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 R1,350
1 night, 2 adults

Old Mac Daddy

Sleeps 56 Elgin Lodge in Elgin

The Old Mac Daddy Park is the nostalgic camping holiday of childhood with added luxurious touches, d...

from R2,240
1 night, 2 adults

Vrede en Lust

Sleeps 22 Pniel Guest House in Pniel

Vrede en Lust is a South African wine farm offering a wedding venue, beautiful accommodation, wine t...

from R910
1 night, 2 adults

Stellenbosch Hotel

Sleeps 74 Krigeville Hotel in Krigeville

Stellenbosch Hotel is a 27-bedroom boutique hotel that also offers several self-catering apartments....

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

Sleeps 20 Cape Town City Centre Hotel in Cape Town City Centre

Adjoining the central business district, it is the ideal location for business or leisure travelers....

from R1,050
1 night, 2 adults

Windsor Hotel Hermanus

Sleeps 138 Hermanus Hotel in Hermanus

The Windsor Hotel is situated on a cliff edge with spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean b...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Wilderness Hotel

Sleeps 448 Wilderness Hotel in Wilderness

The Wilderness Hotel is situated close to the centre of the Garden Route, 300 meters from golden bea...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Bonnievale River Lodge

Sleeps 12 Bonnievale Self-catering in Bonnievale

Bonnievale River Lodge is 15 minutes from Route 62 which borders the Breede River.

from R1,800
1 night, 2 adults

Clouds Estate

Sleeps 34 Stellenbosch Guest House, Stellenbosch Self-catering in Stellenbosch

With one of the most celebrated views in the Cape, Clouds Estate is an undiscovered gem in the heart...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Bayside Lodge

Sleeps 12 Plettenberg Bay Bed and Breakfast in Plettenberg Bay

Bayside Lodge offers personal service and quality hospitality accommodation. The property is set in...

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....