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The Western Cape

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The Western Cape in South Africa is one of the most desired holiday destinations in the world. An extraordinary experience awaits the traveller as Table Mountain beckons. Enjoy uninterrupted views from the top of the mountain and see the ‘Table mountain baboons’ in their natural habitat. Go shark-diving off the coast near Seal Island and pay a visit to the Cango Caves in the Klein Caroo area.

Nelson Mandela’s home for 27 years was Robben Island, a historical landmark in South African history and a ‘must see’ for any visitor to the Cape.

Don’t forget to quench your thirst along the magnificent wine routes studded with renowned vineyards and enjoy the scenery on offer whilst travelling along the garden and wine route, also known as ‘Route 62’.

Cape Town

01301209 Cape Town is the capital city of the Western Cape and is a world famous destination. It boasts Table Mountain, Robben Island and the very exclusive Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to name but a few. Metropolitan life is evident with the sky scrapers, exclusive restaurants and hotels as well as the mixture of cultures seen around every street corner.

Regions

The Helderberg Region is a dramatic landscape of ‘mountain to valley to sea’ and is home to the town of Gordon’s Bay – well known for its surfing, and the Helderberg wine route (which includes the Stellenbosch route). The Helderberg Nature reserve is well worth a visit for a picnic or a hiking encounter.

After driving along Sir Lowry’s Pass over the Hottentots-Holland mountain, the tourist will enter the Overberg Region. This is one of the agricultural hubs of the Western Cape with numerous apple orchards and grain fields scattered amongst some of the most beautiful valleys and vistas in the world. It is also a very popular whale-watching spot as it is regularly visited by the Southern Right and Bryde’s whales that congregate just off shore from the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai. Hermanus boasts the best land based platforms for whale watching in the world.

One of the best kept secrets of the Western Cape is the rugged and unspoilt Cape West Coast Region with its pure white beaches and astounding mountain ranges that include the breathtaking Cederberg Mountains.

wc-beach-housesSmall fishing towns dot the coastline where the people rely solely on fishing for their survival. The best seafood can be found here in the most humble surrounds.

Along Route 27, further up the coast, the traveller can enjoy the fresh fruits on offer from towns such as Clanwilliam and Citrusdal.

When entering the Olifant’s River Valley Region the visitor will be greeted with the aroma of citrus groves accompanied by friendly smiles from the farmers that make this are their home.

The Cederberg Wilderness Region is a largely isolated and undeveloped area of the Western Cape due to the fact of the Clanwilliam Cedar tree that grows there being on the endangered species list. Three hours drive from Cape Town, the Cederberg Valley offers beautiful mountain ranges and lush greenery.

If wine is your passion, then the Cape winelands Region is your ultimate destination. Travel along the world famous wine routes and enjoy a taste of wines from farms in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek that have become renowned around the world for their quality reds, whites, brandies and port.

Adjectives such as ‘breathtaking’, ‘amazing’ and ‘awe-inspiring’ are used by many visitors to describe the picturesque Breede River Valley Region. This fertile sopt is also dotted with various wine producing farms – 50 in total – and ‘Route 62’ as it is lovingly called is the largest wine route in the world.

Stop over on the Swartland Region of the Western Cape for a cup of Rooibos tea and listen as the locals tell stories of how the colourful landscape turns black after the winter rains. The name ‘Swartland’ literally means ‘Blackland’ in Afrikaans.

cango-caves The Klein Karoo Region is home to a town called Oudtshoorn and here the traveller cal get to know the largest flightless bird – the ostrich, These birds are farmed here for their meat, eggs and feathers.

Visit the Cango Caves and see age old drip stone formations and vast limestone passageways.

Stretching from the edges of the town of George and culminating in the Tsitsikamma forest is the Garden Route. This 200km stretch of road is surrounded by coastline, mountains, indigenous forests and rivers. It offers the traveller a number of leisure activities such as hiking, fishing and boating. The climax of the journey along this route is surely the picturesque town of Knysna and its Tsitsikamma forest – a utopia of  giant trees, ferns and bird life.