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.
Cape Town, South Africa
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.
Humpback whale in the sea off Hermanus
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.