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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.

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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.

More information on tours of the Garden Route


South Africa Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to South Africa trips.

Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!

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Western Cape, South Africa

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    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: From exploring the towering sand dunes in Namibia to floating along the stunning waterways of the Okavango Delta, this trip combines the best of Southern Africa as you make your way through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana before ending in Zimbabwe.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,829
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Cape Highlights and Safari: Cape Town, Garden Route & Kariega Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Enjoy a stay in South Africa's Mother City; Cape Town before getting up close with African wildlife on the Eastern Cape. Visit the world's ostrich capital, sample the best of South Africa's famous Winelands, and follow the Garden Route to see South Africa in all its diverse beauty.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Adventures in Nature: Cape Town & Karongwe Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Venture through South Africa as a family to have unforgettable wildlife encounters. This family vacation takes you from Cape Town to Greater Kruger to see South Africa’s famous animals like lions and cheetahs, and incorporates kids programs for stress-free family travel.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,741
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Private Magnificent Garden Route: Silver

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: 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$ 1,679
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cape Town and Safari Encompassed: Cape Town & Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Visit Cape Town and the Timbavati Game Reserve on this classic 8-day trip with a twist. In addition to visiting some of the most iconic sites in and around Cape Town, you'll also have not one but two opportunities to experience some a hands-on cooking sessions. Next journey to Kambaku Safari Safari Lodge for your African Safari. Here you'll enjoy 2 daily game drives as you search out the Big 5 as well as the many other species that call this reserve home.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,005
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • A World in One Country: Kruger, Hluhluwe, Cape Town & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,949
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • City Lights & Safari Sights: Cape Town & Pilanesberg National Park

    FIRST-CLASS: TAILOR-MADE: Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation. Start in Cape Town where you’ll have three days at leisure to experience its charms. Then head on to Pilanesberg National Park to head on daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,930
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Luxurious Cape & Kalahari: Cape Town & Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: 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$ 12,195
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,536
    Trip Type:
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  • Rovos Rail: African Golf Collage from Pretoria to Cape Town

    DELUXE | RAIL: 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$ 10,075
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Winelands & Wildlife: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore vibrant Cape Town and see the sights of the Cape Peninsula. Visit picturesque Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands before a ‘Big 5’ encounter at Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,266
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Magnificent Garden Route: Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: 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$ 826
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
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  • Cape & Safari Dynasty: Madikwe Game Reserve & Cape Town

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This South Africa vacation emphasizes the natural beauty of this incredibly diverse country, from African safari opportunities in the northwest, to the unrivaled environments and wildlife of the Western Cape.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,948
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Stunning Hermanus

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 588
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cape, Garden Route and Safari Escapade: Cape Town, George & Shamwari

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience the breathtaking sights of Cape Town, explore the famous Garden Route, and venture in the African bush to see the Big Five on this comprehensive journey along the South African cape. You’ll learn about South African culture, enjoy premium amenities, and see incredible animals on this epic family adventure.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,119
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Beautiful Knysna

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Knysna is situated on South Africa's only National Lake and is the country's largest permanent estuary. Spend time visiting Featherbed Nature Reserve and get to know this enchanting town.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 462
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cape Town: Live Like A Local

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This unique program allows Globetrotters to Live Like a Local in the Mother City of Cape Town. Designed for a minimum two-week stay, this Live Like a Local vacation lets you experience the local lifestyle, accommodations, and culture as you mingle with the Cape Town community.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,603
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wonders of South Africa: Kruger, Garden Route, Cape Town & More

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: Spend two weeks discovering all that makes South Africa one of the world’s most diverse and colourful destinations. Take in natural sights such as Blyde River Canyon, explore the historic lands of the Zulus and Swazis, follow the magnificent South African coastline, and immerse yourself in the beauty, wine, and culture of the Cape. On this tour, a maximum of 40 guests are escorted by a local professional tourist guide. All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests. Transportation is in air-conditioned luxury vehicles and tours are only conducted in English.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,175
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • City Lights, Safari Sights with Expo 2020 Dubai: Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park & Dubai

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Pair together the natural and cultural delights of South Africa with the futuristic wonders of Dubai. Start in South Africa, where you’ll explore Cape Town and head on safari in Pilanesberg. Then connect to Dubai to experience Expo 2020 Dubai, the greatest show on earth.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,399
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 2,588
    Trip Type:
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