There are plenty of ways to get around Cape Town on guided tours, the hop-on-hop-off bus, walking tours and even a tram through the Winelands. For some things, you need a car though.
Without a vehicle during your Cape Town self-catering stay you can’t experience any of these incredible journeys along some of the country’s most scenic passes. Here’s the top four but there are plenty of scenic drives to go around in Cape Town.
1. Chapman’s Peak
This is one of the world’s most attractive pieces of tarmac with its sheer cliff face on the one side and glorious views of the Atlantic on the other. What’s more. you can stop off at the picnic sites along the way for a break with a chance of whales.
Whichever way you go, there’s a treat at the end of Chapman’s Peak Drive. You’ll either end up in Hout Bay with its many seafood restaurants, quaint shops and World of Birds or Noordhoek where you can enjoy pristine beaches and friendly local markets.
2. Franschhoek Pass
What can you say about driving through the towering Franschhoek Mountains overlooking the verdant meadows and vineyards of this premier wine area? It’s great – that’s what.
Along the way, you’ll find the entrance to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, part of the UNESCO Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve where you can hike amongst the fynbos, birds, and ancient San rock art. The pot of gold at the end of this thoroughfare is the charming neighbourhood of Franschhoek where you’ll find some of the country’s best food, wine, chocolate, classic cars and outdoor activities.
3. Du Toitskloof Pass
Take the Old Road between Worcester and Paarl for glorious panoramas over the hills, fields and valleys of the Paarl Winelands. This ancient passage between the hills was officially constructed before WWII but it was used as a cattle track for many years before that.
Stop off at one of the picnic sites along the way and wonder at the scenes that once played out here, then make your way down to one of these wonderful Winelands villages for fine cheese, wine and fresh farm fare.
4. Hex River Pass
Continue your journey from Wellington along this mountainside highway to De Doorns where you’ll find Inverness safari park with its lions and other wild creatures, along with the usual smattering of excellent restaurants and wine farms to visit.
The Hex River Pass is gorgeous year-round, with colourful vistas over indigenous flower fields in spring and picturesque snowy scenes on the mountain tops in winter. The Blue Train travels this route as well as a local sightseeing train, the Hexpas Express, so you know it’s one of the top scenic routes around.
Hit the Road
Book your car at the same time you reserve your accommodation and make the most of your explorations in and around the Mother City. Get in touch to get the show on the road.