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 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 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 R690
1 night, 2 adults

Dew Cottage

Sleeps 5 Montagu Self-catering in Montagu

Mountain farm cottage with stunning views. Self catering and can sleep 5 people. Cosy indoor firepla...

from R720
1 night, 2 adults

BeauSoleil

Sleeps 4 Bonnievale Bed and Breakfast in Bonnievale

Welcome to Beausoleil. Beausoleil is a beautiful 3-star bed and breakfast in Bonnievale, Breede Rive...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

The Blue Room @ Spray

Sleeps 2 Bloubergrant Self-catering in Bloubergrant

The Blue Room @ Spray is a comfortable and secure flatlet with parking, conveniently within walking ...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Daktari Farm

Sleeps 4 Lyndoch - Stellenbosch Self-catering in Lyndoch - Stellenbosch

In the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, with panoramic views of the Great Hottentot and Stellenb...

from R495
1 night, 2 adults

Somerset Villa Guesthouse

Sleeps 26 Somerset West Guest House in Somerset West

Discreetly hidden from public view, Somerset Villa Guesthouse is a tranquil oasis offering ten exqui...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Heritage House

Sleeps 14 Riversdale Self-catering in Riversdale

Heritage House is situated in a spacious garden at the edge of town in the oldest street in Riversda...

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from R390
1 night, 2 adults

Lavender Laine

Sleeps 5 Bloubergstrand Guest House, Bloubergstrand Self-catering in Bloubergstrand

Lavender Laine is a charming guest house situated in Bloubergstrand, with beautiful sea views and on...

from R840
1 night, 2 adults

The Old Trading Post

Sleeps 10 Wilderness Self-catering in Wilderness

The Old Trading Post is situated about 6km from Wilderness in a rural setting in the heart of the La...