The Western Cape

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Western Cape - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Tokara

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Perched on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Tokara is the brainchild of banker G. T. Ferreira. For a city...Read More

  • 2. Allée Bleue

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Set against the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains with lavender fields and meadows, Allée Bleue is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. This...Read More

  • 3. Avalon Springs

    Resort–Sight

    Popular Avalon Springs, the only resort open to day visitors, is not the most stylish, and the architecture leaves a lot to be desired. But...Read More

  • 4. Backsberg

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Framed by the mountains of the Simonsberg, this lovely estate is run by the Back family, well known for producing great wines of good value...Read More

  • 5. Esletjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

    Zoo/Aquarium

    About 15 km (9½ miles) outside Robertson on the road to the village of McGregor, Esletjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a place of safety for...Read More

  • 6. Fairview

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This is one of the few wineries that is good for families. Children get a kick out of seeing peacocks roaming the grounds and goats clambering...Read More

  • 7. Langeberg Tractor Ride

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The popular three-hour Langeberg Tractor Ride takes you to the summit of the Langeberg (Long Mountain) and back. The tractor winds up some tortuously...Read More

  • 8. Mulderbosch Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Nobody likes change, and the wine industry—steeped in tradition—was twitchy when Mulderbosch was sold in 2011 to an overseas investor and the...Read More

  • 9. Neethlingshof

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A long avenue of pines leads to this lovely estate, which traces its origins to 1692. The magnificent 1814 Cape Dutch manor house looks out...Read More

  • 10. Old Harbour Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Originally, Hermanus was a simple fishing village. Its Old Harbour, built in 1904 and the oldest original harbor in South Africa that is still...Read More

  • 11. Simonsig

    Koelenhof | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Sitting in a sea of vines is this estate with tremendous views back toward Stellenbosch and the mountains. Simonsig has more than a dozen white...Read More

  • 12. Spier

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Spier has undergone some serious restructuring and ditched some of its touristy trappings, which is probably a good thing; you can spend a very...Read More

  • 13. Van Loveren Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This winery between Robertson and Bonnievale produces around 40 wines, so there's something to suit everybody's palate. The 2011 Van Loveren...Read More

  • 14. West Coast Fossil Park

    Geological Site

    About 20 minutes from Langebaan on the R45 on the way to Paternoster is the West Coast Fossil Park, one of the richest fossil sites in the world...Read More

  • 15. Worcester Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A welcome change from dusty artifacts in glass cases, this fascinating museum is actually a collection of original buildings from the area that...Read More

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