Beaches, blue skies and soaring temperatures are the order of the day when it comes to a Cape Town summer. With a wide range of pristine beaches, exquisite nature reserves and winding mountain passes, there is no shortage of things to do in and around the Mother City. We’ve rounded up the 5 best coastal day trips from Cape Town so you can decide the best way to spend your weekends this summer.
West Coast National Park
A scenic 45 minute drive from the centre of town, the West Coast National Park is a particularly stunning spot for escaping the bustle of city life. If you’re visiting between September and November, you can visit the wildflower conservation section of the park, Posberg, and see the flowers in full bloom. Otherwise there are braai facilities, white sand beaches and ample opportunity for small game viewing to be had.
The quaint seaside town of Betty’s Bay is only a few minutes drive from the more popular Pringle Bay. Betty’s Bay is linked to Cape Town by one of South Africa’s most picturesque drives, Clarens Drive, which hugs the mountain on one side and offers expansive ocean views on the other. Head to the Harold Porter Nature Reserve for a hike through the fynbos and a delicious pot of tea and scones at the small cafe. Otherwise get that adrenaline pumping and opt for an afternoon of sandboarding down the giant dune, or spend the day with the penguins at the seaside colony.
Perfect for a Sunday drive, the sleepy town of Hermanus is a sweet repose from vibrant city life. Browse the local art galleries, visit one of the coarse sand beaches or stroll along the cliff path walk and, if it’s the right time of year, try your luck at spotting a whale in the bay. The Hemel en Aarde valley is also home to some of the best wine farms in the country, so stop by for a tasty lunch and sample their fare.
Combine a trip to Cape Town with one of South Africa’s bucket-list activities, and go shark cage diving in Gansbaai! A short 2 hour drive through the rolling hills of the Garden Route, Gansbaai is a modest town with jaw-dropping landscapes. Come face-to-face with one of Africa’s most terrifying creatures and book your tour with Shark Zone today.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve
This nature reserve on the coast is an idyllic spot to spend a day hiking, swimming and bird watching. A must for nature lovers and outdoorsy types, the Kogelberg Nature Reserve offers the chance to breathe fresh mountain air and take in all the pretty fauna and flora.
Get out and enjoy all that the Mother City and its surrounds has to offer with one of these exciting coastal day trips from Cape Town. Shark Zone tours are available to help make the most of summer with a host of proudly South African activities. Get in touch today to find out more!