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 R800
1 night, 2 adults

Lord Milner Hotel

Sleeps 70 Matjiesfontein Self-catering in Matjiesfontein

On the fringe of the Grand Karoo, the Lord Milner Hotel, the last authentic vestige of Victoriana, s...

from R490
1 night, 2 adults

20 On Dixton

Sleeps 12 Mowbray Self-catering in Mowbray

20 on Dixton is a charming self catering guest house in Mowbray close to the University of Cape Tow...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Wondersig Apartments

Sleeps 28 Lamberts Bay Self-catering in Lamberts Bay

This accommodation is in a prime position in Lamberts Bay.Here you will find the host of the friendl...

from R580
1 night, 2 adults

Little Mazot Accomodation

Sleeps 10 Kanonkop Self-catering in Kanonkop

Magnificent unobstructed views to the Lagoon, The Heads and Northwards to the Outeniqua Mountains in...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Biffie's Cottage

Sleeps 4 Beaufort West Bed and Breakfast in Beaufort West

Biffie's Cottage is beautifully furnished cottage situated in the quaint Beaufort West. The town is ...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Bayview Mountain Sea Facing Cottages

Sleeps 12 Hout Bay Guest House in Hout Bay

We offer sea facing Cottages that are beautifully appointed and equipped. We are peacefully nestled...

from R760
1 night, 2 adults

WhaleViews

Sleeps 6 Gordons Bay Self-catering in Gordons Bay

WhaleViews offers two fantastic self-catering apartments - Dolphin's Rest and Dolphin's Leap. Both ...

from R200
1 night, 2 adults

Hermanus Esplanade

Sleeps 108 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

The Greek Isle atmosphere and d├ęcor compliments the vacation ambience and the furnishings. You can ...

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