13 days in Western Cape Itinerary

13 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Cape vacation builder

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Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paarl
— 2 nights

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Stellenbosch

— 3 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.
Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Rupert Museum and Seaside Dunes make great kid-friendly stops. Dutch Reform Church and Dyman Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Stellenbosch side-trips: Hermanus (Originals Gallery, SANSA Space Science, &more) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, play a few rounds at De Zalze Golf Club, view the masterpieces at The Red Teapot Gallery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Stellenbosch holiday app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Stellenbosch. November in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Cape Town

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take an exotic tour of People Like Us Safaris - Day Tours, then explore the world behind art at Irma Stern Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at The African Portrait Art Gallery, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Ocean Wonder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rondevlei Nature Reserve, then brush up on your military savvy at South African Naval Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Foxy Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Getting from Stellenbosch to Cape Town by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Greyton Genadendal Mountain Bike Route and Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to First South African Perfume Museum and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dutch Reformed Church, explore the galleries of Franschhoek Art House, stop by Kim Donaldson Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Franschhoek trip maker website.

You can drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Wellington

— 2 nights
Wellington is a town in the Western Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, in South Africa with a population of approximately 62,000. On the 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington route website.

Wellington is just a stone's throw from Franschhoek. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paarl.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Paarl

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison) and Millstone Pottery. Get outdoors at Ashia and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Paarl side-trips: Spas (in McGregor) and Robertson (Four Cousins Tasting Room & Robertson Art Gallery). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjidun Nur and take in nature's colorful creations at Salem Biblical Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paarl road trip tool.

Paarl is just a short distance from Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paarl

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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.