The Western Cape of South Africa, a vibrant land full of energy and natural beauty, the dynamic of this truly beautiful country offers a wide range of interests and adventures from the breathtaking landscapes of Table Mountain and the open savannah of its National parks, to the rugged beauty of its unexplored coastline, The Western Cape makes for a superb holiday and really is the Cape of Plenty.
A great starting point for any South African holiday is Cape Town, The mother City of South Africa; here you will find the brightly coloured buildings are perfectly in tune with its residents, buzzing with life and full of fun. Cape Town has plenty to offer, Museums, galleries, walking tours, Botanical Gardens and it’s most famous of sites Table Mountain are but a few.
There are many paths that lead to the Table Mountain range, the easiest option is the cable car, from the top of Cableway you can look down to the little enclave of Camps Bay, hemmed in by the mighty Twelve Apostles and Lions Head you will begin to understand what all the fuss is about. Table Mountain is at the heart of Cape Towns tourist industry and offers a wide range of activities from Abseiling to gentle walks in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and can easily keep you occupied for much of your holiday. The problem is that by the time you have experienced the views from Table Mountain you will realise there is so much more to see in the Western Cape. Just a short drive away is Cape Peninsula, en-route you will find Chapmans Peak Drive, a 9km route that offers 180 degree views as you skirt the rocky coastline, with its numerous parking bays along the route there are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the view. A little further on Cape Point and its National Park can be found, With its new Funicular Railway (due to open this April) The Flying Dutchman, over 20 shipwrecks, hiking tours, lighthouses to visit and Whales to spot from June to November, there is plenty to keep you busy.
East of Cape Town you will find the wine lands of Paarl, Stellenbosch and without doubt the most picturesque and a must visit even if wine is not your thing, Franschhoek, surrounded on 3 sides by the Groot Drakenstein and Franschhoek Mountains it really is a picture perfect town. Here you will find around 30 wineries to choose from and where there is wine you can expect to find great food, and Franschhoek boasts some of South Africas finest restaurants in town, amongst the 34 (last count) . Not that you have to venture out of Cape Town for good food as again the options are plentiful with the highly colourful Malay Quarter brimming with its choice of restaurants and bars whilst the more modern V&A Waterfront has become a huge success story. And it is from here that you can take the ferry to Robben Island, a prison that dates back nearly 400 years, now a museum, made famous for the incarceration of Nelson Mandela.
Whether you make Cape Town and the Western Cape just the start of your holiday or choose to extend it beyond, you will find it to be a place of awesome diversity, where the scenery is endless, exciting and unexpected, a place that you will want to visit again and again.
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