Enjoy the Beauty of South Africa’s Western Cape

by Glenda Capman

Because of its diverse landscape and incredible amount of attractions to visit, the Western Cape of South Africa continues to rank as one of the top places in the world to vacation. Visitors to the Cape can experience everything from incredible mountains and national parks, to the thousands of miles of beaches which are situated on two different oceans. They can visit historic vineyard estates, watch whales, and even shop for diamonds. In fact, there is so much to do on the Western Cape of South Africa, it’s almost impossible to see everything on one visit.

The most imposing part of the landscape in the Western Cape of South Africa is definitely Table Mountain. Its peak rises 3,300 feet over the city bowl of Cape Town and dominates the entire Western Cape. Visitors can take the cable cars through the clouds that surround the mountain to get a spectacular view of both the Atlantic and Indian oceans, or take one of the many trails or roadways to the top.

The coastline on the Western Cape of South Africa is something incredible to experience as well. There is cliff climbing, surfing and fishing to enjoy on the Atlantic coast. Here, you will also find the pristine beaches and shopping in the area known as the Western Cape ‘Riviera’. The Indian Ocean on the other side of the cape is warmer and nicer for swimming.

One of the favorite pastimes in the Western Cape of South Africa is whale watching. Every winter, these gentle giants come to the shores of the Cape to mate and calve. Because there are many safe harbors where the whales can swim close to the shore, there are many opportunities to see them up close.

The inland areas of the Western Cape of South Africa also offer many other worthwhile places to visit. This includes the vineyard estates situated along the famous Constantia Wine Route. Here, visitors can enjoy wine tasting and the local cuisine of the area while they tour the Cape Dutch manor homes which occupy the vineyards of this famous valley.

Tourists exploring this part of the Western Cape of South Africa will also be interested in the Garden Route, which is a collection of forests, gardens, caves, and lesser mountain peaks on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is accessible by route 62, which runs parallel to the ocean and has many hiking trails as well.

Shopping is also a heavily pursued activity on the Western Cape of South Africa. Cape Town has many stores, boutiques and shopping malls that line its cobblestone streets, but none quite so frequented as the ‘The Diamond Works.’ This diamond emporium offers some of the most exquisite diamond jewelry in the world and is definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping adventure. Afterwards, a trip to the Victor and Albert Waterfront is a great place to stop off for refreshments, dinner, and entertainment.

The Western Cape of South Africa is a unique part of the world to visit because of the close proximity of so many different attractions. The natural beauty of the rugged landscape combined with the European sophistication of Cape Town make the Western Cape of South Africa a place that should be on the must-see list of every traveler.

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