A super summer in the Western Cape…

by Media Xpose

Cape Town is regularly cited as a top destination, with notable sites such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and so much more. These are some of our faves…

Night life: Hit the swanky Greenpoint area where there are a variety of restaurants, lounges and bars. There is something for everyone here – if you crave some night life, this is a great spot, and it is close to areas like Camps Bay and the City Bowl.

Nature: A nature lovers paradise, Kirstenbosch offers panoramic scenes and some great hiking opportunities. One of the options is the Skeleton Gorge hike. This is not a beginner’s hike – it is a steep, and one should be reasonably fit to traverse parts that require a scramble. The Skeleton Gorge hike starts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and takes hikers through an almost jungle-like landscape. Eventually hikers will arrive at Maclear’s Beacon at the summit and then have a few options for getting down the steep descent, including riding the Table Mountain cable way.

If you are looking for something a bit more laid-back enjoy a picnic in a stunning setting at the gardens – or check out the Kirstenbosch summer concerts line-up.

Seaside: Kalk Bay is a seaside village that has an eclectic feel. Hours can be spent strolling through this charming seaside spot that boasts bursts of colour from the various shops that sell everything from antiques, and arts and crafts, to clothing, leather goods and more.

There are also plenty of eateries catering for every palate – and it’s a good spot to get some fresh fish straight off the boat!  

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the opportunity to see seals, and perhaps even frolic at the Dalebrook Tidal Pool.

Wine: Head out to Franschhoek for a wine experience! The Franschhoek Wine Tram Hop-on-Hop-off is an awesome way to explore the valley while wine tasting and lunching at a wine farm.

The charming town of Franschhoek also offers brilliant strolling opportunities with quaint cafes, chocolatiers, and charming shops to peruse.

Did you know? There are a variety of hop-on-hop-off tours, including Cape Town city tours where you jump on a bus that stops at key tourism points.

Culture: For a bit more of a cultural experience, it’s a good idea to head over to Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Bo-Kaap is easily recognisable by its colourful houses. Visit one of the eateries and spoil yourself (and diet) by gorging on Cape Town’s famous Gatsby or a masala steak sandwich! There are also a few establishments in the area that offer Cape Malay cooking classes.

Heading a bit further out

Montagu : There is something incredibly wholesome about this quaint charming village. It has a natural beauty and relaxed feel to it. Visitors come here to escape, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy simpler pastimes. It’s a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and biking, in addition to having a variety of cafes and eateries.

Plettenberg Bay: VisitRobberg Nature Reserve for breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline and natural surrounds. The Robberg Nature Reserve has a number of day hikes for various fitness levels. While in Plett, it’s a given that you will want to have some beach time! Plett has received full Blue Flag status for five beaches: Robberg 5, The Waves, Nature’s Valley, Lookout, The Dunes and Singing Kettle.

Oudtshoorn: Journey back in time? The Cango Caves has unique limestone, which has been sculpted naturally through the ages. There are a few guided tours available that journey through the various halls.

Cederberg and Clanwilliam: Adventure and history meet! Welcome to the Sevilla Rock Art Trail. The 5km trail explores nine sites of rock art painting by the San people. The tour can be undertaken with or without a guide. For something a bit more extreme, the Cederberg is a popular spot for people into bouldering.

Mossel Bay: The Point of Human Origin is a renowned archaeological site that provides evidence of modern human behaviour in the area. A bit of adventure (and some walking – there are about 200 steps down to the cave site), lots of history and stunning views makes this a super-cool activity for the whole family.

Velddrif: Outdoor and water sport enthusiasts will enjoy a break here – canoeing, kayaking, boat trips up the river, sailing, surfing, skiing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddling in the river, fishing and so much more is on offer. Nearby, also boasting outdoor activities is Piketberg, which is nestled at the foot of the Piketberg Mountain range.

Langebaan: White sands and clear waters make this a popular destination for beach lovers. Keeping in line with the water theme, there are loads of water sports, and a number of spots to chill at, making this an awesome beach getaway. 

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