Adventures in South Africa – Beyond Cape Town

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We visited a few areas outside of Cape Town – more beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs, amazing food and the wedding we travelled all that way for. Here’s a short photo diary of the places we visited.

Cape Point

Sometimes mistakenly called the southernmost tip of South Africa, Cape Point and neighbouring Cape of Good Hope are at the tip of the rocky peninsula. There were beautiful views out to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
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Langebaan Lagoon

Driving further westwards from Cape Town, we visited Langebaan and its lagoon. Despite beaches around Cape Town being very beautiful, I found the Atlantic Ocean far too cold to stand in for long. This huge lagoon in Langebaan, sheltered from the cold ocean, was beautifully mild, clear and shallow enough to walk through quite far from the shore. The area is popular for kitesurfing and sailing, but that day was very quiet and peaceful.

We drove around the rest of the national park, stopping for bird watching in shelters reached by boardwalks in the marshes. We spotted wild flamingos in the distance via binoculars, and ostriches hanging out near the road (they are a little scary!).

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Yzerfontein

Our main reason for visiting South Africa was to attend our friends’ wedding, held on the famous Sixteen Mile Beach in Yzerfontein. We stayed at the same BnB that hosted the wedding, for a quick stumble to bed after the festivities were over. The ceremony was held right on the beach, with the reception just a few steps away in a marquee decorated with shells and succulents. We ate freshly baked bread and seafood cooked on the braai, and performed a surprise dance that everyone but the couple were in on (it was like a scene out of a movie where everyone knows the moves!). I love weddings that so perfectly reflect the couple, and this was one of the best.

Yzerfontein is a very small fishing town, but the beach (whilst cold!) is beautiful as it stretches right into the horizon on both sides.
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Stellenbosch & Franschhoek

I was told that the main wine regions near Cape Town topped even Margaret River for their picturesque scenery and wines. We joined a day wine tasting tour, and along with another couple (coincidentally also Australian) drove from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Mountains, rolling hills and Cape Dutch architecture greeted us as we visited wineries, sampling wine, biltong and game.

Overall the wines were fantastic, and far more affordable than in Australia. In fact, the wine I had all over South Africa was excellent, with wine lists showing almost entirely local wines. The area is also known for its food, with Franschhoek fast transforming from a sleepy town to a gourmet destination. If we ever return to South Africa I’d like to spend more than a day in the area!
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And that’s (finally) it for The Boy and I in South Africa, which was several months ago now! Here’s the rest of the posts if you missed any:

Adventures on safari

Driving the Garden Route

Hiking and chilling in Cape Town

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