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14+ days: Cape Town to Augrabie Falls Return Trip

There are so many awesome and relaxing places to enjoy along the West Coast especially for wild seas, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, star gazing, waterfalls and getting off the beaten track. For some it is an acquired taste and for others there is nothing quite like it with kilometers of empty and often windswept beaches and hardy coastal scrub, low horizons and big skies with distant mountains behind which lie lush pockets carpeted in vineyards and sunflower fields.

Here is a small selection of places to visit on a return trip from Cape Town to Augrabie Falls over 14+ days. Of course one could spend much much longer exploring this magnificent area or one could extend the trip to Upington and the Salt Flats or back through the interior - there are so many options - check out our other itineraries or email the Lekker Camper crew for more ideas. One thing is for sure though - this is not an area to be hurried - the distances are far and it can be baking hot, so we suggest taking it easy and not rushing anywhere. If you have comments or places to add then please do get in touch with us via facebook or email.



     
 

Day 1 - Cape Town, Simons Town and the Cape Peninsula

You will arrive on your flight to Cape Town International Airport where a member of Lekker Camper will meet you directly from your flight with your Lekker Camper VW Campervan. Head for Cape Town and explore this wonderful city. Take a dip in the sea at Camps Bay beach before driving over the picturesque Chapman’s Peak towards Simons Town and Kalk Bay.

Explore trendy Kalk Bay and old Simons Town. Kalk Bay has some cute arty, antique and fashion shops plus some fabulous cafes and restaurants including Olympia Cafe & Deli, Polana for fabulous cocktails, Brass Bell for a beer and more. If you have time, then drive to the famous Cape Point to explore the wonderful scenery and take in the amazing views from the light house. One can also swim with the penguins at Simons Town - cold but amazing.

Another option is to spend the day wine tasting in Stellenbosch. There are an abundance of wine estates to visit, so check out the wine route map in your campervan or visit a local tourism office and decide where to stop as you go along. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with a great view at one of the wine estate restaurants such as Dornier or stop-off in Stellenbosch for a selection of quaint cafes and bistros - Schoon de Companje or M. Patisserie are our favourites in the centre of Stellenbosch town. The scenery all around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West is spectacular. In the late afternoon we love Waterford for sundowners (you may see the Lekker Camper crew there!) followed by a tasty braai back at the campsite.
campsite - Millerspoint (Simonstown) - this is a basic municipal site with great sea views where you must book in advance to gain entry
campsite - Imhoff Caravan park (Kommetjie)
campsite - Mountain Breeze (Stellenbosch)
campsite - Otters Bend Lodge (Franschhoek)

Day 2 - Yzerfontein, West Coast

Time to start really relaxing and venture west up the coast. Follow the R27 route through Blouberg and Melkbosstrand. Admire the kite surfers and board surfers along the way (or why not rent a board and have a go yourself), have lunch by the beach and perhaps a spot of sunbathing, and then first stop for the night is Yzerfontein (90kms from Cape Town) where you can camp behind the dunes and listen to the sea. The name 'Yzerfontein' means Iron Fountain in Afrikaans. There's a basic Spar shop here, a long 16 mile sandy white beach and some restaurants and cafes.
campsite - Ganzekraal Campsite (Yzerfontein)

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Day 3 and 4 - Paternoster and Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Get off the beaten track and explore some fab African coastline and rocky scenery. If you are lucky enough to be here in August and September then consider a detour via the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park. It is only open during this amazing flower season and it also contains zebra, wildebeest and gemsbok. Rather than travelling on the main N7, one can also take a small detour via Darling and the marine lagoon of Langebaan. Pack a picnic and head for one of the picture-perfect coves near Preekstoel and Kraalbaai, where the strikingly azure waters gently lap white sands and brilliant green succulents.

Your next stop is Paternoster which is a remote and quiet old picturesque fishing village located approximately 2 hours from Stellenbosch or 1.5 hours from Cape Town on the West Coast of South Africa with some great little restaurants and a chilled old world vibe. Famous for its crayfish (November - April) and whitewashed fisherman cottages, a stay in Paternoster is perfect for any traveller looking to get off the beaten tourist path and experience a taste of the real South Africa. To reach here stay on the R27 past the West Coast National Park and Langebaan, then take the R45 west to Vredenberg. Pick up any supplies in Vredenberg before continuing on the 16km road to Paternoster. In Paternoster you will find a few gift shops, a small shop selling all the basics, a liquor shop, a pub and some fabulous restaurants.

Just a few kms west up the road from Paternoster you will find Tities Bay within the 263 hectare Cape Columbine Nature Reserve - this is a Lekker Camper favourite campsite. The area is aptly named for some interesting rock formations above the dunes. It is basic, barren, rocky and wild but if you want to get away from people and be right against the sea to relax then this is the place to come. The water is often freezing, but with views like this who cares! There is no electricity here but if you have taken a solar package then you can easily stay at Tities Bay for 2 nights or more if the weather is on your side. There are heaps of places to park up your campervan here and there is no need to book in advance, but if you want to go over a weekend or holiday then arrive early as it can get very busy.
campsite - Tities Bay Resort - +27 (0)227522718 (Tities Bay)

 
     

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Day 5 - Elands Bay and the West Coast

Elands Bay is a small town on the West Coast of South Africa that has managed to maintain the laid-back and chilled lifestyle for which the West Coast is so well known. Only 200kms from Cape Town, Elands Bay is the perfect place to unwind with peaceful surroundings and an endless long beach. It is also a great place to enjoy activities like rowing, sailing, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, whale watching and fishing to name a few.

Whilst staying here one may wish to take a day trip a little further north to Lamberts Bay to visit the bird colony on Bird Island. This island houses a colony of Cape Gennets, jackass penguins and cormorants. This is the only Cape Gennet breeding site in the world where the public have access. Just be prepared for an assault of the nasal passages! Cape fur seals may also be seen sunning themselves on the island’s rocks.

Surfers absolutely love Elands Bay and often flock here when the wind and swell are right - it is a really super place to relax, catch the perfect wave and come back to the campsite for a braai afterwards.
campsite - Ventersklip - Elands Bay

Day 6 - Springbok and Namaqualand

The Namaqualand region has a noticeable 'frontier' like atmosphere. The landscape can appear desolate, still and quiet. There is not much happening in the town of Springbok out of flower season, but the towns remoteness can also be alluring. Visit the old synagogue, now converted into a small, but good museum. Before venturing on to Augrabies Falls you will probably need a stopover so the semi desert 'Goegap Nature Reserve' a few kms outside of Springbok makes for a good overnight base. The campsite could do with a spruce up, but it is adequate and there are also a few pleasant walks up the surrounding hills and you can check out the Hester Malan Wildflower Garden by the main centre.
campsite - Goegap Nature Reserve

Day 7 and 8 - Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies lies in the arid Kalahari landscape - the prominent known reason to visit is the Nationals Park's amazing waterfalls - legend has it that when the Khoi first heard the falls they thought it was the sound of a huge beast and so they ran away. Later upon further investigation they discovered the falls and called it Aukoerebis, 'Place of Great Noise'.

There are many other activities here too including seeing Moon Rock, a 3 hour game drive (there are no predators to be concerned about but you can see the endangered Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Klipspringers, Eland, Dassies, Cape Clawless Otter and a multitude of interesting reptiles), amazing sunset and scenery, jogging, cycling, hiking and bird watching (look out for aerial feeders such as Alpine Swift, African Black Swift, Brown Throated Martin and Rock Martin).

The National park has a good campsite here with a small swimming pool - it is also located right next to the falls so you can walk to the various viewing decks with a cold beer in hand from your campervan. Bring insect repellant.
campsite - Augrabies National Park

 
 

Optional Detour - 3+ days minimum - Upington

Upington is a large northern town where the sun shines hot and everything seems big. A good place to catch your breath and stock up on supplies. There is a campsite here too incase you need a stopover or travel 13 kms up the road to the Spitskop Nature Reserve where you can camp with the Oryx (Gemsbok), Springbok, Zebra, Eland, Steenbok, Wildebeest, Camel, Suricat and Ostrich.

One can consider travelling north on the tarmac road from Upington to the entrance of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where there is a great little campsite called 'Twee Rivieren'. Booking in advance at this campsite is essential. Alternatively one can camp at Kalahari Trails Nature Reserve - check out their website in advance to see if this place is for you or not. Please note that the roads and conditions are NOT suitable for driving with your campervan within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park itself, but you can camp at the parks main campsite, Twee Rivieren, or a campsite outside the park then take morning and/or afternoon game drives in the National Parks' 4x4 SAN safari vehicles.

One can also consider visiting the Witsand Nature Reserve in Postmasburg which is approximately 2.5 hours drive south east from Upington. Witsand offers you soft flowing white dunes – 80 metres high, surrounded by red Kalahari sand, Acacia woodland and the Langeberg Mountain Range. This is a nice reserve for dune climbing, hikes, bird watching, game viewing and star gazing. Watch out for the roaring sand - the noise made when the wind blows here and the sand sings. Walking on the sands here also produces a muted groan. Phone ahead to check that the road conditions are suitable for your campervan before driving here.
campsite - Spitskop Nature Reserve
campsite - Twee Rivieren
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Kalahari Trails
campsite - Witsand Nature Reserve

 
  Day 9 - Nieuwoudtville

Nieuwoudtville is a charming little town, touted as the 'bulb capital of the world' and famed for its white sandstone architecture, glacial pavement, 90 metres waterfall and the second largest Quiver tree forest in the world! It is a place where the experience of silence, space and stars contribute to a tranquil way of life. The Khoi San inhabited this area for many centuries before the first settlers arrived in about 1730, and local rock art in Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and on farms around Nieuwoudtville bears witness to an ancient culture that flourished here. 

Whilst here consider visiting the local butchers/green grocers who sell some great meat and really tasty road snacks - the spicy bacon strips are a Lekker Camper naughty favourite (if you bring some back for the Lekker Camper team then they will probably love you forever)!
campsite - Olive Caravan Park
campsite - Papkuilsfontein Farm (flower season only)
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Matjiesfontein Camp Site (flower season only)
campsite - Groenrivier Campsite
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Day 10 and 11 - Clanwilliam and the Cederberg

Clanwilliam is known as South Africa's main Rooibos tea processing location - you can sample some tea at the main factory and you can also visit the local Ramskop Wildflower Reserve.

If you are keen on some mountain hiking or rock climbing then the Cederberg is most definitely the place for you. The Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and weathered sandstone rock formations, most notably the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross. The Cederberg received its name from the rare Clanwilliam cedar tree, Widdringtonia cedarbergensis, which you will find in the Welbedacht and Krakadouw areas. Geologically, the Cederberg is part of the Cape Fold Belt and consists mainly of Table Mountain sandstone.

To the hardy hiker the Cederberg Wilderness offers a true wilderness experience with 300 kilometres of well maintained hiking trails. Take a hike up into the Wolfberg Cracks for an awesome experience or enjoy one of the many other walks in this area. Alternatively just grab a cold glass of wine or beer and wile away the day reading and relaxing in this stunning and natural beauty spot.
campsite - Algeria Campsite(Cederberg)

Day 12 - Citrusdal

Fancy spending a day or two lazing in some natural hot water baths? The Citrusdal Natural hot water springs of 43 degrees Celsius are situated on a citrus farm here in the Olifants River Valley. Established in 1739 this self catering resort has an old world charm in a scenic rural setting. There are 15+ well shaded campsites of which some have electrical points and all have braai facilities. The hot and cold water pools are great to bask in all day long and one can easily spend a few nights here just relaxing. For a little exercise with a view one can take a short hike up the hill to enjoy a great view of the surrounding orange groves and countryside.
campsite - The Baths Hot Springs (Citrusdal)

 
   
     
 

Day 13 - Riebeeck Kasteel and the Swartland

The magnificent Riebeek Valley, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and bursting with lush olive groves and rolling vineyards. This is a place of  peace and tranquility and one of Cape Town's best kept secrets! (sshhhh!)

The small town of Riebeeck Kasteel is named after Jan van Riebeeck, the first commander of the Cape of Good Hope. The friendly locals will warmly welcome you to experience the excellent restaurants, pub and quaint shops with unique products produced in the Valley. Olives produced in the valley come highly recommended. This is a great little town to explore and have a last lunch whilst discussing your next trip to South Africa, then stretch your legs for a wander around the shops and buildings before you fly home.
CapeTown International- Return vehicle at Cape Town International airport

 

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