You’ve seen the perfect coastline, the fabulous food and the amazing adventures that Cape Town offers you – but did you know that this city is also a great base for some of the best day trips you could ever wish for?
From getting up close and personal with a great white to paddling alongside our very own African penguins to dipping your toes in one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons, we’ve got you covered (and we promise they’re not all water related – there’s wine too!).
So, if you’re looking for some day trip inspo, take a look at our top recommendations below…
1. SAMPLE SOUTH AFRICA’S BEST WINES
A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a wine-tasting experience – we know, it sounds like such a hardship, right? The Western Cape is home to some of the most famous winelands in the world – and the good news for all of us is that they’re just a 45 minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre.
With amazing scenery, great food and of course, excellent wine, there’s little wonder that a visit to one of our stunning wine regions – or more, if you’re feeling particularly thirsty – is one of the most popular activities for visitors and locals alike.
There is one rule when you come on one of our tours however – you have to at least pretend you can smell those ‘grassy aromas’, deal?
2. VISIT CAPE POINT
Dubbed as one of the ‘bucket list’ things to do when visiting the Mother city, take a day trip along the famous Cape Peninsula and enjoy some of the most amazing coastal views you could ever wish for.
Heading through seaside suburbs such as Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Simon’s Town – famous for being home to those beach loving African penguins – you will discover some of the Western Cape’s best hidden secrets.
After driving along one of the most scenic routes in the world (we’re biased, but seriously…), you will eventually reach Cape Point Nature Reserve – the south-westernmost tip of the African continent – where you can hike up to the lighthouse with amazing panoramic views.
Every corner the road trip takes is another picture-perfect view ideal for the ‘gram and you can rest assured there is absolutely #nofilter needed.
3. MAKE A PENGUIN FRIEND IN SIMON’S TOWN
Fancy spending the day watching – or swimming alongside – the infamous African penguins in one of the country’s oldest (and most popular) seaside towns? Take the train from the city along the scenic route to Simon’s Town, a spot offering visitors this surreal experience as well as the chance to explore a plethora of hidden shops, cafes, restaurants and museums.
Sea temperatures are far more ‘dip-friendly’ on Boulders Beach than Cape Town’s popular coastline so it’s the perfect place to relax and have a paddle after an action packed few days.
Just beware of the penguins – they love keeping your beach towel warm while you’re having a swim!
4. GO SHARK DIVING IN GANSBAAI
If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping, how about heading out on a shark cage diving trip where you will be closer than ever before to one of nature’s most breathtaking creatures?
Just a two and a half hour scenic drive from Cape Town lies Gansbaai, a fishing town known as the great white shark capital of the world. There are a huge number of shark cage diving trips in South Africa so be sure to choose a responsible marine tourism operator (you can book with us at reception!). Once you have, get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.
5. RELAX IN LANGEBAAN
Looking for some west coast road trip inspo? Well, the coastal town of Langebaan – just a 90 minute drive from our doorstep – is known as one of the best places to getaway for the day, particularly if you’re interested in sun, a little fun and water-sports.
Dubbed as ‘the jewel of the west coast’, Langebaan is home to one of the most stunning sea-water lagoons in the world – it’s the perfect spot to take a dip in the turquoise waters and relax with friends. The town is also known as one of South Africa’s top kitesurfing areas and is particularly great if you’re not totally confident with the crashing waves of Cape Town’s coastline.
Whether you’re looking to chill out and top up your tan, try out a new water-sports activity or treat yourself to fresh seafood at a beach side restaurant, Langebaan is definitely worth a visit during your time in Cape Town.
With that list, we’re pretty sure we can hear the sound of cars being revved as we type – leave room for us, okay?
If you need advice or would like to book one of the trips we have mentioned, send us a message or drop by our reception – we’d be happy to help!
If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town soon, we’d love to welcome you. Check out our rooms and be sure to book direct for 20% off with the promo code HAPPYDAYS.