A beautiful coastal drive from Cape Town, a great way to spend a weekend outside the city
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The best weekend getaways from Cape Town

Capetonians like residents of any other big city in the world sometimes want to escape from busy city life, to find a quite place in the mountains or by the sea to recharge their batteries, to get new ideas and inspiration. Luckily there are many great places suitable for weekend getaways around the city. We’ve chosen some of the best places in Cape Town to spend a weekend. and divided them into different categories according to activities you can do there and the required budget. All places are located not further than 300 km from Cape Town which makes them easy to access from the city. The post is 100% based on our personal travel experience.

If you’re visiting the Mother City as a tourist many of these places can be easily included in your Cape Town itinerary.

Map of the best weekend getaway from Cape Town

A map of the weekend getaways from Cape Town
Best places for a weekend escape from Cape Town; romantic getaways, weekend road trip, camping getaways. To open Google Maps click on the map.

Fantastic places for a romantic weekend getaway

Franschhoek

  • Distance – 81 km, one way from Cape Town City Bowl
  • Driving time about 1h15min.
  • Best season – October – April though it gets quite hot here in January-February.

Franschhoek is a perfect place for a romantic getaway. It’s located close to Cape Town, in the picturesque valley surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Franschhoek is considered to be the food capital of South Africa. It has with some of the best wine farms and restaurants in the country. You will be surprised how much you can do in this small town. It’s not all about wine and dining. For adventure and outdoor lovers there are several hiking and mountain biking trails around the town. The best way to spend a weekend here is to come on Friday night and stay till Sunday to have enough time to explore, taste and enjoy the area.

Things to do in Franschhoek

  • Take the wine tram and visit a couple of beautiful estates in the area.
  • Wine tasting and fine dining.
  • Go on a hike in Mont Rochelle Nature reserve , there are several hiking trails with some stunning look outs and views over the area.
  • Mountain bike, there are several routes; Robertsvlei Loop, Franschhoek Pass MTB route, Matoppie MTB.
  • Taste delicious chocolate at Huguenot Fine Chocolate, daily at 11am and 3pm, a half an hour sweet experience, R40 pp.
  • Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum where you can see hundreds of cars from the first motorized vehicles to the modern racing cars. Open daily from 10am to 4pm.
  • Stroll through Franschhoek Saturday Village market on Huguenot road in the city center. Open every Saturday from 9am to 3pm, closed in July.

Places to stay in Franschhoek

There are many accommodation options in the town but for a real romantic escape I’d suggest staying at one of the estates outside Franschhoek.

| Royal Gala Cottage | Lavender Farm Guest House | MontMartre Chalets and Guest House | Lynx Wine Estate |

Stellenbosch

  • Distance – 50 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – about 50min.
  • Best season – spring-summer for the best weather and the most beautiful views. Wine tasting can be done any season.

Another great place near Cape Town to come for a romantic weekend escape. Like Franschoek Stellenbosch is famous for its beautiful wine estates. Wine tasting is the main activity here but there are many other things to do in and around the town like hiking, mountain biking and road cycling. Stellenbosch is a university town there are many bars and clubs that open all night long. It’s a more suitable place for a romantic getaway for younger couples than Franschhoek. Couples that are seeking some tranquility can find a perfect place for them in Stellenbosch as well. There are many stunning wine farms in the area that offer tasting, dining and accommodation on their estates.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wine tasting, there are more than 140 wine estates in the area, many of them have tasting rooms and restaurants. I’d suggest choosing 6 or 8 farms instead of trying to visit many.

Wine pairing, there are a couple of farms that offer to combine wine tasting with chocolate, or cheese pairing; wine & chocolate pairing – Spier; bubbly wine & nougat – C J Le Roux; wine & cheese – Fairview.

Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities around Stellenbosch. Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has several hiking trails. Many wine farms have hiking and cycling routes on their estates.

Exploring the historical center of Stellenbosch; the University, Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch Village Museum, etc. You can do it on your own or by joining a walking tour.

Visiting one of the Stellenbosch weekend markets. Route 44 is the biggest weekend market in the area. It’s open Sat and Sun from 9am to 4pm. Here you can find all sort of food and drinks from local braai meat to sushi and curry. Make sure to come here hungry!

Places to stay in Stellenbosch

If you want to be close to the bustling night life of Stellenbosch, it’s better to stay in the town. | Governor’s Apartments | Eendracht Hotel | De Haas Living @ Hamman 14 |

Otherwise staying at one of the farms surrounded by the vineyards and hill is a perfect option for a romantic getaway. | Cultivar Boutique Hotel | Simonzicht Guest House | Orange-Ville Guesthouse |

One of the wine farms near Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Tokara wine farm outside Stellenbosch is one of the perfect places for wine tasting on a romantic weekend

There are several other wine routes with beautiful farms in Cape Town that can be visited as day trips from the city. Wine farms located in Durbanville offer not only great wines but stunning views of Table Mountain that you won’t find on any other route.

Hermanus

  • Distance – 120 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – about 1h40min.
  • Best season – summer for nice beach weather, winter (July to September) for whale watching.

This beautiful coastal town is an ideal place for a romantic getaway by the sea. Wake up in the morning, go for breakfast to one of the sea view restaurants, walk around, go out with a boat to spot whales and dolphins or go to the beach. Hermanus has a great range of accommodation and restaurant options for different budgets, you’ll be able to find one that suits you the best.  

Things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus is one of the best places in Cape Town for whale watching. The peak season is July to September when Southern Right whales come here for breeding. Outside the season you can see dolphins, seals and sharks here. You can see whales and other marine animals from the shore but

Visiting African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai. There is a nice coffee shop inside where you can have light lunch, coffee, dessert while watching rescued penguins in the pool. They do penguin feeding every day at 3pm.

Wine tasting, there are some great wine farms around Hermanus.

Eating fresh seafood and fish at one of the local restaurants.

Chilling on the beach e.g. Grotto Beach, the most popular and easy to access.

Wandering around Hermanus Saturday Country market, here you can find anything from local farm products to antique and clothes. Opened every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Hermanus Cricket Club.

Places to stay in Hermanus

Staying close to the ocean is the best option here. | Anchor’s Rest | 138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse | One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel |

A stunning view of the coast from Hermanus
The stunning coastline of Hermanus is a perfect escape for a romantic weekend

Paternoster

  • Distance – 150 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – about 2 hours
  • Best season – spring and summer months. August and September is the best time to see the flower season in Namaqualand.

One of the most beautiful towns on the West Coast Paternoster has all you need for a perfect romantic weekend; breathtaking scenery, unspoiled beaches, and great restaurants. The scenery on the West Coast is very different from the Cape Winelands and the East Coast, less vegetation more space. The beauty of the West Coast is very special there is no other similar place in the country.

Paternoster is famous for its restaurants. Local seafood and fish are always fresh. Oysters and crayfish here are a must-try. Local bread and pastry is another not-to-miss here. Paternoster is the place to come for inspiration and relaxation, to escape the bustling city life and to enjoy the tranquility of the West Coast.

Things to do in Paternoster

  • Driving to Cape Columbine lighthouse.
  • Visiting Tietiesbaai Nature Reserve.  
  • Having lunch or dinner at Voorstrandt restaurant, they have great variety of seafood and fish dishes.
  • Sea kayaking
  • Horse riding on the beach
  • Drinking a beer or a cocktails at Panties Bar

Places to stay in Paternoster

Staying close to the beach at one of the traditional white cottages is the way to go here.| Smugglers’ Cottage | Paternoster Manor | Nieuview |

Stunning white-sand beaches on the West Coast near Paternoster
One of the unspoiled beaches near Paternoster, a perfect place for a weekend city escape

Aquila Game Reserve, Touwsrivier

  • Distance – 180 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – about 2 hours
  • Best season – all year round

The reserve is a great place to escape from the busy city and a perfect place for a romantic getaway. The location of the place is fantastic; surrounded by the hills, far from noisy roads and bustling cities. The variety of wildlife in the reserve is impressive. You can see here the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), as well as different kinds of antelopes, ostriches, giraffes, porcupines, etc. There are morning, afternoon and evening safaris as well as horseback riding and quad bike safaris.

The complex includes a luxury lodge and cottages, a restaurant, an infinity pool and a spa. All you need to relax and enjoy the weekend. Book your safari weekend in advance!

The Baths Hot Springs, Citrusdal

  • Distance – 190 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – about 2h30min.
  • Best season – it’s nice here in summer but to really enjoy the hot springs winter is the best time.

What can be better than spending a weekend with your dearest one soaking in an outdoor hot spring pool or in a private jacuzzi?! The Baths Hot Spring Resort with natural hot springs near Citrusdal is a perfect place for a romantic getaway. The Baths is located in a small valley surrounded by the mountain and orange plantations, far from busy roads and city noises. The place is a real hidden paradise, after spending a weekend here you’ll fill relaxed and recharged. Book your chalet or apartment online.

Thing to do at The Baths

  • Chilling in the hot spring swimming pools.
  • Relaxing in rock pools hidden in the forest.
  • Hiking, two scenic trails uphill with beautiful view over the area.
  • Floating in the pool at night looking at the stars.
An outdoor thermal pool at the Baths a hidden paradise near Citrusdal a great place for a romantic escape
One of the outside thermal pools at the Baths Hot Springs. Soaking in a pool surrounded by the beautiful nature is a great option for a romantic weekend

The best weekend road trips from Cape Town

The Cape Peninsula drive

  • Total distance – 150 km
  • Best season – summer is the best time but the area is beautiful all year around, the main attractions are open all year.

The driving route: Cape Town – Camps Bay – Hout Bay – Chapman’s Peak Drive – Kommetjie – Cape Point – Boulders Beach – Muizenberg – Constantia – Kirstenbosch – Cape Town.

A route map of the weekend drive around the Cape Peninsula
Driving route around the Cape Peninsula, the shortest road trip from Cape Town

This drive is one of our favorite weekend things to do in Cape Town. We’ve driven this road many times and every time there is something new to see or to do. The around Cape Town road trip is the shortest out of the five suggested weekend getaway trips but there are many amazing places along the route to keep you busy for the entire weekend. This scenic drive can be done as a day trip from Cape Town as well.

Start your day at Sea Point and continue driving along the coast past Camps Bay to Hout Bay. Don’t forget to stop at Maiden’s Cove parking for beautiful views of Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles. In Hout Bay go to the harbour you can always see there a couple of seals. As an option you can do a seal snorkeling tour, it’s a lot of fun! From Hout Bay continue driving along the coast towards Kommetjie following the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive. There are several look-out points along the route where you can park your car.

After all the driving it’s time to stretch your legs. The Cape Point National Park is a great place to do it. The area is absolutely beautiful. One can spend hours exploring the park. Don’t forget to visit Cape of Good Hope, Dias Beach and the Old Lighthouse.

From Cape Point drive to Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. You can stay Simon’s Town for the night, there are many great accommodation options or continue driving to Muizenberg and overnight there.

The next day on the way back to the city you can stop at a couple of wine estates in Constantia and do some wine tasting. To finish the weekend road trip visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden where you can enjoy a picnic on the grass. In summer every Sunday evening there is an open-air sunset concert in the Garden, it’ll e a perfect ending of the weekend.

The Cape Peninsula road trip highlights

  • Camps Bay, the most expensive and one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Cape Town.
  • Hout Bay, one of the best places in Cape Town for watching Cape Seals. You can see them at the harbour or snorkeling from a boat.
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive, a 9-kilometre drive along the coast with several look-out points.
  • Kommetjie, a popular surf town with endless sandy beaches.
  • Cape Point National Park, a place with the stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, a couple of lighthouses and several hiking trails.
  • Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, a beautiful white-sand beach surrounded by the massive boulders with cute African penguins walking around.
  • Muizenberg, one of the best places in Cape Town to learn surfing famous for its colorful wooden beach cabins.
  • Constantia, one of the best places for wine tasting near Cape Town.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, a green paradise within the city, a great place for a picnic.

Places to stay along the Cape Peninsula

Stunning view of Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak Drive
Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most beautiful roads around Cape Town, and a great place to start a weekend trip

Cape Town to Cape Agulhas

  • Total distance – 505 km, return from Cape Town
  • Best season – any time though in winter, June – August, you might get quite a bit of rain.

The driving route; Cape Town – Gordon’s Bay – Crystal Pools – Betty’s Bay – Hermanus – Elim – Stuisbaai – Cape Agulhas – Arniston – Napier – Caledon – Cape Town.

A weekend road trip escape from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas
The suggested driving route for a weekend road trip from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas. To open Google Maps click on the map.

This beautiful road trip to the Southernmost Point of Africa is one of our favorite scenic drives in Cape Town. It can be done over two days. Start on Saturday morning from Cape Town, drive past Gordon’s Bay along the coast. Stop at one of the viewpoints to take photos and to spot Cape seals or Southern Right whales if you do the trip between July and September. Go for a walk to Crystal Pools at Kogelberg Nature Reserve (book in advance) or Harold Porter botanical garden. Visit the penguin colony at Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay. Stop for lunch and wine tasting in Hermanus, drive past the little town of Elim. Stop at Black Oystercatcher to taste more wine or craft beer. Just before Cape Agulhas stop at Struisbaai harbor, where you can see the local celebrity Pari the Stingray, he’s been living there for years. End your day at Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost Point of Africa.

The next day drive to Arniston to check out the white fishermen’s cottages and the huge Waenhuiskrans cave. Make sure you go there at low tide otherwise you can’t access the cave. Stop for lunch or coffee in the beautiful town of Napier before heading back to Cape Town.

Cape Town to Cape Agulhas road trip highlights

  • Gordon’s Bay Drive, a stunning road along the coast.
  • Crystal Pools Nature Reserve, a great place for hiking though you have to book a hike in advance.
  • Stony Point Penguin Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay.
  • Harold Porter Botanical Garden, a beautiful garden with several hiking trails.
  • Hermanus, a beautiful coastal town, amazing place for whale watching, great seafood restaurants and wine estates.
  • Elim, a beautiful small town with colorful houses lined up along the main street.
  • Napier, a nice town with many souvenir and coffee shops on the main street. It looks great in spring with jacaranda trees are in blossom.
  • Arniston, a small fishermen’s town famous for traditional white fisherman cottages and Waenhuiskrans Cave.
  • Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost Point of Africa.

Accommodation in Cape Agulhas

There are many self-catering cottages and hotels at Cape Agulhas. | Redsky self catering Agulhas | Agulhas Home with a View | Coast B&B |

Elim a hidden gem on a weekend getaway road trip from Cape Town
Elim, a beautiful small town on the Cape Town to Cape Agulhas weekend road trip

The West Coast (Namaqualand) drive

  • Total distance – 393 km, return from Cape Town to St.Helena Bay
  • Best season – spring months August and September is the best time to visit Namaqualand, to see fields covered in flowers

The driving route; Cape Town – West Coast National Park – Langebaan – Jacobsbaai – Paternoster – Tietiesbaai – St.Helena Bay – Cape Town.

A map of the route from Cape Town to St.Helena Bay along the coast.
The driving route for a weekend road trip from Cape Town along the West Coast. To open Google Maps click on the map.

The West Coast is something different and special; an endless coastline, spacious and airy, an incredible combination of bright blue and white colors. A great place to come if you need to think, relax, and reload. And of course to try seafood and fish freshly caught and cooked in the best possible way.

To start the day stop for breakfast with the sea view at Big Bay. We love coming to Ons Huisie and the Blue Peter for a Saturday breakfast. From Big Bay continue along the coast past Melkbosstrand towards Langebaan. Stop at West Coast National Park. It’s a great place for bird watching and one of the best places in Namaqualand to come in spring to see fields covered with thousands of flowers. There are several mountain biking and hiking trails inside the park.

Then stop in Langebaan, a small coastal town and a great place for kite surfing. In summer you can see hundreds of kites along the beach. From Langebaan head to Paternoster where you can stop for lunch local seafood and bread/pastry are delicious! Voorstrandt and the Noisy Oyster are our favorite restaurants here. After lunch, visit the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. End the day in St.Helena Bay. Definitely go to the Lighthouse at Shelly Point, a beautiful place with unspoiled sandy beaches surrounded by the huge boulders. The waters around Shelly Point are full of life in a couple of hours we spent on a boat we saw many dolphins and seals, two whales, hundreds of seabirds, and a sunfish a couple of times.

West Coast weekend drive highlights 

  • West Coast National park, a beautiful park and a great place for bird lovers.
  • Langebaan, a nice town with great conditions for kite surfing between November and March.
  • Jacobsbaai, a small town with sandy unspoiled beaches.
  • Paternoster, a picturesque white town with great seafood restaurants.
  • Tietiesbaai, the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, a beautiful coastal scenery, popular place for camping over December holidays. The campsite is nice but recently there were quite a few people complaining about security issues they had there.
  • St.Helena Bay, one of the most beautiful corners on the West Coast. Shelley Point lighthouse and beaches are not to miss here.

Places to stay in St.Helena Bay

I’d definitely recommend staying as close to the beach as possible, the sunset views here are spectacular.| Goblin’s Creek | Oystercatcher Lodge | La Hoya |

Shelley Point Beach, St.Helena Bay, an amazing place for a weekend escape from Cape Town
Shelley Point in St.Helena Bay is a great place for a weekend getaway from Cape Town

Route 62

  • Total distance – 490 km, return from Cape Town to Barrydale
  • Best season – September – December and March – May are the best months. In winter it’s rainy and chilly. In January – February it gets very hot.

The driving route; Cape Town – Paarl – Du Toits Kloof Pass – Breedekloof wine route – Rawsonville – Robertson – Montagu – Barrydale – Cape Town.

Map of the Route 62 weekend road trip
The suggested driving route for a road trip from Cape Town along the Route 62. To open Google Maps click on the map

To drive the complete route all the way to Port Elizabeth over a weekend is too much, most of the time you’ll spend driving. You can drive a part of the Route 62 in two days to Barrydale, which is 246km from Cape Town. Route 62 is a perfect escape option, if it’s unpleasantly windy at the coast you can go more inland and explore some cozy towns.

From Paarl don’t drive through the Huguenot tunnel take the scenic route over Du Toits Kloof Pass. Stop at a couple of wine estates on the Breedekloof Wine Route, most of them offer free tasting. Stop for lunch and wine tasting at Nuy Winery, between Worcester and Robertson; a beautiful estate, good wines, great food and desserts, amazing views. You can stop in Montagu and relax in the mineral hot springs.  If you want to explore more of the Route 62 continue to Barrydale. The drive between Montagu and Barrydale offers a very typical Platteland scenery; wheat fields with occasional vineyards, road kiosks with local products, and the endless road.

On the way back you can do a small loop and drive to Paarl over Bain’s Kloof Pass, another beautiful pass with stunning views.

Route 62 highlights 

  • Paarl
  • Du Toits Kloof Pass
  • Bain’s Kloof Pass
  • Breedekloof Wine Route
  • Robertson Wine Valley
  • Montagu hot mineral springs
  • Platteland scenery
  • Barrydale

Places to stay

Morning scenery along the Route 62, South Africa
The fantastic sunrise on the Route 62, a great way to spend a weekend away from Cape Town

Great camping getaways near Cape Town

We love camping and have camped at about 30+ different campsites in South Africa, mostly in the Western Cape Province. Here are our 5 favorite campsites near Cape Town.

Tweede Tol campsite, Paarl

  • Distance – 90 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 1h20min.
  • Price – from ZAR 160 for 2 people, ZAR 60 for every extra person, ZAR 40 pp. park entrance fee.
  • Per friendly – no

The campsites is located in the Limietberg Nature reserve. To get there from Paarl you drive through the Bain’s Kloof Pass – a beautiful pass with stunning view. The campsite is perfect for those who want to spend a weekend in a tranquil place surrounded by beautiful nature. The campsite is located at the river in the shade of big trees which makes it a great place for a summer escape from the scorching city.

Things to do at Tweedy Tol

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Discovering San & Khoi rock art

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes, in the ablution complex
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes

22 Watervalle, Porterville

  • Distance – 150 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 1h40min.
  • Price – ZAR 260 per campsite up to 4 people
  • Per friendly – no

22 Waterfalls is a beautiful guest farm near Porterville. It’s a perfect place for a weekend escape from the city. The campsite is not very big but nice and spacious. It’s located in a beautiful area at the foot of the mountain next to a small river. There are literally 22 waterfalls that you walk past on the trail, it goes quite far up all the way to the top and further but the forest part is the most spectacular.

Things to do at 22 Waterfalls

  • Hiking
  • Swimming in the pools
  • Fishing
  • Cycling

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes, in the ablution complex
  • Power outlets – yes, sites with outlets are more expensive
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
A tall waterfall surrounded by the forest at 22 Waterfalls Guest Farm
One of the many waterfalls at 22 Waterfalls Holiday Farm near Porterville

Khomeesdrif, Riviersonderend

  • Distance – 160 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 2 hours
  • Price – ZAR 320 per site, up to 4 people, ZAR 80 for every extra person, ZAR 20 per dog
  • Per friendly – yes

Khomeesdrif is one of our dog’s favorite campsites. We’ve camped here many times and every time our dog goes crazy when we arrive. The place is truly beautiful and tranquil. The campsite is located close to the river surrounded by the trees. It’s a great place to come with family and friends. There are many outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Things to do at Khomeesdrif

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Playing volleyball
  • Relaxing on the deck

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes, in the ablution complex
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
Beautiful scenery at Khomeesdrif campsite, one of the best spots for a camping getaway from Cape Town
A beautiful deck by the river at Khomeesdrif campsites near Riviersonderend

Beaverlac, Porterville

  • Distance – 175 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 2 hours
  • Price – ZAR 30 per car, ZAR 75 per person, ZAR 45 children (4-17 yo), ZAR 50 per dog
  • Per friendly – yes

Beaverlac is a stunning place hidden behind the mountain range on a windy road. The place is big with several spacious open grassy areas for camping, great place to camp with friends and family, very social and quite busy over holidays. The area is beautiful and quite remote far from busy roads and noises. You wake up in the morning with the sounds of birds singing. There are nice natural rocky pools for swimming, several hiking and MTB trails.

Things to do at Beaverlac

  • Swimming in the rock pools
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no

Suikerbossie Guest Farm, Cederberg

  • Distance – 200 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 2h30min.
  • Per friendly – yes

Suikerbossie Farm is a great place to come for a family weekend. If you want to get away from bustling Cape Town life and unwind in a peaceful place far from city traffic and noises come here. The nearest town is 94km away you’ll be surprised how quiet it can be it night and how bright the night sky is. The camping spots are grassy and spacious, located at a small river, surrounded by trees and bushes so spots are quite private, each site has a roofed shade area. Our favorite site here is , it’s the most private, with beautiful view on the river, nice spot for swimming.

Things to do at Suikerbossie

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • 4×4 driving
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
A beautiful camping spot by the river at Suikerbossie, a great city getaway place
Suikerbossie Farm is a great place for a family weekend getaway

Umshanti, Buffeljags Dam, Swellendam

  • Distance – 230 km, one way from Cape Town
  • Driving time – 3 hours
  • Price – ZAR 280 per site, up to 6 people
  • Per friendly – yes

Umshanti is a guest farm/campsite located in a beautiful place at the Buffeljags dam with stunning view over the area. The place is great for a budget romantic getaway or family weekend. Except for camping there are several accommodation options, the most budget one is small wooden cottages at the edge of the cliff with incredible view. Gypsy is the smallest and the cheapest one (accommodate only 2 people) but very cozy in a way reminds of a Hobbit house. It  has all you need for a nice stay, even little fridge and stove.

Things to do at Buffeljags Dam 

  • Hiking in the nearby mountains
  • Kayaking, you can use their kayaks for free.
  • Swimming, the water is nice and warm, there is a small sandy beach and a wooden deck at the dam.
  • Jet skiing, you’ll need your own gear.
  • Relaxing, braaiing, reading. 

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flush toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
A beautiful camping site at Buffeljags Dam
Umshanti campsite at Buffeljags Dam near Swellendam. A fantastic place for a family weekend

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