Road trips in Cape Town and the Western Cape
GansbaaiTime on the road: Just over two hours from Cape Town.
What to expect: You won’t find many towns as unassuming as Gansbaai. Just over two hours from Cape Town, and just 30 minutes from Hermanus, this Overberg town has a lot more on offer than the Great White sharks for which is has become famous. Fat bike tours, drip caves, whale watching and more, this charming town in the Overberg is perfect for weekend getaways.
What to expect: This quaint fishing village is a favourite destination for Western Cape locals looking to get away from the urban grind. Paternoster offers prime West Coast living with its white-washed fishermen’s cottages, pristine white sands and fresh crayfish sold off the beach. Paternoster has a few restaurants, a lodge, a hotel and loads of accommodation establishments offering typical Western Cape hospitality and spectacular views. Activities include kayaking, hiking and bird watching, while collectors can browse the local art scene for paintings and pottery.
Where to stay: The Standloper Ocean Boutique Hotel and Abalone House.
Time on the road: Around 2.5 hours from both Cape Town and George
Elgin is often overlooked, a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of place, but don’t make that mistake! The Elgin valley is an adventure lover’s dream with great wine, cider and food thrown in for good measure.