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Western Cape province

Spectacular mountain landscapes, rugged coastlines, European heritage, rolling vineyards and wildlife tours make this one of South Africa’s most visited regions.

South Africa’s Western Cape beckons visitors with its dramatic mountains, nature reserves and abundant wildlife. Enjoy the sweeping coastline of surf towns and fishing villages and the rich food and wine culture. Bordered by the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic, the province sprawls across Africa’s southwestern tip.

Start your trip in Cape Town, “The Mother City,” home of the iconic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles peaks. Visit neighborhoods influenced by the British and Dutch as well as bars and restaurants on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Check out the stylish beach suburbs of Camps Bay and Hout Bay and drive along the twists and turns of Chapman’s Peak Drive to see sheer cliffs and towering mountains. Relax in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or hike the nature trails at the Cape of Good Hope

Visit picturesque villages and spot myriad marine life along the False Bay coastline. Boulders Beach offers swims with penguins and Simon’s Town features shark cage diving. Browse the galleries and antique shops in Kalk Bay or head into the Silvermine Nature Reserve from St. James. Learn to surf in Strand and Gordon’s Bay or ride big waves in Muizenberg

Head inland to the Cape Winelands, arguably South Africa’s most scenic wine region. Admire Stellenbosch’s colonial architecture and join a bike tour of nearby vineyards. Satisfy your palate in French-inspired Franschhoek, the country’s gourmet heartland, and hike to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve for panoramic views. 

The Overberg region combines history with wildlife. Spot southern right whales in Hermanus, see a slice of European heritage at Swellendam or rejuvenate in Caledon’s hot springs. Visit Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world, or walk to Montagu’s mountain lookouts.

Get around easily using tourist-friendly bus and train travel. The ocean roads and mountain passes also provide the setting for some of the world’s most scenic drives.

Don’t miss a trip along Western Cape’s famous Garden Route. Walk with elephants at Knysna, try adrenalin sports in Plettenberg Bay or discover secluded lakes and beaches in the Wilderness National Park.

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Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Adjoining BP Service & Filling Station, Cape Town
of 5, from 151 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and Louis Leipoldt Medi-Clinic. Mowbray Golf Club and Karl Bremer Hospital are also within 9 mi (15 km).

The Caledon Hotel

The Caledon Hotel

1 Nerina Ave, Caledon
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Caledon, this family-friendly hotel is 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from Gabrielskloof Wine Estate, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Genandendal Mission and Museum. Dutch Reformed Church and Greyton Nature Reserve are also within 25 mi (40 km).

Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel

Colinton Road 1, off Protea Road, Cape Town
of 5, from 118 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bishopscourt, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cavendish Square and Newlands Stadium. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

Beacon Island Resort

Beacon Island Resort

Beacon Isle Crescent, Plettenberg Bay
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Plettenberg Bay, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Plettenberg Bay Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Robberg Nature Reserve and Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary. Knysna Elephant Park and Harkerville Saturday Village Market are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde

15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town
of 5, from 74 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Stellenbosch University are also within 25 mi (40 km).

Capetonian Hotel

Capetonian Hotel

Pier Square, Cape Town
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Bowl, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Africa Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Greenmarket Square. Castle of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

The Westin Cape Town

The Westin Cape Town

Convention Square, Cape Town
of 5, from 239 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Westin Cape Town is adjacent the to Cape Town International Convention Center. Greenmarket Square, the Pan African Market, and Gold of Africa Museum are within walking distance.

The Walden Suites Guest House

The Walden Suites Guest House

12 Bellwood Road, Cape Town
of 5, from 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Green Point Park and Camps Bay Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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