Western Cape Trip Planner

2013-10-31 17:03
The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope

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Where does one start with a description of the fantastic Western Cape? Tourism boards have attempted to neatly define the offers this gorgeous province has up for grabs by slicing it up into various routes.

From the luxuriant Garden Route, past the grand vistas over False Bay when driving the Whale Coast route, to the grand estates of cultivated vineyards of the famed Wine Route and finally back through the desolate crags of the Karoo Route 62, each offers a selection of attraction that could easily fill up an unforgettable holiday – and equally devour that hard earned holiday fund!

Additionally the province attracts visitors with no less than 6 National Parks, the most glorious of all the Table Mountain national park with its unique floral kingdom. With so many events in the province hinged on the consumption of fine wine and food set in these wonderful surroundings, like the Knysna Oyster festival or Lambert's Bay Crayfish festival, one truly gets the sense that this is where South Africans come to live it up in the parts where their mother land shows off her finest assets.   

While Cape Town and Table Mountain is the natural point be where most people start their Western Cape exploration, it could be for the simple reason that the rest of the province’s many features make it so hard to choose another suitable set off.

Image by tourismcapetown.co.za

Useful information & links

Capital: Cape Town
Population: 5,822,734
Area: 129,462 km2

Five things to you must do when in the Western Cape

1. Explore the desolate beauty of the Karoo Route 62.
2. Drink wine in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but also in Robertson and the Breede  River Valley.
3. Visit Africa’s southern most point at Cape Agulhus.
4. Go whale watching at Hermanus and along the Whale Coast route.
5. See why the Garden Route is a South Africa’s most breathtaking stretch of nature.

Some useful contacts

Western Cape Tourism - T: +27 (0)21 487 8600. E: info@wesgro.co.za. W: tourismcapetown.co.za.


Wine Route


The Garden Route & The Garden Route National Park

The Whale Coast

Agulhas National Park

Bontebok National Park

Karoo National Park

Table Mountain National Park

West Coast National Park

Eating Out

Fraai Uitzicht - Robertson

Experience the delights of a truly great restaurant in the heart of the Robertson Valley, while attentive hosts provide a friendly and cosy ambience for a fine dining experience in the award-winning restaurant. The menu portraits country style cuisine offering seasonal fresh dishes made from fresh vegetables and just-picked herbs from the garden, ensuring culinary delight.

Bosduifklip - Lambert’s Baai

Bosduifklip Restaurant is a rustic and down to earth wedding venue. They serve seafood and South African traditional “boerekos” – from their Bosduifklip Musselkebab, home made pickled fish, waterblommetjie stew to great tasting Spitbraai lamb. End it all with the softest “souskluitjies” –sweet dumplings in a cinnamon sauce.

Oude Wellington Wine Brandy Estate - Wellington

The very cosy country restaurant combines the culinary inspirations of their Dutch chef John Tecklenburg with classic European and Indonesian cuisine. Enjoy daily changing specials, soups and deserts. Be seated under shady Oak trees or inside the distilling cellar with big barrels and cosy fireplaces not only in winter. A smoking section is available.

Salt - Bantry Bay

Commanding a breathtaking position in Bantry Bay, SALT is an all round sensory experience. Floor to ceiling glass windows stretch the length of the restaurant, unfolding to reveal the fresh seabreeze and sounds of the crashing waves below. Distinguished by, impeccable service and classic, contemporary decor, SALT serves simple, approachable, honest food in an easy-dining atmosphere, complemented by an extensive wine list of 70 wines.

Monneaux Restaurant - Francshhoek

The Monneaux restaurant, voted as one of South Africa's Top Restaurants, has become known for its innovative Modern French Cuisine, prepared with fresh, well sourced ingredients and is exquisitely presented.  A-la-Carte lunches are served on the magnificent new fountain terrace whilst dinner is served in the understated, yet elegant, dining room or enclosed verandah. The wine list emphasizes local wines that can also be enjoyed by the glass in the cozy wine bar or underground cellar.

Visit food24.com for more restaurants in the Western Cape.

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