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 R960
1 night, 2 adults

Yotclub B&B Otter & Birding Sanctuary

Sleeps 12 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

The Yotclub B&B is situated in the centre of Oudtshoorn on the popular Route 62. We are a few minut...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Lavender Rose Guesthouse

Sleeps 12 Costa Sarda Self-catering in Costa Sarda

The Lavender Rose Guesthouse offers three self-catering apartment units. It is located in the tranqu...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Elianthe's Guest House

Sleeps 14 Swellendam Guest House in Swellendam

A warm welcome awaits you at Elianthe's Guest House. This charming Victorian building is approximat...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Number Two

Sleeps 4 Camps Bay Self-catering in Camps Bay

Number Two is a modern, secure, self-contained apartment in the most wonderful location in Camps Bay...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Guesthouse LaRachelle

Sleeps 10 Swellendam Guest House in Swellendam

Intimate, cosy and comfortable, hallmark this family run charming guesthouse in Swellendam. Ideally ...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Melkboom Guest Farm

Sleeps 6 Heidelberg (WC) Guest House in Heidelberg (WC)

Melkboom Guest Farm is a working farm situated at the border of the Garden Route and the Overberg di...

from R890
1 night, 2 adults

De Langenhof Guest House

Sleeps 12 Riebeek West Bed and Breakfast in Riebeek West

4 star Guest house in Riebeek West in the Riebeek Valley, Swartland Western Cape South Africa

Die Fonteine Guesthouse
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from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Die Fonteine Guesthouse

Sleeps 14 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Die Fonteine is situated in the centre of the lush green, tranquil and picturesque village settlemen...

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