At the country`s southern tip, residents proudly acclaim the Western Cape to bedifferent from the rest of South Africa.
The sky seems bluer, the trees appear greener and, on the hot cloudless days of summer, the ocean has its own magnificence.Sparkling white beaches disappear in the distanceand sheer mountains tower over the towns and villages.
But that`s only the coastal region. Those towering mountains do more than just add interest to an already scenic view. They separate the green east coast from the high-lying, brown and dusty interior, and they capture all the rain that is swept in from the ocean so that there is not much left for the Little and Great Karoo, which lie inland from the escarpment.
To the south and east, the towering peaks separate the verdantcoast from the high-lying, brown and dusty interior, capturing the rain swept in from the ocean so that there is not much left for the Little and Great Karoo inland.
Upthe west coast, the cold ocean current offers littlein the way of cloud to fall as rain, so the shores are dry yet beautiful in their starkness.
Generally, the summer-rainclimate is perfect for wheat, deciduous fruit and vineyards for which the Western Cape is famous. Its Winelands are aWorld Heritage site in the cultural landscape category. With its spectacular floral diversity, the Cape Floristic Region is another World Heritage site that extends over much of the province.
As the Western Cape has a long post-colonial history, it`s not surprising that it has more than its fair share of beautiful old buildings, many of which are open to the public.
Along the south-eastern coast, the Garden Route stretches, between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean, from Heidelberg in the west through Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Nature`s Valley and George, to the Storms River.
The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests, a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate woodlands, are popular for hiking trails and eco-tourism activities and are known for 300 species of bird life.
Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area and unique marine reserves are home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Bays along the route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whales, which come to calve from July to December.
The Garden Route offers the world`s highest bridge bungee jump, off the Bloukrans bridge.
Lodge on the Lake is built on the outskirts of Wilderness. Found on the world-renowned Garden Route, Wilderness is also known as the Eden of the southern coast of South Africa. The Lodge is an exclusive five star guesthouse nestled on the hillside ov...read more
Alkantmooi is a 4* self catering apartment situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay (The Garden Route).This 4* apartment offers two bedrooms and one bathroom.
This 4* self catering apartment comes fully equipped with two bedrooms, one full bathroo...read more
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, near Knysna, George, Mossel bay and Oudtshoorn, only four hours drive from Cape Town, Hildesheim Guest House offers bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation surrounded by the beautiful Outeniqua Mou...read more
Oakhurst Hotel is a thatched roof building with gables, very reminiscent of a Cape Dutch Manor House, facing the Outeniqua Mountains, centrally situated in the business centre of George, and also the ideal location to explore the rest of the Garden R...read more
Rondekuil is a 3 star property in Durbanville (Cape Town) that offers accommodation in two self-catering cottages and one rondavel unit that are fully equipped with two or three bedrooms. Rondekuil offers conferencing for up to 12 delegates....read more
The 3-star Cape Vue Guest House situated in Franschhoek, Western Cape, offers accommodation in five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in the room rates. There is a garden, swimming pool, lounge, and WiFi Internet, and it is loca...read more
The Berg en Dal Guest house situated in Villiersdorp, Western Cape, offers accommodation in double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The bedrooms have double or twin beds, a work desk, tea and coffee making facilities, laundry bags on request, and pr...read more
The 3-star Country Crescent Hotel is situated in the Piesang River Valley in Plettenberg Bay. The main beaches and small town, with various restaurants, bars and entertainment, are within walking distance. ...read more
The 5 star Selkirkhouse Guesthouse nestles against the Hermanus Mountain. The guesthouse enjoys sweeping views of Walker Bay, an ideal location for whale watching. The village centre, with its many boutiques, bookshops, coffee shops, restaurants, mar...read more