Cape Town is home to many iconic and well-known sites, but it’s also home to some lesser-known treasures.

You’d be missing out if you didn’t make time for at least one of these little-known nearby destinations during your Cape Town self-catering stay.

1. Elgin Valley
The Elgin Valley is one of the those places you don’t really want to tell anyone about. This little-known destination provides a true escape from it all, with lovely landscapes primed for exploring.

Here you can relax in relative solitude, soar with the eagles on a zipline canopy tour or head out on thrilling mountain bike adventures among rugged mountains. Although it’s a little less refined than the usual wine lands experiences, a wine tasting tour in this part of the world offers laid-back enjoyment and the chance to discover some excellent vintages and out-of-the-way eateries.

2. Struisbaai
Struisbaai’s home to the longest natural beach in the southern hemisphere and is also just a few kilometres from where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at Cape Agulhas.  

From here, you can see the lighthouse that marks the spot, indulge in whale watching, swim and sunbathe, or ride a horse along the miles of sand.

3. Arniston Village
While you’re in the area, pop into this delightful village close to Cape Agulhas, where you’ll come across picture perfect turquoise waters edged by snow white sands.

This sleepy town has an interesting past and abundant natural beauty that will enthral you throughout your visit. You’ll see a fair share of whales in this part of the world too and you can shop until you drop at enigmatic arts and crafts stalls.

4. Paternoster
Since die Wolfgat became the world’s best restaurant in 2019, Paternoster’s been a magnet to foodies from around the globe. It’s also home to several other famed eateries as well as a charming ambience befitting its seaside village status.

In Paternoster, you’ll get the chance to enjoy whales and bird life, meander along sandy shores, or explore the hidden coves of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve at your leisure.

5. Shelly Bay Beach
Shelly Bay Beach offers every opportunity for a classic seaside break. You can pick up seashells along the seashore, lap up glowing sunsets, or get active on the water.

This is a top spot for surfing, diving, sailing, and snorkelling enthusiasts who flock here to enjoy the abundant sea life in the area.

Plan Your Cape Town Self-Catering Stay 

Are you interested to discover more of Cape Town’s lesser-known treasures? There are many more where these came from.

Browse our blog for more inspiration and book your Cape Town self-catering stay today.

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