Sometimes women just need a mini-breakaway from their daily routine and hang out with their sisters. The good news is that Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer a magical day trips that won’t break a nail or your budget.
Cape Comoot, a newly launched transport service offers one-way trips from Greenmarket Square to Cape Point or Franschhoek for R99, and R99 back to Cape Town. Co-founder of Cape Comoot, Yolandie Le Grange, says, “Reasonably priced, and safe access to places like Cape Point and Franschhoek is lacking. With tourism being seen as the next mining boom for South Africa, it is important that we keep this sector afloat with as much local and international support as possible.”
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Any great ladycation must start off with a breakfast that won’t break the bank, but will still give you energy for your fun-filled day ahead. Clarke’s Dining Room is quite a hip local spot without too many beards hanging around. Their breakfasts are superb! Order the eggs, toast and coffee special for only R30 (8am to 9am) before heading out on the short walk to Greenmarket Square, where the Cape Comoot umbrellas can be easily spotted.
Your Instagram happy place
Cape Point is one breathtaking vision after another and the natural light means is the perfect place to let your hair down and smile for your followers. But beauty comes with a price and Cape Point forms part of SA Parks, so there will be an entrance fee of R135 per adult.
Hiking or shopping?
Cape Point has dozens of beautiful day walks to make sure you and your girls get some light exercise while snapping happy shots, but there are three shops that are worth exploring, too. Cape Point Logo Shop, Cape Point Parks Shop and the Lighthouse Five not only offer your run-of-the-mill cute bobble-head souvenirs, but some stylish jewellery and fashion items too. If your tastes are less traditional, the moody Lighthouse Five is up your alley.
Alfresco picnic or restaurant with a view?
Cape Point really leaves visitors spoilt for choice from picnics alfresco in the fresh breeze to sipping chilled wine with your sushi. There is a take-away store that serves delicious or pizzas, as well as the Two Oceans Restaurant.
Beware of baboons!
There are baboons in the area that like to steal food and can be quite aggressive about it. There are plenty of guides around who can advise you of the best and safest spots.
Franschhoek is the perfect place for your lady-squad:
It’s tram time: The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover all there is about the wine in Franschhoek. A mix of tram and tram-buses takes you on a loop of stops allowing you and your ladies freedom of choice. Each tramline is colour coded and ticket prices vary, so check out the website for more details.
Downtime: Downtown Franschhoek is a smorgasbord of restaurants that you can find online, so you can pick your passion. There are also gourmet food tours and wine tastings downtown and, if you prefer browsing, don’t miss the Saturday market in the park.
Guilt-free wine-xercise: Franschhoek is one of the most picturesque towns for cycling, if you like a bit of exercise between activity spots. Simply go to the bike rental shop, a three-minute walk up the road towards the direction the bus came in on the same side as the tram ticket office. Here you can get a map of the area and recommendations on which wine farms are closest to town.
Visit Cape Comoot’s website for more details on travel times and activities in Cape Point and Franschhoek.
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