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The Western Cape is the most south-western province in South Africa, covering many of South Africa's tourist destinations and attractions.


The Western Cape can be divided in the following regions:

Western Cape regions - Color-coded map
  Cape Peninsula
The centre of tourism in South Africa, encompassing the Cape Town metro area, Cape Point and the False Bay area.
  Cape Winelands
East of Cape Town and easily visited in a day trip from Cape Town
  West Coast
Less crowded with tourists, this region offers beautiful scenery for the nature lover
  The Overberg
An area rich in biodiversity between Cape Town and the Garden Route
  The Garden Route
Lovely scenery and one of South Africa's tourist hot-spots
  The Western Cape Karoo
The part of the Karoo in the Western Cape province, including the Little Karoo, a popular semi-desert region easily reached on the R62
The Cape Peninsula

Cities and towns[edit]

View on Table Mountain
  • 1 Cape Town — one of the world's top destinations
  • 2 Stellenbosch — a university town in the winelands
  • 3 Paarl — famous for having one of the world's largest rock outcrops and the Afrikaans Language Monument.
  • 4 George — gateway to the Garden Route
  • 5 Knysna — a beautiful city in the Garden Route
  • 6 Mossel Bay — stunning beaches
  • 7 Oudtshoorn — the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Cape Agulhas Cape Agulhas Lighthouse on Wikipedia — the southernmost point of Africa
  • 2 Gansbaai — on the majestic Walker Bay and with an unspoilt and untouched hinterland, ruled by floral abundance
  • 3 Hermanus — famous for the whale-watching
  • 4 Montagu — hot spa water, high quality rock climbing routes, and plenty of adventure activities
  • 5 Swellendam — one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa, houses some fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
  • 6 Yzerfontein — spring flowers, whales, a sixteen-mile beach and west coast hospitality
  • 7 Wupperthal — a tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
  • 8 Paternoster — a tiny fishing village on the West Coast, an area with stunning flowers
  • 9 Storms River — near the Tsitsikamma National Park

National parks[edit]

A Bontebok.

Other nature reserves[edit]



The Western Cape is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and offers a broad range of attractions. From the tourism hot-spot of Cape Town to the lovely scenery of the Garden Route the region offers something for everyone. So this is the right place for starting your South Africa experience.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Cape Town's international airport is the country's second largest after Johannesburg. There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By train[edit]

Spoornet[dead link] operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to Johannesburg, Worcester, Beaufort West, Durban, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and East London.

MetroRail[dead link] operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as Simon's Town, Bellville, Malmesbury, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Worcester and Paarl.

By car[edit]

The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape (e.g. Intercape, Greyhound, Translux) as does the Baz Bus.

By car[edit]

There is a good road network and as some places are not accessible by public transport this is a good way to travel the Cape. Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

By a guide[edit]

There are a few hundred registered and qualified guides who know their way in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The Cape Tour Guides Association[dead link] can provide travellers with a list of all tour guides and their specialities.



The Western Cape offers nearly everything a traveler could want. From buzzing night-life in Cape Town and Stellenbosch to wonderful beaches and many outdoor options. So the basic itinerary should include some days in Cape Town, a visit to the Cape of Good Hope (and don`t miss the penguins at Boulders Beach), wine tasting in Paarl or Franschhoek or Robertson, Swartland and Overberg, and a trip along the Garden Route. There are also a number of smaller National Parks with hiking trails for a day out. One of the newer 'primary unusual destinations' is Soekershof Walkabout located in Klaas Voogds along Route 62. This place consists among others of the largest permanent hedge mazes in the world; a philosopher's garden and unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa. Visitors can earn a memento by fulfilling a quest. In the Robertson Valley are diverse hiking trails such as Arrangies Kop and Die Vrolijkheid


The Cape Epic is a seven-stage mountain bike race from Cape Town to Val de Ve Estate in March.


Cape Town offers everything you want. Along the coast look-out for some fish and oysters, while in the Cape Winelands head for some of the countries finest dining experiences.


The Western Cape winelands produce very good wine.

This is the region to taste South Africa's best wine. Tour the cellars around Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek but check for a driver before.

The wine producing areas in the Overberg, Swartland and Robertson are gaining international recognition. The wine tasting in these areas is free. While the wines of the traditional wine-producing areas of South Africa are moved to the lower shelves of the European supermarkets, the ones from the upcoming areas can be found in top restaurants and special liquor stores and wine boutiques in Europe and North America as premium brands.

Go next[edit]

This region travel guide to Western Cape is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.