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 R400
1 night, 2 adults

Atlantic Postcard

Sleeps 6 Bloubergstrand Self-catering in Bloubergstrand

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

from R494
1 night, 2 adults

Teri-Moja Game Lodge

Sleeps 42 Beaufort West Lodge in Beaufort West

The recently opened Teri-Moja Game Lodge lies in a game rich area, virtually on the banks of the ful...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Inchcape

Sleeps 4 Kommetjie Self-catering in Kommetjie

Inchcape offers self-catering accommodation in an A-frame cottage, situated near the beach in Kommet...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Thorn Bay

Sleeps 45 Doringbaai Self-catering in Doringbaai

Total Relaxation, situated on the West Coast is a small coastal town named Doringbaai, to the north ...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Rusticana B & B

Sleeps 26 Riversdale Self-catering in Riversdale

Rusticana is an elegant and homely Guest House at the foot of the Magnificent Sleeping Beauty Mount...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

St. Croix Estate

Sleeps 20 Franschhoek Guest House in Franschhoek

Experience wonderful farm accommodation on this lovely fruit and vineyard guest farm. We offer a gr...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Wykeham Lodge

Sleeps 14 Worcester Lodge in Worcester

from R1540
1 night, 2 adults

Teniqua Treetops

Sleeps 24 Karatara Self-catering, Karatara Resort in Karatara

Teniqua Treetops is an eco-friendly, self-catering tree house resort in the Garden Route of South Af...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

La Cachette

Sleeps 10 Bettys Bay Self-catering in Bettys Bay

At La Cachette we pride ourselves on the best guest service, quality amenities, and an amazing locat...

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