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Western CapeSouth Africa

Hout Bay Beach which includes landscape views, hiking or walking and general coastal views

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.

Popular cities in Western Cape

Knysna Quays
Knysna
Known for Golf, Scenery and Forests
From forests, mountains and lagoons to art galleries and flea markets, Knysna is a must-see on South Africa’s Garden Route.

Reasons to visit

  • Knysna Quays
  • Knysna Lagoon
  • Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve
Santos Beach
Mossel Bay
Known for Sea, Gardens and Whale Watching
Learn about the early days of European settlers in this charming outcrop with pristine beaches, intriguing museums and archeological sites.

Reasons to visit

  • Santos Beach
  • Cape St. Blaize Cave
  • Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which includes a lake or waterhole
Cape Town
Known for Mountains, Sea and Tours
From the dazzling heights of Table Mountain to the sparkling blues around its impressive waterfront, Cape Town brims with attractions for nature lovers and culture buffs.

Reasons to visit

  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Pan African Market
Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay
Known for Sea, Dolphins and Forests
Sandy beaches, majestic wildlife and scenic walking trails make Plettenberg Bay one of the most popular destinations on the Garden Route.

Reasons to visit

  • Plettenberg Bay Beach
  • Robberg Nature Reserve
Oudtshoorn which includes mountains, tranquil scenes and landscape views
Oudtshoorn
Known for Wildlife, Nature and Tours
This friendly town of the Klein Karoo is famous for its ostrich farming and ancient caves, indigenous art and scenic hikes.
Hermanus which includes a bay or harbor, landscape views and boating
Hermanus
Known for Whale Watching, Sharks and Dolphins
Whale watching and watersports, nature reserves and hiking trails, handicraft and food markets all make this whale watching destination very popular.