplest a part of this route. Leaping and sliding from cliffs into rocky swimming pools is one other much more thrilling and a bit scary at first. The best soar right here is 14 m! The kloofing half entails fairly a little bit of swimming as effectively. For first-timers, it’s extremely really useful to do the path with someone who’s achieved it earlier than or with a information. You have to be assured after leaping off the primary cliff there will probably be no turnaround you’ll should go on until the top. 

For each trails, you’ll want a dry-bag to place your stuff in to verify nothing will get moist. If you wish to take images or movies GoPro is the best choice right here. The paths are positioned near one in every of our favourite dog-friendly campsites – Khomeesdrif, you may mix a weekend tenting with kloofing.

Wine tasting journeys from Cape City

Constantia wine route

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 18 km from Cape City metropolis heart
  • When to go to – Monday to Thursday if you wish to skip the crowds
  • Common value – ZAR 75-100/US$ for tasting as much as 5 wines

Constantia wine route is the closest to town heart place for wine tasting. It’s an ideal choice for individuals who don’t really feel like driving too far. The Constantia Valley is a shocking place with lovely surroundings and among the oldest wine estates within the nation. There are 15 wine farms in Constantia Valley which suggests in at some point you may simply go to ⅓ of them. You may drive your self or be a part of one of many wine excursions that embody resort pick-up and drop-off. In case you’re up for an journey you are able to do a biking wine tour by means of the valley.

Groot Constantia is the one to not miss right here. It’s the oldest wine farm in South Africa and one of many oldest within the Southern Hemisphere. Klein Constantia and Constantia Glen are two extra farms I’d advocate together with in your listing. Most farms within the valley do wine tasting with out prior association. You may mix tasting with lunch at one of many estates, most of them have nice eating places on their premises.

You may mix wine tasting in Constantia with driving across the Cape Peninsula, or browsing in Muizenberg. In case you journey with youngsters earlier than or after the tasting take them to Boulder’s Seaside to see cute African penguins or do a ship tour from Hout Bay to see playful seals.   

Durbanville wine route

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 30 km from Cape City metropolis heart
  • When to go to – Tuesday to Friday to skip the crowds, on weekends it will get very busy. Tasting rooms are closed on Mondays.
  • Tasting instances – 10am to 4pm.
  • Common value – ZAR 50-70/US$ for wine tasting (5-6 wines), ZAR 90-120/US$ for pairing (wine and chocolate, ice cream, nougat, and so forth.).

One other wine route positioned not removed from town heart. Unlikely the Constantia Valley Durbanville space is neglected by worldwide vacationers however it’s a nice space to return for a day wine tasting journey from Cape City. A lot of the guests listed below are locals that always come right here on weekends with households and associates. There are 12 farms in Durbanville that provide wine tasting. Most wine tastings in Durbanville embody 5-6 wines or Three if it’s a reserve assortment. To be trustworthy with so many wines to style we at all times go to solely two estates at a time fortunately we stay close by, it’s only a brief drive. We often share one tasting; it’s greater than sufficient for 2 folks (10-12 wines between two farms) contemplating that we nonetheless should drive again dwelling.

Many farms right here have good playgrounds and a few leisure areas for kids. In case you journey with younger children Durbanville is likely to be a greater choice for you than Constantia although I, personally choose the second for its unimaginable surroundings.

Wine and chocolate pairing at Durbanville on a day trip from Cape Town
Wine and chocolate pairing at Durbanville Hills, an ideal begin of a wine tasting day journey from Cape City

Stellenbosch wine farms

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 50 km
  • When to go to – in summer time months (particularly in December and January) Monday to Friday if you wish to skip weekend crowds. Saturdays and Sundays if you wish to go to native meals markets.
  • Common value – ZAR 75/US$5 per tasting (3-5 wines)

Stellenbosch might be probably the most well-known wine space in South Africa. With greater than 150 farms, it’s tough to beat it by the quantity or by the standard of wines. If some wine route like Franschhoek, for my part, is extra of a romantic/special day factor, wine tasting in Stellenbosch is nice for anyone; households, a gaggle of associates, or perhaps a single traveler. You simply have to seek out the fitting wine farms for you. In case you don’t wish to drive your self you may be a part of one of many wine tasting excursions from Cape City that embody decide up and drop off at your resort/home. Another choice is to make use of hop-on-hop-off wine buses that depart from Stellenbosch. You may select one of many three routes: Northern Route Wine route, Southern Route Wine route, or Easter Route Wine route.

In addition to wine tasting, there are numerous different actions round Stellenbosch from climbing in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and mountain biking one of many trails to off-road driving, visiting the historic museum, having fun with an attractive sculpture backyard. 

A green wine valley surrounded by the mountains in Stellenbosch, a great place for a wine tasting trip from Cape Town
Gorgeous surroundings on the Stellenbosch wine route, an ideal place for a day journey from Cape City

Franschhoek wine estates

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 80 km
  • When to go to – Monday to Saturday, some wine farms and eating places are closed on Sundays. In case you come on Saturday you may go to the native meals market within the city.
  • Common value – ZAR 75/US$5 per tasting (3-5 wines).

Franschhoek Valley is my favourite place to return for wine tasting. For the reason that first time my husband introduced me right here, I fell in love with this charming city and the picturesque environment. Franschhoek is a superb place to return for a romantic weekend getaway from Cape City. Right here yow will discover all you want for an ideal weekend – nice wine, scrumptious meals, and gorgeous surroundings. We at all times have fun our wedding ceremony anniversary and Valentine’s Day right here.

You may drive to Franschhoek your self, be a part of a wine tour from Cape City, or discover the world using a hop-on-hop-off wine tram. An enormous benefit of the final two choices is that you simply don’t have to fret about ingesting and driving you may take a look at as many wines as you need. Franschhoek wine tram is a singular method of doing a wine tasting. The tram leaves from the city. There are Eight completely different routes every goes to 5-7 wine farms the place you may get off the tram, style wine, and have lunch. You may drive to Franschhoek your self and get on the tram there or take a tour from Cape City that features a return shuttle to your resort and a tram ticket.

Wine tasting is just not the one exercise there are numerous different things to do in Franschhoek that will probably be fascinating for the entire household. You may drive over the Franschhoek Move, go on a brief hike in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, go to the Motor Museum with an ideal assortment of previous vehicles, discover ways to make chocolate, and lots of different fascinating things.

Breedekloof wine route, Rawsonville

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 90 km
  • When to go to – Monday to Saturday, wine farms are closed on Sundays 
  • Common value – most farms do tasting without cost

If you need to select just one wine route in Cape City to do the tasting I’d counsel sticking to Constantia, Stellenbosch, or Franschhoek. In case you’ve already visited all the key wine areas round Mom Metropolis and on the lookout for extra off the overwhelmed observe experiences then the Breedekloof wine route is an effective different. The route is located within the picturesque Breede Valley close to Rawsonville. A lot of the wine farms are open for tasting with no prior appointment. Not like on the favored wine routes, many farms on this space nonetheless supply free tasting, some don’t cost for tasting if you happen to purchase a bottle of wine. There are some actually spectacular wine estates that produce nice wines and have a restaurant on the premises the place you may take pleasure in lunch.  

Endless vineyards at one of the wine estates on the Breedekloof wine route
Breedekloof wine route, an off-the-beaten-track place to return for a wine tasting day journey from Cape City

Greatest day journeys to see wildlife

Seals at Hout Bay

  • Greatest time to return – anytime, November – December if you wish to see seal cubs. 
  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 20 km
  • Seal tour costs – snorkeling ZAR 450/US$, seal cruise ZAR 110/US$

This small city simply km outdoors Cape City is likely one of the greatest locations within the metropolis to see sea lions. You may simply see them on the harbor; there are at all times a few seals swimming round fishermen’s boats on the lookout for leftovers. For a detailed encounter go on a ship tour that may take you to Duiker Island the place you may see tons of of seals.

If you wish to work together with these playful creatures you may go snorkeling with them. Don’t fear it’s not intrusive in any method seals are usually not attracted by the meals they strategy out of curiosity. As quickly as they see snorkelers within the water they arrive and begin swimming round them. Water temperature at Hout bay is between 10°C and 13°C you’ll want a wetsuit for snorkeling. In case you be a part of a snorkeling tour your operator will present all the required gear.

Many seals on the rocky Duiker Island near Hout Bay, a great place for a wild life day trip from Cape Town
Snorkeling with Cape fur seals from Hout Bay is a tremendous day journey from Cape City

Penguins at Boulders Seaside, Simon’s City

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 40 km
  • Greatest time to return – between December and February there are numerous vacationers at Boulders particularly over the weekends, ensure that to return right here early.
  • Working hours – winter (April – September) from 8am to 5pm, summer time (October – November and February – March) from 8am to six.30pm, the height season (December and January) from 8am to 7.30pm.
  • Admission payment – foreigners ZAR 170/US$ adults, ZAR 85/US$ youngsters, South Africans ZAR 40/US$ adults, ZAR 20/US$ youngsters. 

Boulders Seaside is likely one of the vacationers’ favourite locations in Cape City. It’s an attractive white sand seaside surrounded by huge boulders with many cute African penguins strolling round. Boulders Seaside is a must-include in your Cape City bucket listing if you happen to journey with youngsters they’ll take pleasure in it loads. You may go for a swim right here if you happen to’re not afraid of chilly water. A go to to this seaside might be achieved as part of a day street journey from Cape City across the Cape Peninsula. In case you don’t really feel like driving your self you may be a part of a half-day tour from Cape City to Boulders Seaside.

Cape Level Nationwide Park, Cape Peninsula

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 70 km
  • One of the best time to go to – November to April, it will get very windy in summer time. In December – January on weekends the park could be very busy, you might need to attend on the gate for some time.
  • Working hours – each day from 8am to 4pm
  • Admission payment – foreigners ZAR 340/US$ adults, ZAR 170/US$ youngsters, South Africans ZAR 85 adults, ZAR 40 youngsters. 

Cape Level Nationwide Park is one in every of our favourite locations, it affords among the greatest surroundings in Cape City, it’s a bucket listing place to incorporate into your Cape City itinerary. One can simply spend the entire day right here exploring the world. There are a number of not-to-miss sights right here equivalent to Dias Seaside, a white-sand seaside surrounded by the cliffs, New Lighthouse, Cape of Good Hope, Flying Dutch funicular, and a number of other tide swimming pools and view-points. There are a number of climbing trails and boardwalks that take you to probably the most spectacular lookout factors and even previous shipwrecks if you happen to comply with one of many Shipwrecks trails. 

Mountaineering round Cape Level you might have possibilities to see some wild animals equivalent to mongooses, zebras, ostriches, porcupines, tortoises, chameleons, and so forth. My recommendation in case you have time after visiting the principle a part of the park drive away to quieter areas your possibilities to see wildlife there are a lot larger. 

There are a number of day excursions from Cape City to Cape Level. In case you’re into images you would possibly benefit from the Cape Level Instagram tour. For outside lovers, there’s a nice different to sitting within the automobile – discover Cape Level on an electrical bike tour.

A tortoise crawling through the bush at Cape Point Nature Reserve
A tortoise at Cape Level Nationwide Park, one in every of our favourite locations close to Cape City to spend a day

Penguins at Stony Level, Betty’s Bay

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 90 km
  • Working hours – each day from 8am to 4pm
  • Admission payment – ZAR 25/US$ adults, ZAR 15/US$ youngsters

Stony Level Nature Reserve is one other great spot to see cute African penguins. The seaside right here is just not as picturesque as at Boulders but it surely’s far much less touristy and often, you may see extra penguins right here. Picket boardwalks take guests alongside the coast. Rocks and boulders are lined with tons of of penguins. You may see them swimming, strolling throughout boardwalks, and nesting.

If you wish to study extra in regards to the penguin conservation mission you may go to Gansbaai Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, 90 km from Stony Level. It’s a small heart the place injured penguins get rehabilitated earlier than being launched again into the wild. They do each day penguin feeding at 3pm. There’s a good cafe the place you may take pleasure in a cup of espresso with a cake whereas watching penguins and a memento store on the sanctuary.

A go to to Stony Level might be mixed with whale watching in Hermanus and a street journey alongside the coast. 

Many African penguins on the rocks at Stony Point, South Africa
Tons of of African penguins at Stony Level close to Betty’s Bay

Whale watching in Hermanus

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 120 km
  • Greatest time to return – July to October when Southern proper whales come right here for mating and calving.
  • Boat tour costs – from ZAR 1000 per individual (together with switch from Cape City).

Hermanus and Gansbaai are one of the best locations in South Africa to see Southern Proper whales. Your possibilities of seeing them within the peak season are very excessive. It’s potential to see them from the shore however for a detailed encounter go on a whale-watching boat tour. If you wish to see calf whales, August and September are one of the best months for whale watching in Hermanus. On a pleasant day, you may see a number of mother-calf pairs. Exterior the Southern Proper whale season, you may see seals, sharks, dolphins, penguins, and occasional Bridal whales. If you wish to see one of the vital well-known water predators on the planet, the nice white shark you may mix a whale watching tour with shark cage diving in Gansbaai.

There are different things to do in Hermanus apart from whale watching. It’s an attractive city well-known for its nice eating places the place you may attempt contemporary seafood and fish and nice wine estates. On a day journey from Cape City to Hermanus, you may see marine animals, take pleasure in scrumptious meals, and style native wines.

A couple of Southern Right whale in the water near Hermanus
Southern proper whales from a ship at Hermanus, one of the best place for a whale-watching journey close to Cape City

Safari in Aquila Recreation Reserve, Worcester

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 175 km
  • Greatest time to return – early morning or night (after sundown) when it’s not too sizzling and predators are extra lively. 
  • Safari costs – from ZAR 2000/US$ per individual together with a return switch from Cape City, a 3-hour safari drive and lunch.

Aquila Personal Recreation Reserve is simply a 2-hour drive from Cape City, it’s the closest to the Mom Metropolis safari park the place you may see the well-known African Massive 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard). In addition to the massive 5, there are numerous different animals to see right here equivalent to hippos, zebras, giraffes, completely different African antelopes, and extra. The reserve is very large and occupies 10 000 hectares. Safari drives listed below are 100% wild experience with a contact of luxurious. You may mix a safari drive with enjoyable at an area spa.

There are a number of methods to discover the reserve from self-drives to quad bike/horseback safaris and a helicopter fly-in. Another choice is to affix a day tour from Cape City that features transportation out of your resort, entrance tickets, a sport drive, and lunch.

Stunning one-day street journeys from Cape City

Cape Peninsula scenic drive

Driving route: Cape City – Camps Bay – Hout Bay – Noordhoek – Kommetjie – Cape Level Nationwide Park – Simon’s City – Muizenberg – Cape City

  • Whole distance – 144 km
  • Greatest time for the drive – November to April. December and January are the most well liked, the windiest months, and the busiest months.

The drive across the Cape Peninsula one in every of our favourite drives in South Africa is an ideal day street journey from Cape City. The surroundings is wonderful and there are numerous lovely locations to cease alongside the route. If you wish to go to Cape Level Nationwide Park, go to penguins at Boulders Seaside and cease for images at colourful seaside cabins in Muizenberg ensure that to begin the drive early to have sufficient time. Begin your day journey with the dawn at Camp Bay and end with the sundown at Muizenberg. This street journey might be achieved with a tour from Cape City that may take you to the principle highlights of the route.

The well-known Chapman’s Peak Drive is probably the most lovely a part of the scenic drive. It’s a 9 km drive between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. There are a few viewpoints alongside the drive the place you may cease for images. It’s a toll street, you’ll should pay ZAR 52/US$ per automobile. Round Noordhoek, there are a few good eating places the place you may cease for breakfast or lunch. 

The coastal scenery on a day scenic drive from Cape Town
A view of Hout Bay from a viewpoint alongside the Chapman’s Peak Drive, probably the most scenic day drive close to Cape City

Cape City to Hermanus street journey

Driving route: Cape City – Gordons Bay – Betty’s Bay – Hermanus – Grabouw – Cape City

  • Whole distance – 260 km
  • Greatest time for the drive – November to April, between Christmas and New Yr the street to Hermanus will get loopy busy, it’s not one of the best time for the drive.

One other unimaginable scenic day-drive alongside the Atlantic coast. Essentially the most lovely a part of the street with some gorgeous look-out factors is between Gordons Bay and Rooiels. Driving right here you usually can see seals, dolphins, and in the fitting season even whales. There are usually not many eating places or espresso outlets alongside the route however there are some wonderful locations to eat round Hermanus. 

You may drive again the identical method alongside the coast or flip inland in direction of Grabow and drive over Sir. Lowry’s Move, the view from the highest of the go is sort of spectacular.

The journey might be mixed with climbing in Harold Porter Botanical backyard, visiting the penguin colony at Stony Level, whale watching in Hermanus, or shark-cage diving in Gansbaai. Although if you happen to determine to do among the talked about actions you need to begin driving early within the morning. 

A beautiful coastal scenery drive from Cape Town
Breathtaking surroundings on a day from from Cape City to Hermanus

West Coast Flower Route

Driving route: Cape City – Melkbosstrand – Grotto Bay – West Coast Nationwide Park (Langebaan) – Cape City

  • Whole distance – 180 km
  • Greatest time for the drive – the flower season between August and September when fields alongside the route are lined in spring flowers.

The West Coast (Namaqualand) fully transforms in spring, often naked and dry after winter rains, the area appears to be like one massive colourful carpet. 1000’s of flowers cowl the fields alongside the coast. West Coast Nationwide Park close to Langebaan is one of the best place to return for a day journey from Cape City to see the well-known Namaqualand in blossom. There are a number of brief climbing trails contained in the reserve. You may spend a few hours exploring the park and taking images. 

Admiring flowers is just not the one exercise on the West Coast. The realm is legendary for its contemporary seafood. The small city of Paternoster, 40 km from Langebaan is one of the best place to attempt it.

Fields covered in flowers along the coast of Namaqualand
The surroundings alongside the West Coast through the flower season

Greatest meals markets & fruit farms to go to from Cape City

Polkadraai Strawberry Farm, Stellenbosch

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 40 km
  • Working hours – September to January each day from 9am to 4pm

An enormous strawberry farm the place the entire household can come to choose berries. In fact, you should purchase strawberries on the grocery store but it surely’s positive extra enjoyable particularly for kids to get a basket and fill it with berries your self. Costs depend upon the dimensions of the basket and begin from ZAR 40/US$ . There are lots of different actions for kids on the farm e.g. pony and tractor using, playground, crafts, and so forth.

Root 44 Market, Stellenbosch

  • Distance from Cape City (a method) – 45 km
  • Working hours – Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am

Route 44 is one in every of our favourite markets in Cape City. It’s an ideal place to return on weekends to satisfy up with family and friends. Its vibrant vibe and scrumptious meals make it an ideal weekend day journey from Cape City. You may simply mix the market with the strawberry farm; each locations are located very shut.

Spice Route, Paarl

  • Distance from Cape City – 57 km
  • When to go – each day from 9am to 5pm. On summer time weekends, December holidays, and at Easter, it will get extraordinarily busy right here. 

Doing a day journey to Spice Route is a superb choice for individuals who don’t wish to drive round loads visiting completely different wine farms and eating places. It’s an ideal day journey choice for households with youngsters. At Spice Route, yow will discover the whole lot; wine, beer, chocolate and ice cream tasting, home-made preserves, woodfire pizza, chilly meats, and all different kinds of delicacies. The farm affords a wide range of climbing and biking routes, craft masterclasses, and even pilates – you gained’t be bored right here!

Fairview wine & cheese farm, Paarl

  • Distance from Cape City – 57 km
  • When to go – open each day from 9am to 5pm. Throughout the December vacation it’s very busy you might need to attend for some time to do a tasting or get meals. 

One other nice farm to return for a day particularly if you happen to planning a visit with youngsters. Fairview is located subsequent to Spice Route you may simply mix each farms with out having to drive round loads. The place is gorgeous you are able to do wine tasting, attempt completely different native cheeses, take pleasure in scrumptious lunch on the eating places whereas your children watch cute child goats roaming round, climbing up the goat tower.

Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres

  • Distance from Cape City – 170 km
  • Season – November for selecting cherries, the season varies a bit it’s higher to verify the farm web site to verify there are cherries. 
  • Working hours – each day from 8.30am to 4pm

Temperatures in Ceres are considerably decrease than anyplace else round Cape City. It’s one of many few locations in Western Cape the place you may see snow in winter. Ceres is the one place within the province for rising cherries. You may mix choosing cherries with a picnic underneath the pine bushes. And ensure to convey heat garments it is likely to be as much as 10C colder right here than in Cape City.

In case you like thrilling adventures you may mix cherry-picking with ziplining within the lovely Ceres mountains. The overall size of ziplines is 1,5 km, the longest slide is 290 m. Ziplining in Ceres is a superb day journey from Cape City.

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