The Western Cape Province attracts millions of visitors each year. One of the many attractions encouraging Western Cape and Cape Town tourism is that it offers a near-perfect Mediterranean climate, exquisite landscapes, spectacular beaches, the grandeur of Table Mountain, the magic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront development around a working harbour. Cape Town and the Western Cape offers a variety of accommodations of the highest standards. There are excellent hotels, bed and breakfast accommodations, self-catering apartments and villa's and a vast amount of restaurants and drinking places.There is a lively and entertaining calendar of arts, and an enchanting Cape Winelands and mountain neighbourhood.
In spite of the Western Cape not being the best province for a game viewing safari, there are now a few Safari Parks and excellent Game Lodges. The Western Cape is blessed with wildlife, natural beauty, fantastic beaches and some of the most magnificent scenery, imaginable, it is not hard to see why Cape Town and the Western Cape have been described as heaven at the tip of Africa.
The culture of the Western Cape is typified by warm welcoming people whether in the city of Cape Town, the towns of the Western Cape or the farms and Cape rural villages. There is a a rich diversity of arts, culture, music on offer for tourists to the Western Cape and in Cape Town, a buzzing nightlife. Excellent wines from the cellars of the Cape Winelands and superb cuisine makes the Western Cape one of the world's most awe-inspiring tourist destinations. Find Western Cape Accommodations by region here now and book directly with owners of establishments
The Cape Winelands
The fertile soil and Mediterranean climate of the Western Cape, makes the Cape Winelands one of the most renowned wine producing areas in the world. The Western Cape is also cooler than its position of 34º South of the equator might suggest, making the area ideal for growing a wide range of noble vine varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The traditional wine growing areas along the coastal regions are seldom more than 50km from the ocean and are exposed to cool breezes blowing in from the sea. Although Cape Town and the nearby Boland basin is best-known for it's superb Bordeaux-style red wines, the wine-producing region of the province extends further north- and eastwards and has established itself as producer of world-class red, white, fortified and sparkling wines from a wide range of varietals.
While the early settlers were confined to their original natural boundaries, anything over the mountain was the unknown:- referred to as 'over the mountain' which came to be known as the Overberg region, which has now has beautiful villages, centred around the fishing industry. Whale watching is enjoyed during the season when Southern Right whales come close in shore to calve. Gansbaai is a lovely seaside town and the home of Shark Cage Diving. There is a large apple growing industry, flowing grain fields framed by majestic mountains forming picturesque scenery. Find Western CapeOverberg accommodations here
A hiker's paradise, only three hours drive from Cape Town, yet with a sense of remoteness in the harsh mountain landscape. There are stunning rock formations, with many caves and ledges where you may discover rock paintings which may not have been seen for millenia. There is solitude to be found in these mountains, a place of spiritual retreat, or enjoy some of the numerous hiking trails. For adrenaline junkies there are Biking trails and the opportunity to put your 4x4 vehicle to the test. Explore the beauty of the Karoo National Park Find Cedarberg Accommodations here.
The Cape West Coast
The Cape West Coast is semi-arid and has a temperate climate, with wet cold winters. Here you can find solitude, if you wish, on deserted beaches and the delight of small fishing villages.The area is a windsurfer's paradise. The beautiful flowers in the season approximately at the end of July to the end of September form a blaze of colour. The Langebaan Lagoon and surrounding wetland is bird-watching hot spot in the summer months as is Saldanha bay, the Berg River mouth, Rocher Pan Nature reserve and Lamberts Bay. Find West Coast Accommodations here.
View of Table Mountain toward Cape Town
Cape Town enjoys a setting which is only rivalled by Rio de Janeiro and nestles between Table Mountain and the blue waters of Table Bay, it is a modern, cosmopolitan city. Cape Town as a Tourist destination serves well as a gateway to the Western Cape and indeed a good place to commence your tour of South Africa and countries to the north. Read more in our Cape Town Travel Guide
Cape Peninsula Scenery
Much of the Cape Peninsula is a green-mantled plateau of sandstone that reaches its most spectacular heights in the great bulk of Table Mountain. There are two distinctively-shaped features; Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, which stands sentry to either side of the mountain.The plateau's western rim is defined by a series of imposing buttresses known as the Twelve Apostles. The shoreline is a pleasant combination of bay and white sanded Cape beaches, high cliffs and secluded coves
Arial Scene - Knysna on the Garden Route
The Garden Route
The Garden Route covers part of the Western Cape and is one of South Africa's main tourist attractions and is generally thought to stretch from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian ocean and also includes parts of the inland.