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[[Image:South Africa-Western Cape-Winelands01.jpg|thumb|400px|The Western Cape winelands produce very good wine.]]
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The '''Western Cape'''[http://www.capetourism.org] is the most south western province in [[South Africa]], covering many of South Africa's tourist destinations and attractions.
 
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The '''Western Cape'''[http://www.capetourism.org] is the most south western province in [[South Africa]], covering most of South Africa's tourist destinations and attractions.
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==Regions==
 
==Regions==
[[Image:Map-South_Africa-Western_Cape02.png|thumb|350px|Western Cape]]
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The Western Cape can be divided in the following regions:
*[[Cape Peninsula]]
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*[[Cape Winelands]] - east of [[Cape Town]] and easily visited in a day trip from [[Cape Town]]
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*[[West Coast (South Africa)|West Coast]] - less crowded with tourists this region offers beautiful scenery for the nature lover
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*The [[Overberg]]
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*The [[Garden Route]] - lovely scenery and one of South Africa`s tourist hot-spots
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*The [[Little Karoo]] - nowadays popular semi-desert region easily reached on the R62
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*The [[Cape Karoo]]
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==Cities==
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[[image:RSA_Cape_Peninsula.jpg|thumb|350px|The [[Cape Peninsula]].]]
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==Cities and Towns==
 
[[image:RSA_Bloubergstrand.jpg|thumb|View on [[Table Mountain]].]]
 
[[image:RSA_Bloubergstrand.jpg|thumb|View on [[Table Mountain]].]]
  
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*[[Paarl]]   
 
*[[Paarl]]   
 
*[[George]] - gateway to the [[Garden Route]]
 
*[[George]] - gateway to the [[Garden Route]]
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*[[Knysna]] - a beautiful city in the [[Garden Route]]
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*[[Mossel Bay]] - stunning beaches
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*[[Oudtshoorn]] - the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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*[[Gansbaai]] - on the majestic Walker Bay and with an unspoilt and untouched hinterland, ruled by floral abundance  
 
*[[Gansbaai]] - on the majestic Walker Bay and with an unspoilt and untouched hinterland, ruled by floral abundance  
 
*[[Hermanus]] - famous for the whale-watching
 
*[[Hermanus]] - famous for the whale-watching
*[[Knysna]] - a beautiful city in the [[Garden Route]]
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*[[Montagu]] -  a small town in the little (Klein) Karoo with many fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
 
*[[Montagu]] -  a small town in the little (Klein) Karoo with many fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
*[[Mossel Bay]] - stunning beaches
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*[[Oudtshoorn]] - the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves
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*[[Swellendam]] - one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa houses some fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
 
*[[Swellendam]] - one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa houses some fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
 
*[[Yzerfontein]] - Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach and west coast hospitality
 
*[[Yzerfontein]] - Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach and west coast hospitality
 
*[[Wupperthal]] - A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
 
*[[Wupperthal]] - A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
 
*[[Paternoster]] - A tiny fishing village on the West Coast, an area with stunning flowers
 
*[[Paternoster]] - A tiny fishing village on the West Coast, an area with stunning flowers
*[[Storms River]]- Near the Tsitsikamma National Park
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*[[Storms River]]- Near the [[Tsitsikamma National Park]]
  
 
===National Parks===
 
===National Parks===
 
[[image:RSA_Bontebok.jpg|thumb|A Bontebok.]]
 
[[image:RSA_Bontebok.jpg|thumb|A Bontebok.]]
*[[West Coast National Park]] - 120 km north of [[Cape Town]], between [[Yzerfontein]] & [[Langebaan]]
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*[[Agulhas National Park]]
 
*[[Bontebok National Park]] - a small but beautiful park near [[Swellendam]]
 
*[[Bontebok National Park]] - a small but beautiful park near [[Swellendam]]
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*[[Garden Route National Park]]
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**Knysna Lake Area
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**[[Tsitsikamma National Park]]
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**[[Wilderness National Park]]
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*[[Karoo National Park]]
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*[[Table Mountain National Park]]
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*[[Tankwa Karoo National Park]]
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*[[West Coast National Park]] - 120 km north of [[Cape Town]], between [[Yzerfontein]] & [[Langebaan]]
  
 
===Other nature reserves===
 
===Other nature reserves===
* [[Cederberg Wilderness Area]] [http://www.capenature.org.za/] - rugged and isolated area with some fine hiking options, be aware that permission is required (+27 (0)27 482-2812) and the number of hikers is limited
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* <listing name="Cederberg Wilderness Area" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+27 (0)27 482-2812" email="" fax="" url="http://www.capenature.org.za/" hours="" price="">Rugged and isolated area with some fine hiking options, be aware that permission is required and the number of hikers is limited</listing>
 
* [[De Hoop Nature Reserve]] - perfect for whale watching
 
* [[De Hoop Nature Reserve]] - perfect for whale watching
* [[Great Winterhoek Wilderness Area]]
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* <listing name="Great Winterhoek Wilderness Area" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* [[Knysna Elephant Park]], [http://www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za/]
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* <listing name="Knysna Elephant Park" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za/" hours="" price=""></listing>
  
 
===Islands===
 
===Islands===
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
 
===By Plane===
 
===By Plane===
 
[[Cape Town|Cape Town's]] international airport is the country's second largest after [[Johannesburg]]. There is also an airport in [[George]] which offers connections to most major cities in [[South Africa]].
 
[[Cape Town|Cape Town's]] international airport is the country's second largest after [[Johannesburg]]. There is also an airport in [[George]] which offers connections to most major cities in [[South Africa]].
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The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.
 
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.
  
==Get around==
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===By Bus===
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Greyhound [http://www.greyhound.co.za/] offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.
  
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==Get around==
 
===By Bus===
 
===By Bus===
 
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape (e.G. Intercape, Greyhound, Translux) as does the Baz Bus.
 
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape (e.G. Intercape, Greyhound, Translux) as does the Baz Bus.
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===By a guide===
 
===By a guide===
 
There are a few hundred registered and qualified guides who know their way in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The Cape Tour Guides Association [http://www.ctga.org.za] can provide travellers with a list of all tour guides and their specialities.
 
There are a few hundred registered and qualified guides who know their way in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The Cape Tour Guides Association [http://www.ctga.org.za] can provide travellers with a list of all tour guides and their specialities.
 
===Car Rental===
 
* <listing name="CABS Car Hire" phone="+27 (0)21 386 5500" address="Cape Town International Airport" url="http://www.cabs.co.za" email="info@cabs.co.za" hours="Always open"></listing>
 
* <listing name="Tempest Car Hire" phone="+27 (0)21 934-3853" tollfree="0861 836 7378" email="reservations@tempestcarhire.co.za address="Cape Town International Airport" url="http://www.tempestcarhire.co.za" hours="Always open"></listing>
 
* <listing name="Hertz" phone="+27 (0)21 935-3000" address="Cape Town International Airport" url="http://www.hertz.co.za" hours="Always open"></listing>
 
* <listing name="Thrifty" phone="+27 (0)21 936 2116" address="Cape Town International Airport" url="http://www.thrifty.co.za" hours="Always open"></listing>
 
* <listing name="Penny K`s economical car hire" phone="+27 (0)72 736 69 57" address="24 Van Ryneveld Rd, Devilspeak" url="http://www.pennyks.co.za"></listing>
 
Please note that you can't pay for petrol or diesel with a credit card, only with cash or a South African bank issued 'Garage' card.
 
  
 
==See==  
 
==See==  
[[image:RSA_Cape_Peninsula.jpg|thumb|The [[Cape Peninsula]].]]
 
 
* '''Table Mountain''' in [[Cape Town]] and the [[Cape Peninsula]]
 
* '''Table Mountain''' in [[Cape Town]] and the [[Cape Peninsula]]
 
* '''[[Cape Winelands]]''' around [[Paarl]], [[Stellenbosch]] and [[Franschhoek]]
 
* '''[[Cape Winelands]]''' around [[Paarl]], [[Stellenbosch]] and [[Franschhoek]]
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==Do==
 
==Do==
The Western Cape offers nearly everything a traveler could want. From buzzling night-life in [[Cape Town]] and [[Stellenbosch]] to wonderful beaches and many outdoor options. So the basic itinerary should include some days in [[Cape Town]], a visit to the Cape of Good Hope (and don`t miss the penguins at [[Boulders|Boulders Beach]]), wine tasting in [[Paarl]] or [[Franschhoek]] or [[Robertson]], [[Swartland]] and [[Overberg]], and a trip along the [[Garden Route]]. There are also a number of smaller National Parks with hiking trails for a day out. One of the newer 'primary unusual destinations' is Soekershof Walkabout [http://www.soekershof.com] located in Klaas Voogds along Route 62. This place consists among others of the largest permanent hedge maze in the world; a philosophers garden and unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa. Visitors can earn a memento by fulfilling a quest.
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The Western Cape offers nearly everything a traveler could want. From buzzling night-life in [[Cape Town]] and [[Stellenbosch]] to wonderful beaches and many outdoor options. So the basic itinerary should include some days in [[Cape Town]], a visit to the Cape of Good Hope (and don`t miss the penguins at [[Boulders|Boulders Beach]]), wine tasting in [[Paarl]] or [[Franschhoek]] or [[Robertson (Western Cape)|Robertson]], [[Swartland]] and [[Overberg]], and a trip along the [[Garden Route]]. There are also a number of smaller National Parks with hiking trails for a day out. One of the newer 'primary unusual destinations' is Soekershof Walkabout [http://www.soekershof.com] located in Klaas Voogds along Route 62. This place consists among others of the largest permanent hedge maze in the world; a philosophers garden and unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa. Visitors can earn a memento by fulfilling a quest.
In the [[Robertson]] Valley are diverse hiking trails such as Arrangies Kop and Die Vrolijkheid  
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In the [[Robertson (Western Cape)|Robertson]] Valley are diverse hiking trails such as Arrangies Kop and Die Vrolijkheid  
 
*[[Rock_climbing#South_Africa|Rock Climbing]]
 
*[[Rock_climbing#South_Africa|Rock Climbing]]
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*Scuba diving
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**[[Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
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**[[Diving Hermanus]]
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**[[Diving Agulhas and Struisbaai]]
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**[[Diving Mossel Bay]]
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**[[Diving Plettenberg Bay]]
  
 
==Eat==  
 
==Eat==  
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==Drink==  
 
==Drink==  
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[[Image:South Africa-Western Cape-Winelands01.jpg|thumb|200px|The Western Cape winelands produce very good wine.]]
 
This is the region to taste [[South Africa|South Africa`s]] best wine. Tour the cellars around [[Paarl]], [[Stellenbosch]] and [[Franschhoek]] but check for a driver before ...
 
This is the region to taste [[South Africa|South Africa`s]] best wine. Tour the cellars around [[Paarl]], [[Stellenbosch]] and [[Franschhoek]] but check for a driver before ...
Recently the wine producing areas in the [[Overberg]], [[Swartland]] and [[Robertson]] are gaining international recognition. Not only is the wine tasting in these areas for free. While the wine of the traditional wine producing areas of South Africa are moved to the lower shelves of the European supermarkets the ones from the upcoming areas can be found in top restaurants and special liquor stores and wine boutiques in Europe and North America as premium brands.
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Recently the wine producing areas in the [[Overberg]], [[Swartland]] and [[Robertson (Western Cape)|Robertson]] are gaining international recognition. Not only is the wine tasting in these areas for free. While the wine of the traditional wine producing areas of South Africa are moved to the lower shelves of the European supermarkets the ones from the upcoming areas can be found in top restaurants and special liquor stores and wine boutiques in Europe and North America as premium brands.
  
 
==Get out==  
 
==Get out==  
 
 
  
 
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[[WikiPedia:Western Cape]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Western Cape]]
 
[[Dmoz:Africa/South_Africa/Provinces/Western_Cape/]]
 
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Revision as of 04:36, 27 September 2012

The Western Cape[1] is the most south western province in South Africa, covering many of South Africa's tourist destinations and attractions.

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Regions

The Western Cape can be divided in the following regions:

Map-South Africa-Western Cape02.png
Cape Peninsula
Cape Winelands
East of Cape Town and easily visited in a day trip from Cape Town
West Coast
Less crowded with tourists this region offers beautiful scenery for the nature lover
The Overberg
The Garden Route
Lovely scenery and one of South Africa`s tourist hot-spots
The Little Karoo
Nowadays popular semi-desert region easily reached on the R62
The Cape Karoo

Cities and Towns

Other destinations

  • Cape Agulhas - the southernmost point of Africa
  • Gansbaai - on the majestic Walker Bay and with an unspoilt and untouched hinterland, ruled by floral abundance
  • Hermanus - famous for the whale-watching
  • Montagu - a small town in the little (Klein) Karoo with many fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
  • Swellendam - one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa houses some fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture
  • Yzerfontein - Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach and west coast hospitality
  • Wupperthal - A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
  • Paternoster - A tiny fishing village on the West Coast, an area with stunning flowers
  • Storms River- Near the Tsitsikamma National Park

National Parks

A Bontebok.

Other nature reserves

  • Cederberg Wilderness Area, +27 (0)27 482-2812, [2]. Rugged and isolated area with some fine hiking options, be aware that permission is required and the number of hikers is limited
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve - perfect for whale watching
  • Great Winterhoek Wilderness Area.
  • Knysna Elephant Park, [3].

Islands

Understand

Western Cape is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and offers a broad range of attractions. From the tourism hot-spot of Cape Town to the lovely scenery of the Garden Route the region offers something for everyone. So this is the right place for starting your South Africa experience.

Get in

By Plane

Cape Town's international airport is the country's second largest after Johannesburg. There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train

Spoornet [4] operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to Johannesburg, Worcester, Beaufort West, Durban, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and East London.

MetroRail [5] operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as Simon's Town, Bellville, Malmesbury, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Worcester and Paarl.

By Car

The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus

Greyhound [6] offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

Get around

By Bus

The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape (e.G. Intercape, Greyhound, Translux) as does the Baz Bus.

By Car

There is a good road network and as some places are not accessible by public transport this is a good way to travel the Cape. Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

By a guide

There are a few hundred registered and qualified guides who know their way in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The Cape Tour Guides Association [7] can provide travellers with a list of all tour guides and their specialities.

See

Do

The Western Cape offers nearly everything a traveler could want. From buzzling night-life in Cape Town and Stellenbosch to wonderful beaches and many outdoor options. So the basic itinerary should include some days in Cape Town, a visit to the Cape of Good Hope (and don`t miss the penguins at Boulders Beach), wine tasting in Paarl or Franschhoek or Robertson, Swartland and Overberg, and a trip along the Garden Route. There are also a number of smaller National Parks with hiking trails for a day out. One of the newer 'primary unusual destinations' is Soekershof Walkabout [8] located in Klaas Voogds along Route 62. This place consists among others of the largest permanent hedge maze in the world; a philosophers garden and unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa. Visitors can earn a memento by fulfilling a quest. In the Robertson Valley are diverse hiking trails such as Arrangies Kop and Die Vrolijkheid

Eat

Cape Town offers everything you want. Along the coast look-out for some fish and oysters, while in the Cape Winelands head for some of the countries finest dining experiences.

Drink

The Western Cape winelands produce very good wine.

This is the region to taste South Africa`s best wine. Tour the cellars around Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek but check for a driver before ... Recently the wine producing areas in the Overberg, Swartland and Robertson are gaining international recognition. Not only is the wine tasting in these areas for free. While the wine of the traditional wine producing areas of South Africa are moved to the lower shelves of the European supermarkets the ones from the upcoming areas can be found in top restaurants and special liquor stores and wine boutiques in Europe and North America as premium brands.

Get out




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