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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.

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Cape Town

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.

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Hermanus

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.

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Cape Agulhas

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.

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Arniston

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.

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The Wine Region

Stellenbosch

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.

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Franschhoek

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.

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Paarl

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.

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Wellington

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.

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Tulbagh

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.

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Klein Karoo

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.

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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.

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Calitzdorp

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.

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Montagu

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.

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West Coast

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.

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Paternoster

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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Darling

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.

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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.

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Namaqualand

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.

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