The Ultimate Road Trip Guide in the Western Cape
Updated: Aug 6
Stunning views, easily accessible national parks, beautiful beaches, wine farms, delicious restaurants hidden away in the countryside, and colorful little beach towns are waiting for you in Cape Town's hinterland.
After having explored Cape Town for a few days, we decided to drive out and see what the rest of the country has to offer. You will not be disappointed. To decide which route to take and where to stop, we asked our South African friends who strongly suggested to drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. It was the right decision.
If you want, you can drive from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope in under 2h but where would be the fun in that?
There is plenty of things to see, eat, and do along the way. We recommend you to block at least 2 days for this trip and stay in one of the many boutique hotels or Airbnb's along the way. You will be spoiled for choices.
In this guide, we share with you where you should consider making a stop and what you can expect. The list below is in no particular order.
Our Recommended Stopping Points Along the Way
Noordhoek Farm Stall
Cape of Good Hope
Visit Bay Habour Market and Meet The Seals at Hout Bay
About half an hour drive from Cape Town lies the small town Hout Bay. Don’t let the size of the town fool you. There is a lot to do. Watching the seals up close getting fed by the local fishermen near the restaurant ‘The Lookout’ is just one of them. (They usually get fed in the evening when the fishermen come back with the catch of the day.)
Another thing, we recommend you to do is to visit the Bay Habour Market. It is a really nice market run by locals. For more information about this and other markets in and around Cape Town, please check out our guide ‘Top Things to do in Cape Town’.
Visit The Penguins at Boulder’s Beach
At Boulders Beach, you will have the unique opportunity to get up close with the penguin colony that lives in between the dunes. Simply follow the boardwalks through the dunes and dense vegetation around Foxy Beach and you will be able to observe the penguins closely.
For more information about Boulder’s Beach and the cute little tailcoat-wearing birds, just click on our guide ‘Top Things to do in Cape Town’.
Have Lunch @Nordhook Farm Village
The Noordhoek Farm Village offers the best of what local farmers in the area produce. This makes it the perfect location to enjoy a nice lunch. The options there are plenty. There are lots of food stalls and little restaurants including a food barn.
Muizenberg is a small beach town that attracts surfers all year round. We enjoyed watching them as they caught the waves and took a stroll along the beach.
Muizenberg is a small beach town that attracts surfers all year round. The waves were really strong on the day that we went which is why we simply enjoyed watching them as they caught the waves and took a stroll along the beach.
For lunch, we went to the restaurant ‘Tiger’s Milk’. We got a spot overlooking the beachfront and feasted on delicious burgers and beer. They also serve really good pizza and ribs.
While you are on the road, we also recommend you making a stop in Kalk Bay. Known for its boutiques and antique shops, we are certain you will find one or two souvenirs to take home with you.
By the way, Kalk Bay made it to the top of the 2018 Forbes list of coolest neighborhoods in the world. Not surprising therefore that aside from the quaint little shops, their restaurants are also super nice.
Our friends recommended us to dine at the Harbour House and they did not disappoint us. Overlooking the habour, it is the perfect spot for a romantic evening with a delicious seafood dinner.
Cape of Good Hope
We made it to the most southern point of the African continent!
The Cape of Good Hope is located in the iconic Table Mountain National Park. You can just drive in with your car after paying your entrance fee. Driving through the park is just amazing. The view of the hills, plains, and the ocean is simply breathtaking.
Cape Point is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. The best place to enjoy a stunning view is from the New Cape Point Lighthouse.
Check out that view!
We hope you enjoy our guide. Please do share with us your favorite spot on your road trip in the Western Cape in the comments below. We are curious.