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 R1500
1 night, 2 adults

Langebaan Paradiso

Sleeps 2 Waterfront Langebaan Self-catering in Waterfront Langebaan

Langebaan Paradiso is a luxury beachfront unit where guests can enjoy panoramic sunsets at the water...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

GaMamadi Guest Farm

Sleeps 26 Three Sisters Guest House in Three Sisters

GaMamadi Guest Farm near Three Sisters is a fully operational Merino sheep- and Mohair goat farm. H...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Knysna Manor House Guesthouse

Sleeps 32 Knysna Central Guest House in Knysna Central

Knysna Manor House is a 3-Star, AA Highly Recommended Knysna guesthouse offering B&B accommodation o...

from R670
1 night, 2 adults

Sea Why

Sleeps 4 Natures Valley Self-catering in Natures Valley

Sea Why is a self-catering apartment with private facilities and a separate entrance, situated in Na...

from R810
1 night, 2 adults

Fijnbosch B&B

Sleeps 2 Rooi Els Self-catering in Rooi Els

Fijnbosch B&B is a lovely duplex apartment situated in Rooi Els, a quiet village located in the Koge...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Art Guest Accommodation

Sleeps 16 Lutzville Guest House in Lutzville

Art Guest Accommodation is a bed and breakfast accommodation establishment situated in Lutzville, a ...

from R1550
1 night, 2 adults

Sparrebosch Views

Sleeps 6 Pezula Golf Estate Self-catering in Pezula Golf Estate

Sparrebosch Estate is situated on the award-winning Pezula Golf Estate, with its spectacular views o...

from R850
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 R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Sunset Cottage

Sleeps 4 Langebaan Self-catering in Langebaan

Sunset Cottage is a comfortable self-catering holiday apartment situated in one of the most stunning...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Hibernian Towers 313

Sleeps 4 Strand Self-catering in Strand

This luxury, air-conditioned, self-catering one-bedroom apartment sleeps four guests and is situated...