The Porsche City Guide to Cape Town’s Greatest Escapes

Our favorite places to visit on your speedy get-away from the City, from day trip activities to wellness retreats

Photography by Francios Visser.

With summer fast approaching, we can’t help but daydream about sunny vacations in exotic locales like South Africa and its jaw-dropping cultural centre Cape Town. Having covered the incredible galleries on offer and the art scene in previous weeks, SLEEK teamed up with photographer Francois Visser and Porsche for a tour of the city’s brightest and most loved spots. Cruising the busy streets in a Porsche 911, Francois captured the city’s vibrant atmosphere with his analog camera. Over the following weeks, we will highlight our favourite places to eat, drink and stroll around. There’s more to life than art, after all. Our final stop for our tour guide takes us out of the city. From horse riding in the wine country to relaxing wellness retreats, here is our list of the top city escape destinations.

For more Cape Town recommendations, check out our guide to the vibrant Bo-Kaap area.

Spend the weekend at:

Babylonstoren

This is your journey in the Drakenstein Valley of SA to total relaxation at one of the oldest Cape Dutch fruit and wine farms. Boasting an impressive 8 acres of farmland that produces the most delicious seasonal homegrown produce, Babylonstoren has become the go-to destination to relax and unwind. This farm hotel has an array of activities for the perfect weekend break set within the estate’s different spaces; choose the freshest farm-to-table food at the several different restaurants, taste the fruit of the winery, wander the heritage garden or visit the donkey at the farm yard. What’s more, they offer monthly courses from beekeeping to growing clivias to garden wood carvings. Spend a weekend here, and you’re sure to be kept busy!

Explore the Wineland  on horseback:

Cavalli 

Less than an hours drive out of the city, spend the day at the wine-lands of Cape Town on horseback at Cavalli Wine and Stud farm. What makes this a world-class estate so special is its attention to quality and staying green; its garden is an abundance of wildflowers encouraging local wildlife and the restaurant is the first Green Star-rated in SA. We highly recommend a ride on the estate followed by an evening with a glass of wine watching the spectacular sunset over the estate by the fire.

Spend the day at:

Boulders Beach

 Pack up a picnic and coast the way to Boulders Beach, which is just under an hour drive away from the city. Boulders Beach is located in the Cape Peninsula and is home to the world famous colony of African penguins which settled there in 1982. The immense granite boulders that make this beach so distinctive also shelter the cove from currents and large waves, making this the perfect place to take a dip in the warm waters.

 Drive out to the:

 Spice Route

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Explore the exotic destination that has thousands to offer. The Spice Route is space for a  collective of carefully curated selection of artisans ranging from chocolate making, cured meats and glass blowing who showcase their produce to the public and support each other’s individual trade.

Taste the Hops of South Africa at:

Based in the heart of the wine region, Triggerfish Brewing is a craft brewery in Somerset West that works together with local ingredients to create a wide range of exceptional beers. Book a brewery tour with a bunch of your friends to explore the distinct style of the Triggerfish beers. Our favorite are the “wild” beers on the menu.

Take a hike to:

Crystal Pools 

This waterfall hike that wraps around Gordon’s Bay will take your breath away. Altogether there are 10 different magnificent crystal pools spread out across the trail that has impressive cliff jumping spots (up to 18 meters above) into the pools for the brave! Pack your lunch and plenty of water as this walk up the river path and into the valley is a little bit harder than it looks!
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