Just through the Huguenot Tunnel lies a green, lush world of small towns and quaint little stops. Looking for something extra to do on a trip to the Western Cape or as a local, are you looking for something new and exciting to do for a little inland weekend away? Just a BEAUTIFUL hour or so’s drive from the City, Worcester offers a variety of different things to do – whether you’re keen for a walk in some lush gardens, a day by the pool or enjoy a traditional style wine tasting. Make it a weekend and see the sites and breathe in that fresh country side air! Here are our Top 5 things to do in Worcester.
BOSJES is possibly one of the most incredible locations in The Western Cape. Between the architecturally astounding Chapel, stunning restaurant and the beautifully landscaped gardens – BOSJES is a bit of ‘Old Cape Dutch meets Chic Modern’ heaven in on a long, dusty road. Enjoy home cooked South African foods in one of the most beautiful settings in the Western Cape (in my opinion). Whether you’re looking for a tea garden to enjoy a scone in, wanting a break from a long drive on your way to a holiday destination, looking for cute accommodation or you’re searching for that perfect, luxury wedding venue – this location has it all.
When staying in Worcester, or just travelling through, Die Pampoenstalletjie (Also known as the Pampoen Padstalletjie) is a must stop for a great photo opportunity. Grab your stunning home-made traditional South African sweets, jams and preserves to wow guests at your next al fresco lunch, or get that little gift for your family back home. The koeksusters come highly recommended. And as the name suggests – they do sell a wide variety of pretty pumpkins, as well as few other fresh fruits and veggies. Very cute and quaint and a nice, fun stop!
If you’re looking for that ‘safari experience’ but don’t have the time on your trip to travel much out of Cape Town – head through the Huguenot Tunnel and enjoy a stay at Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve. See the Big Five and enjoy game drives with knowledgeable rangers – just outside the Mother City. African Safari Tip – Avid animal enthusiast like me? Let the ranger know you’re interested in more than just the ‘big stuff’! It will be a game changer.
Deetlefs Wine Estate, in Rawsonville, will take you back to the traditional way of wine making – Founded in 1822, the farm has had seven generations of wine makers and it’s still owned & managed by the original Deetlefs family! Enjoy some of the country’s top wines at the second oldest wine farm in South Africa, while surrounded by beautiful landscapes and countryside fresh air. Although not a modern estate, like most of those on the Constantia Wine Route, the staff are incredible, the atmosphere is wonderful and the wine is gorgeous!
Whether you’re looking for some cool camping or chalet accommodation, or just a place to spend a relaxing day by the pool, Goudini Spa & Resort is it! It’s perfect for summer or winter stays with their choices of heated indoor swimming bath and refreshing outdoors pools. Situated in Rawsonville, you’re surrounded by beautiful mountains so head here for a relaxing break from the city. I’d advise to visit outside of school holidays and peak season if you’re wanting a peaceful getaway as it’s a really popular location – and if you’re heading there in winter, pack warm as the nights get chilly!
AND… An extra, because we can!
Stunning, stunning, stunning guesthouse situated in the heart of the small town of Worcester in the Western Cape. The jacaranda lined streets with the ‘vintage’ style café signs makes for the perfect Insta-walk, if that’s your thing. Otherwise, potter around the town by walking and get in the fresh air, while searching for some homemade preserves and treats from local stores. The beautiful accommodation is homely, comfy and the rooms have air-con which is a big plus in this town! Being in the centre of this ‘old-town’, keep in mind that everything is closed up on a Sunday so head out to another spot to end off a weekend away.
Featured Image: Taken at Bosjes Chapel
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