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Discover the Small Towns Outside of Cape Town

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Devryn Panaino

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Author: Devryn Panaino - 2 February 2021

Last Update: 26 April 2024

The new year brings the continued allure of summer in Cape Town. This vibrant city, known for its dynamic activities, stunning landscapes, and unique accommodations, promises an unforgettable experience.

Ideal for both international visitors and locals, exploring the quaint towns around Cape Town enriches any South African adventure. Let’s delve into some captivating small towns that are a must-visit.

Simon’s Town

Situated just 40 km from Cape Town’s bustling centre, Simon’s Town is not only steeped in history and home to South Africa’s largest naval base but also a community with a heartwarming aura. The town has expanded its offerings beyond the renowned Boulders Beach, allowing visitors to explore secluded coves where African Penguins live.

Penguins around Boulders Beach, Cape Town
Penguins around Boulders Beach, Cape Town

A minimal entry fee opens the door to these tranquil locations, creating a unique beach experience where visitors can witness wildlife in harmony with nature. Personalised day tours are also available, providing deeper insights into the town’s rich history and culture, with the convenience of pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation.

Franschhoek

An hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek stands as a gastronome’s paradise against the stunning backdrop of the Cape Winelands. This town has extended its appeal to include interactive wine-making workshops with local vintners and the opportunity to learn the intricacies of wine pairing with traditional South African dishes.

Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Franschhoek Wine Tram.

For the more adventurous, guided hikes through vineyards and mountain biking trails are available, adding an adventurous element to the wine country experience.

Langebaan

Langebaan is about 90 minutes from Cape Town along the picturesque R27 and is renowned for its exceptional seafood and rich local culture. This coastal town has enhanced its leisure offerings, including opportunities for fishing with local fishermen and various water sports such as kite surfing and paddleboarding.

spring in langebaan on the West coast
Spring in Langebaan on the West coast of South Africa

The nearby casino and golf course have expanded their activities to include themed events and family-friendly options like mini-golf tournaments, catering to visitors of all ages.

Hermanus

Located 125 km southeast of Cape Town, Hermanus is globally celebrated for whale-watching. This seaside town now offers an interactive whale-watching experience led by marine biologists, providing an educational perspective on these magnificent creatures.

Whale Watching in Hermanus
Whale Watching in Hermanus

Additionally, Hermanus has diversified its event calendar, hosting various cultural and food festivals throughout the year, which celebrate the town’s heritage and culinary delights alongside the famous Whale Festival.

The area surrounding Cape Town is dotted with numerous other charming towns, such as Darling, Tulbagh, Stellenbosch, and Grabouw, each offering a unique holiday experience.

Each town around Cape Town presents an opportunity to create lasting memories. Cape Town is more than just a destination; it’s a gateway to various unforgettable experiences, perfect for rejuvenating and spending quality time with loved ones. Plan your journey with Discover Africa to these towns today.

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