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 R760
1 night, 2 adults

Somerset Lodge, Montagu

Sleeps 14 Montagu Bed and Breakfast in Montagu

Somerset Lodge is set in a gorgeous English country garden against a backdrop of magnificent mountai...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Acacia Cottage

Sleeps 8 Prince Albert Self-catering in Prince Albert

Acacia Cottage is located just a block away from town on a little farm with horses, chickens, cats a...

from R200
1 night, 2 adults

Op-die-Plaas Kamp

Sleeps 100 Seweweekspoort Camping and Caravanning in Seweweekspoort

Op-die-Plaas Kamp is situated on a beautiful working farm named Sandrivier, surrounded by the Klein ...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Seaforth Beach Apartment

Sleeps 3 Simons Town Self-catering in Simons Town

Tranquility, views and nature at its best. This beach apartment boasts a location nestled close to ...

Weskus Kaya

Sleeps 18 Melkbosstrand Guest House in Melkbosstrand

A warm welcome awaits you at Weskus Kaya Bed and Breakfast, a luxury bed and breakfast establishment...

from R350
1 night, 2 adults

Oom Piet Accommodation

Sleeps 18 Gansbaai Self-catering in Gansbaai

Oom Piet is a lovely self-catering establishment situated in the small fishing town of Gaansbaai. It...

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 R910
1 night, 2 adults

Farr Out

Sleeps 10 Pelgrimsrust Guest House in Pelgrimsrust

Relax in privacy and leave the hectic city life behind. The eyes catch the magnificent Paternoster B...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

At home with Marianella

Sleeps 12 Simons Town Self-catering in Simons Town

Come and experience the peace and beauty of nature's best with us. Fully-equipped seafront units, ad...

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