The Western Cape
Western Cape Information Directory
The Western Cape Information Directory provides information on accommodation, activities, restaurants and businesses in the Western Cape.
Situated on the south western tip of Africa; Cape Town and the Western Cape is recognised as one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is also South Africa's most popular tourist destination without a doubt. The Western Cape Travel Directory offers visitors to the province a comprehensive guide to the thrills of Cape Town, the magnificent Cape Winelands and so much more!
The Western Cape province is the oldest and most gracious in South Africa and is well loved by tourists, both local and international.
Two oceans meet on the coast of the Western Cape: the cold Atlantic Ocean is in the west, while the warmer Indian Ocean lies on the southern coast. A jumble of diversity gives the Western Cape its cosmopolitan flavour. There are cities, quaint fishing villages and small towns in the province all bringing something special to the Western Cape.
The region is topographically and climatically varied with a temperate southern coastline fringed with mountains while the north stretches into the arid Karoo. The southern coastal area is fertile, while fishing is the most important industry along the west coast. Snow is a common occurrence in winter on the mountains, occasionally reaching down into the valleys.
The Western Cape has major airports in Cape Town and George with important ports in Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha. The province is the smallest of the world’s floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom which is made up of fynbos and the protea family. Tourism and real estate are the main contributors to the Western Cape’s economy with tourism having shown substantial growth in the last few years.
Some Western Cape Highlights
- Robben Island trips taken from the V&A waterfront in Cape Town
- Cape of Good Hope, at the tip of the Cape Peninsula
- Table Mountain
- The Whale Coast
- The Cape Winelands
- The Klein Karoo and Central Karoo
- The Garden Route – incorporating Mossel Bay, Sedgefield, George, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna
- The West Coast National Park
The best-known feature of the Western Cape is the Garden Route, a drive along the N2 that extends between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. There are a vast number of tour operators which provide excellent service along this route. It is South Africa's most concentrated strip for packaged adventure sports and outdoor activities.
Activities in the Western Cape
The Western Cape is home to the world's longest wine route, found along Route 62, a scenic tourist route that is growing in popularity.
The wine growing areas incorporate Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek, Ceres, Worcester, Bonnievale and Robertson. A trip up the West Coast will take you through many a small town, mainly quiet fishing villages such as Langebaan and Paternoster.
Culture plays an important role in the Western Cape, with its heritage possibly better preserved here than in any other region in the country. Wherever you find yourself in the province, there will be a sharp focus on arts and crafts, music and all other cultural pursuits.
The activities directory has a range of advertisers across the province advertising their establishments.
Western Cape Accommodation
The accommodation options across the Western Cape are hugely diverse, offering something for every visitor. Elaborate Hotels, laid-back backpackers, charming bed and breakfasts, simple self-catering and camping - the choice is extensive. Please view the accommodation directory for more information on all there is on offer across the Western Cape.