The Western Cape Travel Guide
Plan Your The Western Cape Vacation
The Western Cape is an alluring province, a sweep of endless mountain ranges, empty beaches, and European history dating back more than three centuries and anchored by Cape Town in the southwest. The cultures of the indigenous Khoekhoen and San people—the first inhabitants of this enormous area—also contribute to the region's richness. In less than two hours you can reach most of the province's highlights from Cape Town, making the city an ideal base from which to explore.
The Winelands are sufficiently compact that you can make one hotel your touring base. Stellenbosch and Paarl, situated... read more
The dining scene ranges from fine South African cuisine complete with silver service to local, laid-back, country-style... read more
Things To Do in The Western Cape
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Land of Divine Wine: Few places in the world can match the drama of the Winelands, where mountains rise above vine-covered valleys... Read more
The South African wine industry is booming. Buried by sanctions during apartheid, South African wines were largely unknown... Read more
As you travel around the region, the most visible emblems of settler culture you'll encounter are the Cape Dutch–style houses. Here... Read more
South Africa currently has more growing areas than ever that yield a huge selection of very different wines. One of the best ways to find... Read more
As romantic as vineyards seem, wine farming is a monoculture and generally not that eco-friendly. The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative... Read more
The drive out of Stellenbosch up the Helshoogte Pass is spectacular. In winter you'll more than likely find snow on the mountain peaks; in... Read more
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