Although the Western Cape as a whole wrestles the grip of a harsh and prolonged drought, there are indeed some pockets in the region that are relatively free from water scarcity and where use of water is not currently restricted. For Capetonians and so many others in the Western Cape who’ve been curtailing and measuring their water usage drop by precious drop, it’s tempting to splash out on a weekend getaway to one of the areas in Western Cape not at present applying water restrictions. Here’s the heads-up on where to go.

SWELLENDAM AREA

A few weekends ago we visited Swellendam, in the rain – what a rare and joyous wonder for Capetonians! Unlike our own city, Swellendam was looking green and fertile, and water was not in short supply there.

MOSSEL BAY AREA

Mossel Bay is another of the few towns in Western Cape not strapped by water shortage. And another interesting drought-related fact is that Mossel Bay is home to the country’s largest seawater desalination plant, which was built in 2011. Where to get away to in the Mossel Bay area:

OUDTSHOORN AREA

Although a part of the semi-arid Klein Karoo, the Oudtshoorn district is not currently restricting the use of water. Where to get away to in the Oudtshoorn district:

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