The Western Cape of South Africa
The capital of the Western Cape area is Cape Town; the area is also known as the 'fairest Cape' and has a population of around 4.5 million people. The area is rich in history and has many fabled tourist attractions such as, Table Mountain, which you can walk to the top, or take the easier option of the cable car; Robben Island, with daily boat trips from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, accompanied by a guided tour of the island; the Cape Winelands, where you can wander
through beautiful wine farms and sample many different wines and the Garden Route; 200km of spectacular beaches, mountain ranges and forests. The regions within the Western Cape differ a lot from each other.
The West Coast region is a beautiful area with an interesting history. Along the coastline there are hundreds of rocky overhangs and caves with fine examples of rock art. Also in this area you can visit sites where the Anglo Boer war skirmishes took place.
The Cape Winelands are not to be missed! Spend your days visiting some of the many different wine farms, and tasting the unique wines which are produced in the area. Also the glorious mountain passes and quaint villages are full of interesting historic buildings and shops.
Within the Overberg area you will discover the wild flowers as you experience the Overberg's winter floral displays. These floral jewels embrace mountains, valleys and coastal areas. The Overberg is home to an immense diversity of wild flowers and fynbos, many which are unique to the region. The area is also famed for its whale watching, Southern Right whales can be viewed easily from the land in the spring months.
The Garden Route and Klein Karoo , with numerous beautiful beaches, fabulous floral displays, whale watching, vineyards and glorious scenery, holidaymakers truly are spoiled for choice of how to spend their days.
Visitors to the Karoo area of the Western Cape can still find evidence of its fascinating geology and paleontology, at the Karoo National Park and along Laingsburg Geological Walk. The largest San rock art site in the Karoo can be visited at Nelspoort, 40km north of Beaufort West. At this site there is a fascinating record covering 30 000 years of San, Khoi-Khoi and historic period rock art.
Cape Town , is of course, an area you have to visit during your stay in South Africa. Cape Town, as a region stretches from the Cape Town city centre and V&A Waterfront on Table Bay in the north, to Cape Point in the south. Due to its unique topography, it is also one of the easiest places in which to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you; you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa . Culturally Cape Town is at its most active during the months from June to September when the silly season is over and people get down to doing what they do best, relaxing and enjoying the Cape Town lifestyle.
Regions beyond the Western Cape
Although the Western Cape of South Africa has an abundance of activities and attractions to offer its visitors, South Africa is abig country and there are many other wonderful areas to be explored and investigated.
The Eastern Cape is also a popular holiday destination, with its miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and areas where there is spectacular scenery. A few things not to be missed if you are in the Eastern Cape are Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant park and the Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata.
The Northern Cape is a prime destination for nature lovers, with six national parks within the provinces borders - namely, Kgalagadi Transfrontier, Richtersveld, Vaalbos, Namaqua, Tankwa-Karoo and Augrabies Falls which is the worlds sixth highest waterfall. Kimberely is also in the Northern Cape and is one of the most famous diamond mining sites in the world.
KwaZulu Natal also offers a wide selection of attractions, from beaches to mountains to Wetlands. Many endurance sports fans take to the area for the Comrades and Duzi Canoe marathons.
The Free State, inbetween the two natural boundaries of the Orange and Vaal rivers is home the the Golden Gate Highlands National Park - an area of outstanding natural beauty- and the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields Route
North West Province is home to the world famous Sun City Resort, famed for its world class golf tournament. The Pilanesberg National Park offers a chance to view big game without the risk of malaria. Also visit the De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre.
Limpopo province is only 2 hours drive fro Johhannesburg and offers gane viewing, fabulous scenery and many championship Golf courses, as well as a great look at South African cultures and hospitality.
Mpumalanga is 'the place of the rising sun', and is probably most famous for the Kruger National Park which itself attracts thousands of visitors a year. Blyde River Canyon is one of the world's largest green canyons and offers stunning views, Gods Window and Pilgrims Rest are both fine visitor attractions.
Gauteng is the home to Johannesburg and Pretoria two of South Africas capital cities. Top atrractions include Soweto - South Africas best known township. The Apartheid Museum, Cradle of Human Kind in the West Rand and the Hartebeespoort Dam are good for fun days out.