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 R430
1 night, 2 adults

Serpentine Views

Sleeps 2 Hoekwil Self-catering in Hoekwil

Serpentine Views is a stunning self-catering flatlet, situated on a three hectare hillside property ...

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from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Brown Jug

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Guest House in Eastcliff

Abel, Louise and Luke, the friendly Labradors Keesha and Tula, and kitties It and Squeek look forwar...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Centre-Ville

Sleeps 16 Franschhoek Bed and Breakfast in Franschhoek

Centre-Ville Guest House is situated in the heart of Franschhoek, within walking distance to all the...

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...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Dream A Little Self-catering Apartment

Sleeps 2 Froggy Farm Self-catering in Froggy Farm

This is a beautifully appointed self-catering apartment situated in Simon’s Town, with stunning view...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Lankverwacht Gasteplaas/Guestfarm

Sleeps 6 Vanrhynsdorp Self-catering in Vanrhynsdorp

Leave behind the hassles of modern life and join us on 800 hectares of open space in two secluded Ka...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Estuary Rest

Sleeps 2 West Hill Self-catering in West Hill

Estuary Rest overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and famous Heads. This is the ideal cottage for two, with p...

from R1,320
1 night, 2 adults

Headlands House Guest Lodge

Sleeps 8 The Heads Guest House in The Heads

Dramatic sea, lagoon and cliff views from every window. Uniquely situated on the highest point of th...

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 R650
1 night, 2 adults

Montana Muse

Sleeps 2 Hout Bay Self-catering in Hout Bay

Montana Muse offers accommodation where you can holiday in comfortable luxury. Be swept away by view...