The Western Cape

Unmatched natural beauty, famous hospitality and cultural diversity make the Western Cape one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions.

Points of Interest

The capital city of Cape Town is cradled by the maternal presence of Table Mountain: one of the  Western Cape’s Unesco World Heritage Sites and an entirely unique floral kingdom; characterised by fynbos and proteas and containing more plant species than Europe.

The other is Robben Island former prison and now a national monument, the island was `home’ to many of South Africa’s freedom fighters including Nelson Mandela where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison.

The beauty of the vineyards, Cape Dutch manor homes and excellent cuisine in the Winelands region of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek tempt visitors to taste their products. with a wide selection of wine farms and cellars as well as the rich historical and cultural heritage of museums, galleries and numerous restaurants serving the finest cuisine.

The V & A Waterfront – Set within a working harbour, this is Cape Town’s most visited attraction consisting of a diversity of shopping, eating, entertainment as well as sightseeing facilities

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – One of the world’s leading botanical gardens showcasing only indigenous South African plants.
Cape Point – The southern most tip of the Cape Peninsula situated within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, it consists of incredible scenery, magnificent views and the mountains of the Cape.

The Garden Route around Knysna and Tsitsikamma has the country’s largest indigenous forests, giant ferns and abundant birdlife.

Whales are frequently sited along the Cape Overberg Coast along the cliff paths of Hermanus, Kleinmond and Onrus.

The wild Cape Agulhas coast consists of sweeping stretches of sand and charming fishing villages of the West Coast aside. The gracious mountain peaks form the backdrop to a land so lovely that it seems a fantasy landscape. The West coast is packed with a concentration of more plant species than anywhere else in the world and is well known for its quality seafood.

Oudtshoorn – The capital of the Klein Karoo and ‘ostrich-feather capital’ of the world.

Cango Caves – A series of caverns and chambers naturally developed out of limestone

Climate

The Western Cape is topographically and climatically varied. Generally, the summers are hot and dry with cool, wet winters.
Typically Mediterranean with hot and dry summers from late October to March, with mild winters and seasonal rain from June to August and a pleasant spring and autumn. December and January are the busiest months in Cape Town with February notorious for being the hottest month of the year.