Winter has come, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! I’m definitely someone who will sing the praises of summer even if it’s a balmy 40-degrees outside, but there are some advantages to enjoying the colder weather.
While it may be called the winter season, it’s also called the off-peak season if you’re hip with the accommodation lingo. It’s the ideal time for anyone looking to escape the city at a cheaper rate. But where to go?
If you’re looking for some great towns to escape to for the chilly season, here are a few stunning towns around the Western Cape:
Two words: Whale Season. The start of winter is often a great time for avid whale watchers to grab their binoculars and head to this seaside escape and catch a few sightings of these majestic ocean dwellers. Whale watching season usually begins in early June and ends in early December, with Hermanus considered one of the best spots in the world to catch a glimpse of the Southern Right whale, it’s safe to say that this is a great location to kick up your feet.
Come rain or shine, visiting Paternoster is always a good idea. With its white-stoned cottages sprawled along the beach, fishermen and tranquil atmosphere, this fishing village is a wonderful destination to call home for the weekend. Grab your jacket and enjoy a walk on the beach, grab fresh fish and chips from the local restaurant, or listen to the sweet calls of birds as you enjoy some bird watching – heaven.
The Western Cape isn’t exactly known as a snowy escape, but for those looking to enjoy snow-capped mountains and build a few (small) snowmen should head to the fruit growing town of Ceres. It’s located near the Matroosberg Mountains, which receive heaps of snow each year, and sometimes this covers Ceres too. Situated 135 kilometres from Cape Town, it’s great for a day trip and a weekend stopover.
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Located in the Overberg region, De Hoop Nature Reserve is a heavenly destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature and spot some whales. The De Hoop Collection offers a plethora of accommodations that suit every budget, with winter specials available for travellers looking to take full advantage of the off-peak season. There are also a ton of things to get up to, including hiking, bird watching, or exploring the sand dunes.
Located about 160 kilometres from Cape Town, Citrusdal is a slice of paradise in the Olifants River Valley. It’s the perfect getaway for anyone looking to soak up all that Mother Nature has to offer and provides incredible hiking trails and a range of accommodation options. In winter, things tend to get a little chilly, so make sure you’ve packed a few extra jackets. If the thought of heading outside and bracing the chilly weather sounds like too much for you to handle, simply enjoy the gorgeous views of the snow-capped Citrusdal Mountain range.
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