The Western CapeWestern Cape Attractions
The Western Cape's heady mix of mountains, vineyards, and oceans appeals to millions of visitors annually. More than any other province its attractions border on iconic and, as a result, the province is the most popular for foreign visitors. Certainly Cape Town's big 6 (now 7) attractions – Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, V&A Waterfront, and now The City Walk – have become central to any stay in the Western Cape and the Mother City.
If numbers are anything to go by then there is a continued upward trend of visitors across the regions of the Western Cape, and for good reason. Top attractions do not start and end in Cape Town (even if, as every day passes in a whirlwind of activity, there is forever something else to grab your attention).
The Western Cape's allure is not merely its expansive beaches, fashionable vineyards and effortless mountains. Its lesser-known regions like the valleys of the Klein Karoo, its untamed wilderness areas and numerous nature reserves are what draws those who want to explore the province's finer moments.
You will find salty lagoons, beachside restaurants, unique architecture, historical seaside fishing villages, San rock art, incredible rock formations, fields of rolling wheat, whales, blue cranes, ostrich farms, a lake district, indigenous forests, great white sharks and mountain passes that leave you breathless.
From Cape Town there are easy trips to the winelands, along Route 62, into the Overberg in pursuit of whales, up the West Coast to experience the annual spring flowers, into the Olifants River Valley and its heavily fragranced citrus groves, the banks of the Breede River in the valley of the same name, the hiking trails of the Cederberg, the diversity of the Klein Karoo's historical towns, and the all-round impressiveness of the Garden Route.
And if all of this sounds like attraction overload, it is. For within each of these regions is a range of activities that range from the more sombre pursuit of sampling wine to the heady adrenalin-rush of paragliding and MTB riding. You could spend months here and still leave with items on your to-do list.
Destinations / Regions of the Western Cape
Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Town
With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A harmonious blend of architectural styles reflects the tastes of dictates of the past as well as today's more functional requirements. Between...
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Stay? Accommodation in Cape Helderberg
The Cape Helderberg, or Helderberg basin, is one of the most visually dramatic areas in the Cape, with the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountain ranges creating a powerful backdrop against which the valley descends into vineyards and finally...
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Overnight? Accommodation Cape Overberg
Literally over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass lies a region of such immense beauty that it attracts thousands of visitors a year to its orchards, forests, grain fields and vistas surrounded by rolling mountain ranges...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Agulhas
The rocky headland of Cape Agulhas is the place where two great oceans – the Indian and Atlantic – meet. It's also the spot at which to have one's photo taken at the official southernmost tip of Africa, where there is a stone plaque that marks...
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Cape West Coast
Overnight? Accommodation Cape West Coast
What is still an almost undiscovered treasure trove of unspoilt beaches, incredible mountain ranges, rich geographical diversity, and the most astounding carpet of wild flowers in spring, has evolved into a major holiday route out of Cape...
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Olifants River Valley
Stay? Accommodation Olifants River Valley
Without the water this beautiful world of green, the heavy fragrance of the citrus groves that greet you as you drive along, the proud farming community with the renowned Groen Vallei wines would cease to exist. There are many beautiful villages...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Cederberg
The Cederberg, named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar - a tree endemic to the area - is virtually synonymous with a series of impressive rock formations that emerged as a result of a combination of factors, including the chemical composition...
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Overnight? Accommodation Cape Winelands
Towns and villages have many historic homesteads and monuments, and every so often fruit orchards are to be seen, whose produce may be found in all corners of the world. It is the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall of the south-western...
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Breede River Valley
Stay? Accommodation Breede River Valley
There really is no adjective apt enough to describe the beauty of the Breede River Valley. This incredibly picturesque fruit and wine producing vale has become extremely popular with Capetonians and visitors. This is in no small part because...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Swartland
The Swartland, otherwise known as the wheat and rooibos-producing part of the Western Cape Province, lies between Malmesbury in the south, across the Riebeek Valley to Piketberg in the north, Darling in the west, to the Oliphants Mountain at...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Karoo
The Little or Klein Karoo, which is a long valley bordered by the Swartberg and the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape, forms the southern sibling of the larger Karoo - the Great or Groot Karoo occupies the northern part thereof...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Garden Route
The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, the starting point of which is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand, Stilbaai and Albertinia join the route that winds its way for some 200 km via George, Wilderness...
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