Western Cape, South Africa
It is easy to understand why some may call the Western Cape South Africa’s little Europe- it has a strong colonial influence, and is characterized by a laid back café culture set amongst an exceptionally topographically diverse background.
The Western Cape is the one place in South Africa where the great Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, providing for great tales about the stormy seas, and whale tales for the eyes to see! Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, which produced a range of sandstone folded mountains- lending a hand to the province’s exceptional scenery. One fact that is absolutely mind blowing is that Cape Agulhas (southernmost point of Africa) is only 3800 km from the Antarctic coastline- making the Cape’s sunny summers almost unbelievable!
It doesn’t really matter what type of climate, vegetation or scenery you’re into, because the Western Cape literally has it all, making you spoilt for choice! Your options start with a massively diverse coastline of both dry and forested areas, to an isolated and calm Karoo. In between all this are mountains, winelands and fascinating historic towns!
This province also provides you with endless options of things to do- you can take a road trip simply to explore. You can choose one single destination just to relax, or enjoy adrenaline packed getaways. The Western Cape is so diverse in its entertainment capacity that you can throw a dart at a map, and sure as Table Mountain looks flat, you WILL find something to do!
It would be hard to contest the popularity of this great province with over 8 million people visiting the Western Cape annually! Another lesser- known reason why the Western Cape is… well… a smooth experience for tourist, is because the province’s inhabitants are the most well educated in the country, with a very skilled worked force in comparison to any other region in Africa! This highly skilled work force can naturally be found in the tourism and hospitality industry of the region, exactly because it makes out such a big part of its provincial income.
All the towns in the Western Cape boast a wide selection of places to stay. Accommodation is available in an array of choice. You can stay on beautiful farms, lodges, guest houses, self catering units, backpackers, camp sites and hotels! The people are friendly and very welcoming towards tourist.
To visit the Western Cape is to set a benchmark for all your future travels- this province will entertain you, provide you with peace, culinary feasts and so much more!