Discover a World of Unique Experiences
The Western Cape lies bordered by two oceans - the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west. The splendours of the Western Cape lie not only in its world-class vineyards, stunning beaches and mountains, the wild Cape Agulhas coast, the extraordinary magnificence of the Garden Route, the rocky outcrops and fishing villages of the West Coast but also in lesser-known regions, such as the wide-open spaces of the Karoo.
The Western Cape offers a huge range of activities, from sedate endeavours such as wine tasting and scenic drives to more hair-raising encounters such as skydiving and rock climbing. It is a melting pot of cultures that begs to be explored. Khoisan rock art is at its best in the Cederberg mountains and there are some fine opportunities to visit black townships and be entranced by the fascinating culture of the Xhosa people.
A fusion of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there's nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.
From the brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap and the bathing chalets of Muizenberg to the Afro-chic decor of its restaurants and bars and the striking street art and innovation incubators of the East City and Woodstock, this is one great-looking metropolis. The informal settlements of the Cape Flats are a sobering counterpoint, but these townships also have enterprising projects that put food from organic market gardens on tables, or stock gift shops with attractive souvenirs.
From museums and historic sites to scenic drives and beaches, Cape Town has plenty to offer visitors in the way of attractions and excursions. The open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses operate two routes, visiting sights in and around the central city. The routes also go further afield in the suburbs, and this is an easy and fun way to see many of the city's top attractions in one day.
The city centre is easy to navigate on foot.
Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and estates of Winelands destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, as well as a base from which to organise shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes.
Where to Stay
Alphen Boutique Hotel
Comprised of 3 manor houses situated at the foot of Wynberg Hill is an all-suite hotel that dates from the 1700’s. The elegant suites feature high-thread-count linens, free-standing tubs and rainfall showers, as well as minibars, free Wi-Fi and sitting areas. Some suites also have direct garden access and patios with views. There's an upscale restaurant and on-site bistro/bakery. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gardens and meeting rooms.
Winchester Mansions Hotel
Situated at the Sea Point Promenade facing the Atlantic coastline, this hotel features a heated pool and an Italian-style courtyard surrounded by palm trees and fountains. With original Cape Dutch décor, all air-conditioned rooms and suites come with satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities. Most rooms feature sea or mountain view and some face the Italian piazza style Courtyard. Limited, private, on-site parking and on street parking is available. The V&A Waterfront and Cape Town’s centre are a 10-minute drive away.
Olaf’s Guest House
A charming bed and breakfast, ideally located in beautiful Sea Point, only 10 minutes from Cape Town city centre, including the trendy Long- and Kloof Street with its restaurants and cafes, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, and the famous Table Mountain. 9 Individually decorated en-suite bedrooms come with air conditioners, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some have private terraces and sofa beds. There's a bar, and a laid-back lounge with a fireplace (and complimentary sherry). The patio and lounge chairs offer outdoor seating by the pool.
Cape Grace Hotel
Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of our Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. Elegantly decorated rooms feature antique furnishings and balconies, with dock or water views and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The 1- to 3-bedroom suites add separate living and dining areas; upgraded suites feature rooftop terraces, private hot tubs and complimentary minibars. Amenities include a
ritzy restaurant, a refined whiskey bar, heated outdoor pool, a luxe spa and a gym.
The One & Only Hotel
Located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, this luxury resort style hotel offers magnificent views of Table Mountain. A total of 133 spacious rooms and suites, decorated with elegant fabrics and unique furnishings have oversized baths and are complete with a rain shower, a private water closet, and a dual marble vanity. Rooms feature private balconies and free Wi-Fi, as well as iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines. Suites add separate living spaces, and some have kitchens, fireplaces and/or butler service. Some rooms and suites are located on an island. There's an acclaimed Japanese restaurant, a modern bistro and a stylish lobby bar. Other amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, a spa, a fitness centre and a kids' activity program.
Radisson Blu Waterfront
Spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and adjacent to the famous V&A Waterfront. The airy rooms have a subtle nautical theme and feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities; some have harbour or Table Mountain views. Some rooms have private balconies and suites add 2 bedrooms, 2 balconies, kitchenettes and a lounge. Amenities include a spa, an ocean-view restaurant, an outdoor terrace with a bar and heated infinity pool, as well as direct beach access and a free local shuttle.
12 Apostles Hotel & Spa
Dramatically located above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, the award-winning hotel offers luxurious rooms and exquisite dining experiences.
Chic rooms are individually furnished and provide free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. All have safes, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as balconies or patios. Upgraded rooms feature ocean views, while suites offer living rooms and iPod/iPhone docks. Parking and a V&A Waterfront shuttle are complimentary. Amenities include 2 refined restaurants and a bar, along with a day spa, a gym and an outdoor pool.
Hollow on the Square
This sophisticated hotel overlooks Tulbagh Square in the city centre, with a short walk to the V&A Waterfront. Traditional rooms provide kitchenettes, and seating areas with coffee tables. All offer Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and some include minibars. There is an in-house restaurant that offers Italian-inspired dishes, which can be enjoyed on the terrace.
Hollow Boutique Hotel
Situated in the beautiful City of Cape Town, nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain. The Hotel offers stylish, serene accommodation with spectacular views over the Dutch East India Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Airy rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and refined neutral furnishings. All come with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, and some have balconies. Amenities include a restaurant, terrace café, cocktail bar plus and an outdoor pool.
The Townhouse Hotel
In the heart of Cape Town, this city hotel is 12 stories high and close to the historic South African Parliament Buildings and District Six Museum. Rooms come with satellite TV, tea and coffeemaking facilities and free Wi-Fi, with minibars on request. Upgraded rooms add desks, sofa beds and/or balconies. There is a sophisticated restaurant and a cafe with an outdoor seating area.
Situated in the wine growing suburb of Constantia, the hotel has some of the most beautiful gardens. Facing the beautiful eastern slopes of Table Mountain and near both the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Constantia Wine Route. Country-style rooms offer free Wi-Fi, wine, and coffeemakers and some have private verandas and kitchens. Amenities include a stylish restaurant, 2 chic bars, a golf green, a tennis court, 2 swimming pools, a spa and a salon as well as meeting rooms for up to 45.
Welgelegen Boutique Hotel
Located in a tranquil and quiet corner of Oranjezicht in two Victorian houses, close to bustling Kloof Street, where some of Cape Town's best restaurants, bars and artisanal stores can be explored.
Individually decorated rooms feature tea and coffeemaking equipment, minibars, TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add luxe bathrooms and balconies and there's 1 room with a private courtyard and a pond. Amenities include an outdoor pool, massages, a DVD library and free parking.
Cape Royale Luxury Hotel
A splendid deluxe suite hotel, that provides excellent international service, with spacious rooms. Located a few minutes’ walk to the Waterfront and Green Point Stadium, it has a rooftop pool with a bar, offering breath taking panoramic views of Cape Town. Amenities include a spa and wellness centre, fully equipped gym, child minding service, valet parking and a business centre.
La Splendida Hotel
Facing the Mouille Point waterfront promenade, this chic hotel overlooks Green Point Park to Table Bay and is within 100m of the historic Green Point Lighthouse. Airy rooms with contemporary furnishings and hardwood floors feature free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, plus minifridges, air-conditioning, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Most have ocean or mountain views, and split-level suites add separate living areas. A hip restaurant/bar offers Mediterranean meals, and laundry service and limited secured parking are available.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
In the heart of the V&A, directly on the water's edge, providing magnificent views across the water onto Table Mountain. The hotel is suitable for leisure and business travellers alike, who seek a central location. The hotel features a total of 94 spacious guest rooms, all of which provide air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen smart TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. The hotel offers 3 different room types, the Piazza Facing Superior Rooms, the Superior Loft Rooms, as well as the mountain facing Superior Rooms.
Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House
Overlooking Cape Town Harbour, offers elegant, individually decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and designer toiletries. Most rooms feature views of Table Mountain or the harbour. Suites add separate living spaces. A fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary European-style cuisine, and there's a waterfront restaurant and cocktail bar. Other amenities include a fitness centre and a spa. Guests also have access to an outdoor pool at a nearby hotel.
Four Rosmead Boutique Guest House
Situated in Oranjezicht, built in 1903 and classified as a monument, has been sensitively and stylishly re-modeled in a Cape contemporary classic style. Chic rooms with French-country decor include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, minifridges and heated floors. There are 2 rooms offering patios with outdoor showers. Upgraded rooms add balconies with mountain views. A luxe suite has a fireplace and a patio with a shower. There's an outdoor pool and a spa.
The Hyde Hotel
Close to Sea Point Promenade, this contemporary style hotel offers suites with kitchenettes, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. An en- suite chef service is available. Complimentary local shuttle service and parking available. Other amenities include a bar, a rooftop pool and a gym, as well as conference rooms hosting up to 100 people.
Table Mountain’s iconic silhouette forms the backdrop to the historic Oranjezicht suburb where the beautiful Floréal House, with its enchanting white exterior and attractive wooden-framed windows, is found. The 9 classic rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms have mountain views, and some overlook the bay. There's also an apartment with a sitting room and a kitchen. There's a garden and an outdoor pool with a sundeck, plus secure off-street parking.
The Cape Milner
An eclectic mix of contemporary boutique and old-world charm, The Cape Milner is modern, boutique-style living in a secluded location. The hotel comprises 57 rooms including two suites and ten luxury rooms, with tea and coffeemaking facilities, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Complimentary shuttle service to the Waterfront and free parking available. There’s an outdoor pool, a glass-roofed bar, an exercise room and lounge areas.
The Best Western Cape Suites
Centrally located, close to the Castle of Good Hope and offers 61 tastefully decorated, fully serviced self-catering units which include studio and up to four-bedroom apartments, equipped with kitchens, satellite television (DSTV) and air-conditioning, some with balconies. Breakfast is served in the laid-back cafe restaurant. There's an outdoor pool and deck and conference facilities for up to 80, secure parking and free shuttle service to local attractions. Kids under 13 stay free.
The Table Bay
Offers ultimate luxury and considered to be the best address in Cape Town. 329 Well-appointed rooms and suites are fitted with walk-in closet, marble accents and writing desks, beautiful and spacious en-suite bathrooms, and the latest telephone and broadband technology. Complimentary local shuttle service, a chic brasserie, a clubby bar, and a ballroom, plus a genteel lounge offering high tea and harbour views. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, a gym and a spa.
Seen as a piece of Cape Town’s history, located in the V&A, the restaurant and lobby are built around the original well and holding cells for prisoners en-route to Robben Island 300 years ago.
Contemporary rooms and suites have air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi access. Various dining options, a casual terrace cafe and a bar, an outdoor pool, and secure garage parking is available.
The Commodore Hotel
Overlooking the V&A Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. Luxury, contemporary rooms feature minibars, desks, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include a cocktail bar, restaurant with a harbour-view terrace, a spa, a gym, plus a business centre and 2 meeting rooms.
aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel
Located in the oceanfront Cape Town suburb of Simon's Town near Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, offers
excellent views of the Simons Kloof Mountains or views over False Bay. 26 Hotel rooms which consist of Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, and Luxury Rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, as well as minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities, safes and Wi-Fi and some add balconies.
Situated only 90-minutes’ drive from Cape Town on the southern coast of the Western Cape along the Cape Whale Coast Route. The seaside village of Hermanus, promises to enchant visitors all year round. Activities include whale watching, shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking and a 27-hole Hermanus golf course. Discover the wine route, art route, speciality shops and pamper boutiques. Escape to nature and breathe the champagne air along spectacular cliff paths. Meet the world’s only Whale Crier as he alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. Admire the diverse floral fynbos kingdom while hiking or biking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or laze on one of the pristine Blue Flag beaches. Don’t miss the famous Hermanus Whale Festival, a celebration of all Marine life, happening around late September.
Where to Stay
Grootbos Private Game Reserve
A luxury, all-inclusive eco-reserve tucked between mountains, forest and the sea. This relaxing and beautiful place overlooks Walker Bay where guests will discover delicate rare Fynbos and the largest Milkwood Forests in the world. The coastal waters are frequented by Southern Right Whales, the rare African Penguin and Great White Sharks. Modern 1- and 2-bedroom suites provide satellite TV, DVD players, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, as well as fireplaces and private verandas. Other amenities include outdoor showers and/or private plunge pools, guided nature walks, cave and bird tours, outdoor pool, shops, bars and a spa. A palatial 6-bedroom villa offers perks such as private butlers and chefs.
Lavender Manor Guest Lodge
An owner managed luxury guest house in Hermanus offering accommodation at its finest. Overlooking famous Blue Flag Grotto Beach and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay, it is within walking distance to various magnificent beaches in the area as well as the famous scenic cliff path. The 9 airy rooms and suites feature bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, satellite TV, tea and coffeemaking equipment, and minibars. Many have private balconies or patios. Amenities include an outdoor splash pool, Wi-Fi and secure, off-street parking.
The hotel and self-catering apartments offer affordable accommodation in a prime whale-watching location near the vibrant Old Harbour and is a short walk from top restaurants, galleries and shops.
Rooms, some with sea views and balconies, offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There are also 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with kitchens, living areas, balconies and BBQs. Kids 12 and under stay free with an adult. Parking is free and there are also 3 meeting rooms.
Abalone Guest Lodge
Situated on Siever's Point, a landmark seafront position midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. The luxury rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities, terraces or balconies, and some have ocean views. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, while suites add Nespresso machines. There's an exercise room and an outdoor pool, as well as a spa and a sauna.
La Fonteine Guest House
A deluxe retreat perfect for a rejuvenating break, golf vacation, romantic getaway or whale viewing, situated in one of the oldest buildings in Hermanus. A home away from home, offers 5 en-suite bedrooms, all individually decorated. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as minibar and electric kettle. Guests can relax by the private outdoor pool or stroll along the nearby cliff path.
Ocean Eleven Guesthouse
An olde worlde, Cape Cod, colonial style guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus, with
beautifully appointed rooms that have an all-embracing sea view over Walker Bay. Luxuries include
tea and coffee making equipment, minibars, TVs as well as an outdoor pool.
On the Cliff Guest House
An upmarket luxury guest house, where all rooms have panoramic sea views, ideal for whale watching and are fully en-suite with king-size beds, private balconies or patios. Cosy rooms come with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. A suite adds a lounge. Amenities include free parking, a bar, a saltwater pool, and a guest lounge with a fireplace. A sauna, beauty treatments and bikes are available.
Whale Rock Lodge
This luxury owner-run Lodge is in Westcliff, known as the Riviera of the Cape and the whale watching capital of the world. The lodge boasts stunning lush green gardens and a large solar heated pool, with distant sea views from the garden entrance. The 11 plush rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some rooms have private patios. Other amenities include a guest lounge, bar, a library and secure parking.
The Marine Hotel
Sitting high on the cliffs overlooking Hermanus’ Walker Bay, this luxury hotel offers some of the most spectacular whale watching in the world. The hotel boasts 40 rooms, each individually decorated and include air-conditioning, heated floors, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Some have private balconies and suites add separate living areas. Meals are served in a modern seafood restaurant and there is a bistro, lounge, a day spa, garden courtyard and a pool.
With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. The 11 rooms are individually decorated and located in three different houses which make up Birkenhead House. Rooms include air conditioning, flat-screen TV and DVD player, bath and shower and free Wi-Fi. Some units include a seating area. There is also a spa and 2 swimming pools.
Situated at the southern-most tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide. It’s a rugged, windswept coastline and the graveyard for many a ship. There is an interesting museum and Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas to explore.
Where to Stay
Agulhas Country Lodge
One of the Western Cape’s gems, Arniston is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region, close to Cape Agulhas. Colourful boats, warm blue-green waters and the backdrop of Kassiesbaai, the 200-year-old hamlet of whitewashed cottages form the core of the town. South of Kassiesbaai is Roman Beach with white sand and gentle waves. It’s a good place for families to explore as there are caves, coves and rock pools filled with sea urchins and colourful anemones.
Where to Stay
The Dunes at Arniston
The perfect base for beach-friendly romantic getaways, family holidays and business breakaways. Situated in the Overberg amid a fynbos-rich landscape and sandy dunes, the 30 comfortable rooms, styled after the original fishermen's cottages of the area, include a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries, select satellite TV channels, free Wi-Fi and secure on-site parking.
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Situated in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa, this very special reserve is under 3 hours from Cape Town, located near Arniston, Swellendam and the Breede River. 12 Opstal Suites offer luxury accommodation that includes dinner and breakfast in The Fig Tree Restaurant. Cottages are fully equipped for self-catering stays, with well equipped kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms with crisp linen and towels.
The Wine Region
Stellenbosch is an elegant, historical town with stately Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture along its oak-lined streets and full of interesting museums, quality hotels and a selection of bars, clubs and restaurants. It has a vibrant, youthful culture thanks to the University, some of the world’s top wines, delicious local food and lots for the whole family to experience.
Where to Stay
Bonne Esperance Guest House
This classic Victorian villa-style guest house is perfectly situated in the oak-lined Van Riebeeck street, within walking distance of many attractions. Airy, quaint rooms are individually decorated, and come with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, mini fridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Stylish studio apartments add kitchenettes. Other amenities include a cosy lounge with a fireplace, a piano and books, as well as an outdoor pool.
Evergreen Manor & Spa
Nestled under ancient Oak Trees, surrounded by spectacular vistas of craggy mountains and rolling vineyards, stands one of the most beautiful luxury Guest Houses in the area. The 9 rooms feature high ceilings and old-world decor, and include Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There's a spa, a garden and an outdoor pool with a sundeck, plus 2 guest lounges.
River Manor Boutique Hotel
Located in the heart of historic Stellenbosch, within easy walking distance of attractions. Housed in 2 adjacent manor houses and set in a landscaped garden. Luxurious rooms feature Cape antiques and are air-conditioned, with satellite TV and a private bathroom. Relax in the library, or mingle with other guests in the lounge and dining areas that lead onto the terraces overlooking the gardens and 2 swimming pools.
Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate
Situated in the secluded beauty of the Devon Valley in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
Elegant suites offer classic furnishings, each come equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, seating area and air conditioning. Some suites feature a private patio. The open plan restaurant, Café Blanc De Noir has chic interiors and offer thin based rustic wood-oven pizzas and local fresh produce.
A selection of wines is available from the vineyards of Brenaissance and guests can enjoy majestic views of the surrounding mountains. Other facilities offered at the property include a children's playground.
French Huguenots settled in this spectacular valley over 300 years ago, bringing their vines with them. Ever since, the town has clung to its French roots, and July visitors will find that Bastille Day is celebrated here. Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown, and top chefs create international cuisine. Enjoy breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines to create lasting memories.
Where to Stay
A stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard. Select rooms and suites offer courtyard or valley views.
Located a short walk from the main hotel, the Manor House is the latest addition to Mont Rochelle. With private facilities including two pools and gym, four suites plus a cosy bunkroom, the Manor House is available for exclusive use all year-round.
Set on a wine and fruit farm dating from 1694, is close to restaurants and art galleries along Huguenot Street. The 6 airy, Provence-inspired rooms provide mountain, orchard or vineyard views, and come with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines and mini fridges, plus en-suite bathrooms with heated floors. A romantic suite in a wine cellar features a hand-painted ceiling. There's also a 2-bedroom villa with a fireplace. Complimentary amenities include secured parking, an outdoor pool and a tennis court.
La Cabriere Country House
A beautiful Provencal-style retreat with panoramic views of the breathtaking Franschhoek mountains and valley. All rooms feature en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, Air-conditioning, luxurious Rooibos bath products, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, under-floor heating and ceiling fans.
Maison Chablis Guest House
A gorgeous Georgian style home with all modern comforts, centrally located in Franschhoek.
The 7 elegant rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, minifridges, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some feature 4-poster beds, sofas, patios and/or direct garden access.
Amenities include a formal dining room, an outdoor pool and a garden patio. Secure parking is available.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa
Nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa sits quiet and unassuming, surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas. The sophisticated rooms feature heated floors, TVs, Wi-Fi (fee), and tea and coffee making equipment. Upgraded rooms add sleeping lofts or balconies, and sitting areas with mountain or vineyard views, while suites add espresso machines and 4-poster beds. Villas offer lounges, kitchenettes and patios. There's a restaurant and stylish bar/lounge areas with terraces. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a tranquil wellness spa.
L’Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau & Villas
Exclusive accommodation and first-class facilities await guests in the 34 luxurious villas and apartments, located on the prestigious Franschhoek Estate amidst indigenous fynbos.
Airy, elegant rooms are in 1- to 3-bedroom villas with kitchens. Suites with kitchenettes are available in the main chateau. All have minibars, flat-screen TVs, DVD and CD players, and Wi-Fi.
Other amenities include a restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, day spa, a conference centre as well as a winery and secure, free parking.
The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore the many cultural and historical attractions in the Drakenstein Valley, together with some of the most bountiful nature reserves in the surrounding mountains. The town was founded in 1687 and is the third oldest settlement in South Africa, with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Paarl boasts true country hospitality, award winning wine farms and estates, and a plethora of accommodation to suit both your requirements and budget.
Revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, cycle along superb mountain-biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the spectacular scenery, followed by a leisurely lunch and fine wines from the region.
Where to Stay
Cascade Country Manor
Situated amid olive groves and a waterfall, this elegant, family-run hotel offers contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. Most have balconies or patios overlooking the garden. Other amenities include a restaurant serving regional cuisine, an ornate terrace overlooking park-like grounds, an outdoor pool, and a spa offering detox body wraps. Access to nearby hiking trails is available.
Grande Roche Hotel
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock is a small, luxury hotel like no other. It is a place where history interacts with modern comforts. Rustic-chic suites have beamed ceilings or thatched roofs, as well as private or semi-private terraces or patios. They come equipped with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access, plus stocked minibars. Some suites have separate sitting areas. There's a fine-dining restaurant, plus gardens and orchards. Other amenities include outdoor pools, as well as a conference centre featuring an open-air amphitheatre.
The picturesque town of Wellington is a scenic 45-minute drive from Cape Town and renowned for beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, picturesque environment, gardens and wineries. The historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, with unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear streams and rivers, is the perfect spot for hikers and fly-fishermen. Closer to town, guided wine-walks and horse-trails through rich farmland and flowering fynbos offer the opportunity to see and experience Mother Nature at her finest. Wellington is surrounded by fruit orchards, wine estates, buchu plantations and olive groves. Wellington boasts two leather factories producing hand-crafted, quality leather products and a variety of locally produced arts and crafts.
Where to Stay
Grand Dedale Country House
Nestled at the end of a tranquil valley below the historic Bainskloof Pass, Grand Dédale is set within an award-winning Wine Estate. The 6 lofts come with Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screen TV’s. A 1707 cottage offers a veranda and minibar. Facilities comprise of an outdoor swimming pool, spa room, hiking and mountain bike trails, various walks and a wine tasting centre. Activities include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, river rafting as well as golf played on world class golf courses, a short drive away.
Not only the home of several world-renowned wines, it is also undeniably beautiful. Set within a basin, it is surrounded by impressive mountain ranges, which are a major part of the unique climate that makes this such a fabulously ideal spot for wine-makers. In addition to vineyards, the area of Tulbagh also yields lovely olives and fruits. A great destination for families, friends or couples that are looking for a tranquil retreat amidst breath-taking countryside with hiking, walking and horse riding along the many trails.
Where to Stay
Cape Dutch Quarters
A collection of 10 properties, nestled between the restaurants, museums and gardens of the old village, with most places of interest located within a few minutes’ walk. Tulbagh Country Guest House is the jewel in The Cape Dutch Quarters’ crown, where guests experience the authenticity of 18th century colonial architecture. The guest house offers country style rooms and suites with satellite TV and an iPod dock. Facilities include an outdoor pool.
It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to making the Klein Karoo one of the Western Cape's most diverse regions.
The ever-changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure.
The Klein Karoo is also one of the most diverse wine regions producing brandies and world-class port. Highlights of the region include the Cango Caves, ostrich farms at Oudtshoorn, the Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort Gorge at De Rust.
Where to Stay
Aquila Private Game Reserve
A Big-5 Game Reserve, offering half-day, full-day and overnight safari packages, just 2 hours from Cape Town. The Aquila overnight safari doesn’t spare on spoiling guests. Welcome cocktails are served on arrival, either outside, around the pool, or in front of a log fire in the cigar bar. The overnight safari boasts an early morning as well as a late afternoon safari with a Reserve specialist and 3 meals daily. A variety of accommodation options are available to choose from to suit every taste and budget.
Oudtshoorn & De Rust
The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains and forms part of the greater Garden Route. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world, with the world's biggest bird just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty.
The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent Karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Where to Stay
See Garden Route section for accommodation options
Snuggled between the Outeniqua, Swartberg and Rooiberg mountains, you will discover the village of Calitzdorp. Ideally situated as a hub from which to partake in all that the region has to offer, including the majestic mountain passes, the Cango Caves, and the exquisite flora and fauna. Some other tags used to describe this unique town are: Port capital, Fruit basket of the Klein Karoo, Home of 200 species of plants found nowhere else on earth, Night skies and sunsets, and Gorgeous Karoo architecture.
Where to Stay
The Queen of Calitzdorp
This luxury hotel offers 15 en-suite rooms, most with balconies and views, furnished to the highest standard with elegant solid wood furniture. The luxurious en-suite bathrooms boast glass enclosed showers and the basins have granite vanity tops. All bedrooms feature air-conditioning, overhead fans, fridges, flat screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi. Those with balconies have views over the adjacent Boplaas vineyards and the Nel’s river valley or over the town towards the Swartberg mountain range.
This perfect getaway in the Langeberg, near the Robertson Wine Valley and not far from the Breede River Valley, takes some time to explore. The beautiful town of Montagu, famous for more than its Hot Springs is the perfect retreat for eco, wellness and adventure sports, as well as golfing holidays, wine and food! Montagu is situated on Route 62 approximately 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town and leads into the Little Karoo. Look forward to a whole new world of magic and sensual pleasure as you pop through the hole in the wall at Kogmanskloof with its amazing geological folds, faults and a British fort dating back from 1899.
Where to Stay
Montagu Country Hotel
Experience a bygone era of elegance and charm with the Art Deco style of the 1920’s and the Charleston music of the 1930’s. Accommodation comprises of 33 rooms, decorated in an Art Deco-style or Victorian-style. Each room features an en-suite bathroom, television, telephone, air-conditioning as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Amenities include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and secure parking.
The Vic 1906 Hotel
This boutique hotel comprises of 9 luxury suites, which all feature double beds, en-suite bathrooms, DStv, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. The Vic 1906 also offers guests a swimming pool, a restaurant for breakfast and lunch, wheelchair accessibility, and parking on the premises.
The Lodge is a delightful retreat with an enviable reputation for personal attention, hospitality and care. The airy, refined rooms come with fresh flowers and ceiling fans (no air-conditioning), plus free wine and fruit. Rooms in the annexe add lounge areas, and tea and coffee making facilities. Suites have CD players and patios; an upgraded suite features a private garden and pool.
The Cape West Coast stretches from Cape Town as far as the border with the Northern Cape at Touws River, including within its parameters the indescribably beautiful Cederberg Mountains, famous for centuries-old rock art. All along this stretch of coastline is a series of quaint historic towns and fishing villages with names like Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan.
A seafood mecca with several open-air beach restaurants where fresh fish is cooked on open fires whilst you watch the sun sink slowly over the sea.
One of the oldest and most charming fishing villages in South Africa, where life moves at a different pace. Paternoster is a sought-after tourist destination and is known for lobster and the white-washed fishermen’s cottages. The remarkable coastline of jagged cliffs and white boulders makes this one of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast.
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A unique guest cottage, well positioned and close to the beach, where you will experience true Paternoster and West Coast hospitality. ah! guest house is uniquely created around exquisite food, is filled with original art and reflects the personalities of its owners... warm, colourful, lived-in and comfortable without compromising on style and creativity. 5 Luxury rooms with en-suite bathrooms offer satellite TV, DVD players, coffee and tea trays, fridge, a communal downstairs sitting room/library and a communal upstairs deck and a small splash pool for sun-drenched days.
Darling is like a fine wine; a soft yet crisp experience on the West Coast, best enjoyed with good company, at a slow speed, with an explorer’s undertone and a good balance of fun and laughter all together with a blend of uniquely South African. It's part of the Cape Floral Region and home to hundreds of species of flowering plants. The Darling Museum, in the 1899 Town Hall, traces local history, including the 19th-century butter industry.
You can’t visit Darling without stopping by Evita se Perron where satirist, Pieter Dirk Uys, turned the old Darling station into a theatrical experience, complete with a restaurant, exhibition hall, garden displays and a theatre.
Cederberg Wilderness Area
Only 2 hours from Cape Town and yet the landscape is completely different: wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. Clanwilliam and Citrusdal with its towering mountains, brilliant purple and orange sunsets, laden with the scent of orange blossom in the spring. Lambertsbaai and Elandsbaai, with their perfect waves for surfing, offer open air restaurants serving only the best seafood and have an abundance of bird life to be spotted. Wupperthal and Elandskloof, both missionary villages situated within these magnificent mountains, both have a wealth of history to be discovered.
The Cederberg has an exceptional botanical diversity, being part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa, and among the twisted rock formations, farmers cultivate the world-famous healthy rooibos tea, found only in the Cederberg of South Africa.
Where to Stay
This upmarket country-chic bed and breakfast was born out of a love for the countryside, the Cederberg Mountains and the town of Clanwilliam. The distinct characteristics of each guest room, quiet corner and garden space tell a story of relaxation, inspiration, rejuvenation and love. The en-suite units are fitted with a microwave and TV and select rooms offer pool views, with free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Set in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this luxury Cape Dutch-style farmhouse hotel offers
rooms and suites with a mix of elegant and home-style décor. Rooms have tea and coffee making equipment, heated floors and free Wi-Fi; some have private patios. Upgraded rooms and suites add flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and lounge areas; some feature fireplaces, and 1 has its own pool.
All meals are included, as are activities such as nature drives, rock art excursions and canoeing. There's also a luxe day spa, a gym, 4 pools and a steam room.
Extending from the vast Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast all the way to the tiny town of Pofadder in the east and the Orange River in the north, Namaqualand is a dry and barren place for most of the year and part of the only arid biodiversity hotspot in the world. During the spring, a rich diversity of succulent flora, as well as countless Namaqualand daisies, burst into life, turning the lifeless terrain into a kaleidoscope of colourful wildflowers.
The best way to see this multi-coloured display is to drive along the Namaqualand Flower Route, through nature reserves and national parks, to witness a display of almost 4,000 species of flowering plants.
Considered the flower capital of Namaqualand, Springbok is the only major city in the area and an ideal base from which to explore the region. The flower season peaks between early August and late August and it is dependent on the winter rains.
Where to Stay
Accommodation on request.