The Western Cape encompasses some of South Africa’s most exquisite scenery and coastline. Well signposted and great conditioned roads lead you from stunning beaches and mountain vista’s to the low-lying fynbos fringed roads stretching up the West Coast. The spectacular variety of landscapes is unmatched and is without doubt a great destination to go on a road trip to.
1. Chapman’s Peak – One of Cape Town’s most loved roads, Chapman’s Peak Drive offers drivers the chance to explore, as well as it is a convenient route between the city and the Southern Peninsula. The road runs along the side of Chapma’s Peak and boasts over a hundred curves as it winds its way above the coast. If you’re a photography fundi and you’re in dire straights for superb panoramic shots, then Chapman’s Peak is a must.
Depending on what direction you’re travelling from, your Chapman’s Peak road trip can culiminate in a nice leisurely lazy lunch. There are numerous restaurants in Hout Bay and Noordhoek that serve a perfect blend of local and international cuisine.
Don’t forget to take some spare cash for the toll gate, binoculars and a camera. There are numerous rest spots along the road to savour exhilarating views.
2. The Cape Wine Routes – There are 18 official wine routes in South Africa and the Western Cape claims all of them. The Breede River gives life to the Robertson Wine Valley and also to the Worcester Wine Valley. Against the backdrop of the harsh and unforgiving climate of the Klein Karoo it is still surprising to find the Klein Karoo Wine Route. A newer attraction, the R62 Brandy Route is also situated here. Much like the variety of cheese and wines you’ll taste, the scenery is full bodied and flavourful. Immerse yourself in the fine winemaking tradition of the Cape and discover the finest wine routes in the world.
Don’t forget to have a designated driver of sober habits if you plan on wine tasting.
3. The West Coast Flower Route – Time your Cape Town Road trip to the tee and you might be lucky enough to experience the West Coast Flower Route in all her blossoming beauty. During the months of August and September, the wildflower displays on the Cape West Coast are considered to be among the most spectacular in the world.
Don’t forget to pack your camera, a picnic and lots of sunscreen.
4. Helshoogte Pass – As Stellenbosch disappears in your review mirror and you head to new vineyards in Franschhoek make sure you’re on the Helshoogte Pass. Apart from the world class wine farms scattered along the way, this beautiful pass offers a convenient and picturesque route between stellenbosch and Paarl.
5. Signal Hill – Signal Hill is a favourite among resident and touring families and serves up the perfect spot for romantic couples looking to end their road trip with an awesome view, glass of Pinotage in hand.
The hill is located 350m above sea level and offers picturesque 360 degree views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Green Point and Robben Island.
Don’t forget to take some extra cash for the local ice cream van, camera, binoculars, your pinotage and a picnic basket.
6. Camps Bay & Hout Bay – For many Capetonians Victoria Road is simply the daily commute between work and home but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring. Connecting the lofty seaside villas of Camps Bay and Llandudno and the suburban bliss of Hout Bay via Suikerbossie, Victoria Rd winds its way between the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Seaboard.