Small Towns to EXPLORE in the Western Cape

By VersatileLyle

Visit Small Towns in the Cape for a Great Time

It doesn’t take much to live your best life these days and money shouldn’t prohibit you from experiencing the happiness that comes from travelling. Why not just consider local travel, it has brought me so much joy in the past year that I have decided to share some small towns for your exploration consideration.

Regions of the Western Cape

There are many great towns to explore but first, you would need to decide which part of the Western Cape you would like to kick start your adventure. Your choices are varied, from wandering through the Winelands, whale watching along the coast or hiking through nature. There’s something for everyone.

Various regions within the Western Cape to explore:

  • West Coast
  • Karoo
  • Cape Winelands
  • Overberg
  • Whale Coast
  • Garden Route

Just a few of my favourites from this past year:


Stanford is quite close to Hermanus and Gansbaai which means whale watching and shark cage diving is easily accessible, not to mention the picturesque hillsides and foodies will fall in love with the surroundings by enjoying cheese, wine, and beer tastings.

Check out Bluegum Country Estate for accommodation.

Distance from Cape Town Around 2 hours

Bluegum Country Estate

Pringle Bay

This seaside town is the ideal holiday destination for some R&R.

Visit the coffee shops and restaurants or unwind on the beach, just soak it all in.

Book an Airbnb, from R400 per night and upwards, it’s that simple!

And it’s just an hour-and-a-half-long drive from Cape Town

Pringle Bay


Want to get a taste of France? Then visit Franschhoek, the Cape’s French Corner. Their annual Bastille Festival is always so much fun. While you are out and about why not give the Franschhoek Wine Tram a try. It takes visitors through the vineyards where you can hop on and hop off at various wine farms for some awesome wine tasting.

‘The Chocolate Experience’ is a half-hour program held regularly at Huguenot Fine Chocolates in Franschhoek. The half-hour program outlines the story of chocolate, includes a chocolate tasting and a demonstration of how chocolates are made.

Reuben Riffel’s Restaurant – Reubens, Horse riding, and craft beer tastings.


Miss Molly at the Franchhoek Bastille Festival

Miss Molly at the Franchhoek Bastille Festival


This beautiful little fishing village can be found near Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa.

The town used to be named Waenhuiskrans (Afrikaans for “wagon house cliff”) after the nearby sea cave, which is supposedly large enough for an ox and wagon to do a full turn inside.

Visit the Cave, just off the sandy shoreline of Arniston. The cave is partially submerged and can only be reached during low tide. This is the Perfect Spot for the Gram!

Distance from Cape Town 2.5 hours

Waenhuiskrans Cave Arniston Hotel

10 Small Towns to consider:

  1. Stanford
  2. Pringle Bay
  3. Paternoster
  4. Citrusdal
  5. Darling
  6. Robertson
  7. Franschhoek
  8. Montague
  9. Arniston
  10. Barrydale

Featured Travel Blogger of the Week:

Stephanie Marthinus –

Stephanie Marthinus is a Local South African travel junkie aiming to visit every small ‘Dorpie’ in the Western Cape. Her mission is to promote and create awareness about local traveling in South Africa as well as the Western Cape and to let people know that small towns are incredible.

Stephanie Marthinus

So far, she has visited over 70 towns and counting, and you can follow her journey via #SmallTownsMatter

Travel Tuesday on GoodHope FM

This topic was discussed on my second #TravelTuesday interview with Leigh-Anne Williams for the Lunch with Leigh-Anne show. The show airs daily from 12-3 pm on Goodhope FM.

Travel Tuesday on GoodHope FM


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