The Western Cape In South Africa Has Nearly 1,000 Km Of Unspoiled Beaches

Flanked by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Western Cape boasts nearly 1,000 km of pristine beaches, incredible scenic beauty, and a moderate climate year-round. The tapestry of cultural diversity is evident in the variety of cuisine, architecture, arts and crafts, museums, and historical monuments.

This province is blessed with unparalleled diverse splendor, from the pretty west coast fishing villages and arid areas that are covered in gorgeous carpets of flowers between August and October to the stunning vineyards and gorgeous coastline along the famous Garden Route.

Inland, the Klein Karoo is characterized by wide open spaces, rolling hills and huge ostrich farms. Dozens of southern right, humpback and Brydes whales frequent the coastal waters between June and November, offering an added dimension to this spectacular province.

There is no place like Cape Town. It is in Africa, and from Africa, but yet so different. Nestled between ocean and mountain and with a South African National Park at its heart, this cosmopolitan hub is steeped in history, cultural diversity and is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after destinations.

As the oldest city in South Africa, it has a cultural heritage spanning over 300 years and offers beautiful beaches, spas, scenic drives, inland wine farms and spectacular scenery.

The west coast, comprising Swartland, the Sandveld and further north, the Olifants River Valley, is wild and unspoiled for those who want to escape the city. The Langebaan Wilderness Wetland is the focal point of the West Coast National Park and a mecca for bird watchers, sun worshipers and water enthusiasts. Other attractions include impressive rock formations, magnificent scenery and Bushman rock art and tours.

Wine and fruit farms thrive on the Cape and most major estates are within easy reach of Cape Town. Not only do the vineyards offer a true wine experience, but the region is also home to many hiking trails and cave paintings dating back 7,000 years. This area is blessed with some of the best bistros and restaurants, often housed in historic Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.

From Slangriver in Heidelberg to the white sand beaches of Plettenberg Bay is the picturesque Garden Route. The area is richly endowed by nature and adorned with spectacular rocky peninsulas, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, native forests, magnificent caves and golden beaches.

The quaint seaside towns are home to a wide variety of accommodation, excellent restaurants and numerous attractions. From hiking, mountain biking, horseback and ostrich riding, whale, dolphin or bird watching to lounging in the sun, enjoying an ocean cruise or steam train excursion, there is a land of magic waiting for you.


Robben Island, a World Heritage Site and advanced prison, holds an important place in the history of the liberation struggle.

Table Mountain offers amazing views of the city. Explore the mountain by cable car or on foot. Biking and rappelling routes are also available on Table Mountain.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a working port, shopping and entertainment complex.

Two Oceans Aquarium with more than 300 species, including sharks, penguins and seals. The aquarium offers shark tank diving.

Castillo de Buena Esperanza, a five-pointed fortress that houses a museum, a gallery and a restaurant.

Cape Peninsula National Park, where two oceans meet. The ascent to the old lighthouse by funicular or on foot is essential.

Signal Hill offers beautiful views of the city, especially at night.

Houses of Parliament, an architectural masterpiece.

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the best in the world with more than 5,000 species of plants.

South African Museum, famous for exhibits of ethnic groups, including life-size models of Bushmen (San), Khoikhoi and other southern African tribes.

The National Gallery of South Africa houses an outstanding collection of local art, offering insight into the development of this multifaceted nation. Photographs of black village life include many that appeared in Drum magazine during the 1950s.

District Six Museum, revealing the Apartheid era.

Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Table Mountain, a tribute to Cecil John Rhodes, Prime Minister of the Cape since 1890.

Chapmans Peak Drive is carved out of solid rock and is one of the most spectacular mountain drives in the world.

Major shopping malls in this area include the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cavendish Square, and Tygervalley. Blue Bayou offers excellent personalized shopping service.

Notable flea markets in Cape Town include Greenmarket Square, Hout Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, and Simon’s Town Waterfront.

Hout Bay’s working harbor and ferries to Duiker Island for seal viewing.

A wide variety of excellent golf courses are found throughout this area.

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