The Western Cape offers a myriad of excellent attractions ranging from world class wine farms, the beautiful beaches and national parks of Cape Town and surrounding areas, to rich arts and cultural experiences showcased across the province.
Being home to part of the world renowned “Garden Route,” gives one a clue as to how scenic the Western Cape province really is. On the eastern side of the province, you will find the picturesque town of Knysna with its quaint harbour and iconic heads, protecting the bay from the open seas. The Garden Route then continues in a westerly direction right up to the bustling “Mother City” of Cape Town. Following the coastline, or travelling slightly inland, both provide their own treasures (equal in splendour) to explore. The inland route meanders through mountain passes and the winelands of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, whereas the coastal route will keep you close to the cerulean blue waters of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Interestingly, these two oceans meet at the southern most tip of the African continent in a sleepy holiday town named L’Agulhas.
Cape Town itself boasts an endless list of attractions and outings to suit all interests. Hiking on the mountains has become increasingly popular and affords one truly spectacular views and photo opportunities of the city from on high. For those who do not fancy the hike but still crave a thrilling experience, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway can be taken up to the top of Table Mountain.
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Sunny summer days are the perfect opportunity to visit the beaches dotted right around the peninsula, each with a unique personality and clientele ranging from dog walkers, horse-riders, and penguin sightseers to hip and tanned sunbathers or surfers. The Waterfront offers an excellent array of high-end stores for those who enjoy retail therapy, which can be followed by a waterside lunch of fresh seafood and a glass of crisp local wine. Whilst at the Waterfront, one can take a harbour tour or venture further across the ocean and deeper into history by visiting Robben Island which saw the incarceration of Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Kirstenbosch Gardens, numerous art galleries, Seal Island visits, 5-star cuisine destinations and The Cape Point Nature Reserve are but a few of the remaining spots worth visiting. At En Route Travel we will tailor make your itinerary in such a way that ensures maximum sight-seeing whilst not sacrificing the relaxed holiday feeling.
Last, but by no means least, as we continue up the Western Province coastline we venture into the rugged, rocky and icy waters of the West Coast. The landscape found here is unique in a wild and unspoilt way. Despite urban development and popularity of the area under local holidaymakers, it remains a peaceful haven of small, charming fishing villages with a pace suited to rest and tranquillity. Once again, the inland route offers as many treasures as the coast and is well worth a road-trip to explore. Small towns with arty cultures, wine farms and a sea of spring flowers complement the coastal attractions perfectly to present the West Coast as an unforgettable destination.