Towns on my radar for 2019

We nearly in our third month of the year and honestly, it’s going way to fast for my liking because what use to be, “Oh, that’s only for next year” is now, “Gosh! It’s two months away!”

76 towns explored in the Western Cape and still have a long list to plunge through, it will take years to mark down all 193 towns in the province which is exciting for my wanderlust soul. But as a travel blogger with a full-time job, planning trips is something I have to do months in advance to provide my employers a list of days I’m taking off and masterfully circle the dates in my calendar amongst the many weddings, baby showers and 21st birthday celebrations.

Last year, I explored towns like St Helena Bay, Veldrift and Elands Bay; all along the infamous West Coast that has not been written about and therefore has been excluded from the count. This just means that at some stage, we’ll have to venture back to those seaside towns and relive our experience.

So what towns are on our radar?

Gansbaai in March

My Maid of Honour is finally tying the knot in the whale-watching town of Gansbaai and I’m thrilled because we’ve never been there. Even though we go up there for a celebratory occasion, the town is quite small for us to explore so we took the entire weekend off to not only see what Gansbaai has to offer but hopefully trek to De Kelders and Franskraal.

Stanford in May

Having been to Stanford last year and only for one night, we felt the need to discover Stanford as a whole seeing that our time in Stanford was quite short. Also, it’s Courtney’s birthday so another reason to be packing our travel bags.

Wellington in June

The picturesque town of Wellington is merely an hour away from Cape Town and yet for some obscure reason, we avoid this town. I think it’s the magnitude and the number of restaurants and wine farms that scares me. However, we’ll be doing a 4-day excursion; trying to track down gems.

Tulbagh in August

Tulbagh, the unspoiled village in the Winelands is one of many popular destinations and I’m curious to find out why. Seeing that it’s both my birthday and our one year Anniversary, it’s the perfect excuse to visit and, do a quick pop-in at our favourite town, Porterville.

12-day Road Trip in September and October

Since 2016, towards the end of each year, we try our best to do a long trip. We flew to Durban and did an 11-day road trip across the Western and Eastern Cape. We vowed to make this one of our traditions so our plan is to trek along the Northern Cape, crossing into the Free State and into the Eastern Cape and explore a few small towns in the Western Cape. There’s tons of planning and logistics with a long trip like this but that’s the beauty of travels.

This itinerary is subject to change because life can sometimes throw you curve balls and not everything goes according to plan. Hope you all are making travel plans this year.

Until next time.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog


Towns on my radar for 2019