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 R600
1 night, 2 adults

Umoya

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...

Boskloof Swemgat
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from R530
1 night, 2 adults

Boskloof Swemgat

Sleeps 40 Clanwilliam Self-catering in Clanwilliam

Boskloof Swemgat is a beautiful small farm in the unspoiled Boskloof Valley, some 10 km from Clanwil...

from R870
1 night, 2 adults

Rosenview Guest House

Sleeps 27 Stellenbosch Guest House in Stellenbosch

Rosenview Guest House offers 12 spacious double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as two family...

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 R750
1 night, 2 adults

Overmeer Guest House

Sleeps 35 Knysna Heights Guest House in Knysna Heights

Set high on the hills overlooking the breathtaking Knysna estuary, discover the heartfelt hospitalit...

from R1,360
1 night, 2 adults

Serendipity Wilderness

Sleeps 8 Wilderness Guest House in Wilderness

Serendipity Guest House, adjacent to the Wilderness National Park, set against the backdrop of leafy...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Paarl Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 27 Paarl Hotel in Paarl

Paarl Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of the famous Cape Winelands on a picturesque Mediterr...

from R290
1 night, 2 adults

George Country Resort

Sleeps 950 Glenwood (George) Self-catering, Glenwood (George) Resort in Glenwood (George)

George Country Resort is located in a caravan park, situated 7 km from the George CBD. Found in the ...

from R200
1 night, 2 adults

Hermanus Esplanade

Sleeps 108 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

The Greek Isle atmosphere and décor compliments the vacation ambience and the furnishings. You can ...

from R1,200
1 night, 2 adults

Zula Beach Cottage

Sleeps 2 Mosselbank Self-catering in Mosselbank

Zula Beach Cottage is a small studio style cottage which is almost on the beach. It is self-containe...