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5 Unique Attractions to Enjoy This Summer in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is one of South Africa’s most interesting provinces for visitors of all ages to enjoy. There is always something fun to discover and summertime is an especially beautiful time to explore the fairest Cape!

Here are five unique attractions to enjoy this summer in the Western Cape:

Discover a Car Museum

One of the Western Cape’s lesser-known attractions is the Wijnland Auto Museum. Run and owned by car enthusiast, Les Boschoff, this unique museum, conveniently situated along the N1, is home to motorcar relics, a Convair airplane and much more.

Visitors of all ages enjoy exploring this unique car attraction. Kids get to unearth vintage- and super-cars and even see a Convair airplane, while adult swap car stories or get in their car fix.

In between the fancy cars, like Ferrari and Lamborghini, you can even find a car graveyard, where countless cars have found their final resting place.

Pricing isR100 per adult; R50 (children under 12); and R1500 (daily rate) for location shoots.

The museum is open Monday – Friday, 07:30 am – 17.30 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 09:00 am – 16:00 pm.

Web: https://wijnlandautomuseum.co.za/

Images Courtesy of Wijnland Auto Museum.


Enjoy a Summer Fruit Picking Experience

What could be more delicious than sinking your teeth into sweet, succulent summer fruits? Picking them, of course!

For those keen to enjoy some berry picking, try Wildebraam Berry Estate in Swellendam. Berry season runs from mid-November to the end of December. The entrance fee is R20 for adults and R15 for children.

For those who wish to linger longer, Wildebraam also offers lovely accommodation options.

If you favour strawberries, there are several farms across the Cape Winelands that offer seasonal strawberry picking. One of the most famous and well-loved is Polkadraai Farm near Stellenbosch.

Their season runs from September to January (closed on Christmas) and entrance fees vary based on the option you choose and whether you want unlimited access to the other on-site activities.

Beyond the strawberry fields, there are tractor rides, mini golf, pony rides, a food court, a playground, and more to enjoy!


Visit a Cat Café

If you are a cat lover, this one is for you. Curiosity Café Café in Noordhoek is home to beautiful, friendly and hypoallergenic traditional- and Neva Masquerade Siberian-cats.

Once booked, you can enjoy a 90-minute garden session – strictly by appointment only – wherein you can stroke the cats, snap pics, sit with them and even gently pick them up.

Included in your booking is a high tea experience surrounded by cats. This features homemade cakes, savouries, fresh scones, a variety of coffees and teas and a cordial.

Adults and children older than 10 are welcome to book – but visitors must wear soft shoes (like sandals or sneakers).

Note: To protect the cats, the address is not published or listed online.

For pricing and bookings, please visit their website directly.

Web: https://www.artekatz.com/curiosity-cat-cafe-cape-town/


Enjoy a Sunset Picnic in Paarl

Image courtesy of Laborie Estate

Gather friends and family around to enjoy a relaxing sunset picnic in Paarl at the tranquil Laborie Estate.

Relish the beauty of the lawns or book a spot in the vineyards for a truly unique winelands experience.

Each picnic box offers a tasty selection of seasonal eats and divine treats. (You can also visit the Farm Grocer for something extra or to replenish your picnic nibbles.)

Picnics for two sharing are R530 and R140 for a children’s picnic basket (for kids under 12).

Picnics are available to book from Wednesday to Saturday, 16:00 – 17:30 pm. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance.

Web: https://www.laborieestate.co.za


Paint Your Own Clay Creation

Unleash your inner artist at Hout Bay’s well-loved Clay Café. Guests of all ages can choose and paint their own ceramic piece, while enjoying a leisurely farm-style breakfast or lunch.

Once your ceramic is decorated and painted, you need to wait 3-4 weeks before you can collect it.

A studio fee of R40 per person applies; guests also need to pay a separate purchase fee for their chosen ceramic item.

To book or for more information, please visit their website directly.

Web: https://claycafe.co.za/home/

Images Courtesy Clay Cafe Hout Bay.

 Which unique Western Cape attraction will you enjoy this summer?

Written by Tamlyn Ryan for travel opulent box

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