Looking for what to do in Cape Town this weekend? Cape Town is a city with lots of never-ending lists of activities. At the end of Africa, you can discover one of the seven wonders of the world, vineyards, white sand beaches, a kaleidoscope of foods, Atlantis dunes, cetaceans, great white sharks, and music festivals that are the best in the world.
But sometimes you need to get away from everything, even if you live in the best city in the world. You can take some great weekend trips from Cape Town, and I’ve been on many of them. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite activities and attractions that are perfect for your weekend in Cape Town.
South Africa’s second-oldest town is only an hour from Cape Town’s city center, so you’ll be there before anyone can ask, are we there yet? But this cute little town is more than just a bunch of student bars.
Stellenbosch has a world-class wine route, beautiful hiking trails, places to hear live music, and amazing colonial buildings. After checking into your hotel, go straight to Neetherlingshof Wine Estate. I usually drink white wine, but if I feel like having a bottle of red from Netherlingshof, I’ll drink that instead.
Visit one of the town’s many art galleries to learn something new. But if you want to do something different and artsy on the weekend in Stellies, go to the Dylan Lewis sculpture garden and look at the wild cats and shamanistic figures. Go up into the hills and hike one of Stellenbosch’s trails. Spend the day at Jonkershoek Wildlife Sanctuary looking for waterfalls or hike the Delvera Farm trail to watch the sun set behind Table Mountain.
Do you like your weekend trips to feel more “at home”? Stellies has a variety of stylish studio apartments that have everything you need. There are also inexpensive bed and breakfasts like Olive Tree. Walking to the HB Thom Theatre, Stellenbosch University, art galleries, and restaurants is close enough.
Visit Cape Point
Cape Point is South Africa’s most beautiful stretch of coastline. If you want, you can argue with me about this, but that sentence is true. It has a rocky shoreline with shipwrecked skeletons, beautiful natural scenery, and no light pollution.
It’s the best place to go at the weekend to get away from people and hike in the peaceful wilderness near Cape Town. Beautiful beaches, Dias World View, the Cape of Good Hope, and the top of the lighthouse can be reached by day hikes on the peninsula.
It’s a two-day, one-night trail that goes in a circle around the reserve and is great for weekend trips. You’ll walk past deserted beaches, huge fynbos plains, and animals like bontebok, ostriches, and baboons. When you register for the Cape of Good Hope Trail, you will stay in one of the woodsy Rooikrans cottages.
The Olifantbos Homestay is right on the beach in the southernmost part of the reserve. It has a fully stocked kitchen, one main bedroom, an open-plan living room, a cozy fireplace, and hot water. You can also set up a braai on the patio, which leads to a boardwalk that leads to the beach.
Cape Town is only a six-hour drive from Nature’s Valley. It’s the perfect weekend road trip for people who like to be outside and try new things. Just remember to bring your courage. You’ll need it for your weekend trip to Nature’s Valley. Since it is close to Tsitsikamma National Park, you won’t have to drive far for your adrenaline fix. The Bloukrans Bungy and the blackwater ducting in Storms River are both close by.
Don’t have time to walk the famous Otter Trail in South Africa? Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and walk the first 3 km of the trail. You’ll end up with a beautiful view where you can cool off well before heading back along the rugged coast. Grab a racket and head to Storm River Gorge if you don’t mind getting wet.
A kayak tour will take you past South Africa’s cliffs, deep caves, and old forests. Those who are brave enough can try the Bloukrans Bungy. It is the world’s highest and scariest commercial bungee bridge.
Nature’s Valley doesn’t have a lot of cheap places to stay. The Crag is a cheap place to stay for a weekend trip from Cape Town. It’s only a six-kilometer drive away and has great hotels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts. Book one of the Treehouse Cottages for a weekend. Your apartment is in the middle of a native forest built on stilts. In the distance, you can see mountains.
Franschhoek: A Foodie Getaway
Franschhoek is the best place in South Africa to get gourmet food. It has the best restaurant in Africa and some of the best wine farms in the world. It’s one of the best places to go on a weekend trip from Cape Town.
Get a ticket online for the Franschhoek wine tram for the best way to view the Cape Winelands. You can choose your route and have spent the day sipping Chardonnay as you go from farm to farm. Check out the Franschhoek wine tram route map. Want to get some of those extra calories out of your body? Go up to the Nature Reserve of Mont Rochelle. The trails start from the top of the beautiful Franschhoek Pass. There are short routes that take two hours or long routes that take all day.
Boschendal is an important part of any weekend trip to Franschhoek. It’s the perfect place for foodies on the road because it has cute farm cottages and a delicious restaurant.
Garden Route Game Lodge
An African safari is one of the best ways to see beautiful landscapes and interesting animals. The Garden Route Game Lodge is a great weekend safari trip from Cape Town. It is on South Africa’s famous coastline. There are many animals to see, including the Big 5 (lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos).
The best thing about spending the weekend at the Garden Route Game Lodge is that you get two safaris for each night you spend at the reserve. Wake up early and watch the bush slowly come to life as the sun rises. In the late afternoon, the big cats start to wake up, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a hunt in progress.
You can embark on a walking tour through a predator-free section of the reserve if you wish to exit the game drive vehicle. Walking through the park, you may see rare animals like the Cape Mountain zebra and even some 186 bird species.
Garden Route Game Lodge Albertina has different types of chalets and suites for people with different budgets. Whether you want something in the middle of the price range or to splurge on all the nice things for each type of room, the lodge also has several packages. You can get deals that also include spa treatments or help you celebrate events, like the honeymoon safari alternative.
Garden Route Game Lodge Albertina website: www.grgamelodge.co.za