These past few months with the COVID-19 pandemic, travel in and around Cape Town has been firmly off the cards. But, as the city opens some activities up under Level 3, I wanted to share a few safe, fun day trip ideas.
I was initially unsure whether it was the right decision to share a post like this… But people are going out for day trips, stocking up on goods and exercising whether I blog about it or not.
And I would prefer that they make informed decisions. This is also why I have chosen to only feature activities and places that I trust will have the strictest or safest measures in place.
So whether you ire on the side of extreme caution (code for: largely stay at home) or keep calm and carry on, with your facemask and hand sanitiser at the ready, you can currently enjoy these Cape Town day trips in Level 3.
Important Things to Remember in Level 3
Although Level 3 permits day trips (within your province) and we are able to do more as restaurants and wine farms reopen to the public, I implore you to heed national and provincial lockdown rules at all times.
This includes the following:
- wearing a mask at all times in public;
- maintaining a safe, social distance from others;
- carrying hand sanitiser or washing hands frequently;
- staying home if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any symptoms.
Please also adhere to the safety protocols and restrictions wherever you go. Be it a nature reserve, park or wine farm. The end-goal for everyone should be to keep ourselves and those around us safe at all times.
Day Trip Ideas In and Around Cape Town in Level 3
Here are some activities you can enjoy safely with your friends and family under Level 3. I have tried to largely source places where outdoor spaces are prevalent to make social distancing easier.
Fairview has done so much to help its community, staff and customers since the pandemic hit SA shores, so I am delighted to feature them in another post.
Eat at Goatshed Restaurant:
Under Level 3, Fairview has recently reopened the charming Goatshed Restaurant. As this country-style eatery largely incorporates al fresco dining, it does feel like one of the safer dining out options around.
They have a limited menu (which changes weekly) and all guests are of course required to wear a mask – but it’s a sliver of normality in these crazy times.
Join them on Wednesday – Sunday between 09:00 am – 15:00 pm for a country breakfast or lunch.
For more information on Level 3 dining at Goatshed Restaurant, please contact them directly: +27 (021) 863 3609, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stock up at the Farm Shop and Deli:
You can also visit the Farm Shop and Deli to stock up on essential supplies. Shop for things like fresh Jersey milk, bread, their famous cheeses, meats, delicious deli products and eggs.
Admire Fairview Estate Gardens and Goat Tower:
If you prefer to stay outside in the fresh air, why not say hello to the famous goats or take a leisurely stroll around Fairview’s beautiful estate gardens? It’s social distancing, farm-style!
On 8 July 2020, SANParks announced that visitors are now allowed to self-drive through the Cape of Good Hope (otherwise known as Cape Point) section of the Table Mountain National Park.
This means you can safely soak up the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope section of TMNP from your car. Enjoy seeing the ostriches, baboons and other wildlife, as you embark on a self-drive excursion. It is the stuff of roadtrip dreams.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan to visit:
- There is a daily quota of a maximum 250 vehicles per day. However, no more than 75 vehicles are allowed inside at any given time.
- Daily operating hours are between 08:00 am – 16:00 pm.
- You must complete a COVID-19 questionnaire upon arrival. Compulsory temperature screenings will be performed by the staff. If your temperature tests at 37.4 degrees Celsius and above, you will not be allowed inside the gates.
- No facemask, no entry.
- Self-drive vehicles may not contain more than three (3) people from the same household, while motor bikes are limited to one person per bike.
- You may not hike/walk, trail run, surf, cycle, launch vessels, braai or picnic during your visit. Stay in your car and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
- Stick to the speed limit – and only stop to snap photos in designated areas, as provided.
- Note: The Olifantsbos- and Bordjiesrif roads; Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre; restaurant/shops; the funicular; and accommodation facilities within Cape of Good Hope section remain closed at this time.
For more information, please see here or contact SANParks TMNP directly: +27 (021) 712 0527, TableM@sanparks.org.
One of my favourite Franschhoek estates, La Motte, is welcoming visitors back on weekends again. This means you can now visit the estate on Saturdays and Sundays.
With its gorgeous vineyards, mountain views and magical gardens, La Motte offers plenty of social distancing beauty. Their restaurant is also spacious, making widespread tables easier to cater to.
Enjoy a Meal at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant
Enjoy some delicious comfort food at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. Join them for brunch or a light lunch; you can choose between options like lamb’s ribs, seafood lasagne and rich tomatoey beef olives.
Or simply warm your bones outside in the sunshine or by the fireplace with a cup of coffee or tea.
Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm.
For more information, please contact Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant directly: +27 (021) 876 8000, email@example.com.
Pop by the Farm Shop:
Another great farm shop to visit is La Motte’s. It’s a beautiful space filled with an assortment of baked goods, handmade stationery, books, gifts and even La Motte’s own coffee blend, to name only a few items contained within this treasure trove.
Stock up on supplies or get a special ‘lockdown’ gift for a loved one or friend.
The Farm Shop will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm.
Visit the La Motte Museum:
On weekends, you can also visit the La Motte Museum, a place of passion, art and beauty. The museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm.
Kunjani Wines, a beautiful Stellenbosch estate, is another hidden gem. I love everything about this wine farm so I am happy they have reopened for breakfast and lunch.
Visit the Restaurant
They are now open again for breakfast and lunch every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future, with all necessary COVID-19 safety protocols in place. The food, atmosphere and warmth of Kunjani is hard to beat; it’s definitely a comfort we could all use right now!
To reserve your table, please email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are open for breakfast (8:30 am – 10:30 am) and lunch (11:00 am – 16:00 pm), Friday – Sunday.
If you can’t visit Kunjani in person, why not order a homecooked meal from them instead? (Food delivery and collection options are available.) Please see here for more details.
For more information, please contact Kunjani Wines directly: +27 (087) 630 0409, email@example.com.
Another stunning Stellenbosch estate is welcoming visitors again… You can now visit Spier for a good meal, to stock up with goodies from their Farm Cafe, explore the farm’s beautiful gardens or even enjoy a unique experience at the Eagle Encounters.
Spier have been nothing short of incredible relief workers during this pandemic – and it is just another reason I am mildly obsessed with this estate. (Not that I needed another reason to be! 🙂 )
Get Up Close with Some Birds of Prey
This is arguably one of the best animal encounters and family-friendly experiences around. I can strongly recommend Eagle Encounters – and not just because it supports such a worthy cause! It is one of my best, most interactive travel trips. (I think you can see why!)
I am really proud of the amazing work and experiences that are at the heart and soul of Eagle Encounters.
Eagle Encounters is open again so visit them from Tuesday – Sunday, 09:30 am to 17:00 pm for a rare animal encounter with rehabilitated birds of prey, reptiles and other animals.
All visitors must wear facemasks and regularly use hand sanitiser to protect fellow visitors and staff.
Entrance fees are as follows:
- R85 (adults)
- R65 (children aged 3-12)
- R70 (students with valid student cards)
- R70 (pensioners)
For more information, please contact Eagle Encounters directly: +27 (021) 858 1826, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eagle-encounters.co.za
Stock up with Farm Cafe Goodies
Spier’s Farm Cafe is a foodie’s delight – and certainly one of my favourite spots in the Cape Winelands!
Whether you are stocking up for goods to go or planning to snack in Spier’s outdoor spaces, this organic farm cafe is for you.
Delicious finds include things like Chef Hennie’s ready-made meals, fresh beef, pork or eggs and fresh fruit and veg produce (free from pesticides and artificial fertilisers).
They have social distancing and hygiene protocols in place (including a limit on shoppers in one space at a time, hand sanitiser stations and regular disinfection), so you can shop with peace of mind. So buy what you need and enjoy it at home or on the estate.
The Farm Cafe food store is open daily from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm. Additionally, you can also shop online here.
For more information, please contact Spier directly: +27 (021) 809 1159, email@example.com.
Enjoy a Meal at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery
In addition to its Farm Cafe food store, Spier also invites you to enjoy a meal at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery, which is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 16:00 pm.
If you can’t visit in person though – fear not because you can order smokehouse platters, pizzas and bakery items online here.
For more information on Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery, please contact them directly: +27 (021) 809 1137, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have not yet had the pleasure of dining at Jéan Restaurant & Deli (it was definitely on my must-try list before the pandemic hit; I love the look and feel the restaurant emulates) – but I know Klein Roosboom well so I am sure the restaurant and deli is excellent.
Klein Roosboom is a special boutique wine estate in Durbanville – and one well worth a visit.
Back in the day when wine tastings could still take place and COVID-19 wasn’t even the thought of a germ yet (remember those days?), I had the pleasure of visiting them for one of their unique wine tasting experiences.
I loved the visit from the get-go and found it utterly charming and romantic. (Which is also why I featured them on this post here… in case anyone is looking to pop the question during Level 3 life. 🙂 )
Invite Jéan Restaurant & Deli and Klein Roosboom into Your Home
During Level 3, Klein Roosboom has been attracting Northern Suburbs and Cape Town locals (with easy social distancing in place, mind). It isn’t hard to imagine why: they have a beautiful estate and you can now visit them for vineyard walks, good coffee, deli goods and meals to enjoy in the comfort of your home…
So why not buy some deli goods – or order their Sunday lunches or ready-made meals online?
Creative, ready-made meals and Sunday lunches can be ordered online every Friday (before 15:00 pm), ready for collection on Sunday. Please see more details here.
For more information on Jéan Restaurant & Deli, please contact them directly: +27 (079) 693 9646.
Klein Roosboom is open for vineyard walks, coffee and fresh produce as follows:
- Monday – Friday: 09:00 am – 17:00 pm
- Saturday: 08:00 am – 16:00 pm
- Sunday: 08:00 am – 15:00 pm
Ah, Boschendal… This beautiful, historic Franschhoek estate is one of my most beloved wine farms. I have shared this estate with the most special people in my life, both as a child and an adult, and I honestly don’t need much to draw me to Boschendal like a bee to honey…
For those who have visited the estate, you probably know what I mean. What’s more, this gorgeous wine farm has something for everyone – yes, even in Level 3 lockdown life!
Get Back on the MTB and Running Trails
Recently, Boschendal has reopened their MTB and running trails to the public. This means that you can let off some steam, top up your fitness levels or simply spend some quality time outdoors on the estate.
And of course, safety comes first so all staff and guests must have their temperature checked upon entry to the farm. Anyone with or displaying fever symptoms will not be allowed inside. Wearing facemasks and practicing social distancing is essential, as is frequently using the hand sanitisation stations.
With advanced and family-friendly options both, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Day- and annual-permits are available from the Trail Centre. Trails open from 06:00 am – 18:00 pm for permit holders.
For more information on the routes, prices and rules for Boschendal’s MTB and running trails, please see here.
Go for a Horse Ride
Another fun outdoor activity available to individuals, couples and families once more is Boschendal’s horse rides.
What better way to practice social distancing than astride a noble steed, while taking in the lovely surroundings?
To book your ride, please contact Boschendal directly on: +27 (021) 870 4211, email@example.com.
Buy Some Boschendal Farm Goodies
Boschendal’s lovely Farm Shop is also at your disposal. Stock up on delicious essentials and goods, like meats, frozen meals, fresh produce and homemade preserves.
The Farm Shop is open Monday – Saturday, from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm and on Sundays, from 09:00 am – 14:00 pm.
You can also order ready-made meals and pre-ordered Taste boxes to collect and enjoy at home… yum! Please see here for more details.
A Few More Great Ideas
Here are a few other fun, safe day trip ideas to enjoy near Cape Town during Level 3:
- Meerendal, Durbanville (Go MTB biking and trail running (see their Facebook page for details and pricing) or enjoy self-service dining at Carlucci’s).
- Hike or walk along the Pipe Tracks (Table Mountain). Please wear a mask and practice social distancing and other recommended safety measures when you hike anywhere.
- Babylonstoren, Franschhoek (dine at Babel or Greenhouse Restaurants or visit their Garden Spa for some pampering).
Disclaimer: At the time of publishing, this post is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. For this post, I have done my best to research accurate, reliable information and recommended safety practices.
Wherever possible, I have sourced my information directly from the newsletters, websites, media releases and social pages of each featured estate and place.
However, should there be any inaccuracies or factual errors, I am happy to make any necessary amendments at any time during Level 3 and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I missed something or have cited an incorrect detail in this post.
Other ‘Lockdown’ Posts You May Enjoy
In the past few months, while we have all largely been at home, I have also put together several COVID-19-sensitive posts.
They cover topics like best virtual tours, travel-inspired books to read (when you cannot travel) and where fellow bloggers want to travel after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
This content may be especially useful and comforting to anyone who cannot safely venture outside their homes in this time. 🙂
If you would like to read these posts, please find the links below:
- 20 Books to Read When You Cannot Travel
- Bloggers: Where We Want to Travel One Day After the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Lockdown Life: Best Virtual Tours to Enjoy in South Africa
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