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Cape Town to Grabouw, South Africa

The drive from the Cape Town CBD to the friendly town of Grabouw is under 70km in length and should only take approximately 50 minutes to complete.  That is, if you are driving directly there and without taking traffic into account either.  Of course, this is the direct route that takes you from A to B while a better route would be to travel via Stellenbosch and Somerset West.  Take your Cape Town rental car or campervan out for a longer road trip and really explore your surroundings with a more scenic adventure.

Travelling direct

The important thing to remember about travelling directly from Cape Town to Grabouw is that you should only do the trip during the day.  This route along the N2 will take you past and through areas like Guguletu and Khayelitsha.  This is an opportunity that many tourists take to visit the local townships and lesser fortunate areas in Cape Town.

There are even Township Tours through the area if you so choose.  That being said, as attractive as this might seem, you do need to exercise caution when exploring such areas and make sure that you do so with a registered, trusted and experienced tour company.

The N2 will take you all the way through these areas and to the beautiful Strand area.  The flat beach area is ideal for long walks, sunbathing, swimming and you can even visit the local flea market and purchase fresh fish from the locals.  A famous and popular local fish that tourists are recommended to try is known as “snoek”.  Whether you bake it, cook it on a barbecue or prefer smoked fish, this is a local favourite that you simply have to try.

Another great place to stop is Gordon's Bay.  The swimming conditions are perfect at Bikini Beach and the sunsets are simply out of this world.  As is the mountain drive along the coastline if you travel in the direction of Betty's Bay.  You don't need to travel all the way along this road either.  There are plenty of places to stop along the way where you can enjoy a picnic, watch the ocean and relax before heading back and driving to Grabouw.

Travelling via Stellenbosch

If you choose to drive via the N1 in the direction of Paarl, you will need to turn off at Stellenbosch.  This is a very important historic town which was initially called Eikestad and founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679.  A walk down Dorp Street will allow you to see many old buildings and, at night, the entire town comes to life with music and extremely festive local university students.  Spend a couple of days here, if you can, and enjoy the bars, pubs, clubs and fun loving atmosphere in true Cape Town style.  Other attractions include the Village Museum, the Rupert Museum and the local Botanical Garden.

Then, it's on to the Somerset West and Grabouw.  In Grabouw, you can enjoy a number of nature tours, a visit to the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and various local wine routes and wine tasting opportunities too.