Welcome to the Western Cape, where majestic mountains meet wild, open seas. This is a place of rolling green valleys and vast, untouched plains. A place where you can connect with a diverse group of people. A place where you can find yourself again.
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Are you a foodie, adrenaline junkie or party animal? If your looking for a specific experience, here's all you need to know:
What attractions do you just have to see on your visit to Cape Town and the Western Cape? We of course believe you should visit even the smallest museum or quietest beach. But if your looking for the province's bucket-list items not to miss, here you go:
Robben IslandRobben Island is famous, or rather infamous, as the prison complex where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of 27 years in jail. Today Robben Island is a World Heritage Site and museum and offers visitors an incredible opportunity to not only learn about but physically walk through South Africa's political history.
Cape PointJust 60km from Cape Town lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park. Often credited as being the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet (it's actually at Cape Agulhas), Cape Point offers visitors some of the most breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery in the world.
Table MountainOne of the Western Cape’s most iconic sights, Table Mountain looms large over the Mother City. One of the New7Wonders of Nature, the eye-catching mountain has a level plateau flanked by impressive cliffs, and is thought to be around 300-million years old.
Two Oceans AquariumShowcasing the underwater life of South Africa’s Indian and Atlantic oceans, the Two Oceans Aquarium has more than 3,000 creatures on view. With carefully curated activities and exhibits to be enjoyed by both adults and kids, this is a fun day out for the whole family!
The Cape WinelandsAre you a wine lover finding yourself in the Mother City? Did you know wine produced in the regions around Cape Town is considered as some of the best in the world? The Cape Winelands is home to some of the oldest and prestigious as well as exciting new vineyards. Sip back, relax and enjoy the incredible views.
V&A WaterfrontThe V&A Waterfront is a hub of activity that includes all things shopping, dining and entertainment. Boasting with some of the best views of Table Mountain the Mother City has to offer, this is a great place to start your Cape adventure. Better yet, you can even take in the sights by boat around the harbour!
Groot ConstantiaSouth Africa has a vibrant wine culture, and nothing represents that better than Groot Constantia. The oldest and most historic wine estate in the country, and just 30 minutes from the Cape Town city centre, it is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Not sure where to start your trip? No fear, we have carefully curated a selection of experiences ranging from jam-packed one-day adventures to a leisurely week-long trips through the province. Whatever you crave from your time in the Western Province, we have an itinerary for you:
Seven days of adventure with the Cross Cape Cycle RouteExplore the Western Cape by bicycle on this fantastic route.
Five days in the beautiful Cape Overberg
Three days of luxury and pampering in the Western Cape
Build your ultimate bucket list
Cape Town and the Western Cape is home to hundreds, no thousands of incredible sights, attractions and experience. We really mean it when we say we have everything, but we understand not everything is everyone's cup of tea. This is why we have built a special tool so that you can build your own, personalised bucket list as you scroll through our website.
As you navigate the website, simply look out for the symbol to add attractions and experiences to your amazing bucket list. All your adventures will be stored into a map so that you can start planning your trip in detail, and you can even share and invite other users to collaborate on your list.
What are you waiting for? Your ultimate holiday is waiting to be discovered!
Practical information for visiting South Africa
What weather can you expect on your trip? Do you need to convert money to our local currency? Breathe, don't worry. We're actually really chilled down here in the Western Province, but to put your mind at ease, here's everything you may want to know:
Getting aroundUber, the MyCiti bus system and car rentals are widely available in the Western Cape. A fast-growing cycle culture in the province also adds an alternative and fun way to enjoy the outdoors.
LanguageWe have 11 official languages. Yes, 11! Although English is the most widely spoken language in the province, brush up your skills on a few more – a sure way to make friends with the locals.
CurrencySouth Africa uses the Rand as currency. Keep in mind that you can only use the Rand to shop, dine and experience the province, so you'll have to exchange to the local currency – luckily this can be done quickly and easily.
From the blog
What's the latest from the Mother City and surrounds? From the coolest new restaurants to charming small-town experiences, to the hippest festivals to add to your calendar, we have our ears on the ground. Here's what's new in Cape Town and the Western Cape:
Did you know Cape Town is known as the events capital of South Africa? Indeed! From the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the largest timed cycle race in the world, to the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, considered the most beautiful race in the world; here are some of the biggest events in the Cape Town calendar:
Prince Albert Open Studios
- Prince Albert, Western Cape
Hybrid Knysna Oyster Festival
- Knysna, Western Cape
Virtual Robertson Wedding Fair
Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run
- Piketberg, Western Cape
Absa Cape Epic
- Cape Town and Cape Winelands, Western Cape