Holidays in the Western Cape are hard to beat. Whether you’re on the hunt for soft white-sand beaches along the West Coast or seeking fine dining experiences in the Winelands, you’ll find it all and more in the Western Cape. The land of great wines and great whites, this popular South African province also boasts a variety of iconic attractions, such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and Boulders Beach in Cape Town. Outside of the Mother City, you’ll find the tranquil mountain surrounds of Montagu or Citrusdal, the culture and nature hub of the Garden Route and the ever-popular Winelands towns, such as Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Swellendam.
When one thinks of the Western Cape, one’s mind immediately goes to Cape Town. While it is true that the Mother City is brimming with attractions and adventures, it’s hardly the be-all and end-all of this diverse province. Other destinations to bookmark include the small town of Montagu, known for rock climbing, hot springs (at Avalon Springs) and tractor tours around fertile farmlands. You also can’t go wrong with a stop-off in the citrus capital of Citrusdal complete with a good night’s sleep at ‘Piekies’ (Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort). Top it all off with a visit to the French Huguenot town of Franschhoek, quietly nestled within the Cape Winelands.
It’s difficult to highlight specific things to do in the Western Cape when the options are so incredibly varied and abundant! Make your way down to Cape Point, surf a wave in Muizenberg, or tuck into fresh fish and slap chips at Kalkies in Kalk Bay. Wine-lover? Make your way along Route 62. The scenic self-drive route passes through a string of wine-producing towns including Montagu, Robertson, Ceres, Worcester and Tulbagh where you can trot around on horseback. The iconic culinary and wine destinations of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Swellendam are other must-dos, as is the stunning Garden Route. The list is endless…
The Western Cape is known for its Mediterranean climate. It experiences temperate, dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall. January is arguably the ‘best’ time to visit the province. This is when temperatures are at their most favourable and the region is bustling with events and festivals. However, if you are keen to avoid the crowds, rather look at a holiday between March and May. June – August is the best time for whale watching, while September – October is when the breath-taking wildflowers burst from the ground into full bloom. Hiring a car is ideal when it comes to getting around in the Western Cape – although Cape Town does offer the popular Myciti bus service and Uber.
When it comes to accommodation for holidays in the Western Cape, there are many options to choose from, allowing you to kick back, relax, and soak up the beauty that surrounds you. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice, regardless of whether you’ve planned a romantic getaway for two or an adventure with the whole brood.