Western Cape Travel Guide


The Western Cape is so different to the rest of South Africa. It's kind of tacked on to the bottom of Africa - the full stop of the exclamation mark that is this amazing continent. Without a doubt, though, the Western Cape is South Africa's most visited province, and it's hardly surprising. With the lovely city of Cape Town and the unbelievably beautiful Garden Route, there is so much to see. Even the relatively Spartan West Coast has its own charm, as does the dry and relatively monochromatic, but dramatic, Karoo. The Cape Floral Region, which is a world heritage site, extends into the Baviaanskloof Protected Area in the Eastern Cape, but otherwise is confined to the Western Cape.

The botanically important areas include the ruggedly scenic Cederberg Wilderness Area, the Groot Winterberg Wilderness Area, the lovely Overberg and the Swartberg, near Oudtshoorn. It's a paradise of beautiful beaches, fabulous flowers and forests, and magnificent mountain scenery. It is not the best province in South Africa for game viewing, but there are a few good reserves and some lovely lodges. While detractors complain that the Western Cape isn't 'real Africa', it does have some fascinating cultural attractions. Wonderful rock art sites, lovely old buildings, many museums and monuments and some really unusual cultural tours make the Western Cape a great destination for anyone wanting to do a bit of thinking while on holiday.

Fabulous food - particularly Cape Malay cuisine - wonderful wine farms, more golf courses than necessary, and a veritable smorgasbord of adventure activities mean you'll never get bored and you'll never go hungry.

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Accommodation near Western Cape

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Karoo Chat

Sleeps 4 Prince Albert Bed and Breakfast in Prince Albert

Guests hoping for traditional Karoo-style hospitality will not be disappointed when choosing to stay...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 2 Bettys Bay Self-catering in Bettys Bay

Umoya offers comfortable accommodation in the quite seaside village of Betty’s Bay. The airy and spa...

from R1900
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 10 Kommetjie Self-catering in Kommetjie

Turrakom is a self-catering family home at the water’s edge. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing ...

from R930
1 night, 2 adults

112 On Dorp

Sleeps 2 Stellenbosch Self-catering in Stellenbosch

112 Dorp Street is a charming self-catering apartment, located in the historic tree-lined streets of...

from R510
1 night, 2 adults

Mediterranean Villa

Sleeps 19 Tamboerskloof Bed and Breakfast in Tamboerskloof

Mediterranean Villa is a charming Victorian home built at the turn of the century, located just belo...

from R620
1 night, 2 adults

Langenhoven B&B

Sleeps 19 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Langenhoven B&B is located in the heart of the Klein Karoo, in Oudtshoorn. Staying at our accommoda...

from R494
1 night, 2 adults

Teri-Moja Game Lodge

Sleeps 42 Beaufort West Lodge in Beaufort West

The recently opened Teri-Moja Game Lodge lies in a game rich area, virtually on the banks of the ful...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Seaforth Beach Apartment

Sleeps 3 Simons Town Self-catering in Simons Town

Tranquility, views and nature at its best. This beach apartment boasts a location nestled close to ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Alfa Apartments

Sleeps 11 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

Alfa Apartments offers spacious, clean and affordable self-catering apartments. Owner managed, we d...