Western Cape

Western Cape

Majestic Table Mountain with its lavish ocean views sets the theme for this hospitable province. The Western Cape has a unique cultural and natural heritage and a rural easy-going atmosphere coupled with a first world infrastructure. In the towns and villages and in Cape Town itself there is world-class entertainment such as theatre, music festivals, fabulous restaurants and shopping opportunities.

   CAPITAL Cape Town
   OTHER CITIES Stellenbosch, George, Saldanha Bay
   AIRPORTS Cape Town International, George
   AREA 10.6% of the country
  POPULATION 9.7% of the country at 4.2 million
  LANGUAGES Afrikaans, English & Xhosa

Not to be missed

  • Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe between Knysna and George
  • Robben Island, a World Heritage Site
  • Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site
  • Swartberg Pass out of Oudtshoorn
  • Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • The Winelands

Destinations

Cape Town and the Peninsula

Few cities in the world can boast a more spectacular setting than the "Mother City". It is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys. Immense natural beauty, and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre meld effortlessly here. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers a myriad things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget. 

Towns in this destination: Cape Town, Simon's Town

The Little Karoo 

The Little Karoo is a valley confined by mountain ranges to the north and south. It boasts some of the greatest mountain passes in the country. It is a region of weird rock formations and contorted strata. The area is also ostrich territory and ostriches were once farmed for their feathers around Oudtshoorn.  

Towns in this destination: Oudtshoorn, Robertson

The Overberg

Overberg is the name used to describe the area from the Hottentots Holland mountains in the west to Mossel Bay in the east. The region includes many fine beaches along meticulously sculpted bays. Coastal towns are famous for offering good land-based whale watching during the winter season. 

Towns in this destination: Gansbaai, Hermanus, Struisbaai, Elgin Valley

West Coast & Cederberg

The West Coast comprises a chain of fishing villages. The sea and its bounty is central for the people of these villages. Life here is all about simple pleasures; fresh seafood and springtime flowers. Whales are regular winter visitors. 

Towns in this destination: Paternoster, Cederberg, Clanwilliam

The Winelands

The rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington are nestled amid soaring mountains. Wine estates preserve traditions from the 17th century and offer wine tasting and cellar tours. Each estate is as unique as the taste of their wines.

Towns in this destination: Stellenbosch, Somerset West