Cape Town International Airport recorded an impressive 2.6 million international passengers in 2018. This represented a 9.8 percent growth from the number of passengers that passed through the region in 2017. This is not surprising given that Cape Town has much to offer in terms of attractions such as the Table Mountain National Park. You can lodge the whole family in the Hoerikwaggo Tented Camps which is a good starting point before hiking to the mountains. If you only have a few days to explore Cape Town, there are several day trip ideas you can consider.
Scenic Drive At Chapman’s Peak
Although Cape Town does have a reliable transport system, driving your own vehicle gives you the chance to explore the region at your own pace. Renting a vehicle is worth it, but make sure to choose the right make and model to ensure that you’ll be comfortable driving up and down the scenic routes like Chapman’s Peak. JD Power can give you insights on the quality and reliability of various vehicles which can help you make the best decision on what vehicle to rent.
See The African Penguins At Boulders Beach
Another idea to include in your itinerary in Cape Town is driving to Boulders Beach. This is one of the easiest places to view a colony of African penguins. You will need to pay a conservation fee of 70 rand to gain access to the boardwalk to see the penguins in their natural habitat. Head to the right side of the information centre where you can take a dip in the pristine waters. There is a huge chance that you’ll be swimming with some of the penguins too.
Must-See Whale Coast Route
If you’ll be visiting Cape Town between the months of June to October, you definitely need to take the whale coast route which starts from Gordon’s Bay and ends at Betty’s Bay. Aside from seeing another penguin colony at Betty’s Bay, the route itself gives you a spectacular view of the oceans off to one side, and majestic mountains on the other. Also, this route gives a chance to see pods of Southern Right Whales from the land.
It’s hard to pack everything in so short a trip to Cape Town, but having an itinerary will help you plan your road trip successfully especially when you include those destinations in your list.