It's little wonder that the Western Cape of South Africa continues to be one of the country’s treasures – not only does it draw millions of visitors every year but it combines beautiful beaches with the vibrant metropolis of Cape Town, the province’s capital city.
Affixed to the tip of Africa as it is, the Western Cape lies bordered by two oceans - the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west - which goes a long way to clarify its allure. The wild Cape Agulhas coast, the extraordinary magnificence of the Garden Route, the sparse, sweeping stretches of sand, punctuated only by rocky outcrops and fishing villages, of the West Coast notwithstanding, it is not the coastline alone that draws the crowds.
The constant reassuring presence of immense peaks form the backdrop to a land so lovely in parts that the emerald lakes and indigenous forests of the Wilderness, the sun-drenched vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the magnificent passes to reach the interior and the wide, windswept arid spaces of the Klein Karoo seem part of a fantasy landscape that often defies description.
The heart of the Western Cape is without doubt the city bowl of Cape Town. With a distinct flavour of its own, affected in no small part by the cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers who each indelibly stamped their mark upon the foundations of the city, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world today.
The inner city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles that combine the past with the present in a mishmash of high-rise office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings and narrow, cobblestone streets that give rise to fine examples of Cape Dutch design. It is also home to a blend of corporate and independent business that lends it a striking aliveness, particularly at lunchtime when the streets spill over with a combination of lunchtime diners and consequent entertainers and market stalls.
Constantly engulfed by the vast maternal presence of Table Mountain, the inner city combines with an effortless choice of white sandy beaches, must-visits like Robben Island, Cape Point and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, magnificent green areas with rivers, vleis and dams, a floral kingdom that is wholly unique to the Cape and an effortlessly warm climate that makes the Western Cape a logical destination throughout the year.
Must-Sees in the Western Cape
1. Table Mountain
Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all who fall under its spell.
2. Robben Island
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. Its most famous prisoner was former president Nelson Mandela.
3. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
4. V&A Waterfront
The restaurants, shops, and accommodation at the V&A Waterfront is nothing less than world-class, making your travel to South Africa a glitzy experience. This is one of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions, the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbour.
5. Cape Point
Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around Cape Town and the Cape (in 1488). On his return voyage, which must have been particularly stormy, Dias stopped at the south-western tip of South Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso, or Cape of Storms.
WHERE TO STAY
Bentley’s Luxurious Guesthouse is superbly positioned in a quiet street only 400 m from the famous Blouberg Beach in Cape Town. Blouberg beach is where you can take your panoramic postcard shot of Table Mountain. Bentley’s Guesthouse is a luxury seaside escape, where you can relax and unwind on your Cape Town solo adventure, business trip, friends and family holiday or romantic trip of a lifetime! Its modern rustic coastal beach house theme is straight out of an interiors magazine and it offers five same-floor luxury rooms. Knowing that most come here to do much more than sleep, the hosts, Adam, Kelly and Pam, also provide dedicated kiteboard/surfboard/bike racks and an outside shower, and there is a fantastic entertaining deck with Brai/BBQ area. They can also organise day trips and activities and, in their hands, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your personalised itineraries can be arranged. You can't visit Bentley’s Guest House and fail to fall in love with all that Cape Town has to offer!
You can also book Bentley’s Guesthouse or other accommodation in South Africa via www.sa-venues.com
61 Dolphin Dr, Blouberg, 7441,Cape Town, South Africa
Rates include a daily breakfast. Children must be aged 12+ and are charged at full adult rate.
For those not wishing to venture to Heathrow or Gatwick, Cape Town can be accessed through our local airport, Stansted. Emirates flies via Dubai to Cape Town year round, with two flight options, departing afternoon or evening. A Dubai stopover can also be an option, either on the outbound or the inbound, or both! Flight options and itineraries from any airport can be discussed with Pro Travel Agent. A bespoke itinerary including flights, transfers, accommodation and tours can be handcrafted to suit you.
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