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.

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Sleeps 2 Bettys Bay Self-catering in Bettys Bay

This is a charming self-catering unit situated in Betty’s Bay, a small seaside holiday town fringed ...

from R520
1 night, 2 adults

Gal-Gihon Herberg

Sleeps 32 Laingsburg Guest House in Laingsburg

Welcome to sharing in the fulfillment of our vision - creating an oasis of refreshing, life-giving r...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Berg en Dal Guesthouse

Sleeps 10 Villiersdorp Guest House in Villiersdorp

Berg en Dal is a luxury retreat surrounded by beautiful views, situated in the picturesque town of V...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Bonne Esperance Guest Lodge

Sleeps 39 Stellenbosch Guest House in Stellenbosch

Bonne Esperance is a charming Victorian villa, originally built in 1901, and featuring a wrap-around...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Atlantic Postcard

Sleeps 4 Bloubergstrand Self-catering in Bloubergstrand

Atlantic Postcard is located in a quiet residential area in Bloubergstrand and enjoys a lovely view ...

from R360
1 night, 2 adults

Swan Gables

Sleeps 12 Bot River Guest House, Bot River Lodge, Bot River Backpacker, Bot River Self-catering in Bot River

Swan Gables offers comfortable overnight accommodation situated in the small town of Bot River, in t...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

Dreamcatcher

Sleeps 6 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

If you are looking for very private bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in the Cape, ab...

from R640
1 night, 2 adults

Karoo Life B&B

Sleeps 6 Calitzdorp Bed and Breakfast in Calitzdorp

Karoo Life B&B is one of Calitzdorp's historic homes circa 1860. We have three Garden rooms and our ...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Gumtree Cottage

Sleeps 6 Napier Self-catering in Napier

Gumtree Cottage is a quaint, cosy self-catering cottage tucked away on a large 2,200 square metre pl...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Voorhuis

Sleeps 6 Stilbaai Self-catering in Stilbaai

Voorhuis is a thatched house perched on a dune, situated in a Western Cape fynbos nature reserve ove...