5 Cape Town Road Trips

If you’re holidaying in Cape Town this summer but you’d prefer to get the local perspective on where to go, you’ve come to the right place. While Cape Town is beautiful, things get a little crazy over the festive season, and the locals know better than to voluntarily pick a queue at all the usual spots like Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. You really are spoiled for choice once you’re in the Western Cape, so why not explore while you’re here.

Assuming you have based yourself near the Cape Town CBD for your holiday, here are some suggestions of places you can explore far (enough) from the maddening crowd.

5 Cape Town Road Trips

Blue Bay Lodge (140km – 2 hours drive)

For a peaceful, small town feel this festive season, why not book yourself in to Blue Bay Lodge for a few nights. We enjoyed our time there and there are loads of little places you can explore within a new minutes drive like Tieties Baai, Paternoster and Cape Columbine.

McGregor (180km – 2.5 hours drive)

If the beach isn’t your thing and you’d far rather chill in the winelands, how about exploring McGregor for a few days? Don’t forget to spend some time learning about olives and stopping to visit the donkeys at Eseltjiesrus.

Cape Agulhas (230km – 3 hours drive)

Been there, done that and looking for something different? What about Cape Agulhas? With views for days from the top of the lighthouse and an awesome tidal pool just down the road, you won’t struggle to find things to do in this little town.

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Die Kelders (170km – 2 hours drive)

If you’re on your way to Cape Agulhas but the kids start moaning in the car and you’d rather just quit while you’re ahead, take the turn off to Hermanus and head from Die Kelders instead. This is essentially a whale nursery and is a far better whale watching option than battling the crowds in Hermanus down the road. But ssssshhhh…let’s keep this place a secret, shall we?

Betty’s Bay (90km – 1.5 hours drive)

While on the topic of best kept secrets, if you’re in the mood for a drive but not in the mood to stay overnight, why not visit the penguins at Stony Point? This a lovely drive with lots of places to stop for ice cream and some paddling in the waves. It’s ideal for families with little ones who get fractious in the car if you drive for too long but who still want to see more of the Cape.

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Hi! Welcome to our family travel blog. We hope you enjoy the content we share here. We tried the nomad life in 2016 and, while we loved exploring 7 of the 9 regions in South Africa, we found it tough. We are back in Cape Town and enjoy going on mini adventures as a family. Our kids will soon be 11 and 14 years old, and they love the outdoors. Anton is a stay at home dad and helps me to home school the kids, while I hold down a job and find time to write. One day when the kids are older and have settled into their own lives, we plan to explore the rest of South Africa in a 4x4, so that we can also visit Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Contact us for unique, family-friendly content about Cape Town, most of South Africa and what we have learned from our travels so far. You are most welcome to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@tazzdiscovers) to see what we share on a day to day basis. We look forward to working with you. Our email address is tazzdiscovers@gmail.com


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