Known as the heart of the Swartland, this historic farming town offers everything from museums to skydiving. Go birding or taste award-winning Swartland wines.
Located on the West Coast Way Scenic Route
Massive silos greet you as you drive into Malmesbury leaving no doubt that you are indeed entering the wheat-growing country.
The town boasts a wide variety of guest houses to choose from. There is a number of cafés and restaurants with wineries in the region adding another dimension to the dining experience.
Steeped in history, Malmesbury has many beautifully preserved historic buildings still standing today. Stroll by the Swartland Dutch Reformed Church, “Oulap” Residence, Twin Shops and many more for a peek into the town’s rich history.
Go birding, skydiving, golfing and taste some award-winning Swartland wines. The Malmesbury Museum is well worth a visit as is the Swartland Wine Cellars 3km out of town.
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Cape Skydiving Adventure
A 35-minute drive north along the R27 or West Coast road as it’s more commonly known, is all it takes for you to be whisked from the Cape Town city centre to the closest skydiving drop zone to South Africa’s tourism capital, boasting one of the best views in the world from altitude.
On the way up in the aircraft to your tandem skydive, the view is breathtaking. To the south, the city bowl lies sandwiched between towering Table Mountain and bustling Table Bay harbour. Further south, and to the far side of the mountain, lies False Bay, Hout Bay and the splendour of the south peninsula as far as Cape Point. To the west, you will spot Robben Island and the Atlantic Ocean breaking on the beautiful Cape West Coast, as famous for its icy water temperature as it’s mouth-watering crayfish. To the north, the Langebaan lagoon, a great kitesurfing and windsurfing venue.
Skydiving is the one item that features on almost every bucket list. At Skydive Cape Town, their dedicated staff and internationally qualified tandem masters are on hand to make your skydiving dream a reality. There’s no better way to experience Cape Town than in freefall. Go on – take the plunge!
Where: Brakfontein Road, Cape Farms
Find Malmesbury on the West Coast Way Scenic Route.