Aquarius Luxury Suites is the perfect base for many day trips. Whether it is a family trip, a couple’s retreat, or a single self-care retreat, we have got you covered! Here are our Top 5 day trips within 100 kilometres of Aquarius Luxury Suites:
Aquarius Luxury Suites is an ideal location for the beachgoers that enjoy spending the whole day on the beach. Blouberg Strand is right on our accommodation’s doorstep – a mere 5-minute walk and you are on the golden, sandy beach! Spend the day working on your tan, have a dip in the ocean, or join the many that flock to Blouberg for the surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Other beaches to visit include Melkbosstrand (13,2 km), which can be reached via the West Coast Road; Clifton beaches (24,1 km), where one can hire umbrellas and beach chairs for the entire day; and Llandudno beach (33,2 km), the perfect spot for a golden hour and sunset photoshoot.
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (23,8 km) and Table Mountain National Park (23,5 km)
Two must-see nature attractions in Cape Town! Kirstenbosch offers a wide array of flora for the expert botanist to inspect and enjoy, while stretches of lawn is the perfect place for a picnic with the family. The gardens also boast a wide array of animals, such as indigenous birds, reptiles, and frogs, and often has art exhibits scattered across the grounds. If you are visiting in the warmer months, there are music concerts for everyone – from classical orchestras to the hottest artists in South Africa.
Table Mountain needs no introduction – it is the pride of our beautiful city! Aquarius Luxury Suites offer excellent views of the mountain, but for those wanting a closer look we would definitely encourage a trip to the top. This can be reached with cable cars that complete a stunning 360-degree rotation on the way up and down, or for those brave enough, hiking the mountain is also an option. We recommend Skeleton Gorge, which starts in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and offers the best of South African nature – a forest-like start and a beach-like end. Please remember to read and follow all safety instructions and never hike alone.
3. West Coast Nature Reserve (72,2 km)
For those wishing to see some of South Africa’s animals, a trip to the West Coast Nature Reserve is a must. Some animals to look out for include zebras, flamingos, cape foxes, and South Africa’s national animal – the springbok. The reserve is at its best during flower season – August to September – when the park comes alive with all the colours of the rainbow. This season is also the time when whales can be spotted in the Tsaarsbank section of the park. A wade into the blue Langebaan Lagoon is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day and offers some stunning picture opportunities.
4. Franschhoek (80,5 km)
Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s most popular wine pockets. Visit one of the many wineries in the area or hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram to explore a variety of vineyards at your leisure (and without the need for a designated driver). For those wishing to purchase some local produce or gifts for loved ones at home, Franschhoek has many markets to visit, such as the Friday Night Market at Boschendal and the Franschhoek Village Market. The adventurous-at-heart can explore Franschhoek and the surrounding nature on a mountain bike, with many guided tours to choose from. And those who prefer a car as their vehicle of choice, the Franschhoek Pass is a lovely stretch of road that offers stunning views and picture opportunities. Franschhoek is known for its food and drink, with many excellent restaurants to end your day off with.
5. Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (74,2 km)
The Cape of Good Hope is often thought to be the southernmost point of Africa – a common misconception. The cape however marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Beyond its historical significance, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is a world-renowned landmark that offers rich biodiversity and stunning views. A picnic for lunch and a swim in the tidal pools of the most isolated beaches on the Cape Peninsula are good reasons to visit this important spot in South Africa’s history. On the drive there, one will have the opportunity to visit many of the quaint seaside towns the Peninsula has to offer. We recommend stopping in Simon’s Town (49,4 km) for a chance to swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or in Kalk Bay (39,7 km) for some excellent fish and chips!
Aquarius Luxury Suites is the perfect base for many fun day trips, filled with South African nature, cuisine, wines, and views! And returning to our welcoming and relaxing home after a long day of exploring is the perfect end to the day. Take a sunset stroll on the beach or, alternatively, for those who have a second wind, ask our friendly staff about the local nightlife. We look forward to hearing all your amazing stories of adventuring and sharing in the memories made!