Article by discoverafrica
15 Feb' 2021

The new year has arrived, and summer is still here! Perfect for a Cape Town Vacation.

With Cape Town having such great activities, sceneries and unique accommodation, you can be sure to have a great time. 

Blouberg Beach, Cape Town
Blouberg Beach, Cape Town Vacation

Whether you want to travel internationally to South Africa or if you are local, Cape Town is a magnificent place to explore.

When planning your next Cape Town vacation, there are a few small towns worth visiting, and below we will discuss a few of our favourites.

Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town is a charming little town with a lot of history, friendly people and home to the countries largest Naval Base in South Africa. 

Activities such as Boulders Beach and visiting the African Penguin is top of the list of things to do.

With a minimal entry fee, you can enjoy the spectacular views of False Bay while enjoying a swim on the private beach while watching penguins enjoying the rock pools all the same. 

Penguins on Boulder Beach
Boulder Beach, Cape Town Vacation

Located 40 km from Cape Town CBD. This short distance drive makes for a beautiful day trip and offers activities for a family of any size.

Day trips can quickly be booked with a professional guide and driver who will collect you from your accommodation and return you safely after your visit. 


For the love of food, wine and hiking! If you enjoy any of the three mentioned, then you have to make a turn in Franschhoek.

Taking the centre stage to the Winelands backdrop, following a spectacular drive through the mountains to Franschhoek. 

Only an hour drive from Cape Town and famous for its collection of wine estates and Cape Dutch farms making distinguished South African Wines.  

Wine Tasting in the Winelands
Franshoek Vineyards Stellenbosh

Highlights and local favourites include tasting wines and food on the wine trams, guided hikes or making a road trip.

You can be sure that foodies, adventurers and wine connoisseurs alike will enjoy all Franschhoek and the Winelands has to offer. 


A great weekend getaway if you are road tripping up the Atlantic Seaboard.

Langebaan is another small town located in the Western Cape and about 1 hour and 30-minutes drive along the R27 from Cape Town CBD - making for the perfect road trip along the West coast. 

Known for spectacular seafood as the town is located along the Atlantic coast and home to fishermen. 

Kite Surfing on Langebaan Beach
Kite Surfing in Langebaan, South Africa 

Many accommodation types are also available to suit every size of family - whether you are getting together as a family or just wanting a weekend getaway with your loved one.

Langebaan is famous to locals and with the nearby casino, golf course and put-put course to entertain you. 


Hermanus is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching destinations.  

This seaside town is located 125 km southeast of Cape Town. It's known as a whale-watching destination with great beaches such as Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay and Voelklip. 

Whale Watching Hermanus 
Whale Watching Hermanus

With excellent self-catering accommodations, boutique guesthouses and hotels offering friendly service and again suiting the romantic couple or the family with children.

Thousands of local and international travellers visit the town annually during the Whale festival taking place in September. Worth the wait and worth the visit. 

Scenic Cape Town View
Scenic Cape Town View 

There are so many quaint towns outside of Cape Town such as Darling, Tulbagh, Stellenbosch, Grabouw and so much more.

Arranging your day trip together with your local tour operator or just doing a self-drive tour around the outskirts of the Mother City - each town offers a unique holiday experience.

A Cape Town Vacation makes for the perfect getaway if you need some quality time with loved ones while refreshing your soul with breathtaking views, soaking up the sun while tasting good foods and wines.

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