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Visiting the Outskirts of Cape Town

Aug 9, 2008
While Cape Town certainly has plenty of activities and sights to offer on its own, there are also numerous sights to see around Cape Town as well. Located just a short distance from Cape Town is the town of Greyton. A drive from Cape Town to Greyton will take you approximately ninety minutes when the weather is good and traffic is minimal.

Greyton Lodge is well known in the area for offering warm and charming accommodations. Whether you want to enjoy the in-house Jazz pianist or simply curl up by a warm fire on cool evenings, there are plenty of opportunities to relax at this lodge. Two dining rooms offer ample space for dining and complete an environment that is nothing short of homey and charming.

If you happen to time your trip so that it coincides with a weekend, you will most certainly want to make a stop by the market that takes place on the village green on Saturday mornings. Whether you just want to wander around and browse or a pick up a jar of lemon curd, this is certainly an enjoyable way to spend a morning.

There are also plenty of fine restaurants and cafes located in the local area where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch. From trendy and artsy to cozy and welcoming, there are plenty of different options here to suit your tastes.

Hermanus is another lovely town situated not far from Cape Town. On a good day's drive, Hermanus is about an hour's drive from Greyton and it is certainly a gorgeous drive.

Among the sights that you will want to enjoy once you arrive in Hermanus is the seafront. Even on days when the weather is not at its best, a walk along the seafront is well worth it. The old harbor here is quite interesting and offers views that are spectacular.

Dining in Hermanus is also superb as there are numerous restaurants which serve fine meals. If you're looking for a way to work off all of those calories, you can head over to the Hermanus Golf course for a day on the green practicing your swing.

Of course, there is no better way to top off a trip to Hermanus than by paragliding. The local area is known for its paragliding opportunities and with the spectacular views that surround this beautiful region, it is little wonder. Sir Lowry's Pass is one of the better places for paragliding, offering expansive views that look out toward Cape Town over Somerset West. If you have never gone paragliding before, rest assured that you will receive ample instruction that should help you to set aside any case of nerves you might experience. The views that offered as you sail towards the ground and then experience a soft landing are definitely worth the experience.

If you're looking for something a bit different to do than traveling the wine routes during a visit to Cape Town, a visit to Hermanus and Greyton are definitely in order.
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