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 Western Cape Hotels

The Winelands are sufficiently compact that you can make one hotel your touring base. Stellenbosch and Paarl, situated close to dozens of wineries and more


The Western Cape Restaurants

The dining scene ranges from fine South African cuisine complete with silver service to local, laid-back, country-style cooking. Franschhoek more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Western Cape

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The Western Cape Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to The Western Cape

    Land of Divine Wine: Few places in the world can match the drama of the Winelands, where mountains rise above vine-covered valleys and 300-year-old... Read more

  • South African Wine

    The South African wine industry is booming. Buried by sanctions during apartheid, South African wines were largely unknown internationally. But... Read more

  • Cape Dutch Architecture

    As you travel around the region, the most visible emblems of settler culture you'll encounter are the Cape Dutch–style houses. Here 18th- and... Read more

  • From Soil to Oil

    South Africans are beginning to produce extra-virgin olive oils that are as excellent as their wines. One place to learn about this fruit of... Read more

  • Sip and Spoeg Like an Expert

    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 your... Read more

  • Wine Goes Green

    As romantic as vineyards seem, wine farming is a monoculture and generally not that eco-friendly. The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI)... Read more

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