Western Cape Travel Guide

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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 R640
1 night, 2 adults

Die Seemeeue

Sleeps 7 Vermont ZA Self-catering in Vermont ZA

Die Seemeeue was established in 1998 and is a cosy and homely accommodation, well known for its pano...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Sea Cottage

Sleeps 2 Yzerfontein Self-catering in Yzerfontein

We offer a large well equipped self-catering studio located in the charming fishing village of Yzerf...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Lagoon Lodge

Sleeps 13 Paradise Lodge, Paradise Self-catering in Paradise

If you need a break away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your love...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Ibis Place

Sleeps 28 Geelhoutboom Guest House in Geelhoutboom

This beautiful farm overlooks the Outeniqua Mountains in the heart of the Garden Route.

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Whale Coast Lodge

Sleeps 28 Westcliff (Hermanus) Lodge in Westcliff (Hermanus)

Whale Coast Lodge and Cottages is a luxurious child friendly home where children have space to play....

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Keisie Cottages

Sleeps 18 Montagu Self-catering in Montagu

Self-catering accommodation in farm holiday cottages in beautiful, peaceful, mountain setting, just ...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Olive Grove Guest Farm

Sleeps 60 Beaufort West Self-catering in Beaufort West

Country Comfort in the Karoo.
Olive Grove Guest Farm is quality graded by TGCSA and AA Travel....

from R660
1 night, 2 adults

Aestas Bed & Breakfast

Sleeps 21 Knysna Central Self-catering in Knysna Central

Aestas Bed and Breakfast is located in the centre of Knysna. Within walking distance of shops, resta...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Inyathi Guest Lodges

Sleeps 27 Knysna Central Bed and Breakfast in Knysna Central

Tucked away in secluded corners of a bush-like garden are 11 wooden chalets assuring you privacy and...