Weekend Getaways Within 60 Minutes of Cape Town

Although South Africa’s Mother City is home to many amazing attractions and offers a wide range of interesting activities, all of us feel the need to escape from the bustle and hustle of the city at some point and explore the surrounding areas. Luckily, there is a number of interesting weekend getaways within one hour drive of Cape Town worth visiting. From luxury cottages with spectacular countryside views to lovely wine estates, there is plenty to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the top weekend destinations just outside of Cape Town.

1 Riebeek-Kasteel

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One of the oldest towns in the region, Riebeek-Kasteel is a much-loved weekend getaway destination for the residents of Cape Town. This charming town is well-known for its wines and olives and there are several olive producers and wineries that welcome visitors. Guided tours are available for visitors during the olive season. Capetonians who love outdoor adventures will be happy to hear that Riebeek-Kasteel has excellent hiking trails and mountain bike routes. If you wish to spend a night or two in the town, try the Royal Hotel which is one of the oldest hotels in the Western Cape.

Distance from Cape Town: 60 minutes

2 Sugar Bird Manor

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Located in the Devon Valley in Stellenbosch, Sugar Bird Minor is an ideal romantic getaway destination. It is situated on a farm that offers excellent views of the False Bay and Helderberg Mountains. You can take a dip in the lovely infinity pool or check out a couple of hiking trails. Several wine estates can be found in the neighborhood and there is a golf course nearby.

Distance from Cape Town: 45 minutes

3 Aaldering Luxury Cottages

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We have one more property in Stellenbosch on our list. Aaldering Luxury Cottages is an elegant lodge that boasts country-style suites with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. They even have their own winery here, which means you can enjoy a bottle of their finest wine. In case you wish to cook, there is a kitchenette with all the necessary utilities. Aaldering Luxury Cottages is one of the most popular weekend getaways for couples who are looking for a romantic spot just outside of Cape Town. Rates start at R2500 and this includes three bottles of wine, breakfast, and dozens of other extras.

Distance from Cape Town: 45 minutes

4 Horizon Cottages

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Capetonians who are searching for a peaceful weekend spot which is located just a short drive from the city should definitely consider booking a cabin at the Horizon Cottages. Ideal for families with kids, these cottages boast a nice swimming pool and a lovely children’s playground area. Each lodge features an open plan kitchen, as well as a spacious living room and an outdoor dining area. Located at the foot of Table Mountain National Park, Horizon Cottages offers spectacular views of the Noordhoek Beach. Expect to pay between R850 AND R1750 per unit.

Distance from Cape Town: 35 minutes

5 Tintswalo Atlantic

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One of the most luxurious weekend getaways from Cape Town, Tintswalo Atlantic is a charming five-star hotel that offers an excellent gourmet dining experience, premium service, and scenic views of the surrounding areas. It is located right at the foot of the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive and mostly attracts couples who are looking for a romantic weekend getaway. Rates start from R4945 per person sharing (includes: return airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast and WiFi).

Distance from Cape Town: 40 minutes

6 Aloe Cottage

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Located in Darling, Aloe Cottage is popular among families and groups of friends who are hoping to get away from the city for the weekend. This cottage boasts a development of 10 homes and has en-suite bedrooms for up to 8 guests. Make sure to visit the popular Darling Brewery and catch a show at Evita Se Perron. In case you wish to have something sweet, head out to the Darling Sweet to taste their delicious toffees. Rates are around R1700 per cottage on weekends.

Distance from Cape Town: 60 minutes

7 Marianne Wine Estate

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It seems that we can’t get enough of Stellenbosch, as our last place on the list is located in this lovely university town with oak-shaded streets. If you are interested in wines, Marianne Wine Estate offers a guided wine tour which includes a visit to the cellar, a bottle of their best wine, and 3 different varietals.  After the wine tour, you can have dinner at the Olivello Restaurant and spend the night here. They have several spacious lofts that are surrounded by vineyards, as well as a manor house that offers amazing views of Table Mountain. The good news is that rooms are reasonably priced and cost around R850 per night.

Distance from Cape Town: 40 minutes

About The Author: Dejan

I love writing about Cape Town, and all it has to offer. What a pleasure to be able to share this beautiful Mother City with aspiring travellers and visitors from near and far. Come and visit us soon, and when you do, make sure to book with cometocapetown.com :)
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