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 R750
1 night, 2 adults

Grace's Elands Bay

Sleeps 4 Elands Bay Self-catering in Elands Bay

Grace's Elands Bay is located in Elands Bay, a seaside town along the Atlantic Ocean in the Western ...

from R420
1 night, 2 adults

12 on Beach Guest House

Sleeps 34 Saldanha Guest House in Saldanha

12 on Beach Guest House is a luxury guest house situated on the beachfront in Saldanha. The guest ho...

from R1150
1 night, 2 adults

409 The Odyssey

Sleeps 2 Green Point Self-catering in Green Point

409 The Odyssey is a state-of-the-art luxury apartment that has been decorated with upmarket finishe...

from R460
1 night, 2 adults

Strand Street 82

Sleeps 12 Lamberts Bay Self-catering in Lamberts Bay

Strand Street 82 offers a lovely seaside getaway in Lamberts Bay, one the hidden gems of the West Co...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Eden's Touch

Sleeps 30 Harkerville Self-catering in Harkerville

Our exclusive fully equipped self catering chalets are conveniently situated 20 minutes from Knysna ...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

La Montagne Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 10 Riebeek Kasteel Bed and Breakfast in Riebeek Kasteel

La Montagne Bed and Breakfast is one of the last Swartland farm houses to be restored, offering a co...

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 R890
1 night, 2 adults

Burrough Place

Sleeps 13 Heatherlands Guest House in Heatherlands

At Burrough Place, you will find yourself right at home in this spacious and comfortable guest house...

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 ...

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