Meet Cape Town and the Western Cape's Neverending Tourists

It’s hard to know just how South Africa’s Western Cape will capture your imagination. It may be the culinary adventures around every corner. The warmth of the people, or the wildlife experiences on land and at sea. Or it may simply be the wide open landscapes that invite adventure. For three ‘Neverending Tourists’, Western Cape delivered a wonderland of luxury, nature and adventure…

Explore Cape Town and the

Western Cape

From vine-striped valleys to wide-open landscapes and a wild coastline, the Western Cape can lay claim to being one of South Africa’s most handsome provinces. Explore it region by region with this interactive map…

Explore the Western Cape's captivating regions...

Cape Town

Between the sandstone massif of Table Mountain and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ combines distinct African energy with a vibrant culinary scene, world-class cultural landscape, and abundant natural beauty. Regularly voted amongst the best cities in the world by American and British travellers, Cape Town is a multicultural melting pot that simply cannot be missed.

Whether you’re walking, running or biking the trails on Table Mountain; meeting the penguins on Boulders Beach; or simply lazing on the powder-soft sands of Clifton’s beaches you’ll soon discover why this is called the ‘Fairest Cape’.

“Luxury for me is being able to open my door, and see the mountain; walk down to the sea and experience amazing nature with my family,” says Adetola, of what she loves about Cape Town.

 Begin with an all-day tour of the Cape Peninsula to get your bearings. Wander the fynbos gardens of Kirstenbosch, before exploring the charming seaside suburbs of False Bay. feel the wind in your hair at the Cape of Good Hope, before meandering back along the city’s glamorous Atlantic Seaboard.

 Allow time to delve into the city’s complex past, whether that’s a walking tour of the Bo-Kaap or a deep dive into apartheid history on Robben Island and in the District Six Museum. You’ll want at least a day for the city’s vibrant cultural attractions too: don’t miss the Iziko Natonal Gallery or the striking Zeitz MOCAA. 

Come evening, tap into Cape Town’s world-renowned culinary landscape, whether that’s dipping into the on-trend eateries of Bree Street, tasting the best of the city at the Time Out Market – the first in Africa – or finding a waterside seat in the fine-dining restaurants of the V&A Waterfront.

 Adetola’s’s top pick

"I love the Sea Point Promenade at sunset. Wander with the locals, before dinner at one of the gorgeous seafront restaurants."

Cape Karoo

The Karoo has always been a place for wanderers. It’s a landscape of empty plains and farm windmills turning slowly in solitude. Where sun-baked rocks seem almost immortal, and time slows in the quiet villages that punctuate long stretches of lonely roads.

It may appear an empty place, but look closer. Stop. Speak to the locals. Here the Koo Valley orchards erupt in blossoms with the arrival of spring. In Montagu, history and hot springs combine. En route to Barrydale you’ll find a vast – and malaria-free – game reserve where the ‘Big Five’ roam wild.

Then discover the Karoo’s remarkable mountain passes: where big skies meet ambitious road-builders to create a road-trippers paradise. Descend the northern flanks and the village of Prince Albert awaits; a place for artists and those captivated by the unique energy of the Karoo.

For those who love a two-wheeled adventure, these far-flung roads are “challenging, but rewarding. You get the heart pumping!” says Scott. “I find myself at ease in these landscapes. There’s a great peace that comes with being far away.”

Scott's top pick

"Don’t miss the dramatic drive through Meiringspoort, which links the ‘Little’ Karoo to the ‘Great’ Karoo through a beautiful, wild valley."

Cape Overberg

The Overberg region is a bucolic corner of the Western Cape, a rolling landscape of farmland and fynbos, where fields of wheat and canola change shades with the seasons, and a wildly enigmatic coastline offers some of the world’s best whale-watching.

Start exploring in Hermanus; the burgeoning seaside town that was in 2019 inscribed as a Creative City of Gastronomy by the United Nations, thanks to the diversity of culinary adventures you’ll find here. Inland the Hemel-en-Aarde – ‘Heaven and Earth’ – valley offers charming country bistros and award-winning wine cellars.  

Hermanus is also a hotspot for land-based whale-watching (July to November) and whether you’re wandering the Cliff Path, paddling out on a kayak excursion, or taking a boat trip you’re sure to spot the Southern right whales that migrate here each year to mate and calve in the warm waters of Walker Bay.   

 “The beauty of the Western Cape lies in its diversity,” says Scott. “You can head in any direction and find something that takes your breath away. It’s an outdoor paradise.”

 Further along the coastline, the quaint village of Stanford offers luxury accommodation on the shores of the Klein River Lagoon, with Grootbos Private Nature Reserve nearby famous worldwide for its ‘fynbos safaris’. The impressive new botanical art gallery here is home to a remarkable fynbos florilegium of botanical art, while the nearby town of Gansbaai is equally famous for its great white and bronze whaler sharks. 

From Gansbaai head east past wetlands and wild landscapes to find the terroir-driven wineries at the mission village of Elim, before heading for Africa’s southernmost point at Cape Agulhas. The iconic lighthouse here was built in 1848, and today you can still climb to the light for unbeatable views of the coastline.

Scott’s top pick

"I love the gravel back roads through the wheat fields to reach De Hoop Nature Reserve. The dunes at Koppie Alleen are incredible for watching whales, without the crowds."

Cape Winelands