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Western Cape province

Spectacular mountain landscapes, rugged coastlines, European heritage, rolling vineyards and wildlife tours make this one of South Africa’s most visited regions.

South Africa’s Western Cape beckons visitors with its dramatic mountains, nature reserves and abundant wildlife. Enjoy the sweeping coastline of surf towns and fishing villages and the rich food and wine culture. Bordered by the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic, the province sprawls across Africa’s southwestern tip.

Start your trip in Cape Town, “The Mother City,” home of the iconic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles peaks. Visit neighborhoods influenced by the British and Dutch as well as bars and restaurants on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Check out the stylish beach suburbs of Camps Bay and Hout Bay and drive along the twists and turns of Chapman’s Peak Drive to see sheer cliffs and towering mountains. Relax in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or hike the nature trails at the Cape of Good Hope

Visit picturesque villages and spot myriad marine life along the False Bay coastline. Boulders Beach offers swims with penguins and Simon’s Town features shark cage diving. Browse the galleries and antique shops in Kalk Bay or head into the Silvermine Nature Reserve from St. James. Learn to surf in Strand and Gordon’s Bay or ride big waves in Muizenberg

Head inland to the Cape Winelands, arguably South Africa’s most scenic wine region. Admire Stellenbosch’s colonial architecture and join a bike tour of nearby vineyards. Satisfy your palate in French-inspired Franschhoek, the country’s gourmet heartland, and hike to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve for panoramic views. 

The Overberg region combines history with wildlife. Spot southern right whales in Hermanus, see a slice of European heritage at Swellendam or rejuvenate in Caledon’s hot springs. Visit Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world, or walk to Montagu’s mountain lookouts.

Get around easily using tourist-friendly bus and train travel. The ocean roads and mountain passes also provide the setting for some of the world’s most scenic drives.

Don’t miss a trip along Western Cape’s famous Garden Route. Walk with elephants at Knysna, try adrenalin sports in Plettenberg Bay or discover secluded lakes and beaches in the Wilderness National Park.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Western Cape?

A: If discovering the hidden treasures around the region of Drakenstein or elsewhere is your top priority this vacation, renting a car is a good move. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Western Cape, you can get the keys to a quality ride and travel around the peaceful countryside anytime you want. If you're going to be spending the majority of your time in the cities of Cape Town or Worcester, public transportation is a fantastic way of getting from point A to point B.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Western Cape?

A: The best option is to fly into Cape Town Airport (CPT-Cape Town Intl.). This is a major airport terminal in Western Cape, operating 608 international flights every month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Western Cape?

A: There's plenty of choice when it comes to accommodations in Western Cape. The most popular places are apartments. But if you're after something else, you can also choose from guest houses, hotels, bed & breakfasts and much more.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Flight and car. Flight and hotel. Car and hotel. Car, flight and hotel. You can lock in as little or as much as you want, all in one place. To get the most out of your break, take a look at our activities and attractions while you're at it.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Western Cape?

A: Book a package with Expedia. It's as effortless as that. Flights, Hotels, Activities — put together what you need for your next getaway and watch the savings add up. It's time to start organizing your dream vacation (and save yourself some dollars at the same time).

Q: What are the best things to do in Western Cape?

A: If you're spending time in Cape Town, there are tons of things to explore. University of Stellenbosch Business School, Franschhoek Art House and V&A Waterfront are a few that are worth putting on your to-do list.

Kleinplasie Farm Museum, Worcester Museum and Karoo National Botanic Garden are great attractions to see if Worcester is next on your itinerary.

But if you're only going to be unwinding in Knysna, you still won't be short on options. West Head View Point, Eastern Head View Point and Simola Golf Course are just the start.




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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020
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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.8 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Heated pool is actually very warm. Breakfast was amazing. The options and the quality. Enjoyed my balcony view. Some upgraded to the cottages which were very amazing.

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥8,764
    Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020
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    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Well located Nice large rooms Great Concierge services Ibrahim thank you Nice restaurant in the premises Very good bkfast Recomended.

      South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
      Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020
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      South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

      South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

      6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.8 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Lovely place to stay! Very close to restaurants and the beach. The hotel has thought about a lot of little extras that make a stay that much more confortable!

        Knysna Backpackers
        Reviewed on Nov 1, 2016
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        Knysna Backpackers

        Knysna Backpackers

        42 Queen Street Knysna Central Knysna, Knysna, Western Cape
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Good! Te owner is really Nice and he hemos you with everythig that you need, the rooms are a little small, but confy enaugh.

          The Table Bay Hotel
          Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
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          The Table Bay Hotel

          The Table Bay Hotel

          Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Good all round hotel. Best position for VA waterfront.

            The Commodore Hotel ¥12,825
            Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020
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            The Commodore Hotel

            The Commodore Hotel

            Portswood Road, Portswood Square, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great location, relaxed friendly environment, great service

              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥5,771
              Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020
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              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

              29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.2 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Quick service. Very easy check in, check out. Excellent staff members. The rooftop restaurant/bar was noisy on our first night, we requested to change to another room on the lower floor. They did it happily next day. Thank you. Good breakfast. Good bar and restaurant.

                The Hyde All-Suite Hotel ¥4,193
                Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019
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                The Hyde All-Suite Hotel

                The Hyde All-Suite Hotel

                13 London Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I was disappointed that the pool area with the gorgeous view depicted in the advertisement, was under renovation. No prior knowledge, and that was part of the draw to the property. I realize it would've been too cool to swim, but anticipated drinking a bottle of wine and enjoying the view.

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