The Mother City welcomes all to the majestic province of the Western Cape, with her grand city mountain, lively cultural festivals, wine routes and diverse scenic landscapes, the Western Cape offers visitors an unforgettable experience.
There are very few places in the country that can boast such a diversity of natural places of beauty as the Western Cape. The Garden Route follows the coastline of the Indian Ocean on the Eastern Cape Coast, between a belt of mountain ranges, the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains inland. The Garden Route enjoys one of the mildest and most equable climates, with unspoiled golden beaches, beautiful lagoons and estuaries and boasts in excess of 250 species of birds.
The Garden Route stretches along the coastal plateau at the foot of the mountains, through a quiet world of high, primeval forests, and deep gorges rushing clear mountain streams to the sea.
Enjoy a fairy-tale steam train ride through the Lake District on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe! Explore the depths of the primeval forests, where the last of the Knysna elephants live their secret lives. Drive to the top of the Knysna Heads to view a spectacular vista of land and sea!
The Cape Peninsula, with Cape Town and the Wine Route, is one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations with an absolute plethora of attractions. Table Mountain and its Aerial Cableway has become a renowned icon, and is famous throughout the world for its majestic setting.
The whole of Table Mountain is a nature reserve, and there are countless footpaths and nature trails leading up along its slopes. Over the centuries visitors have marvelled, not only at the peninsula’s natural splendour, but also at the cultural diversity of the Mother City.
The Cape Peninsula is home to the Mother City, Cape Town, and one of the most scenic cities in the world, with the impressive Table Mountain as its backdrop and Table Bay and Robben Island providing a spectacular view for all. Take a trip to Cape Point wher the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, or take a stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. White sandy beaches, rugged mountains, vineyards and a bustling city make this region a truly fabulous family holiday destination.
Table Mountain, Cape Point, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Boulders Beach, Hout Bay, Ratanga Junction, Tygerberg Zoo, Blouberg Beach, Helderberg Nature Reserve, Chapmans Peak, District Six Museum, Township Tours, Castle of Good Hope, shark diving, harbour cruises, sandboarding, deep sea fishing, hang gliding and horse riding.
The Cape Winelands is home to over 200 wine estates, producing some of the best wines and sparkling wines in the world. The gorgeous mountains surrounding the Winelands provides both a playground for keen mountain bikers and hikers, as well as majestic scenery, especially in winter when the mountains are covered in snow. A region full of mouth-watering sensations, adventure and scenic beauty with a little something for the whole family.
Wine Routes, Paarl Nature Reserve and Wild Flower Garden, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Butterfly World, Stellenbosch on foot, Drakenstein Lion Park, Fruit and Brandy Routes, fly fishing, horse riding, river rafting, hiking, golf, kloofing, rock climbing, hot air ballooning and 4x4 routes.
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The West Coast stretches from Melkbosstrand north of Cape Town all the way up to Namibia and includes the town of Citrusdal, the closest town to the Cedarberg Wilderness Area and which produces a large variety of citrus gruit. The region is well known for the spring wild flowers that cover the landscape in a colourful natural flower carpet. The Cedarberg Mountains offer some of the most spectacular rock formations, such as the Wolfberg Arch and the Maltese Cross.
Cedarberg Wilderness Area, Swartland Wine Route, West Coast National Park, West Coast Fossil Park, Evita se Perron, Saldanah Nature Reserve, Rooibos Tea Farms, whale watching, hiking trails, San rock art.
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The Breede River Valley is the Western Cape's largest wine and fruit producing region and is home to the renowned town of Ceres, where Ceres, Liquifruit, Fruittree and Jabba fruit juices are produced. At the Kleinplaasie Living Open-Air Museum visitors get an insight into past farm life and activities include tobacco rolling, coffee toasting, grape harvesting, sheep shearing, witblits distilling and blacksmithing. A gorgeous scenic valley not to be missed.
Hex River Valley, Wine; Fruit and Brandy Farms, Kleinplaasie Living Open-Air Museum, Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens, Bird's Paradise, MontEco Nature Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Robertson River cruises, museums, cultural villages and art galleries.
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Land of wild flowers, wine estates and whales, the Overberg region is home to both the Bontebok and Agulhas National Parks. The most southern point in Africa, Cape Agulhas, attracts many whales and dolphins and provides whale watchers with perfect viewpoints along the coastline. Nature reserves, wild flower gardens, country farm stalls, vineyards and the impressive mountains make this region an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, perfect for hiking, bird watching and plenty of peace and relacation.
Cape Agulhas, Agulhas National Park, Bontebok National Park, Fynbos Route, Caledon Wild Flower Garden, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Sabona Wildlife Reserve, Villiersdorp Wild Flower Garden and Nature Reserve, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, shark diving, whale watching.
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The Garden Route is a kaleidoscope of the lush green forests, valleys and steep river gorges, white sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains and vibrant bustling towns. The region is any adventurers paradise and the activities include abseiling, white water rafting, bungee jumping, deep sea fishing, whale watching, scuba diving, rock climbing and ostrich riding. There are also many natural wonders like the Big Tree and the forests of Knysna, the Cango Caves and the Wilderness National Park.
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, Blaukrantz Bungee Jumping, Wilderness National Park, Otter Trail, Knysna Elephant Park, Knysna Lagoon, Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Mossel Bay Aquarium, Monkeyland, Robberg Nature Reserve, Nelson's Cave, Knysna Oyster Festival, Tsitsikamma Forest Tree Topping, museums, art galleries and whale watching.
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The Klein Karoo has a drier climate than the rest of the province but the scenery is still beautiful and the people of the Klein Karoo are fascinating people who welcome you to their little piece of paradise. This is definitely ostrich country and you can purchse every type of ostrich related product from eggs, meat and feathers to curios, leather and rides. The Cango Caves offer a standard tour, as well as an adventure tour which takes you through a series of confined tunnels.
Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, Cango Wildlife Farm, Wine Farms, Dorphuis Museum, 4x4 Routes, hiking trails, mountain climbing, golf, museums, mountain biking, art galleries, locally made arts and crafts.
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The Karoo National Park near Beaufort West is home to many birds, reptiles and animal species and offers challenging 4x4 routes and numerous hiking trails through the park. Due to the rural aspects of the Karoo, this makes for perfect star gazing opportunities, as the darkness of night takes over the Milky Way is clearly visible and nothing like the twinkle that major cities experience, its a burst of thousands and thousand of stars that light your path as you go.
Gamkaskloof, Karoo National Park, Prince Albert Town Observatory, Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Hillandale Farm, Wine; Fruit; Olive and Cheese Farms, Prince Albert Saturday Morning Market, Prince of Africa Mohair Shop, Prince Albert Ghost Walk, Beaufort West Museum, art galleries, historical buildings, quad biking, golf, hiking trails and star gazing.
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information on Western Cape distance charts, temperatures, tourism offices and attractions,
Western Cape Tourism
Tel: 021 426 5639
Tel: 021 426 4260
Tel: 086 126 5263
Tel: 022 433 8516
Breede River Valley
Tel: 086 126 52 63
Tel: 028 214 1466
Tel: 044 8736355
Tel: 044 873 6355
Tel: 023 415 1488
A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information. Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.
Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222