You’ve probably heard it over and over again… but life really is a journey, not a destination!
To celebrate life and create #aMAYzingMemories, here are ideas of great day trips to do and places to go this May. Spending time with people you love, doing things you love, discovering what South Africa has to offer and just enjoying the moment is what this blog’s all about! Instead of regretting the memories you’ll never have, let’s make them now with your perfect families and friends for a life filled with happiness.
The aMAYzing Cape Town!
Our list of must-do day trips starts out with a fun-filled day in the Mother City – after all, ladies first 😉.
As Cape Town is South Africa’s Mecca for foodies, this blog wouldn’t be complete without some tasty ideas of places to go around the Mother City that would make for an unforgettable day out. We recommend eating out at Mojo Market in Sea Point which is open daily AND you can buy awesome artisanal products there. Other things to enjoy are live music and live sports on TV – it’s a vibe!
On Saturdays, the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is calling. This market has more than enough food stalls to choose between, delicious Espresso Lab coffee on offer and fine dining (if that’s your thing) at one of RSA’s best restaurants – The Test Kitchen… you’ll be spoiled for choice during your super foodie adventure.
What could make for a better road trip than a drive along Chapman’s Peak – which is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth?! To make the most of it pack some snacks and a few refreshments which you can enjoy at a picnic spot along the way. What’s more, as you near the Noordhoek end of the drive you can stop for a delicious wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards where you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the estate (which you can walk around and even picnic on).
Another outing that’s sure to be filled with fun is a drive through Kalk Bay, stopping for something to eat and to explore the quaint boutique stores. Kalk Bay is a quiet town with its own fishing harbour, on the Cape Coast just below Boyes Drive (which we highly recommend taking for its views). Here you can enjoy a coffee watching the waves splash up against the windows of The Brass Bell Restaurant, get a delicious ice cream from the Ice Café or buy clothes that are truly unique from its many boutique stores. Just down the road is Simon’s Town where you can end off your day trip with a walk along the shore, watching the playful penguins hop around!
To make a memorable getaway of it, book to stay at one of our super Cape Town properties – there’s more than enough to do in the Mother City to justify an extended stay 😉.
Next, we explore…
The Garden Route😊
If you haven’t been before, the Garden Route must be one of South Africa’s biggest gems, and what’s more – it’s just made for magical day trips.
We suggest starting your perfect day out with a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at île de pain on Thesen Island. Their food is just delicious and the bakery has amazing bread and patisseries for you to snack on later in the day. After that choose between driving up to Knysna Heads to take in the impressive views, going for a boat ride on the lagoon, hiking in the Wilderness or spending the day catching some rays on Plett’s popular beaches.
A trip to the Garden Route wouldn’t be complete without exploring its amazing forests. Check out the Garden of Eden just off the N2 to see just how impressive the birdlife of the area really is! For dinner, if you’re after something extra special, try out Hunter’s Country House, just a short drive from Plettenberg Bay. Here unforgettable food and world-class service are dished up on its charming estate – perfect for #MagicalMemories. For accommodation that couldn’t be located any better, look no further than these choice offerings.
And last but not least we travel to the friendly…
With a route that’s named after relaxing day trips – The Midland’s Meander – it’s time to plan yours! The Midlands makes for a magical long weekend when driving from Gauteng or Durban 😊 so don’t forget to stay at Midlands Saddle & Trout which is perfect for kiddies and some horse riding, or at Whispering Waters where you can unwind in peaceful surroundings and catch a trout or two 😉.
With a number of dams in stunning mountainous surroundings, fishermen travel from far and wide to catch a trout in the Midlands’ beautiful waters. If you haven’t fly fished before – lessons are on offer, after which you can try your luck at snagging one of the canniest fish around. You can book a dam through Wildfly in Nottingham Road – a wonderful way to take in the blissful outdoors.
On your discovery of the Midlands, make sure you stop at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site to take in the rich history of the place. It’s a perfect photo opportunity and the Visitors Centre is sure to impress with light treats to snack on and memorabilia on offer to remember your trip by.
Fun-tastic activities that you can enjoy along the Meander include doing the Karkloof Canopy Tour where you’ll zip-line from platform to platform through the spectacular Karkloof Forest Reserve – ideal for the energetic!
If you’re into natural wonders, stopping at Howick Falls is a must! One of South Africa’s 10 highest waterfalls, take in the impressive scenery before unwinding on the banks of Midmar Dam (4km away) or having a delicious meal at the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine.
We hope this blog has given you some great ideas of new things to do or places to go to discover South Africa and have an aMAYzing adventure – after all, life’s about the journey 😉.
‘Til next time, have magical times with your family and friends and let us know what you get up to on social media by using the hashtag #MagicalMemories.