With growing international travel restrictions, travelling in South Africa has never been more appealing. Travel Counsellors states that the Western Cape is filled with so many incredible gems.
Stay in the CBD or head to the ocean in Paternoster; see the whales in Hermanus, plan a hike in the Cederberg Mountains; explore the winelands or take a self-drive up to the Garden Route.
Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest city (after Johannesburg). It is home to the world-famous Table Mountain and Robben Island.
Plettenberg Bay forms part of the Garden route and is a popular holiday destination. It has long white stretches of beach. Adventurers will also enjoy the nearby Bloukrans bungee jump and tree canopy tours.
Paarl lies right in the centre of the Cape Winelands. It is dotted with ancient oak trees and you can see many varieties of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.
Oudtshoorn is found in the Little Karoo. It is about a 480km drive east from Cape Town. It is the world’s ostrich capital and is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves and the Swartberg mountain range.
Some of the country’s top restaurants are located here. Franschhoek, which in Afrikaans means ‘French Corner’, is about an 80km drive from Cape Town. It has a rich wine heritage (which makes a great combination with the excellent food) and the Huguenot Memorial.
Stellenbosch is situated about 50km north east of Cape Town. Did you know that Stellenbosch is the country’s second-oldest town? Famed for its wines and wine route, it is also home to some of the country’s top restaurants and the University of Stellenbosch. Here you’ll find panoramic views, oak trees and Cape Dutch architecture.
Hermanus is about 120km south east from Cape Town. It is known as the whale-watching capital of South Africa. They are most commonly the southern right whales and can be seen from between June to December. Visitors to the area can spot them from the shore.
Knysna lies on an estuary along the Garden Route. It boasts lush natural beauty, making it particularly picturesque. The town is famous for its oysters, forests, outdoor activities and nearby beaches.