Western Cape, South Africa
Western Cape, South Africa
If the Western Cape were a woman, she would turn heads. As a province of South Africa,
the Western Cape draws millions of visitors each year to a seemingly
small area if compared with other provinces in South Africa, but one
that is so beautiful that it can’t help the distinct attention it

Affixed to the tip of Africa as it is, the Western Cape
lies bordered by two oceans - the Indian Ocean to the south and the
Atlantic to the west - which goes a long way to clarify its allure. The
wild Cape Agulhas coast, the extraordinary magnificence of the Garden Route, the sparse, sweeping stretches of sand, punctuated only by rocky outcrops and fishing villages, of the West Coast
notwithstanding, it is not the coastline alone that draws the crowds.
The constant reassuring presence of immense peaks form the backdrop to
a land so lovely in parts that the emerald lakes and indigenous forests
of the Wilderness, the sun-drenched vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the magnificent passes to reach the interior and the wide, windswept arid spaces of the Klein Karoo seem part of a fantasy landscape that often defies description.

Cape Town City, the City Business District
Cape Town City, the City Business District
The heart of the Western Cape is without doubt the city of Cape Town.
With a distinct flavour of its own, affected in no small part by the
cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German
settlers who each indelibly stamped their mark upon the foundations of
the city, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world

The inner city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles
that combine the past with the present in a mishmash of high-rise
office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings and narrow,
cobblestone streets that give rise to fine examples of Cape Dutch
design. It is also home to a blend of corporate and independent
business that lends it a striking aliveness, particularly at lunch time
when the streets spill over with a combination of lunch time diners and
consequent entertainers and market stalls.

Constantly engulfed by the vast maternal presence of Table Mountain, the inner city combines with an effortless choice of white sandy beaches, must-visits like Robben Island, Cape Point and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,
magnificent green areas with rivers, vleis and dams, a floral kingdom
that is wholly unique to the Cape and an effortlessly warm climate that
makes the Western Cape a logical destination throughout the year.

The Western Cape

The Western Cape
The vibrant coastline that stretches from Lambert’s Bay on the West Coast all the way around to Witsand,
offers an incredible diversity. From sweeping sandy beaches that are
perfect for swimming and sunbathing, where children get to splash in
the shallows, to stormy narrow shores with crashing waves that threaten
your very mettle but provide awe-inspiring views from surrounding
cliffs, along which some of the country’s greatest hikes like the Otter Trail pass, you will not be disappointed.

The Cape Whale Coast
in particular creates quite a stir and draws to our shores a uniquely
intelligent and remarkable creature that never fails to ignite in those
who come to see them a sense of well-being and incredible pleasure at
having viewed them from so close. Whales, including the Southern Right
Whale and less commonly the Bryde’s (pronounced ‘broodess’) and the
Humpback Whale, are frequently sited along the Cape Overberg Coast from Stony Point near Betty’s Bay, along the cliff paths of Hermanus, Kleinmond, Onrus, Walker Bay, the De Hoop Nature Reserve
and Witsand. These gentle giants spend summer feeding around Antarctica
and then migrate thousands of miles to our waters where the sheltered
bays of the South African coast provide perfect refuge to mate and

The Western Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands of the Western Cape are another of the huge draw cards to South Africa
that manage to effortlessly combine the beauty of ripening vineyards,
Cape Dutch manor homes and excellent cuisine in valleys surrounded by
indigo mountains to such effect that visitors return to fully
appreciate the many wine routes and estates on offer. Many of these are within easy reach of Cape Town, particularly those in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington, but there are those slightly further afield in other wine-producing valleys - the Breede River Valley, the Swartland and the Olifants River Valley, to name but a few - that are equally inviting (see Cape Wine Routes).

The Overberg with its myriad villages, mountains and coastline; the citrus-bearing Cederberg with its incredibly intense summers and amazing mountain scenery, and the Breede River Valley that includes timeless villages like McGregor, Swellendam and Malgas are other reasons to visit the Western Cape if you haven’t yet added it to your itinerary.