Lesser known gems to discover in the Western Cape

#LoveWhereYouLive - Lesser known gems to discover in the Western Cape

27 May 2020

The Western Cape has plenty to offer, but sometimes, it’s the lesser known gems that carry the most charm. Embark on adventures filled with nature reserves, wine tastings, horseback trips, spa days or browsing through quaint little stores filled with eye catching trinkets. These lesser known gems in the Western Cape do not disappoint.

Mossel Bay

If the idea of wiggling your toes into sand while strolling beside glistening waters soothes your soul, then look no further than Mossel Bay. This harbour town rubs shoulders with the Indian Ocean and offers a wealth of adventures.  It’s just one of the fantastic beach lesser known gems to discover in the Western Cape.
Choose from beach-side accommodation or digs overlooking the mountains. Head off on abseiling ventures, scuba thrills, and dusty quad bike rides.
If you’re looking for something more soothing, check into the many spas in town. Or bring the family along for a day out filled with wildlife encounters, hiking trails and horseback trips.


If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, or a nature fanatic looking to indulge in the outdoors, consider adding Oudtshoorn to the itinerary.
But Oudtshoorn isn’t just a haven for wildlife. With skydiving, zip lining and caves to be explored, Oudtshoorn has something for everyone. Fancy a cultural experience? Uncover years of history, architectural treats and century old stories in Oudtshoorn.  


Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, or simply love the idea of strolling through the vineyards and savouring the finest red, Paarl is not one to disappoint.
Take your pick and spend the day delving into some of Paarl’s winery hotspots, as you soak up the surrounding vineyard views. If you have time for a historical stop, we’d recommend The Afrikaans Language Monument on Paarl Mountain. This goliath is a marvel to behold and packs an interesting story.
For those traveling with family, Paarl offers a multitude of family fun from biking trails, to nature reserves and the iconic butterfly world to name a few. 


Paternoster is the perfect getaway for travellers looking to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.  The village is famous for their pristine white beaches, quaint stores and unique atmosphere.
Fancy yourself a foodie? You’re in for a treat. Paternoster offers no shortage of restaurants, all with a distinct twist.
For those looking for a little extra, Paternoster offers you movie scene settings, as you opt for a gallop along the beach, with Drikus Horse Trails. If you’re looking to take something away from this getaway, be sure to check out the town’s art scene. Browse the many quaint little stores selling trinkets and handcrafted goodies.
Finally, conclude your journey along the coast, as you take to the sea and kayak across the beautiful waters of Paternoster.


You’ll find this iconic treasure in the heart of the Garden Route.
Knysna shows you a world of wonder. Embark on a venture through their indigenous forests and nature reserves, discover the coastline, travel by yacht and indulge in a beach lifestyle, or take the family through the Knysna Elephant Park.
With a host of luxurious guest houses and hotels, prepare to lounge in deck chairs as you soak up both horizon and beverage.
Once you’ve indulged in the relaxing Knysna lifestyle, why not pop into the town? Here, you’ll be treated to a hub of craft shops and trendy cafes. They are sure to satisfy your curiosity and will see you leaving with more than just a few souvenirs.


With these lesser known gems to discover in the Western Cape, you sure won’t be short of things to do.


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