The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourist attractions, and with so much to offer, it's easy to see why... and Cape Town, with its famous icon of Table Mountain, world-class restaurants, wonderful beaches, cultural diversity, and cosmopolitan entertainment, shopping and restaurant facilities is the perfect base from which to explore.
Cape Town and the Peninsula
Take the revolving cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for spectacular views across one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Shop "til you drop" at the famous V&A Waterfront - the most visited attraction in Cape Town. Take a tour to Robben Island - this former prison is now a national monument and offers a fascinating insight into the struggle against apartheid. Visit the Castle of Good Hope - the oldest surviving building in South Africa built in the 1660s, and now housing a military museum and excellent restaurant. Experience the "real life" of many Capetonians on a township tour, where you will be overwhelmed by our hospitality and determination to overcome adversity. Relax in the magnificent Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens - home to many rare fynbos species and other indigenous plants.
A day tour around the Cape Peninsula is a must. Drive along the side of the Atlantic Ocean to the pretty fishing village of Hout Bay, and then on over the famous Chapman's Peak Drive to the southern villages of Noordhoek, Kommetjie and Scarborough. Past spectacular coastline and pristine beaches to Cape Point - where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Swim with the penguins in Simon's Town, or trawl for antiques and curios in the fishing village of Kalk Bay.
The West Coast
This unspoilt and undeveloped coast offers traditional South African fishing villages, the spectacularly beautiful West Coat National Park, the warm turquoise waters of Langebaan lagoon, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world ... mountains, oceans, magnificent sweeping beaches, and endless views. Meander through the region's winelands, or take a more energetic hike through the imposing Cederberg Wilderness Area. Feast on locally caught seafoods in some of the country's finest restaurants, savour local wines and rooibos (‘red bush') tea and enjoy the warm hospitality for which this region is known.
Mountains and valleys, gracious gabled Cape Dutch homesteads, cool cellars, oak-treed towns, excellent restaurants, and a wealth of wine tasting opportunities ... all just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town. Savour a lazy lunch under the vines in one of our many wine estates, and explore the delightful wineland towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. You won't want to leave!
The Garden Route
The world famous Garden Route extends along a scenic stretch of coastline from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route is an Eden of tranquil lakes, lush valleys, rugged mountains, ancient forests, quiet coves and long sandy beaches. A series of pretty towns link the many natural wonders, and offer a wide range of watersports and adventure activities from hiking the mountain heights to scuba diving the marine depths; from bungi jumping (the world's highest commercial bungi jump!!) to abseiling in the forest canopies ... Take the old steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe through this magical landscape; eat oysters in Knysna; play golf at some of the best courses in Africa; watch whales and dolphins at play in these temperate waters. At the end of the route is the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park.
The Klein Karoo
Take a journey inland, through a unique landscape of arid plains ("Karoo" is Khoikhoi for "land of thirst"). This is a place abounding with wild flowers, leopards and strange, highly coloured rock formations and sheer gorges - where every horizon is filled with towering mountains, and where little rain falls. Oudtshoorn, at the heart of the Klein Karoo, is renowned as the "ostrich capital of the world". Visit the grandiose old feather palaces, ostrich farms and the ancient limestone caverns and chambers of the Cango Caves.