Cape Dutch Farmstead
V & A Waterfront
Table Mountain Cable Car
While the early settlers were confined to their original natural boundaries, anything over the mountain was the unknown:- referred to as 'over the mountain' which came to be known as the Overberg region, which has now has beautiful villages, centred around the fishing industry.
Whale watching is enjoyed during the season when Southern Right whales come close in shore to calve.
There is a large apple growing industry, flowing grain fields framed by majestic mountains forming picturesque scenery.
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The Western Cape West Coast
The west coast is semi-arid and has a temperate climate, with wet cold winters. Here you can find solitude, if you wish, on deserted beaches and the delight of small fishing villages.The area is a windsurfer's paradise.
The beautiful flowers in the season approximately at the end of July to the end of September form a blaze of colour.
The Langebaan Lagoon and surrounding wetland is bird-watching hot spot in the summer months as is Saldanha bay, the Berg River mouth,
Rocher Pan Nature reserve and Lamberts Bay. Find West Coast Accommodations here.
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Some Cape Town Tourist Attractions. * Dutch-built Castle of Good Hope
* Company’s Garden
* District Six Museum
* Houses of Parliament and the South African National Gallery
* A boat trip to Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in jail.
* Table Mountain is a popular site for visitors and provides the majestic backdrop to the vibrant and friendly Mother City. It can be reached by an ultra-modern cableway.
* Newlands is home to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and the famous rugby stadium.
* At Cape Point, part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, there are many drives, walks, picnic spots and a licensed restaurant. This is the point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The Chapman's Peak drive is recommended for wonderful scenery.
* Hout Bay is well-known for its colourful working harbour. Seafood outlets, round-the-bay trips to the nearby seal island, and a famous harbour-front emporium attract many visitors.
* The Wine Route outside Cape Town offers the chance to taste first-class wines in arguably the most beautiful winelands in the world. Superb accommodation is available in historic towns such as Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek, as well as on many estates and farms.
A hiker's paradise, only three hours drive from Cape Town, yet with a sense of remoteness in the harsh mountain landscape. There are stunning rock formations, with many caves and ledges where you may discover rock paintings which may not have been seen for millenia.
There is solitude to be found in these mountains, a place of spiritual retreat.
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To the north and east of Cape Town are the Cape Flats; a low, sandy flat land that once, not too long ago on the geophysical timetable, lay beneath the sea. The shifting dunes proved a formidable obstacle to early Dutch colonists on their way inland, but the sands were eventually stabilised and are now heavily populated.
Alongside suburbia on the Cape flats thousands live in shacks. The majority of Cape Town's black people are migrants from the Eastern Cape (Transkei area), looking for a better life and a way of feeding their families back home.There has been progress - many of the shacks now have electricity.Tourism and volunteers contribute much to the economic and social development. Beyond Sir Lowry's pass lie hills, vineyards, orchards and lush pastures of the famed Cape Winelands.
Much of the Cape Peninsula is a green-mantled plateau of sandstone that reaches its most spectacular heights in the great bulk of Table Mountain. There are two distinctively-shaped features; Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, which stands sentry to either side of the mountain.The plateau's western rim is defined by a series of imposing buttresses known as the Twelve Apostles. The shoreline is a pleasant combination of bay and white sanded Cape beaches, high cliffs and secluded coves. The area has been declared a National Park and falls within the Cape Floral Region. Places to see are: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Chapman's Peak Drive, Long Beach, Scarborough and Boulders.
The world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the largest of South Africa's eight National Botanical Gardens and is considered one of the 'Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World. It contains a unique collection of southern African plants and includes many rare and endangered species. Kirstenbosch was the first major botanical garden in the world to be devoted to indigenous plants. Find Cape Peninsula Accommodations here.
Cape Town is known as 'The Mother City'. The modern history of South Africa began in 1652, when Dutch East India Company set up a replenishment station for ships en route to the far east. It was from here, that further developments took place. Within 30 years farms were being established in the Western Cape, augmented by the arrival of the French Huguenots a century later, who were given sanctuary here from religious persecution . With them came not only their faith, but the root stock and skills which established the Cape Winelands.
Cape Town enjoys a setting which is only rivalled by Rio de Janeiro and nestles between Table Mountain and the blue waters of Table Bay, it is a modern, cosmopolitan city. Cape Town as a Tourist destination serves well as a gateway to the Western Cape. Read more in our Cape Town Travel Guide.
The Western Cape and Cape Town tourist destination offer a near-perfect Mediterranean climate, exquisite landscapes, spectacular beaches, the grandeur of Table Mountain, the magic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront development around a working harbour. Cape Town and the Western Cape offers a variety of accommodations of the highest standards. There are excellent hotels, bed and breakfast accommodations, self-catering apartments and villa's and a vast amount of restaurants and drinking places.There is a lively and entertaining calendar of arts, and an enchanting Cape Winelands and mountain neighbourhood.
Blessed with wildlife, natural beauty and some of the most magnificent scenery, imaginable, it is not
hard to see why Cape Town and the Western Cape have been described as heaven at the tip of Africa.
The culture of the Western Cape is typifiied by warm welcoming people whether in the city of Cape Town, towns of the Western Cape or the farms and Cape rural villages. There is a a rich diversity of arts, culture, music on offer for tourists to the Western Cape and in Cape Town a buzzing nightlife. Excellent wines and superb cuisine makes the Western
Cape one of the world's most awe-inspiring tourist destinations.
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