Trips out of Cape Town
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2013 4:10 PM Last Post By: jennykess
Mar 9, 2013 2:42 PM
Trips out of Cape TownSorry if this is repeat but I read as many posts as I could and still feel confused!
My mom, boyfriend and I will be travelling the western cape from March 18th-25th. She'll be in CT 13th-18th and we booked a place in Muizenberg 25th and 26th, so we should have all the city/pennisula sites covered in that time.
We plan to go to Franschloek for 2 nights (but open to suggestion if this isn't the best town, or we need more time for winelands!). But then we're stumped for the 20th-25th.
Hermanus? Garden Route? Elsewhere? Lonely planet lists about 30+ places in the book and I can't keep them all straight. I"m also really confused about driving times - the Garden Route looks FAR but it seems like everyone does this on a CT visit? We are not interested in being in the car all day. A couple of hours here and there is fine.
We are interested in good food and wine,great scenery, beaches, cute towns (bookshops, antiques, etc). My boyfriend and I hike and are active but my mom has a bad knee. She loves long walks but can't do much more.
Would love any input. Also need recs for affordable accomodation if you have any? Less than $100/night is highly preferable!
Mar 10, 2013 11:37 AM
1For five days I'd take the R62 all the way to Oudsthoorn and then to George (maybe continue onto Wilderness and Knysna) and then back along the N2 to Cape Town (via Hermanus/Betty's Bay).
Driving the N2 directly to George takes about 4 hours (non-stop) so you can see how easy it would be to divide up a 5-day loop involving George. Roads are nice and scenic so the driving itself is relatively easy.
So it be one night along Route62 (http://www.route62.co.za/), two nights in Garden (George, Knysna, Vic Bay or Wilderness etc.), and one night on the way back along the N2 (Mossel Bay or Hermanus etc.).
Mar 10, 2013 3:37 PM
2I completely agree,
Garden Route is unmissable, and with the loop route suggested above, you get the best summarised version of what's on offer. I would highly recommend Nature's Valley and Storms River Mouth if you can fit them in,
Mar 12, 2013 6:48 AM
Mar 15, 2013 12:03 PM
Given your timeframe, this is my advice:
Oudsthoorn has some nice caves and you can ride an ostrich but I didn't like the town
Keep it simple and stay with the coast, lots of great things to see
If you can, go directly to Storms River and make your way back along the coast. Lots of outdoor activities if you
Nature's Valley is lovely but no Cafes and shops, just waterfalls, walks etc
Plettenburg Bay is the place for lots of shops and Cafes but very commercial
Wilderness is a lot nicer than Kysna
Sounds like you might like Swellendam
Didn't go to Hermanus as there are no whales there at the moment
Given your interests, a few days in Stellenbosch might be nice
Apr 5, 2013 4:10 PM
5Thanks guys! We did pretty much exactly what the 1st 3 of you suggested. From 2 nights in Franschloek to 62, stopped in Calitzdorp cause we needed to rest. Then a night in Knysna, Wilderness, 2 in Swellendam, and then CT.
I have to say I really wish I'd listed to the last comment. You were pretty much exactly right. 62 was too long and boring for us. And we were unimpressed with Oudtshoorn and we didn't even get to ride an ostrich! (The place we went to was closed). We had planned on 2 nights in Knysna b/c I was excited about the nature/storm's river around there, but BLECH, we HATED Knysna. Not cute at all. :( We went on a hike but nothing spectacular at all, and we couldn't take going any further to Storm's River. We stayed th next night in Wilderness, which we loved. but when it was super rainy the next day we decided we should move on. So we did Swellendam for 2 nights, which was so so wonderful - just to REST somewhere pretty for 2 nights and not have to move. So beautiful there.
We drove back a long the coast. In hindsight, in case anyone reads this, I think it would have been ideal to do just Fransloek, Swellendam, somewhere on the coast, CT. Going all the way out to Knysna was totally not worth it to us. Seems like Oudtshoorn and Knysna etc have cool stuff around, but if you're moving every night you don't have time (or energy) to get in the car to see it.
The coast/beaches are so wild and awesome, but we never really had time to chill or walk on one for the day b/c we were always moving.
Anyway, thanks for replies. Hope this can help the next person!
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