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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Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

What a cool place
Just completed a 3-week multi-stop vacation in the southern Western Cape, with Franschoek being our non-ocean 3-day retreat a midst mountain views to die for. The town is relaxed with a very safe feeling. We went mainly for culinary experiences which ranged from casual to very upscale, but always totally awesome. Did not disappoint.
Cupido Daniels
Canada

Muizenberg Muizenberg
Suburb of South Peninsula

Fabulous Muizenberg
Muizenberg is very central to all areas of Western Cape, with outstanding scenery and locations ideal for tourists. The service in restaurants and the food were excellent everywhere. Will be going back again soon.
Sue Wainwright
England

Greyton Greyton
Town of Overberg

Uninteresting
There's really not much to recommend here. I suppose some people would find it 'charming', but so are dozens of other Western Cape towns. This one seems stuck in a greater time warp than most. Move on.
Wayne Dooling
South Africa

Vredendal Vredendal
Town of West Coast

Vredendal's food
We were on route from Kleinzee, Northern Cape to Brackenfell, Western Cape and got recommended to go to Paiters Grill in Vredendal for dinner. We were 8 people and ordered a variety of meals. My husband was impressed by the waiter who came and told him that the Chef is not pleased with the sirloin and rather recommended the rump because the sirloin he had was not so tender. The service was excellent and the meal on each plate was enormous for the price. Quick and friendly service. We will visit again.
Corne van der Steenhoven
South Africa

Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

Beautiful winter landscapes!
We expected wet winter weather for our June visit, but was surprised with sunny days at moderate temperatures. Roads are well maintained and tourist attractions excellently marked. The winter landscapes in the Western Cape is breath-taking!
Monika Nagel
South Africa

Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

One of the gems of the Western Cape
One of the gems of the Western Cape
Helena Tripmaker
South Africa

Strand Strand
Town of Helderberg

Home sweet home
I grew up in the Strand and it is absolutely lovely to notice that all the good things remained the same over the years. Well looked after beaches, friendly Afrikaans residents and beautiful weather (during our stay).Then again, the Western Cape IS the City that works for its people. Well done and thank you.
Pieter Fourie
South Africa


Great for Rugby!
I'm a huge rugby fan and found Cape Town to be littered with great bars to watch rugby and meet new mates. Most people enjoy Western Cape and Cape Town because of its beauty, but the city is one of my fav places for rugby. I enjoyed several rugby bars including Peddlars on the Bend.
Rivers Gomez

Tokai Tokai
Suburb of Southern Suburbs

Tokai is an excellent venue for seeing Cape Town
Ideally positioned for sightseeing in the Western Cape, with easy vehicle access to all the main attractions. Plenty of good restaurants close by and very good shopping centres.
colin jeken
United Kingdom

Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch: an interesting place
I found Stellenbosch to be full of restaurants and extremely busy roads. We went to Tokara for dinner and honestly the service was the best that we have had in the Western Cape for a very long time. The food was good and the atmosphere charming. Our highlight had to be Overture where we had lunch. The staff's knowledge on food and how it had been made was a pleasant surprise. The food was by far one of the best meals that we have ever had and the wine was selected specifically for a meal and made the experience a very special one.
Janine Morton
South Africa

Bellville Bellville
Town of Northern Suburbs

Bellville - city within a city
Bellville is a former city in the Western Cape province of South Africa; it is now part of the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. It falls within the area of the City of Cape Town municipality.Originally called "12 Mile Post", since it is located 12 miles (20 km) from Cape Town city centre, it was originally founded as a railway station on the line from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and Strand. In 1861 it was renamed Bellville, after the surveyor general Charles Bell. The city is located in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town area. It is very central, situated close to the airport,...
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ian Pero
South Africa

Kleinmond Kleinmond
Town of Overberg

Lieflike dorp!
Kleinmond is a tranquil little coastal town in the Overberg, Western Cape, between the mountain and the sea and situated inside a UNESCO-declared Biosphere, with over 1600 species of Fynbos. Just an hour away from Cape Town, and 20 minutes from Hermanus.Kleinmond has grown from a holiday destination to a vibrant little town. This is no surprise as it has beautiful beaches (Kleinmond Main Beach repeatedly obtains Blue Flag status), a lagoon, wonderful hikes and walks as well as mouthwatering restaurants.Small enough for a quiet weekend getaway, and big enough to have the infrastructure of schoo...
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Trisa Hugo
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Hub to explore the Western Cape
Not only is Franschhoek a great destination in itself (fantastic restaurants, 40+ wineries, fabulous accommodation and excellent outdoor pursuits), it's also the perfect place from which to explore the rest of the Western Cape.
Alan Saffery
South Africa

Zeekoevlei Zeekoevlei
Suburb of South Peninsula

Undiscovered gem
Zeekoevlei is one of the largest bodies of natural fresh water in the Western Cape. It is fed by the Big Lotus River and the Little Lotus River and via groundwater. Canoeing, paddleski rowing, sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing are activities that people engage in on the water. The Van Blommenstein Park is a small pocket of natural landscape where people walk their dogs or come to fish. The big body of water is without lights at night so that on clear nights many stars and planets can be observed after dark. Zeekoevlei is one of the largest bodies of natural fresh water in the Western Cape...
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Charlene Jefferies

Worcester Worcester
Town of Breede River Valley

Good location
Worcester is very centrally located in the Western Cape. A good place to miss the hustle and bustle.
Leon Muller
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Beautiful Franschoek
Franschhoek epitomises everything good about the Western Cape. The choice of quality restaurants, availability of all necessary goods in the many stores and, naturally, the surrounding wine farms make for a perfect holiday.
Joy Dos Santos
South Africa

Mykonos Mykonos
Suburb of Langebaan

Mykonos Stay 1-4 Feb 2013
Fantastic place....been going there for years...it is now for me the best holiday place in the Western Cape....keep it up Mykonos...a lot of improvements...a real Gem for holidays
Albert Von Willingh
South Africa

Wilderness Wilderness
Town of Western Cape

Fantastic!
Greatest place in the Western Cape to be!-From Stefan and Vicky
Stefan SCHOUTEDEN
Austria

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Orange Grove Farm, Robertson
My family and I stayed for a week at Orange Grove Farm, a working wine and olive farm in the heart of the Western Cape's Valley of Wine and Roses. Luxury self-catering accomodation is in the form of whitewashed, thatched-roof cottages with the mountains as their backdrop and the vineyards as their views. The service, accommodation and hospitality were world-class. Activities include guided hikes and mountain biking, while each cottage has a pool and a built-in barbecue.
Linda Piegl

Kleinmond Kleinmond
Town of Overberg

Alikreukel - Kleinmond
Just had an awesome weekend away to Kleinmond in the Western Cape and we stayed at the Alikreukel. It offered so much more than we expected which made our stay so much more enjoyable. I still cant believe how affordable the accommodation was considering its amazing location and what it offered. so Thanks Alikreukel and SafariNow
Alex Hawkins
South Africa