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Western Cape

From iconic cities to world-class wines

Western Cape holidays

Introduction

The Western Cape is perhaps South Africa's most popular region. Explore picturesque vineyards along the world's longest wine route, enjoy wonderful whale watching in the pretty coastal town of Hermanus, discover historic sites, fantastic restaurants and trendy beachside suburbs in captivating Cape Town, and experience the brilliant and varied landscapes of the Garden Route and Route 62. Natural beauty, diverse cultural and heritage sites, fine wine and dining options and a host of outdoor and adventure activities make the Western Cape one of South Africa's must-see regions.

Cape Town

Iconic attractions and a world-class culinary scene along with easy access to South Africa’s best vineyards and the natural wonders of the Cape Peninsula make this eclectic city the country’s most exciting urban destination. Head to the V&A Waterfront for superb shopping and delicious dining, take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain to enjoy sweeping city-wide views, and spend lazy evenings sipping sundowners on the golden sands of Camps Bay. 

Cape Winelands

Stunning landscapes and picturesque Cape Dutch towns set the scene for South Africa’s premier wine region, which today produces some of the world’s most acclaimed vintages. Take in the region's finest estates on guided tours and tastings, before dining out in style at some of South Africa's finest restaurants. 

Hermanus

Each year, between July and October, southern right whales gather in the waters off Hermanus to mate, calve and rear their young. There’s also the chance to see humpback, minke and killer whales in the Indian Ocean swell. Take to the waters on naturalist-led cruises, and explore the region's hill-top surrounds with scenic hikes through the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Garden Route

Encapsulating some of South Africa’s most dramatic coastal landscapes, the Garden Route’s spectacular natural diversity is evidenced in everything from dense forests and tranquil lagoons to idyllic beaches and tumbling gorges. A stunning stretch of road, the route itself hugs the coast for almost 190 miles between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay on the Eastern Cape.

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Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,230 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £245 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

This is the ultimate introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route's rolling greenery and coastal beauty will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards and whale watching spectacles before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,690 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £265 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,375 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Follow in the tracks of kings and presidents with a trip aboard the stunning Blue Train, its 19th-century luxuries linking the beach-clad joys of Cape Town with an all-inclusive Big Five safari. Return from expert-led game drives in a private reserve to four poster beds and gourmet meals.

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Kruger‬

13-day tailor-made self-drive & safari from £3,430 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £265 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Take in all of South Africa’s premier destinations. You’ll start with one of the world’s greatest road trips, linking Cape Town with stays in luxury hotels and a visit to the Winelands, before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari on a private reserve in Kruger.

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Top itineraries in Western Cape

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,230 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £245 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

This is the ultimate introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route's rolling greenery and coastal beauty will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards and whale watching spectacles before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,690 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £265 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Pair the headline acts of Cape Town with some off-the-beaten track luxury in Paternoster and the spectacular Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve.

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,375 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Follow in the tracks of kings and presidents with a trip aboard the stunning Blue Train, its 19th-century luxuries linking the beach-clad joys of Cape Town with an all-inclusive Big Five safari. Return from expert-led game drives in a private reserve to four poster beds and gourmet meals.

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Top places to stay in Western Cape

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Historic hotel

Without a doubt one of the most famous and iconic hotels in Cape Town, Mount Nelson is set on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and within nine acres of lush gardens, just minutes from the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town’s stunning beaches.

Queen Victoria Hotel, Cape Town

Contemporary hotel

Positioned within a precinct of heritage buildings the prime hotel location boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets and cinemas alongside boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre.

Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Traditional hotel

With a classically inspired exterior and graceful elegance within, the Cape Grace is a 5-star hotel offering warm, personalised hospitality – a perennial contender for best city hotel in Africa.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedarberg Mountains

Small & intimate lodge

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is an award-winning property nestled deep in the Cederberg Mountains, just a few hours drive from Cape Town.

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Where to go in Western Cape

Cape Town

Gateway to the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town is famed for its natural beauty, diverse culture, fine wines and celebrated restaurants. It's also a city made for outdoor living, with a host of adventure activities right on its mountain-framed doorstep.

Winelands

With its magnificent scenery, world-class vineyards, fabulous food and wide range of boutique luxury accommodation, it's not surprising that the Cape Winelands rank highly on many visitors' South Africa bucket list.

West Coast

The Cape West Coast in Western Cape runs from Cape Town to the edge of the Northern Cape at Touws River and includes the Cederberg Mountains and a series of historic towns and fishing villages, such as Paternoster, Lambert's Bay and Langebaan.

Hermanus

The coastal village of Hermanus is one of the world's prime land-based whale watching spots. Located on the charming Garden Route coastline of the Western Cape around 2.5 hours from Cape Town, it has plenty of upmarket boutiques and cafes and excellent wine tasting and vineyard tours.

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When to go to Western Cape

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Western Cape articles

  • Cape Town drought comes to an end

    After months of speculation and fears of the arrival of Day Zero in Cape Town, the effort of local residents and the tourism industry over recent months have brought it to a halt and tourism is now thriving in the city again.

  • Destination Quiz: South & Southern Africa

    Test your knowledge of South & Southern Africa with our quiz! How well do you know the region?

  • South African Rand weak against the Pound

    The South African Rand has experienced continual weakening over the past few years and it currently at an all-time low against the Pound Sterling, making South Africa a high-value destination for 2016. Our typical holidays are up to £1,000 cheaper per couple, such is the relative power of the UK's …

  • The best food and wine holidays in the world

    From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

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