South Africa is home to some incredible small towns that feel like the ideal escape, we’ve rounded up some winners in the Western Cape
Road trips are a spring and summer time staple, and remain one of the best ways to see the beauty of our province and country. The Western Cape is home to plenty of smaller towns, whether you drive along the coast or decide to go inward and explore the magnificent Winelands. Here are a few places to explore (no matter what time of year!)
Around 180 km outside of Cape Town, and about a 2 hour drive for most, Montagu is fast becoming one of the more popular towns to visit in the Western Cape. Located on Route 62, Montagu is right on the scenic and beloved tourist route that moves through the Garden Route right to the Eastern Cape.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, there are plenty of beautiful places to walk through and the area is known for being a popular rock climbing spot. But if slow living is more your vibe, the town has plenty to offer in terms of gorgeous places to stay, scenery and quaint retail offerings.
Ready to plan your next trip? We’ve rounded up a selection of our listings in this wonderful small town.
An immaculately restored and appointed pair of 160-year-old houses, just three doors away from each other. Jonkmanshof 30 Bath and 20 Bath Street (three doors away) are the handiwork of Jacques Erasmus and his partner Hein Liebenberg. The ideal getaway for families or a group of friends, each house has 2 en-suite bedrooms and can host 4 guests per home.
A minimalist dream in Montagu, surrounded by lush greenery, STIL is full of Scandi-inspired interior details.
An art lover’s dream, this villa boasts an extensive collection of art both inside and outside the property. And best of all? The impeccable mountain views make this an incredible getaway for a couple's getaway.
Just over four hours from the Mother City, Calitzdorp is another town on the famed Route 62 route. The town is known for its architecture, countryside charm and of course, port wine. Calitzdorp is often dubbed the port wine capital, and anyone with a love for the grape will be spoilt for choice. If you’d like to embrace a bit of country living, book a horseback trail ride or talk a walk to explore the rich biodiversity of the region
So you’ve got Calitzdorp on the GPS and need a place to stay?
Embrace your inner cottagecore and countryside enthusiast, and head over to this rustic-luxe farmhouse. Featured in magazines like House & Garden SA, Danielskraal is a firm favourite with discerning decor lovers. The homestead sleeps 8 guests and is ideal for a family-friendly stay with plenty of space for little ones to play.
Located at the foot of the Swartberg mountains and close to 400km outside of Cape Town, Prince Albert is a town also found on Route 62. Known for its agricultural activities, there are wine, fruit and olive farms around. Plan a trip to the Swartberg mountains for an all-day hike or sip and swirl local varietals at a wine farm while admiring the nature around. If you happen to love cheese, there is a dairy farm that has a wide selection of products (and tours, but be sure to check the trading hours).
And of course, we’ve got the best place to stay in this sleepy Karoo town
Recently restored, this historic Karoo home is perfect for your next getaway. Located in Prince Albert, the Karoo Heritage Manor estate sleeps up to ten guests in five bedrooms. An ideal retreat from the city, guests are in for a treat with a spacious backyard that’s simply the best way to see the majestic Karoo night sky.