To holiday in the Western Cape is really a treat for any holidaymaker and one that you won’t forget as there are so many places to visit, explore, experience and simply just enjoy the beauty. With beautiful Table Mountain as the backdrop and the ocean surrounding it, the Western Cape is the ultimate place to spend the summer.1. Constantia
From the city Centre to Cape Town's very own suburban wine farms in Constantia, will take approximately twenty-two minutes depending on traffic (18,8km). Constantia is a beautiful up market wine producing suburb of Cape Town. In fact, we’d highly recommend you stay there at a Constantia villa if you’re visiting the Cape and are looking for somewhere beautiful and relaxed. Dating back to the late 1600s the Constantia wine route has five producers, each with its own individual experience, knowledge and history. Constantia boasts the popular 17th century wine estate, Groot Constantia Homestead and Wine Museum, and with its 18th and 19th century furnished manor it’s a must to visit. The remaining four are: Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting. Not only is Constantia known for its wine but most of these wine farms offer exquisite dining experiences at affordable prices, some do cater for young children as well. There is also the lovely rose farm on the outskirts of Constantia, called the Chart Farm and when in season it’s another delightful place to visit and pick your own roses.2. Knysna
Knysna is a pretty seaside village that takes approximately five and a half hours from Cape Town along the N2 or six and a half hours driving on the N1, depending on where your starting point is leaving Cape Town. Either way, it is a very scenic and pretty route. Knysna has grown over the years and has become very popular amongst tourists and South Africans living in the surrounding towns. It is a town where you can relax and enjoy all the surrounding beauty and explore the many adventures this town has to offer. Knysna Heads, the sandstone cliffs have become a distinct landmark of Knysna, here the waters of five individual rivers flowing out of the Outeniqua Forest join forces and meet the ocean. The drive through Knysna is beautiful with many viewpoints where you can stop to take in the stunning surrounding views and dine at the restaurants or take along a picnic basket. Whether you have gone for a hike in the Knysna Forest and seen an elephant or two, or spent the day in the sun on the beautiful beaches, gone shopping, exploring the quaint shops or eating in the restaurants at the Knysna Waterfront, take a sunset cruise on the lagoon to end a perfect day exploring Knysna or to celebrate the end of a perfect holiday.
Just an hour and a half drive from Cape Town is the beautiful coastal fishing town, Hermanus. Hermanus has become very well known as the whale-watching town of the Western Cape, and was even declared the best place on earth to spot the Southern Right Whales. Between the months of June and November you can view them mating, frolicking and rearing their calves in the ocean below, this is truly a blessing to witness. Hermanus is, of course, also known for its many beautiful beaches which includes Voëlklip Beach, Onrus, Kammabaai, Grotto Beach and Langbaai. The Old Harbour Museum is an area encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum which has very informative displays of sea life and other points of interest but the main attraction seems to be the suspended skeleton of a whale that has young and old totally mesmerized and in awe of this great mammal.4. Franschhoek
There are many lovely towns in the Western Cape but there just seems to be something very special about Franschhoek that creeps into the hearts of all visitors and is just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Franschhoek with its very strong French influence dates back many centuries and is a picturesque town huddled between magnificent mountains and lush green landscapes of the Franschhoek Valley. The stunning Cape Dutch architecture adds elegance to the beauty of this valley which is simply breathtaking with rose gardens of all colours, vineyards and the beautiful Huguenot Monument that stands proudly at the end of the main road. There are many award winning restaurants, chocolate cafes as well as wine farms with wine tours which will keep you busy all weekend long.5. Langebaan
Langebaan is one of the cutest seaside towns in the Western Cape. It’s also quite young and ‘vibey’, with people frolicking in the crystal-clear ocean, enjoying watersports such as wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding and jet-skiing. It’s the ultimate place to spend time in the sun and enjoy the calm waters - which is rare in comparison to the rest of the Cape coastline. There is plenty to do in Langebaan other than enjoy the beautiful beaches - there’s bars and restaurants, galleries and quaint stores. We’d highly recommend you gather a group of friends, rent a villa and party the weekend away.