15 days in Western Cape Itinerary

15 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Cape sightseeing planner

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Franschhoek
— 2 nights
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Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paternoster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Langebaan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Franschhoek

— 2 nights

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, learn about winemaking at La Motte Wine Estate, do a tasting at Glenwood Vineyards, then examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then do a tasting at Vrede en Lust Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rickety Bridge Winery, and finally stop by Or-gari Golden Safari.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Franschhoek trip planner.

Johannesburg to Franschhoek is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Franschhoek: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Stellenbosch

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): do a tasting at Waterford Estate, then look for gifts at Local Works, then get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, and finally walk around Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch road trip site.

Stellenbosch is just a short distance from Franschhoek. In August, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 9th (Mon), look and learn at SANSA Space Science, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, and finally view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, admire the natural beauty at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, then look for gifts at Rossouw Modern, and finally kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paternoster.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Paternoster

— 2 nights
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. On the 11th (Wed), browse the different shops at Weskus Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocherpan Nature Reserve, and then visit a coastal fixture at Stompneus Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai, then stop by Jem & Pantoffels, then browse the exhibits of Stone Fish Studio and Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Paternoster Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paternoster trip planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Paternoster in 3.5 hours. August in Paternoster sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Langebaan.

Things to do in Paternoster

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Langebaan

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Fri), explore the activities along Langebaan Lagoon and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at West Coast Fossil Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Black Eagle Brewing Company, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Langebaan online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Paternoster to Langebaan in an hour. August in Langebaan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

You can drive from Langebaan to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Western Cape travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.