Many of the Cape’s natural and scenic spectacles are found beyond the city centre, along a mountain range that begins in the southern suburbs, as part of the thrilling Peninsula Coastal Route, while the Cape Winelands, an hour away is the perfect country excursion.
A 60-minute drive from the city, the Cape Winelands boasts over 200 wine estates and the historic settlements of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town. Sample great wines and gourmet food and see Cape Dutch architecture while you explore this beautiful Cape coutryside.
Ten minutes drive from the city on Table Mountain’s eastern slopes, the world famous Kirstenbosch Botancial Gardens showcase the Cape’s unique floral spendours, with the historic wine estates of Constantia just beyond this. Newlands cricket/rugby stadia and top golf courses are also in this area.
peninsula coastal route
The Peninsula boasts breathtaking coastal scenic sights on a route that takes in the False Bay hamlets of Muizenberg and Simon’s Town, fabled Cape Point, and returns past the wide beaches of Noordhoek and over precipitous Chapman’s Peak Drive to the fishing village of Hout Bay and back to the city.