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Spring in Somerset West

October 12, 2012

Spring holidays here in the Western Cape offer some stunning scenery, beautiful weather and fewer crowds as well. It’s a great time of year to escape the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere, or for a day trip with friends or family or a romantic weekend with that special person.

Top Tips for Stunning Spring Holidays

  • Plan ahead and book your accommodation. Although spring is still getting started, we’re all getting busy and rooms are starting to fill up quickly.
  • It’s really worthwhile to hire a car so you get around at your own pace. Even at this time of year, car rentals should be booked in advance. There are lots of car hire companies that have desks at the airport, so you can simply collect your car when you get off your flight and get on your way. Click here for more information and rates for hire car firms.
  • With the West Coast Flower Season in full bloom, a trip along the Cape Floral Route is a real treat. You can take an organised tour to see the flowers, or do a self-drive and travel to the West Coast National Park. Seeing the landscape carpeted with flowers is one of the highlights of spring, and is not be missed.

  • There are lots of lovely seaside towns to add to your list of sightseeing trips. Just a couple of hours drive from Somerset West, the best places to visit are Darling and Langebaan. A little further afield are Paternoster, Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. Eland’s Bay and Lambert’s Bay are also well worth a visit.
  • Or go for a Whale Watching tour – there are many tours that take you out to the whale hotspot of Hermanus, an easy day trip from Somerset West. Whales can be seen in the bays across the peninsula at other points too from now until late November, so you could even take a drive along the scenic Main Road that leads between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town to spot whales frolicking in the waves.

  • Put your sun hat on! Even on days that are cooler, sunscreen is also essential if you plan to be spending time outdoors in spring.
  • As a final tip, you may also want to pack a few warm things along with swimming gear, shorts, t-shirts, walking shoes, hiking boots, sandals it can still be quite chilly once the sun goes down. But our sunsets are beautiful – try a sundowner at one of the beach front bars or restaurants in Strand and Gordon’s Bay – just 10 minutes drive from us at Penny Lane Lodge.

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