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Cape Town and the Western Cape Province Travel Guide

This Travel Guide to Cape Town and the Western Cape will help you find accommodation, transportation and highlight the best things to see and do. Travel to Cape Town and hike up Table Mountain, sunbathe at one of Cape Town's many beaches and enjoy world class wines at Cape Town's vineyards. Discover Cape Town's lively nightlife and excellent restaurants.

Best of the Western Cape – Best of South African Tourism Province by Province
South Africa is divided into nine provinces - the Western Cape was the first to be colonised by Europeans and is probably the best known to tourists, home to the hugely popular tourist attractions such as Cape Town, Robben Island and the Winelands.

Guide to Cape Town
This Travel Guide to Cape Town, South Africa, will help you find accommodation, transportation and highlight the best things to see and do in Africa's most beautiful city. Travel to Cape Town and hike up Table Mountain, sunbathe at one of Cape Town's many beaches, tour the townships and enjoy some excellent wine in Cape Town's historic...

Best Things to Do in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful, vibrant and exciting cities in the world. I've listed my personal top ten activities in Cape Town, so if you are visiting for the first time you have a good list to start with. I recommend spending at least three days in Cape Town and including several items from my "best things to do in Cape Town" list,...

Free Things to Do in Cape Town
Sightseeing needn't cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself in Cape Town without you spending a cent. These are just a few of the best free activities the city has to offer.

Cape Town's Top 10 Restaurants
My top 10 picks of best restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands. If you're looking for fine dining, gorgeous views, excellent wines and great service, these top 10 Cape Town area restaurants will not disappoint. Cape Town has hundreds of great places to eat for all budgets so it's difficult to choose where to go, check out this list and you...

The Cape's Top Wines - Top 10 Wineries of the Cape
When faced with something like 800 wineries, how do you go about identifying the top wines and wineries of the Cape? The decision of what to buy or drink can be nearly as daunting as trying to unravel the enigmatic French Appellation d origine contr l e system. Some local wine writers have proposed a 'first growth' classification for the top...

5 Great Things to Do With Kids in Cape Town

Robben Island Tour
Robben Island Museum Tour, Cape Town, South Africa. Find out how to get Robben Island tour tickets, where the ferry departs from, what the tour entails, when you'll get to meet an ex-political prisoner and more.

Table Mountain - One of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World?
Table Mountain is one of the world's greatest mountains, a true South African icon, a unique botanical environment and one of South Africa's top tourist attractions. It is also now in the running to be one of the world's new Seven Natural Wonders.

Cape Town Township Tour with the Family

Kirstenbosch - Cape Town's World-Class Botanic Gardens
The world-class Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens at the foot of Cape Town's Table Mountain are the only botanic gardens in the world to be contained within a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Watersports in Cape Town – Cape Town's two ocean playground
The Cape Town coast offers many opportunities for watersports, from sailing and diving to kitesurfing, gamefishing and sea kayaking.

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town – Cape Town’s Greenmarket Square
Greenmarket Square is Cape Town's oldest square. Now it is the site of a thriving craft market and one of the city's favourite tourist attractions.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa -- Information, what to see, history and tour od the Bo Kaap area in Cape Town, a unique Cape Malay community.

The Cape Winelands – Historic Heart of South Africa's Good Life
The Cape Winelands are a rich green land of rolling vineyards, quaint old towns, and country inns, with stunning scenery, fine wining and dining and enough other activities to keep any holidaymaker happy.

Blue Train Diary – A Trip on South Africa’s Famous Blue Train
South Africa's luxury Blue Train runs regularly between Cape Town and Pretoria, stopping at Matjiesfontein on the way up and Kimberley on the way down. It has become a firm favourite with tourists.

Hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail from Cape Town’s Table Mountain to Cape Point
The Hoerikwaggo Trail is a magnificently scenic 5-day hiking trail from Cape Town’s Table Mountain to Cape Point at the southern tip of Africa.

Safaris Close to Cape Town - Wildlife Reserves Near Cape Town
Want to go on safari while visiting Cape Town? There are several excellent "Big Five" safari parks within a few hours of Cape Town. Private game reserves in the Eastern Cape also offer easy access for Cape Town visitors. Find out which safari parks offer one day safari itineraries or overnights for travelers based in and around Cape Town.

Boulders Beach, South Africa
Photos of penguins at Boulders Beach, near Cape Town in South Africa. African penguins number over 3000 at this small park which includes a swimming beach. Boulder's Beach gives the visitor a unique opportunity to not only swim alongside penguins, but watch them nest, mate, eat, preen and waddle around at close proximity.

Diving With Great White Sharks
Cage diving with the Great White Shark in South Africa is one of the best adventure travel options Africa has to offer. It's a bit like experiencing a shark attack without the scars. Certainly a once in a lifteime opportunity to see the Great White Shark since there isn't a single one in captivity. This guide to Great White Shark diving in South...

Ten Top Business Hotels in Cape Town – Cape Town's Best Business Hotels
Jo'burg might be the country economic workhorse, but never let it be forgotten that fun-loving Cape Town is also a hard working city and joint capital of South Africa with Pretoria . There are literally hundreds of hotels here, from charming small guesthouses to excellent if personal chain hotels. In choosing these 10, I have assumed...

Winchester Mansions, Cape Town
Looking for a hotel in Cape Town? Winchester Mansions is a luxury boutique hotel in trendy Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Read our review.

The Radisson Blu Waterfront, Cape Town
Its feet right in the Atlantic Ocean, just around the corner from the V&A Ocean, the Radisson Blu Waterfront is a luxury chain hotel with style in central Cape Town, South Africa.

Swimming with Penguins at Boulders Beach near Cape Town
Information about swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach just outside Cape Town in South Africa. Find out how to get to the private beach where you can swim with African Penguins darting around your legs; or view the 3000 string colony nesting, breeding and waddling at close proximity.

Cycling in Cape Town
Cycling and cycle tours in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.

Five Top Golf Resorts in the Western Cape – Golf Resorts in the Western Cape
There are dozens of golf courses in the Western Cape . It is hard to imagine a country better designed for the sport with an ideal climate, magnificent scenery, and plenty of space. Most of the courses are open to visitors and have surprisingly affordable fees by international standards. In other words this is golfing heaven. The only...

Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg
review of bushmanskloof, voted best hotel in the world

Spier, Great Cape Wineries to Visit
Spier winery near Stellenbosch has been transformed from an old-looking Old Cape wine estate, into arguably the best - certainly the most popular - Cape winery to visit.

Groot Constantia - the oldest and grandest vineyard in the Cape
One of South Africa's oldest and grandest vineyards, Constantia wine was world famous in the 18th century. These days it is making a comeback. Groot Constantia is a magnificent Cape-Dutch mansion and a visit makes a wonderful day out from Cape Town.

Constantia Wine - South Africa's Original Vintage
South Africa's first wines were made in Constantia and became a favourite drink of kings and emperors. Today, alongside other wonderful wines, a new generation of winemakers are doing their best to recreate the magnificent flavours that captivated everyone from Napoleon to Charles Dickens.

Fairview, One of the Best Cape Wineries to Visit
Fairview, with its grand views, great wines and equally great cheeses, is one of the very best Cape wineries to visit.

Grootbos Private Reserve and Eco Lodges review, Overberg, Western Cape
Grootbos Eco-Lodge, voted best eco-lodge and family hotel in South Africa, is a wonderful place to stay. Find out more about Grootbos Private Nature reserve in South Africa's Western Cape region.

Grand Daddy Hotel Airstream Park, Cape Town
The Grand Daddy Hotel, Airstream Trailer Park, Cape Town. Looking for an unusual place to stay? How about an Airstream Trailer Park on the rooftop of 4 story hotel in the center of Cape Town.

Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia, Cape Town
Jonkershuis, in Groot Constantia, is one of the best restaurants in Cape Town. Jonkershuis specializes in delicious simple dishes as well as Cape Malay cuisine, a real South African treat.

The Strandloper, Langebaan, Western Cape - A Review
The Strandloper, a review of an unusual out-door fish restaurant near Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Grace Hotel
The Cape Grace is one of Cape Town's best hotels. It's located right on Cape Town's Waterfront and has recently been refurbished. About.com's Honeymoons Guide offers an excellent review of the hotel.

The Africa Café
Restaurant review of the Africa Café, Cape Town, South Africa

Unusual Places to Stay - Napier Wagon Trail Safaris, Western Cape
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary when visiting Cape Town and the Western Cape? Try a wagon trail and camping safari through the breathtaking Overberg farming district.

Cape Point – Have a Whale of a Time at the Southern Tip of Africa
South Africa's Cape Point isn't the southernmost tip of Africa or even the actual point at which the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, but it is the point that most people associate with the end of the African continent – and it is a stunningly beautiful natural reserve rich in plants, birds and animals, all within easy daytrip distance of Cape...

From Cape Town to Antarctica
Cape Town is one of the few departure points to visit the driest, coldest and most isolated continent on earth. You can opt to fly from Cape Town in a private jet, no scheduled flights exist from South Africa.

Cape Flower Route – A Guide to South Africa's Magnificent Cape Flower Route
South Africa's Cape Flower Route. Every June to October, the arid semi-desert areas of the Karoo and Kalahari in South Africa's Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces, along the west coast to the north of Cape Town, burst into bloom, carpeting the landscape with flowers for hundreds of miles. The Cape Flower Route has become one of the...

Cycling Tours in and Around Cape Town
Cycling tours in and around Cape Town with Daytrippers is one of the many fun things you can do when visiting.

South Africa's Climate and Weather
Find out average annual temperatures, rainfall, and today's weather in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. There's also information about the climate in the Drakensberg Mountains and Karoo Desert.

Accommodations in Cape Town
Capestay is probably the best online accommodation guide to the Cape area. It offers listings for Bed and Breakfasts, Luxury Villas, Backpackers, Cottages, Hotels, Holiday Homes and more. Each listing is accompanied by a photo and a handy pricing guide. Online bookings are available for most properties.

South Africa's Cape of Flowers – The Flowers of South Africa’s Western Cape
The Western Cape is the smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms, but contains an astonishing 8,500 species of plants, from giant hardwood trees such as coastal yellowwoods to proteas, mountain fynbos and desert-dwelling Namaqualand daisies

Cape Town Cultural Tours
Andulela offers unique and authentic cultural experiences around the Cape Town area. Go to a soccer match, visit some jazz clubs, get a drumming lesson in one of the townships ... there are plenty of tours to choose from. Culinary tours and workshops are also offered.

Restaurants in Cape Town
Dining Out offers a good listing of the most popular restaurants in the Cape Town area. Cape Town is a world class culinary destination and it's not expensive. You can enjoy excellent African, Indian, Japanese and European cuisine not to mention fabulous fresh seafood.

Recycled Art
Recycled Art from South Africa. Made in the townships, these toys, art objects and functional items are made from scrap metal, soda cans, bottle tops and plastic. They are colorful, durable and they make for some truly unique and wonderful souvenirs.

Map of Cape Town, South Africa - Cape Town Map
Map of Cape Town and its environs. Also includes some driving times between the main tourist attractions.

Cape Point Route
The Cape Point Route takes you through an eclectic mix of seaside villages along Cape Town's two coastlines all wrapped around a National Park. It covers some of Cape Town's finest attractions including gorgeous beaches, penguins, wildlife, art cafes and more. This site covers it all from accommodations to restaurants.

Getting Around Cape Town
Discoverthecape.com gives a good overview of the transport options you can take to get around Cape Town. Public transport options around Cape Town include city buses, taxi's (even rickshaws), commuter trains and minibuses. But to really take advantage of the city and its environs, you should rent a car.

Shopping in Cape Town
With a favorable exchange rate Cape Town is a great place for visitors to shop. You can buy arts and crafts from all over Africa, the latest designer wear, diamonds and more. Cape Town has several large shopping malls as well as numerous open markets to enjoy.

Cape Town Events
An excellent listing of all events happening in Cape Town and the Western Cape area. This is your guide to festivals, sporting events, charity events, arts openings and more.

The Cederbergs – The Cape's Magical Mountain Wilderness
About three hours' drive north of Cape Town, the Cederbergs are a magical world of twisted rock formations, San rock paintings, wild flowers and birds, perfect for hiking and adventure sports, or for a massage under the stars.

10 Days in South Africa
My recommendation for the perfect 10 day trip in South Africa includes 4 nights in Cape Town, with a visit to the Winelands followed by a safari in the Kruger area.

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