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...
Abalone House & Spa
5 Std Superior, 4 Luxury Superior & 1 Superior Sea View Suite
Abalone House & Spa is a stylish boutique guest house on the west Coast offering sophistication, glamour and style in the charming, historic fisherman’s village of Paternoster....
Lily Pond Country Lodge
4 Spacious Rooms and 6 Luxury Garden Rooms
Quietly situated amongst large colourful lily ponds and indigenous forests, Lily Pond Country Lodge offers luxury accommodation near Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay on the...
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...
Villas @ Franschhoek Country House
12 Villa Suites
Overlooking the picturesque mountains and surrounding vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands, the stylish Villa Suites offer a haven of opulent space...
Franschhoek Country House
14 Bedrooms and 12 Villa Suites
A delightful boutique hotel overlooking the beautiful mountains of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding vineyards of the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape. Stylish rooms and...
8 Bedrooms and 2 Honeymoon Rooms
Located in Newlands in Cape Town, Fernwood Manor is the epitome of a luxury boutique Guest House, ideal to combine business with pleasure. Elegant Colonial style home in leafy...
Amanzi Island Lodge
On the Garden Route in Knysna, Amanzi Island Lodge is on the edge of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, this spacious beach house offers luxury, comfort, tranquillity and spectacular...
Includes Bed & Breakfast
Dramatically situated on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads, Headlands House offers breathtaking views over both the ocean and Knysna Lagoon. Stylish bedrooms have...
Hog Hollow Country Lodge and Villa
16 Suites - fireplaces in most, except family rooms.
“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” - Lin Yutang (1895–1976). Just 18km from Plettenberg Bay lies a...
4 Bedrooms, 1 Suite and 2 Cottage, Self-Catering Options
Intaba Lodge is in Hout Bay, Cape Town and has sweeping panoramic views across the surrounding mountains bordering Hout Bay. Luxuriant tranquil gardens stretch over 8 500 m²,...
La Plume Boutique Guest House
5 Bedrooms, 1 Self-Catering Cottage, 3 Honeymoon Rooms and 4 Suites
La Plume is a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg mountains and Olifants River valley. A warm welcome awaits at this charming 1902...
Rouxwil Country House
5 Garden Rooms and 1 Suite
Rouxwil Country House, near Greyton and Caledon is set amongst wheatfields, orchards and majestic mountains. Unwind in comfort in luxury garden rooms with breathtaking views of...
Maison Chablis Guest House
Owner James Calderwood, offers a warm welcome to Maison Chablis Guest House, a Georgian style Guest House, set behind white-washed walls in a secluded garden in Franschhoek in...
Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge
10 Bedrooms and 2 Suites
In the Franschhoek Valley on the banks of the Berg River, surrounded by vineyards and dramatic mountain views, Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge offers friendly country...
Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages
2 Honeymoon Suites, 5 Luxury Farmhouse units & 7 Self Catering units
In the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley near Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, the Schoeman family extend a warm and friendly welcome to their 9th generation home, where Piet and...
Dunstone Country House
Peace and tranquillity await at this romantic getaway. Located on wine and fruit estate near Wellington, only 45 minutes from Cape Town, 15 minutes from Paarl and 30 minutes...
Arniston Spa Hotel
Amidst a charming historical fishing village on the edge of the azure Indian Ocean lies the Arniston Hotel, where fishermen set out at dawn to cast their lines and where an...
12 Garden Rooms
Oue Werf, circa 1857, is on a working farm in the peaceful Schoemanshoek Valley in the Western Cape, 12 km from Oudtshoorn and 15 km from the Cango Caves. Each bedroom offers...
Milkwood Manor on Sea
Milkwood Manor is located on the oceanfront in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Awake to the sound of breaking surf and seagull’s cry. Enjoy the Manor’s breathtaking views...
Excelsior Manor Guest House
Excelsior Manor, in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley, was built during the ostrich feather boom of the early 1900s. This tranquil 200-hectare wine and citrus farm was...
At the bottom end of historic Dorp Street, on the...
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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.