The city of Cape Town is diverse and interesting enough that you may never want to leave – but it’s also close to so many excellent options for day trips that it’s hard to stay put. Combining a stay in Cape Town with day trips into the surrounding area gives you that great combination of city activities, natural beauty, adventure activities, and culinary experiences. Here are some of the best options for day trips from Cape Town.
Travel is as much about expanding our minds and our understanding of other people as it is about seeing new sights, even if such learning is sometimes difficult. You can’t visit South Africa and have an understanding of the country without putting the apartheid years into their proper place – and one of the places you can do just that is the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
One of the popular itineraries in South Africa is the Garden Route – a route spanning the Western and Eastern Cape that’s noted for its lush vegetation, particularly when everything is in bloom in the spring. But you don’t need to leave Cape Town to experience South Africa’s incredible gardens. Head for the enormous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain to explore the country’s biggest botanical garden.
This is all you need to know about South Africa to understand just how culturally diverse the country is: there are 11 official languages in South Africa. Eleven. And while you aren’t expected to become fluent in all of them – or understand everything about each of the cultures they represent – you can’t begin to get a feel for the country without exploring some of its distinct cultures. In the northeastern part of South Africa, in the region of KwaZulu-Natal, that means learning about Zulu culture.
There are plenty of things you can do right in Johannesburg, but many travelers like taking advantage of the ability to stay in one place and take day trips to maximize the places they see during a trip. If that describes you, then you’ll be pleased to know there are some pretty amazing day trips you can take from Johannesburg.
When you plan a trip through South Africa, you rightly think about pulling out all the stops. While you’ll immediately start looking at your options for taking a safari, don’t forget that South Africa has much more to offer than lions and elephants when it comes to experiences that will take your breath away. Case in point? A helicopter tour of the Cape Winelands that includes a show-stopping six-course meal.