The Western Cape is South Africa's most well liked tourist place and with several good reasons. The primary city of Cape Town or the ‘Mother City' is seen by 70% of holidaymakers who travel to South Africa from Great Britain.
The awe-inspiring city of Cape Town can be found in the shadow of Table Mountain at the location where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. The Mother City is many things to many people featuring culture, wine, scenery, the seaside or loads of leisure pursuits.
Table Mountain rises to about 1,000m above the metropolis and is without doubt one of the most recognised destinations around the world. Adventurous holidaymakers might take on the many trekking paths towards the summit or as an alternative, there is a cable car which takes just 3 minutes to reach to summit.
The Winelands of the Western Cape are appreciated throughout the world and the wineries of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl go back years. The many different wine routes are complimented by quite a few eating places, coffee shops and guest houses with superb menus and comprehensive wine lists.
The jail at Robben Island had been the place Nelson Mandela and various members in the ANC were interned for a number of years. Positioned 8 miles off shore from Green Point, Robben Island is today a museum honouring the courageous people that were kept here. It was eventually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Close to 1 hour to the east of The Mother City is the town of Hermanus and it's recognised as amongst the very best places worldwide to watch whales from the shoreline. Between June and November each year, the Southern Right Whales go past Hermanus on their migration path.
In the Mother City, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the focus of the urban centre with world class hunting, eating places, coffee shops, watering holes and nightspots. The marina presents many of the leading hotels in Cape Town along with the Two Oceans Aquarium.
For the people going to the Western Cape, the Garden Route is really a place that simply needs to be discovered. This wonderful piece of coastline between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is undoubtedly one of the most favourite spots in South Africa. Matted forested acres, cliffs, impressive cliffs and sandy seashores are part and parcel of the surroundings.
You can find a good number of little towns along the Garden Route offering up quite a few accommodations and eating experiences.
Written and contributed by Ratherton