Western Cape holidays
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Top itineraries in Western Cape
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.
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.
Pair the headline acts of Cape Town with some off-the-beaten track luxury in Paternoster and the spectacular Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve.
Top places to stay in Western Cape
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.
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.
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.
Where to go in Western Cape
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.
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.
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.
When to go to Western Cape
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