Small towns of the Western Cape are plentiful and here are a few that we love to visit.
This town is packed with history and is the centre of the wine making industry in South Africa. It has a wonderful ambiance with students, pavements cafes for coffee and people watching, and some wonderful art galleries.
Tip: Use the scenic alternative route by taking the R44 from the national road and you’ll get the best views.
The ‘French corner‘ of the Cape and the gastronomic capital of South Africa with restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Highlights include the Huguenot memorial and museum, a lovely main road with wonderful shops, excellent wines and guesthouses.
Tip: visit the herbal medicinal garden on Main Road
This small Swartland town is the survivor of South Africa’s worst earthquake and is full of beautifully restored old houses,quaint guesthouses and excellent dining. The magnificent surrounding mountains beg to be explored on horseback.
Tip: Make this your base to taste the wines of the Swartland wine route, the home of shiraz.
Famous for its lagoon, which is ideal for water sports, and the nearby West Coast National Park. This reserve is well worth a day trip from Cape Town, especially in Spring when it bursts into colour and the ground is covered with flowers as far as the eye can see. Lunch at Geelbek is a must but beware of birds stealing from your plate.
Tip: In flower season (August/September) get there early and try to avoid weekends.
The whale capital of the lovely Overberg. A huge variety of accommodation and restaurants, some fine wines in the nearby Hemel ‘n Aarde Valley, an exquisite coastal cliff walk and a harbour that’s a national monument. Whale watching can be done from the rocky shore or by boat.
Tip: lunch at Botang’s Cave next to the ocean, watch whales as you eat.
Small quaint village on the Klein River, just beyond Hermanus. Beautifully preserved houses full of character, quirky and arty locals, food and wine, lovely antique shops, great mountain views,horse riding, boat cruises, hikes, bird watching – what are you waiting for?
Tip: The river – cruise on it, swim in it, picnic next to it.
Ostrich world capital and home to the oldest tourist attraction in SA – the Cango Caves. The majestic Swartberg pass is a must-see with nearby Meiringspoort and Prince Albert. Visit a working ostrich farm, ride an ostrich and take home a souvenir of a painted egg.
Tip: Book a 4×4 drive over Swartberg Pass, explore Prince Albert on the other side, and return to Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort.
This is the jewel of the Garden Route. Surrounded by ancient lush forests and a peaceful lagoon, Knysna offers a large choice of activities and attractions for adventure lovers, walks and beaches, or a cruise across the lagoon to visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
Tip: Spend more than a night and make Knysna your base to explore the rest of the Garden Route.
Beautiful tranquil valley with warm country hospitality. Barrydale is situated between the fertile lush Tradoux Valley and the stark semi-arid Klein Karoo, oth of which are within 10km of each other. This results is almost perfect weather all year round. Make a point of visiting Magpie, the most creative recyclers of them all. One of our favourite mountain passes, Tradoux Pass, is the best way to reach this little town.
Tip: Pizzas and hospitality at Jam Tarts are our favourite. Bring your own container and buy honey.