Cape Town is beautiful and the list of things to do is endless, but sometimes all you want to do is drive out and see something different. Here’s where you can head to if you want to do something out of the city.
Famous for its wine and Dutch architecture, Franschhoek is far enough to feel like you’re somewhere different but close enough to not break the bank when it comes to petrol.
Take a trip to Babylonstoren:
Tucked between Paarl and Franschhoek is a place like no other. This is the perfect playground for anyone looking for a full day of relaxation and bliss. Take a walk through the gardens and greenhouse, visit one of the two restaurants, or both, and finally enjoy the spa that people cannot stop talking about. The lush green surrounding and outdoor spa pool are the things Instagram photos were made for.
Hop on the Franschhoek wine tram
You’ll be rubbing shoulders with tourists for this one, but who can resist an old-school tram that takes you to seven wine farms? In just one day, tick off famous spots like Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge, Maison and Dieu Donne. Sip, laugh and have a merry good time with this one. The win tram is a great idea for groups and family alike, while the adults enjoy the wine, kids can tag on the tram and live their most adventurous life in the process. Depending on the line you’ve chosen, R240 gets you a ticket on board a double or single-decker tram as well as an open-air tram-bus. Wine tasting fees (between R25 and R75 per person) have to be settled at the wine estates you decide to visit.
With oak-shaded streets lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries, it’s easy to get lost in the prettiness of this town. The old Dutch architecture nods to the history of the area while the museums are the place to go to if you’d like to learn more.
Pete’s Adventure Farm
What’s the last adventure you’ve been on? Pete’s Adventure Farm will definitely get your adrenaline rushing. Enjoy quad biking along specific routes, game drives through 240 hectares of game farm and horse rides! There’s also bow and arrow activities that people can enjoy if you’d like to tap into your inner Game of Thrones love. P.S the burgers are pretty great too!
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 9.30am – 3pm
Whether it’s rain or shine, this is the place to be. If you’ve ever been to the Old Biscuit Mill, Route44 is even bigger. With stunning vineyards as a backdrop, everyone can enjoy live entertainment, craft and homeware stores, and enough food stalls to leave you spoilt for choice. This spot is for friends, family and all the kids too!
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday from 9am
West of the Mother City is a stretch of landscape like you’ve never seen before. About 2 hours from Cape Town, the West Coast scenery alone is the perfect reason to go for a mini road trip. You can take it to the next level by staying for the weekend too if you really want extra time to soak up the surroundings.
West Coast National Park
The park runs all the way from the town of Yzerfontein in the south all the way up to the Langebaan Lagoon. When you set off for this spot, fill up your tank, put on your swimsuit and snacks. When you hit the gates of the park, be sure to ask for a map or plan which spot you’ll be visiting ahead of time. It might look like just an average park when you first enter, but once you start driving and you spot the flowers and finally the ocean, you’ll be happy you made the trip.
The Mother City is great, but there’s a lot of things to do out of the city too.
Where will you be exploring this summer? Let us know in the comments below!