Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town for a day? The Western Cape has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for stunning natural scenery, historical landmarks or charming small towns.

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Get your keys, pack a picnic, and drive to some of the province’s best day trips.

  • Cape Peninsula day trips
  • Cape Winelands day trips

1. Chapman’s Peak Drive

The people who live in the area call Chapman’s Peak Drive “Chappies.” It is one of Cape Town’s most famous and beautiful scenic drives, and visitors to the area must do it.

The cliffside road has several scenic points where you can take photos. The drive is most popular at sunset.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is both a natural beauty masterpiece and an engineering marvel. At the beginning of the 20th century, the road was cut into the side of the mountain. It has several impressive bridges and tunnels that add to its appeal.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a must-see attraction that combines nature, engineering, and breathtaking views.

Picture: Chapman’s Peak Drive / Facebook
  • Location: Western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek
  • Cost: Toll tariffs
  • Website: chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

2. Cape Point

Cape Point is a scenic promontory situated at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, about 60km southwest of Cape Town. The Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park is a popular tourist attraction.

The point is 238 metres above sea level and has a lighthouse that was built in 1859 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks and currents in the area.
Even though the lighthouse is still in use today, it has been updated and automated, so it is no longer run by a person.

In addition to its natural beauty, Cape Point has a rich history and played an important role in the exploration and colonisation of South Africa. It is also said to be where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Its rough cliffs and crashing waves show the power and beauty of nature in a dramatic way.

The Two Oceans Restaurant, which is on the southwest coast of Africa and looks out over False Bay, is a must-see for people who want to eat while they are there. The restaurant has beautiful views and delicious food, making it the perfect place to enjoy fine dining with a world-class view.

Picture: SANParks – Table Mountain National Park / Facebook
  • Location: Cape Point | Southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula
  • Book: 021 780 9010
  • Contact: [email protected]
  • Website: capepoint.co.za/facilities

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3. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is a vibrant town combining its rich cultural heritage and history with modern amenities and attractions.

Day trips are ideal. You can explore the town’s many historical buildings and museums that pay tribute to its past, get lost in its vibrant arts and culture scene, or relax and enjoy the area’s stunning natural beauty.

The town’s enduring appeal is undoubtedly rooted in its ability to cater to diverse interests, making it a destination with something for everyone.

And being home to a plethora of prestigious wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside, it’s no surprise the town has become a popular destination for wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Picture: Dorp Street Sunday Market / Facebook

4. Franschhoek

Franshoek, 75 kilometres east of Cape Town, blends history and modern attractions.

Franschhoek is known as South Africa’s ‘food and wine capital’, and it is home to a number of award-winning restaurants, wine estates, tasting rooms and experiences.

Visitors can spend the day strolling through the charming town centre, sampling local wines and cheeses and indulging in delicious cuisine.

Franschhoek Wine Tram. Picture: Franschhoek Wine Valley / Facebook

5. Paarl

Paarl is a charming destination that offers a perfect blend of wine, history and breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal spot for a day trip from nearby Cape Town or a longer stay to fully immerse yourself in the area’s wonders.

Paarl is surrounded by mountains, including Paarl Rock, a popular hiking spot.

Picture: Visit Paarl / Facebook

In addition to its natural beauty, Paarl has a number of historical sites. The Taal Monument honours Afrikaans, and the Paarl Museum showcases the town’s history and culture.

As part of the renowned Cape Winelands, one of the world’s top wine-producing regions, Paarl offers numerous opportunities to visit the area’s vineyards and cellars to sample some of the finest wines in the country.

Picture: Visit Paarl / Facebook

6. Worcester

Worcester is a fantastic day trip destination, particularly if you enjoy outdoor activities, history and culture. Cape Town is an hour from Worcester. The Breede River Valley is famous for its vineyards and scenery.

The area’s many vineyards offer wine-tasting tours and scenic picnics for wine lovers. For those seeking a more active experience, the nearby mountains offer excellent hiking and mountain biking trails.

History and culture buffs should visit Worcester. The Worcester Museum, located in town, is one of many museums and historical sites. Exhibits and displays reveal the town’s rich history.

Picture: Worcester Tourism / Facebook

7. Wellington

Located in the stunning Cape Winelands, Wellington is a picturesque town surrounded by majestic mountains and sprawling vineyards.

Wine lovers can enjoy wine-tasting tours and picnics at one of the area’s charming vineyards.

For history buffs, the Wellington Museum is a must-visit destination. Housed in an old Dutch Reformed Church, the museum showcases fascinating displays of the town’s rich history and that of the surrounding area.

Wellington offers many outdoor activities. Bainskloof Pass and Limietberg Nature Reserve are popular hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking spots in the area.

Wellington is the perfect spot for a day trip from nearby Cape Town or a longer stay to fully explore the area’s charms.

Picture: Visit Wellington / Facebook

Other destinations perfect for day trips

  • Tulbagh
  • Hermanus
  • Langebaan
  • Greyton
  • Prince Albert 
  • West Coast
  • Paternoster
  • Betty’s Bay
  • Gansbaai
  • Yzerfontein
  • Standford
  • Rooiels
  • Pringle Bay

Day trips in the Western Cape are wonderful for experiencing new things, relaxing or seeing new sights.

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