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Welcome to the Western Cape where the mediterranean climate with wonderfully hot dry summers (December to March) and cool wet winters (June to July) will lure you back time after time. Cape Town, foundly known as the mother city, is the Capital of the Western Cape and is situated at the southern west tip of Africa. It is a truly iconic, beautiful, vibrant, cultural cosmopolitan city and one of the most recognised holiday destinations in South Africa.

The Wine Capital of the Western Cape is Stellenbosch. This wine route is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Western Cape. Experience the finest wines and warm hospitality.  More than 100 cellars are mostly open to the public where some of the finest, award-winning wines can be sampled on heritage or modern estates. Wine-lovers can taste and learn more about the process of making wine on the estates which are set amongst the most fantastic mountains and vineyards and very often including top notch restaurants.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN

Best Beaches in the Western Cape

  • Cape Town :  Clifton 4th | Camps Bay | Muizenberg | Llundudno
  • Gordons Bay :  Bikini beach
  • Mossel Bay :  Hartenbos | Santos
  • Kleinmond :  Kleinmond beach
  • Hermanus :  Grotto beach | Hawston beach
  • Stilbaai : Lappiesbaai beach
  • West Coast :  Yzerfontein Beach
  • Plettenberg Bay :  Robberg Beach
  • Witsand :  Witsand Beach

 

Beaches on the False Bay side of the peninsula are the most popular with swimmers as the water is warmer (Muizenberg beaches). Camps Bay and Clifton beaches are very popular - water here and on the west coast are chiller.

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a huge shopping and entertainment area a prime tourist destination experience with over 400 shops, restaurants, bars and arts & crafts areas.  It is situated at the slopes of Table Mountain and forms part of the harbour area.  It has the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country.

The V&A Waterfront houses the Nelson Mandela Gateway which offers boat trips to Robben Island as well as helicopter flights around the Cape Peninsula area.

Things to do in the Waterfront - Harbour cruises, travel by watertaxi, explore the Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre, visit the red shed craft workshop, go on a beer making experience or on a diamond tour !

Tel:  +27 (0) 21 408 7600

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Robben Island

One extremely popular Tour is a boatride out to Robben Island. 

Robben Island is approximately 7 kilometres from Cape Town mainland and is about 4.5 km long and 2.5 km wide.  

This is where Nelson Mandela our former President and other political prisoners were held during Apartheid for many years. Robben Island has been a museum since 1997 and declared a World Heritage site in 1999.

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Some of the tour guides were themselves political prisoners.

Famous Quote by Mr Mandela : "We will not allow Robben Island to be turned into a chamber of horrors. Many of us learnt valuable lessons here, this was in fact our university of learning."

Robben Island Tours :: Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting, from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Tickets costs are R230 for adults and R120 for children (U/18)

Cape Wine Route

The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually.  Take a drive along the Western Cape's many wine routes and visit global award winning wine farms for the best in wine tasting, cellar tours and an opportunity to purchase some good local and internationally recognised wines.

Stellenbosch wine route

Stellenbosch is a city in the Western Cape of South Africa and is the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa's prime wine region.

This prestigious area located at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range is known worldwide for its quality wines and also for the spectacular beauty of the its surroundings.

Stellenbosch represents over 300 wineries and is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch is an exceptionally beautiful botanical garden set against the foot of Table Mountain. Only indigenous plants are cultivated here and this is what makes the gardens so famous worldwide. Numerous paths wander through the grounds and mini forest areas. Several restaurants, a gift shop and indigenous nursery are on site. At various times of the year especially in summer, concerts are performed in the open air amphitheatre. Art is frequently on display, including large Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. The gardens are also home to the National Biodiversity Institute. Open daily 8AM to 6PM (7PM September to March)

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Point is at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town. This is the south-western most tip of Africa forming part of the Table Mountain National Park which stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south. It forms part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site which is rich in flora and fauna (over 7750 hectares). Baboons, buck, mountain Zebra and over 250 species of bird can be found.

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Cape Point is where two of the world’s oceans meet off the tip of the Cape Peninsula: the warmer Indian Ocean on the east and the colder Atlantic Ocean on the west.

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit". ~E.E. Cummings

The Whale Coast

The best whale-watching area is found in Hermanus which is the only town which has a dedicated Whale Crier. The Whale coast runs from the Rooiels area to Quoin Point - A beautiful stretch of coastal area boasting pristine beaches and mountains.

West Coast wild flowers & fishing villages

The West Coast Region is located along the South-West Coast of South Africa skirting the Atlantic ocean from Bloubergstrand in the Cape Metropolitan Area in the south, to the provincial border in Namaqualand in the north, all within the Western Cape.

It is a remote strip of land and famous for its spectacular fields of flowers in the Spring from July to October.  The west coast is known for its hospitality, wild and desolate coastline, peace and tranquility.

Fishing villages such as St Helena Bay, Elandsbaai and Yzerfontein are found along the coast.

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The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle is a quadrangular historical fort built by the Dutch East Indian Company between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest colonial building in South Africa ! This castle houses a church, bakery, workshops, living quarters, shops and cells.  

Interestingly, the yellow paint on the walls was chosen since it lessened the effect of the heat from the sun.

 

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is approximately 260-million years old and is a view that you will never forget ! The mountain is flat-topped and a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. Hiking, Caving and Rock climbing are popular activities amongst the locals and the tourists.

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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

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Image with permission from the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of Cape Towns most popular tourist attractions. From the Upper cable station enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic views of Cape Town, Signal Hill, Table Bay Harbour and Robben Island. The cable way carries 65 passengers in a modern cable car which revolves as it climbs to the top of the mountain within 4 to 5 minutes. At the top of the mountain you will find The Table Mountain Cafe and a souvenier shop. There are only three Rotair cable cars in the world: one in Switzerland, one in the United States and the cable car in South Africa.

Open 8AM to 10PM, last car down is at 9PM - it is advisable to purchase tickets online to avoid long queus.

The Garden Route

This is one of South Africa's main tourist attractions stretching from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian ocean.

There are 21 wonderfully interesting towns along the Garden Route. Travel along routes filled with greenery, forestry, orchards, white sandy beaches and oceans. Choose from many adventurous outdoor activities such hang-gliding, ballooning, snorkelling, diving, rafting, paragliding, parachuting, bungee jumping and golfing.

Bo-Kaap

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This colourful neighbourhood is located on a hill south-west of the centre of Cape Town city area and is the area historically inhabited by mainly Muslim descendants of slaves from South-East Asia.  It's a common location for film shoots because of the vibrant colours of the homes, quaint streets and mosques. The Bo-Kaap has goods views over Cape Town and some great food is sold on the side of the street.

Point of interest :: The Bo-Kaap Museum 

 

Major Airport:

Cape Town International Airport - second largest airport in South Africa

+27 (0)21 937-1200

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