Amongst the most popular travel destinations in South Africa is the western Cape region with Cape Town as its centre. Although it's a small area relative to other popular cosmopolitan cities, it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world as it is surrounded by glorious landscapes with unique vegetation, beautiful mountains and stunning wide beaches, especially on the Cape Peninsula, at False Bay and on the West Coast.
Popular destinations in this area include the Cape Winelands with Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Besides exquisite wines and sumptuous cuisine, one finds a rural paradise and enchanting mountain landscapes. Tourism discovered the Breede River Valley much later. Wine is also grown here and the landscapes are wide and green.
The Overberg is famous for its coast where the whales are keenly watched during the season. The water is warmer here at the Indian Ocean and very good for swimming. Entirely different are the Cederberg Mountains. Here the summers are dry and hot. In the valleys, surrounded by rugged rock massifs, Rooibos tea and citrus fruit is being cultivated with the water from the Olifants River.
If you love wide, open landsapes and clear skies, the Karoo semi-desert that stretches over hundreds of kilometres to the north and east is the perfect choice. Friendly people await the visitor here and pretty country towns and grandiose nature offer relaxation.
The Western Cape Province reaches out to Plettenberg Bay in the east, and consists of the famous and diverse Garden Route. In our Travel Area 4 we concentrate on the western part of the province and dedicate our Travel Area 3 to the Garden Route.
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