Discover the Western Cape's hidden gems

15 August 2020

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, we can now travel outside of our provinces where we live. This spotlight is on the Western Cape.

The Western Cape is filled with so many incredible gems right here on our doorstep. Stay in the CBD or head to the Ocean in Paternoster, see the Whales in Hermanus, plan a hike in the Cederberg Mountains, explore the winelands or take a self-drive up to the Garden of Eden aka our beautiful Garden Route. 

Click Here to Read our Guide to the Western Cape courtesy of South African Tourism


The main centres

Cape Town
Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city (after Johannesburg).  Cape Town is home to the world-famous Table Mountain and Robben Island

Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay forms part of the Garden route and it is a popular holiday destination.  It has long white stretches of beach. Adventurers will also enjoy the nearby Bloukrans bungee jump and tree canopy tours.

Paarl lies right in the centre of the Cape Winelands.  It is dotted with ancient oak trees and you can see many varieties of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.

Oudtshoorn is found in the Little Karoo.  It is about a 480 km drive east from Cape Town.  It is the  world’s ostrich capital and is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves as well as to the Swartberg mountain range.

Some of the country’s top restaurants call this town.  Franschhoek is about an 80km drive from Cape Town. Franschhoek in Afrikaans means 'French Corner.'  It has a rich wine heritage (which makes a great combination with the excellent food) and the Huguenot Memorial.

Stellenbosch is situated about 50km north-east of Cape Town.  Did you know that Stellenbosch is the country's second-oldest town? Famed for its wines and wine route, it is also home to some of the country’s top restaurants and the University of Stellenbosch. Here you’ll find panoramic views, oak trees and Cape Dutch architecture.

Hermanus is about 120 km south-east from Cape Town.  It is on the coast and its known as the whale-watching capital of South Africa. They are most commonly the southern right whales and can be seen from between June to December. Visitors to the area can spot them from the shore.

Knysna lies on an estuary along the Garden Route.  It boasts lush natural beauty making it particularly picturesque. The town is famous for its oysters forests, outdoor activities and nearby beaches.

Thank you to SA Tourism for providing this tourist information. 


If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then please get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to take advantage of our excellent holiday offers.

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