Western Cape in South Africa – The Places You Must Get To


The Western Cape is South Africa’s most famous holiday destination with strong reason. The biggest city of Cape Town or the ‘Mother City’ is visited by 70% of tourists who visit South Africa from the United Kingdom.

The fantastic city of Cape Town lies the shadow of Table Mountain at the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. The Mother City is many things to many people featuring culture, wine, landscapes, the seaside or many leisure pursuits.

Table Mountain rises to around 1,000m above the metropolis and it is certainly one of the most recognised destinations globally. More active people might take on the numerous backpacking paths to the summit or otherwise, there’s a cable car that takes merely 3 minutes to reach to summit.

The Winelands of the Western Cape are appreciated throughout the planet and the wineries of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl date back years. The several wine routes are complimented by numerous restaurants, coffee shops and guest houses with superb menus and substantial wine lists.

The prison at Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela as well as other members in the ANC were held for a number of years. Positioned eight miles off shore from Green Point, Robben Island is a museum honouring the heroic individuals that were held here. It was selected a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Roughly one hour to the east of Cape Town is the town of Hermanus and it is regarded as one of the best areas worldwide to observe whales from the shoreline. Between June and November each and every year, the Southern Right Whales swim past Hermanus on their migration path.

Back in the Mother City, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the focus of the city with world class shopping, places to eat, coffee shops, discos and nightspots. The harbour offers several of the recommended hotels in Cape Town as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium.

For all those going to the Western Cape, the Garden Route is definitely a place that simply just has to be visited. This dazzling portion of coast between the Mother City and Port Elizabeth is one of the most favourite locations in South Africa. Tangled forested acres, cliffs, extraordinary cliffs and sandy beaches are all part of the landscapes. There are lots of little towns following the Garden Route giving many lodgings and cusine experiences.


  1. Vanessa says:

    So pleased you included Hermanus out of all the beautiful places in South Africa!

    • Our Big Blue Marble says:

      Hi Vanessa
      We couldn’t really miss Hermanus out as it is such a fantastic place for whale watching.

      Thanks for taking the time to read the article.
      All the best

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