The Western Cape offers a wide variety of places to visit other than the busy streets of Cape Town. The small towns of the province offer a more laidback alternative. From the Winelands to the Garden Route, the province is dotted with quaint locales sure to be the perfect getaway for those trying to escape from the city.
Stanford is a small riverside village 16km from Hermanus. The Springfontein and Sir Robert Stanford Wine Estates in Stanford have great wine selections and beautiful vineyards. The heavy presence of wine farms is paired with Klein River Cheese meaning your newly purchased wine can be accompanied by some fresh cheese. Travellers should definitely check out the nearby Walker Bay Nature Reserve not only has amazing hiking trails but also offers an opportunity for whale watching.
Rumour has it that Montagu is home to at least one person you know if you’re a Capetonian. Situated in the Little Karoo, Montagu is home to Hick’s Art Gallery which doubles as an art museum as well. There’s also an old English Fort from 1899 which is bound to transport you back in time! The beautiful Montagu Nature Garden is truly one of the gems of the Little Karoo.
The French influence in the Western Cape can undoubtedly be seen in Franschhoek. The Huguenot Monument is a testament to this being dedicated to the Huguenots who settled in the area in the 1600s. Petrol-heads and wine lovers alike will enjoy the Franschhoek Motor Museum which boasts a collection of cars and motorcycles, some of which date back 100 years! The First South African Perfume Museum can also be found in Franschhoek.
Trips to small towns generally mean longer drives and with a family in tow, comfort would most definitely be a priority. A 4-wheel drive vehicle would be the best for such a trip, maybe eliminating worries in the minds of foreigners visiting South Africa. Luckily car rental from Rentacheapie is not expensive.