The Western Cape practically zooms off the travel charts with its level of natural beauty and variety of sporting and cultural activities. Around Cape Town, the Garden Route and the West Coast you’ll find coastal scenery and beaches, as well as forested mountains. Moving inland you get to the green Winelands and a drier Klein Karoo, all with...
Angala Boutique Hotel
Nestled in the heart of the famed Cape Winelands at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains just outside picturesque Franschhoek, the 5-Star Angala Boutique Hotel is a tranquil...
Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
4 Luxury Bedrooms, 1 Suite and 1 Self-Catering House
At Bartholomeus Klip you are surrounded by mountains that turn pink at sunset, farmlands stretching to the horizon, a 4 000-hectare fynbos nature reserve alive with herds of...
1 Standard Room, 6 Luxury Rooms, 1 Premium Deluxe Room
Under Oaks farm is situated on the outskirts of Northern Paarl just 50km from Cape Town. This working farm and hands-on family business, is steeped in history, with records...
Schulphoek Seafront Guest House & Restaurant
Schulphoek is situated on a beautiful quiet bay with spectacular sea views, the perfect whale watching spot in season, 5 km from Hermanus. Stylish spacious bedrooms, some more...
Lairds Lodge Country Estate
Includes Bed & Breakfast
This gracious Cape Dutch-style homestead is set on a 24-acre estate, offering mountain views, wide open spaces and a secluded swimming pool. The high-ceilinged elegantly...
Hunters Country House
Fragrant and colourful, Hunter’s flourishing gardens create an idyllic setting for this luxurious retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. This beautiful property combines a...
De Zeekoe Guest Farm & Reserve
16 Bedrooms and 4 Rustic Cabins, Self-Catering Options
De Zeekoe Guest Farm & Reserve is a 2 000 hectare privately owned farm, between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on the banks of the Olifants River just outside...
1 Self Catering Villa, 5 Rooms and 1 Honeymoon Room
Auberge Clermont offers luxurious accommodation in the beautiful Franschhoek valley. This historic wine and fruit farm is synonymous with peace and is a favourite destination...
Armagh Country Lodge & Spa
5 Bedrooms, 1 Honeymoon Cottage and 1 Hideaway Cottage
In the foothills of the Tsitsikamma mountain range in the quaint village of Storms River on the Garden Route, the Armagh Country Lodge is set one km off the N2 Highway and...
Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa
Boutique hospitality at the foot of Table Mountain within walking distance from hip and vibrant Kloof and Long Streets, featuring shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. V&A...
Montagu Country Hotel
Old World Elegance and Space “The only original Art Deco hotel in South Africa”Experience a bygone era of elegance and charm with the Art Deco style of the 1920’s and the...
Rosenhof Country House
12 Luxury Rooms, 2 Executive Suites
Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its...
Head Over Hills
8 Luxury Bedrooms
Head Over Hills is an exclusive 5* retreat situated on the edge of the famous rocky cliffs of The Heads in Knysna. This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy...
Grootbos Nature Reserve Garden and Forest Lodges
Garden Lodge - 11 Suites, Forest Lodge - 16 Bedrooms
Both lodges offer panoramic views and every suite offers complete privacy. Garden Lodge lies in an indigenous garden with stone walls and a warm African ambience. Each suite is...
Glen Avon Lodge
In the tranquil Constantia Valley winelands, Glen Avon Lodge offers the discerning traveller a haven of peace and tranquillity. All rooms have luxury comforts and some include...
Tsala Treetop Lodge
10 private suites & 6 two-bedroomed villas
If you’re after an escape that offers something truly special, then this luxurious retreat in the heart of the Garden Route is where you’ll experience pure magic. Set high in...
3 apartments, Self-Catering Options
Feel as if you’ve escaped to the French countryside at this Franschhoek haven. Surrounded by the Middagkrans and Drakenstein Mountains, the lovingly restored Victorian...
Auberge Daniella Manor House
Escape to the French countryside at this lovingly restored Victorian homestead in Franschhoek, the beautiful food and wine capital of South Africa. Auberge Daniella Manor House...
De Hoop Collection
De Hoop Nature Reserve
42 Units with 1 to 4 Bedrooms each. Fully catered and self-catering options available
Set on the coast near the southern-most tip of Africa lies De Hoop Nature Reserve. It's a World Heritage Site encompassing 36 000 hectares of nature reserve and fynbos,...
28 Cottages, Self-Catering Options
Basking in the beguiling tranquillity of Knysna’s lagoon lies Belvidere Manor, one of South Africa’s most romantic, and most relaxed getaways on the Garden Route....
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Western Cape travel guide
The Western Cape practically zooms off the travel charts with its level of natural beauty and variety of sporting and cultural activities. Around Cape Town, the Garden Route and the West Coast you’ll find coastal scenery and beaches, as well as forested mountains. Moving inland you get to the green Winelands and a drier Klein Karoo, all with more mountains.
The star of the show is Cape Town, a microcosm of the whole province. In one sophisticated yet friendly city you can satisfy your longing to climb a mountain, paraglide and surf, but also grab some urban action with outstanding restaurants to suit all budgets, neighbourhood markets plus smart shopping centres, and theatre ranging from box office hits to alternative performances in a tiny room. Children love Cape Town for its beaches, open spaces and activities such as zip lining, surf lessons, tobogganing, penguin watching and loads of indoor science, arts and crafts.
But don’t neglect the rest of the Western Cape. Here’s where you can watch whales and dolphins play, discover a unique winemaker, go bungee jumping, explore history in a tiny country town, contemplate the stars from the desert, hike the glorious Cedarberg Mountains and see the spring wildflower tapestry in Namaqualand.
Around the coast:
- Cape Town – Chic in some ways and laid back in others, Cape Town hints of Europe and New York, yet is most definitely African. The city is singular for features such as Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, its Malay community of the Bo-Kaap, Constantia wine farms and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Camps Bay, Clifton and Muizenberg are among the best beaches. The funky suburb of Woodstock is well worth visiting for its art scene, small boutiques and Saturday morning farmer’s market at the Old Biscuit Mill. Long and Adderley Streets still have historic old buildings, such as the Slave Lodge Museum. The area around Bree Street in the centre of town is known for innovative food, an artisan coffee culture and trendy nightlife, including cool wine bars, art galleries and plenty of cool LGBT venues.
- Cape Peninsula – At the very tip of the peninsula lies the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here two oceans come together, and you can see a beautiful expanse of fynbos, the floral kingdom only found in the Cape. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a baboon or two (don’t feed them). Return via Simonstown, with its African Penguin colony at Boulders and Seaforth beaches. Stop off in bohemian Kalk Bay, picturesque St James and retro Muizenberg, beloved by surfers.
- Garden Route – Spend a memorable few days discovering lazy beaches at Stilbaai, Victoria Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield. Take the family on a big game safari or find the fairytale castles at Noetzie. The coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offer boat-based adventures and dolphin and whale watching. Choose a magnificent Tsitsikamma Forest hike and canopy tour, or test your limits with the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans.
- Hermanus and Overberg – Go between July and September to do some whale watching in Hermanus, not forgetting its gorgeous coastal walks and the wine farms of Hemel en Aarde. Close by are the hot springs at Caledon, and the historic charm of Swellendam.
- West Coast – In spring the ground of Namaqualand is covered with a Crayola box of flowers. Experience the theatrical genius of Pieter Dirk Uys’ Theatre and Mausoleum in Darling. Brave the mysterious mountain range of the Cedarberg and explore the untamed beaches at Paternoster and Langebaan. Discover a new talent among the quaint showrooms, shops and eateries in the arty village of Riebeeck Kasteel.
- Cape Winelands – Taste, taste and taste. Then decide on your own favourite wine along the various routes that take you to farms in Durbanville, Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek. The driving is easy along country roads with hillsides covered in vines dipping into valleys of all shades of green. Many of the estates have top-class restaurants to follow your wine tasting. You can buy South African wines directly from the farms.
- Breede River Valley – This is the largest wine and fruit-producing valley in the Western Cape. The setting is a magnificent zig zag of hills, sliced by the Breede River. Rafting, canoeing and hiking are some of the activities on offer when you are not stocking up on wine. Not to miss is Montagu, hugely popular for its hot springs and a base for rock climbing and cave seeking. The town is also bursting with Cape Dutch architecture as well as dried fruit, nuts and preserves. The Montagu dried fruit and nut factory shop is just outside the town. The wines of nearby Robertson have an excellent reputation. Annual Festivals in this area include Christmas in Winter and the Prince Albert Olive Festival.
- Klein Karoo – the Cape’s Route 62 leads travellers into a landscape of startling horizontal rock formations. Quirky towns include Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Barrydale.