The Western Cape (and more specifically, Cape Town) is quite possibly the most visited tourist destination in South Africa and rightly so. There are a myriad of things to do in the Western Cape – this can be both good and bad as you definitely won’t be bored but good luck narrowing down the list of places to visit for your Western Cape road trip! Let’s make things easier by avoiding the crowds, saving some money while still creating memorable moments by checking out some hidden gems of the Cape Province.

Explore the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden in Worcester

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Tucked away in a residential area you’ll find the entrance to this 154-hectare garden at the foot of the Hex River Mountain range. The garden is home to a large succulent collection which you simply have to see with your own eyes to appreciate. There are three hiking trails; the Shale trail, Grysbokkie trail and the Heuweltjie trail which makes for the perfect family activity in the great outdoors as you’re also welcome to relax on the large lawns with a picnic basket. Alternatively, after you’ve explored the garden, you can sit down to a hearty meal at the family oriented Kokerboom restaurant situated at the lower parking area.

Go Paragliding in the Garden Route

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Sure you can go paragliding in the Cape Town City Centre but so can thousands of other people! Why not take a drive to the town of  Wilderness on the Garden Route and go paragliding while ticking the Map of Africa viewpoint off your bucket list as well. Decide for yourself whether you see the shape of a crocodile’s head or the outline of the African continent at the picturesque lookout point and be sure to snap a picture so you can continue the debate when you get home!

Experience Wine Tasting on a Game Drive

Franschhoek outdoor leisure activities‌A trip to the Western Cape is not complete without going wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. What’s better than ticking two things off your Western Cape road trip bucket list; wine tasting while on a game drive in Franschhoek! The 50 hectare Chamonix game farm has some magnificent wildlife including zebra, eland, bontebok, springbok and ostrich. These animals can all be viewed on the game drive which takes approximately 2 hours to complete including the premium wine tasting.

How to Get There on your Western Cape Road Trip

The rising fuel costs have made ride request apps increasingly expensive and in some ways, no longer a viable option for longer travel stays. SANI Car Rental is a South African car rental company with over 35 years of experience in the industry and the largest independently owned fleet in South Africa. So you can be rest assured that you’re renting a vehicle for your Western Cape road trip from a reputable car rental company and will definitely find the vehicle best suited for your travel needs.

In the Western Cape, you can conveniently choose to pick up your rental vehicle from the Cape Town International Airport, George Airport or the SANI Car Rental pickup point in Cape Town. Their selection of rental cars includes a wide range of compact, economy, SUVs and luxury models. Complete your SANI car hire booking online by choosing your preferred vehicle, selecting your pick-up and drop-off point and you’re free to explore the Western Cape relatively stress-free!


**This blog post was done in collaboration with SANI Car Hire.

Author: Gaynor

Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

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