13 days in Western Cape Itinerary

13 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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Paternoster
— 3 nights
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Franschhoek
— 3 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 3 nights

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Paternoster

— 3 nights
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Paternoster Beach. Get outdoors at West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon. When in Paternoster, make a side trip to see Bird Island Nature Reserve in Lamberts Bay, approximately Lamberts Bay away. There's much more to do: get outside with Kayak Paternoster with Dianne Heesom Green - Private Tours, play a few rounds at Shelley Point Country Club, explore the galleries of Stone Fish Studio and Gallery, and stroll through Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paternoster trip builder tool.

Cape Town to Paternoster is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Paternoster

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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Franschhoek

— 3 nights

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then cruise along Franschhoek Pass, and then contemplate the long history of Boschendal Wine Estate. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Waterford Estate, then do a tasting at Spier Wine Farm, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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You can drive from Paternoster to Franschhoek in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Hermanus

— 3 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Betty's Bay to see Stony Point Penguin Colony about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kwaaiwater, learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux, take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus attractions planner.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Cape Town

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Llandudno Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Point and Clifton Beaches. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Western Cape travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.