Day Tripping Destinations around the Western Cape

With today’s frenetic pace, where data moves faster than people and the demands of modern living make it hard for us to escape, an opportunity to break free from the concrete confines of the city is something we all long for. Let’s face it, we’d all love to have weeks at our disposal to roam around the country side, travelling of the beaten track looking for adventure. Luckily, the Western Cape offers some great road tripping routes that welcome weekend warriors. With Drive Africa you are sure to find the perfect getaway for both your short and long term car rental needs. Whether you only have the weekend to play with or have a few extra days to add on, we have the best recommendations to get you jumping into your car and hitting the open road.

1. Cape Peninsula

Time required: Day trip
Key Attractions: Rhodes Memorial| Kirstenbosch Gardens| Kalk Bay| Cape Point Nature Reserve.

The Cape Peninsula offers the perfect playground for a round-about daytrip. Start in the city centre, stopping off for breakfast at the historic Rhodes Memorial with panoramic view of the city followed by a leisurely stroll amongst 7000 species of plant life in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. As you head further south along the coast make sure not to miss the coastal towns of Kalk Bay and St James which offer great weekend shopping destinations. Here you’ll be able to find one of a kind gifts and unique antique finds in the many quirky and quaint stores along the Main Road. Don’t forget to include a visit to Simon’s Town, this naval town is home to the world famous Boulder’s Beach and African Penguin Colony. No excursion on the peninsula is complete without a visit to Cape Point offering world class views.

2. West Coast Route

Time required: West Coast Route
Key Attractions: West Coast National Park| Langebaan Lagoon| Paternoster| Strandloper Seafood Restaurant.

Pummelled by the Atlantic the west coast route stretches an awe-inspiring 650 kilometres in its entirety, leading all the way up to the Namibian border. In spring, the surrounding landscape is carpeted in hues of burnt orange and magenta. The West Coast National Park is a pristine piece of nature nestling on the shores of the Langebaan lagoon, with a high concentration of birdlife it is often referred to as a “birding paradise”. The lagoon is home to water sport enthusiasts and is well known its wind and kitesurfing spots. The West Coast route is also renowned for its open air seafood restaurants right on the beach. You will need to set aside at least 3-4 hours to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch consisting of a wide arrangement of freshly caught seafood and traditional West Coast cuisine such as bobotie and waterblommetjie bredie. If you’d like to venture further up the west coast, we would suggest spending the night in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster.

3. Stellenbosch Wine Route

Time required: Day trip
Key Attractions: Wine estates | Oude Libertas Amphitheatre | Dorp Street

Established in 1971, the Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest wine route in the country and boasts over 200 wine and grape producers. This is an excellent day tripping destination as the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands is less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Daily wine tasting and cellar tours are offered at most wine estates, many of which have excellent restaurants and picnic facilities. The Stellenbosch Wine Route has been divided into five sub routes to make travelling along them more user-friendly. If viticulture doesn’t tickle your taste buds the area offers great historical insight to the first settlers in the Cape as well as a multitude of interesting heritage sites, art galleries, restaurants, museums and theatres.