Experience Africa – The Western Cape
The southernmost region of South Africa, where the cold waters of the Atlantic meet the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, the Western Cape is home to vineyards, beaches and some of South Africa’s most beautiful mountain ranges and nature reserves. The Western Cape’s port city of Cape Town is known the World over for its rich history and diverse culture, such as Robben Island, where Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. In Today’s post we explore the towns and suburbs within the Western Cape and what they have to offer.
Cape Town, the mother city of the Western Cape, offers many tourist attractions, the biggest being Table Mountain. This South African wonder is 1000m in elevation and at the plateau is approximately 3km wide. Table Mountain is given its name for its shape, as it appears like a table fit for the gods. The cable car ride is a must do as you descend from the mountains plateau down to the foot of the mountain, giving you a spectacular view of the City. Aside from this Magnificent Mountain, Cape Town city itself is filled with art galleries, restaurants and beautiful houses and is a unique experience of the vibes of a true 1st class African city.
The quaint town of Stellenbosch lies north of the city of Cape Town in the heart of the wine lands. It is inhabited mainly by students from Stellenbosch University and is full of art galleries, Cafes and boutique stores. Old European buildings and influence give Stellenbosch its unique feel and comfort as the quiet streets give off a calm and carefree vibe.
Situated South of Table Mountain, along the Cape Peninsula, within False Bay, Simon’s Town is an old naval base town built by British Settlers after the Second British occupation in 1806. Sites to enjoy include the old naval base which has been turned into a museum and penguin watching on Boulder’s Beach in the mornings. A variety of restaurants offer fantastic seafood and Jubilee Square hosts a street market every fortnight.
Most commonly known for Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay is a southern suburb of Cape Town surrounded by nature reserves and mountain ranges of the Cape peninsula. For one seeking escape from the mother city, Hout Bay is undoubtedly the closest option. The World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary within Hout Bay offers a display of over 3000 birds from 400 different species. A must see for all who pass through this region.
Home to Pinnacle Point, one of South Africa’s best golf courses, Mossel Bay is located half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This Western Cape Town offers great accommodation for golfers and any travelling along the garden route. Boasting 3 Blue Flag Beaches, Mossel Bay is also a great option for those interested in a simple fun packed Beach Holiday in the Indian Ocean.
Famous for its Oysters, Knysna is another quiet town along the coast of the Western Cape. Offering restaurants, beautiful beaches and a part of the Garden Route, it is definitely a good option for anyone wanting to wind down from the stresses of city life.
Author: Sebastian Bergman – Account Executive Hotel Stays Africa