The Western Cape is nearly as wide as Louisiana, covering the twin coasts of South Africa. Its landscapes, from beaches and coastal forests, to the semi-arid desert of the Karoo and the mounting Cederberg Mountains, are majestic and varied. Cape City, a leading tourist destination in South Africa Tour Packages known for its world-class culture and cuisine, is one-third of the provincial population. Wine sampling, whaling, and learning about the multicultural past of South Africa are other must-do activities in the Western Cape.
1. Drive the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to Storms River
The Garden Route extends approximately 125 miles off the coast, one of South Africa’s most scenic journeys, and is a perfect first-time tour of the province. Rest to see some of the most attractive cities and beaches on the way to the Western Cape. Take a break at the George Championships; ride an epic surf break on Victoria Bay; visit the shrines of the wildlife in The Crags; zip lining in the National Park of Tsitsikamma; or take a bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, home of the world’s top commercial Bridge Jump.
2. Watch Southern Right Whales in Hermanus
The picturesque coast side town of Hermanus, part of the fishing village, part of the holiday destination, is best known as South Africa’s walk-up capital. Every year hundreds of southern right whales go to the waters of Walker Bay to mate, calve and raise their young ones in the safe waters. They can be seen free of any viewing spots along Hermanus Cliff Path and you can never miss the event with an official Whale Crier to report sightings. From June until December, whale season works.
3. Snack on Fresh Oysters in Knysna
The Outeniqua mountains on the one hand and the Indian Ocean on the other form another gem of the Knysna Garden Path. Between these two is a stunning lagoon and estuary, which creates the ideal place for fresh oysters. Many Knysna restaurants rely on Oysters. While learning more about the oyster industry on the lagoon cruise, you could match oysters with local white wines or dive into the oyster culture of this year’s Oyster Festival. The latter will normally be held at the end of June for 10 days.
4. Hike Coastal Trails in Robberg Nature Reserve
The Robberg Nature Reserve is a 15-minute drive from the center of Plettenberg Bay. You can expect amazing sea views, unique sand dunes, signs of Stone Age dwelling, and Cape Seal lighthouse. here (the highest on the South African coastline). When you explore the walking paths of the peninsula, watch the blue ducker and the plenty of birdlife. Dolphins and seals are visible during the year while in winter whales are commonly seen. The daily cost is 50 rand (approximately 2.80 dollars) per adult and 30 rands (about 1,70 dollars) per child.
5. Tee Off at an Iconic Golf Course
All three of Fancourt Hotel golf courses near George are in the top 15 in the country according to Golf Digest South Africa. One of them, The Links, is the number one place for golf enthusiasts and is an iconic place. Conceived by the golfing legend Gary Player, the course has 18 championship holes in the dune-like landscapes of the Outeniqua Mountains. You must be a guest at the Fancourt Hotel, which is a 5-star, to play The Links.
6. Head Underground Into the Cango Caves
Go inland to the area of Klein Karoo and explore one of the most popular geological features of the Western Cape: The Cango Caves. Carved out of Precambrian calcareous millions of years ago, the cave system now provides guided tours of heritage and adventure. Walk from one light drop-cave to the next and wonder about the incredible formations of stalagmites and stalactites that were formed over the centuries. The groves on the R328 are located about 20 kilometers north of Oudtshoorn (a city that is known for its autochthonous farms). Except for Christmas Day, they are open every day.
7. Go On a Self-Drive Safari Through Karoo National Park
Karoo National Park is situated on the west bank of Beaufort in the Great Karoo and provides Big Five reserves such as the Kruger with a whole different safari experience. Its semi-desert landscape extends from vast open spaces to the high plateau from which switchbacks are reached. The best way to discover is by taking a car of your own (rent a 4×4 for the off-road eco-paths of the park). Keep an eye on wildlife adapted to the desert and from antelope and klipspringer to hyaenas, jackals, and lions. Admission costs 224 rands per adult per day (around 12.70 dollars).
8. Visit Cape Agulhas, Africa’s Most Southerly Point
Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point in Africa and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans official meeting point. These regions are marked with a cairn (great for photos). You can also take your steps 71 to the Lighthouse and Museum of Cape Agulhas – Southern Africa’s oldest operating lighthouse – and hear the stories of many ships that have sunk on the rough waters of the area. On the shore of Cape Agulhas, the wreck of the Meisho Maru is still visible. The admission to Agulhas National Park is Rand 184 (approximately $10.40) per adult.
9. Admire Stunning Scenery in the Cederberg Mountains
Between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal the Cederberg Mountains extend and are well-known for their dramatic formation of sandstone. Come on foot and climb rocky scenery, explore the mysteries of ancient rock art sites in the San and Khoi area. In order for fly fishermen to hunt a yellow Clanwilliam, they are free to throw a line into mountain rivers, while botanists appreciate that the Cederberg is part of the Cape Floral region of UNESCO. The wildlife area of CapeNature provides self-catering cabins and campsites.