Cape Town has so many great gems to offer locals and tourists, but there’s more beyond the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s city limits. From the Cape Winelands to the Cederberg Wilderness, the Western Cape has plenty to offer. Here are our five favourite day trips from Cape Town.
Hermanus is a beautiful small town brimming with history and delicious food. Located along the whale route, it’s a popular destination for anyone looking to catch a glimpse of the majestic Southern Right Whale. Peak season is usually between June – November and is celebrated with an annual whale festival. Whales aren’t the only point of interest that this bustling town has to offer. There are a few wineries and nature trails that are worth a try and located in the area.
- Distance from Cape Town CBD: 121km
- Average time to get there: 1h 45 min
- What to see: Voelklip Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve
The Cederberg Wilderness
Located a little over two hours outside of Cape Town, Cederberg is the ideal destination for nature lovers looking to enjoy its untamed beauty. Considered one of the Western Cape’s “wilderness gems,” this area is bursting with wildlife and rugged views. Enjoy one of the many hiking trails, a trip to the Stadsaal Caves to look at the well-preserved Khoisan rock paintings, or a delicious wine tasting.
Distance from Cape Town CBD: 231km
Average time to get there: 2h 30 min
What to see: Matijiesriver Nature Reserve and Cederberg Wines
Cape Point is the ultimate destination for nature and adventure lovers. Located approximately an hour from Cape Town, Cape Point has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, take a hike down to Diaz beach for a sneaky sunset picture, or visit the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular. This area is also teeming with wildlife, including seabirds and the famous dassie.
- Distance from Cape Town CBD: 55.5km
- Average time to get there: 1h
- What to see: Flying Dutchman Funicular and hiking trails
The Karoo is a vast stretch of land that includes numerous small towns scattered throughout this semi-arid landscape. The Karoo stands in stark contrast to the lush greenery and blue waters Cape Town is known for, but there’s no shortage of fun things to do and see. Visit the iconic Ronnies Sex shop – “a very odd pub in Africa” – or take a trip to the historic town of Prince Albert. If you’re itching to see some wildlife, why not visit Aquila Private Game Reserve. It’s the only place near Cape Town that offers safaris and a chance to see the Big Five.
- Distance from Cape Town CBD: 271km
- Average time to get there: 3h 17 min
- What to see: Ronnies Sex Shop and Aquila Game Reserve
Struisbaai is an old fishing village that offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s situated only four kilometres from Cape Agulhas, so it’s a great stopover for anyone looking to enjoy delicious fresh fish. Walk along the harbour and enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean and colourful boats as you take in the serenity.
- Distance from Cape Town CBD: 218km
- Average time to get there: 2h 37 min
- What to see: Cape Agulhas and Struisbaai Harbour