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  • Western Cape was formed in 1994 and is a popular inclusion on South African tours.

The Western Cape is a province located to the southwest of South Africa. Roughly L-shaped, the province extends north and east from the Cape of Good Hope and is bordered by the Northern and Eastern Capes as well as two oceans, the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west.

The capital and heart of the Western Cape is Cape Town, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations on South African tours. Despite its relatively small size in comparison to other states in the country, the Western Cape has much to offer including the famed Garden Route, the culinary rich Cape Winelands and the stunning Table Mountain.

The West Coast is somewhat of a secret to international travelers, however, the beaches found there are where many South Africans choose to holiday.

Centuries of trade and immigration have created a very multicultural feel in the province. Much of the population is able to trace links back to parts of Europe, Southeast Asia, India and other parts of Africa. Areas like Cape Town and Stellenbosch are known for their nightlife, however, the incredible nature and wildlife aspect of the province must not be overlooked. Scenery here is unmatched and visits to nature reserves and national parks should not be missed on a South African vacation.

What are the places to visit in Cape Town?

Table Mountain

Table Mountain dominates the city skyline and literally hovers over the city. It is recognized as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and is South Africa’s most photographed landmark. The rocks on the mountain are over 600 million years old making Table Mountain one of the oldest mountains in the world. Table Mountain offers fantastic views of Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south. It is 3 kilometres/2 miles from side to side and has a flat top with edges consisting of steep cliffs (just like a table). When it is covered by a cloud bank which sometimes it is, this is referred to as the “tablecloth”. The Table Mountain Cableway takes passengers on South African vacations from the lower cable station to the plateau at the top of the mountain.

Robben Island

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 7 kilometres/4 miles west of Cape Town and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has become famous since the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Three former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. A tour to Robben Island takes 3.5 hours including the ferry rides to and from the island. You will see where Mandela was imprisoned and spent his time. Also, you will learn about the long history of Robben Island.

The Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula. This is where the currents of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the point where the warm water Agulhas current meets the cold water Benguela current, a point that fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, just east of the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape of Good Hope has long been of special significance to sailors, many of whom refer to it simply as "The Cape”.

The Cape Peninsula is 52 kilometres/32 miles in length and has two main routes to cover all the outstanding attractions. On South African tours or a drive on your own, you will experience amazing scenery, deserted beaches, rugged cliffs and great bird watching. Some 250 species of birds have been spotted here including penguins and ostriches. En route, you will visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve with its rich diversity of animal and plant life. The tip of the peninsula has stunning views as if you are standing on the edge of the world. You are surrounded by rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres/650 feet above the sea.

More information on the Cape of Good Hope

The Penguins at Boulders Beach

On the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula is Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach made up of several inlets sandwiched between granite boulders. Its major claim to fame is the colony of African penguins which makes its home on the beach in the town centre. You can get up close and personal with these birds who wander freely albeit in a protected natural environment. There are as many as 3000 penguins here.

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Hermanus

Hermanus, which is 122 kilometres/75 miles from Cape Town, is generally considered the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. From June to December, the bay becomes the swimming grounds for a large number of Southern Right Whales. You are almost guaranteed of seeing whales in September, October and November. Hermanus is the mating and breeding grounds of the Southern Right Whale during the winter and spring months. They migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate. Calving takes place in August and September and the males arrive for mating in October when the whale population peaks.

The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands are approximately 40 kilometres/25 miles located in a series of valleys. The region is also a collection of historic towns and Cape Dutch farmsteads that produce excellent wines known worldwide to be enjoyed on South African tours. This very pretty area benefits from the local soil and a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The main centres are Stellenbosch, a charming old university town and the second oldest town in South Africa, Paarl with its beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings and Franschhoek which lies in one of the most beautiful valleys of the region and has a wonderful collection of art and antique shops and galleries. In all of these, you will find world-class wineries who offer tours of their vineyards as well as wine tastings. There are also some excellent restaurants offering gourmet meals. Franschhoek is known as the gourmet capital of the country. Eight of the top 100 restaurants in the country are in Franschhoek together with around 30 wine cellars and over 28 restaurants.

More information on tours to the Cape Winelands

The Garden Route

The word “Garden” here indicates a beautiful stretch of coastal scenery. Some call it South Africa’s Garden of Eden? It is located roughly between Mossel Bay in the west and Plettenberg Bay in the east, a distance of around 300 kilometres/185 miles. It has an exceptionally scenic coastline, excellent beaches with, in places, large waves crashing against tall cliffs, picturesque lakes and lagoons, ancient indigenous dense forests, dramatic ravines, deep gorges and abundant wildlife. There are also top-level golf courses, artists’ colonies, bungee jumping sites and attractive resorts.

One of these resorts is Knysna located on an attractive lagoon with a large selection of accommodation and restaurants. Another is George known for its world-class golf courses and its proximity to the Outeniqua Mountains. The Wilderness is a very serene and charming village and the start of the more dramatic scenery along the Garden Route. It is here that you can walk along the beach with towering cliffs in the background together with rolling breakers and large stretches of white sand. It is a paradise for nature lovers, bird watchers and anyone wanting a peaceful sojourn. Plettenberg Bay is a seaside vacation town and a great place to relax for a couple of days on a South Africa vacation with its white sand and crystal-blue waters making it one of the country’s top tourist destinations. The beaches here are excellent and there are excellent golf courses, hiking trails and nature reserves nearby.

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Western Cape, South Africa

  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

    Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by fynbos and mountains, the accommodation at Grootbos offers a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the gentle embrace of comfort and luxury.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,808
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Legendary Cape & Delta

    More than just another Africa safari, this wildlife adventure explores the beauty of South Africa’s Cape region before embarking on an adventure in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 13,258
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
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  • Luxurious Cape & Kalahari

    This deluxe itinerary features two iconic destinations. Cape Grace melds the modern comforts of a luxury hotel with traditional Cape heritage and culture. Tswalu is South Africa's largest private game reserve. This malaria-free landscape is home to over 80 game species including the Desert Black Rhino and black-maned Kalahari lions.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,782
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Magnificent Garden Route from Cape Town

    The Garden Route is legendary for its awesome natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, this touring idea journeys across spectacular mountain passes and along a pristine coastline boasting some of South Africa's top resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 846
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Northern Experience

    Embark on an epic journey across Southern Africa from South Africa to Zimbabwe. On this comprehensive vacation, you’ll visit the Mother City of Cape Town, venture into the deserts of Namibia, explore the Okavango Delta, head on safari game drives in Botswana, and end your trip at mighty Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    24 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,785
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Oudtshoorn

    See the impressive Cango Caves and visit the world’s ostrich capital on this memorable short trip to Oudtshoorn, just east of Cape Town.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 141
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Private Magnificent Garden Route Gold

    The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,818
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Private Magnificent Garden Route Silver

    The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,774
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Pure Plettenberg

    One of the Western Cape’s highlights, Plettenberg Bay is often considered the jewel of the Garden Route, noted for its tranquility and charm.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 320
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: African Golf Collage from Cape Town to Pretoria

    Journey across the picturesque landscapes of South Africa with Rovos Rail, enjoying luxury train travel and old-world atmosphere during your vacation. As you head from Cape Town to Pretoria, you’ll stop off at premium golf courses to tee off in the gorgeous South African countryside.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,951
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: African Golf Collage from Pretoria to Cape Town

    Journey across the picturesque landscapes of South Africa with Rovos Rail, enjoying luxury train travel and old-world atmosphere during your journey. As you head from Pretoria to Cape Town, you’ll stop off at premium golf courses to tee off in the gorgeous South African countryside.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,826
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Pretoria (or v.v)

    Departing from Cape Town or Pretoria, stopping en-route to view Kimberley's 'Big Hole' and the Mine and Diamond museums, while enjoying the stark beauty of the Northern Cape.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,602
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town (v.v)

    This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 12,820
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or v.v.)

    This journey takes guests from Pretoria westward to Botswana before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and on to the mighty Victoria Falls. This tour also operates in reverse.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,097
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Gondwana Family Lodge

    Just three hours away from Cape Town, nestled in the heart of Little Karoo is the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The Gondwana Family Lodge is one of three luxury lodges on the reserve overlooking Bellair Dam.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,471
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Savanna in Style

    One of the most beautiful nations on Earth, South Africa boasts the spectacular Cape region, some of the world’s finest wines and unparalleled game watching in its national parks.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,785
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond
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  • Secrets of the Cape

    This week-long South Africa holiday focuses on the Mother City, Cape Town, and its surrounds. Discover the many creatures of the Cape, its conflicted history, and larger game on a safari excursion.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,392
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Shongololo Good Hope

    This comprehensive train itinerary of South Africa covers many of the country’s highlights while catering to golfers who can play on some of the top golf courses here. The train departs from Cape Town and finishes in Pretoria with many memorable stops in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,696
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Africa Extravaganza

    Combining a superb African safari with a trip down the Western Cape, this South Africa travel opportunity takes you to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town, before ending at spectacular Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,751
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Experience

    Embark on an epic journey across Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to South Africa. On this comprehensive vacation, you’ll see Victoria Falls, head on safari game drives in Botswana, explore the Okavango Delta, venture into the deserts of Namibia, and end your trip in the Mother City of Cape Town.
    Duration:
    24 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,885
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Spectacular South Africa

    This comprehensive South Africa tour offers a taste of all that makes the country such a great destination, including its wine regions, natural beauty, abundant wildlife, national parks, and rich native culture.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,372
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Stunning Hermanus

    From wine to whale-watching to extreme sports or just enjoying spectacular scenery, Hermanus is a South African getaway for all tastes.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 642
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Taj Delights

    Enjoy a luxury escape to the Cape with this stay at 5-star Taj Cape Town, a historical hotel located in the heart of the city. While staying at Taj Cape Town, you'll enjoy impeccable accommodations, access to an incredible spa, bar, and restaurants, and have the freedom to explore the city highlights.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 674
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Transkalahari Adventure

    Combine the best of Southern Africa on this journey through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,061
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Africa

    South Africa or Kenya for your African safari? With this unique itinerary, there’s no need to choose. Enjoy the culture and wildlife of the Masai Mara before flying on to Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,891
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
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