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Western Cape Regions – South Africa Travel Guide
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20 Dec

Western Cape Regions


Albertinia is a peaceful country village which has retained much of the character of a typical late 18th and 19th century trade outpost midway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Arniston (Waenhuiskrans)

Arniston is a small fishing village (in the Overberg) that hugs a hillside on the southern tip of Africa in the Overberg. Humble thatched cottages dot the shoreline and rare shells lie in the surf – a perfect place to relax and reflect.


A valley falling into three distinct natural regions, with lush forests to the east, arid Karoo to the north and the fertile, fruit-growing and fynbos region to the west, as well as natural hot springs. Barrydale is situated within the Overberg Region.

Beaufort West

Beaufort West lies in the heart of the Great Karoo, in the world’s largest plateau of its kind outside Asia, at the foot of the Nuweveld Mountains.


Belville is located in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town area. It is very central, situated close to the airport, various golf courses, wine routes and shopping complexes.

Betty`s Bay

Betty’s Bay is situated on the whale coast route between Cape Town and Hermanus and next to Kogelberg – part of South Africa’s 1st internationally UNESCO Biosphere Nature Reserve in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.


Boggomsbaai is situated close to Mossel Bay, on the N2 national road, on the famous Garden Route. Where Boggomsbaai got its name from is still unknown, but it most likely refers to the “boggom” or the bark of the baboons in the area.


Situated amongst the vineyards on the banks of the Breede River, Bonnievale is a perfect weekend getaway and far enough from the city to experience the essential tranquility of the town.


Gateway to the Overberg, Botrivier (or Bot River) is situated en-route to Hermanus and Caledon at the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek Mountains overlooking rolling wheatlands.


Bredasdorp (in the Overberg) is an important center for the wheat and sheep farmers in the area and offers the tourist a shipwreck museum, agricultural museum and many fine examples of Cape Gothic style architecture dating from the 19th century.

Brenton on Sea

Brenton on Sea is situated on the scenic Garden Route coastline and nestled between the Indian ocean and the hills of Knysna’s Western Head.

Buffels Bay

Situated in a National Parks Board Reserve, Buffels Bay boasts an excellent climate and long white beaches. It is a stone’s throw away from Knysna and a few kilometres from Sedgefield.


Caledon, is the Gem of the Overberg Region, world renowned for the natural hot mineral water springs, but also a historically and agriculturally the hub of the area, surrounded by magnificent natural beauty and fynbos.


If the Little Karoo of old still lives on, then its spirit resides in Calitzdorp – lingering in some vista of loft-doored cottages amongst orchard blooms. Calitzdorp captivates the character of a small Karoo community and its architecture.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town. In summer it attracts a large number of foreign visitors as well as South Africans looking for a beach holiday. It is renowned for its white sandy beaches fringed by palm trees and has a trendy nightlife.

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Named after the Roman Goddess of Fruitfulness, Ceres village was founded in 1849 when, after the completion of Michell’s Pass, the first plots of land were sold. The village lies 150km to the North-East of Cape Town.


Nestled comfortably between the majestic Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains, Citrusdal is surrounded by beautiful scenery.


The Flower of the Cederberg, Clanwilliam, is one of the oldest and most hospitable towns in South Africa.


Clifton is an exclusive residential area and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa with dwellings nestled on cliffs that have sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The area has a set of 4 beaches which are frequently used destinations for both locals and tourists.


Darling, the Flower of the West Coast, is situated in the area of Groenkloof. Darling was founded on the farm Langfontein in 1853.

De Rust

De Rust is a small village at the gateway to the Klein Karoo. Located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West. De Rust is also known for the Meandering Pass named Meiringspoort.


Ebenhaezer is situated about 55km from Vredendal on the banks of the Olifant’s River.

Elands Bay

Elands Bay is a small town on the West Coast that has managed to maintain the laid-back lifestyle for which the West Coast is so well known. Only 200 km from Cape Town, Elands Bay is the perfect place to unwind.

Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek is a coastal village in a valley at the mouth of the Silvermine River, on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. Fish Hoek is a popular residence for commuters, retired people and holidaymakers alike.


Given to fleeing Huguenots in 1688, it was found that the climate is very similar to that in France, the settlers planted vines and today these wines are consumed throughout the world. Franschhoek is home to various attractions and historical sites.


Gansbaai is a fascinating fishing village (in the Overberg region) known for its excellent rock and boat angling, diving, magnificent views across Walker Bay and whale-watching.


George is the capital of the Garden Route, situated on a coastal plateau at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains. A perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route’s many attractions and for scenic drives.


Glentana is situated approximately half way between George and Mossel Bay on the radiant coast of the Garden Route.


Goodwood is a suburb situated between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town. It is 10 kilometres from the city centre and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways.

Gordons Bay

Gordons Bay is a pictureque coastal town at the sundrenched foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range. Home to the SA Naval College, this Mediteranean-style village is situated only 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.


Grabouw (in the Overberg region) is the centre is better known as the Elgin Valley, internationally known as the place in South Africa where the apples come from.

Green Point

Green Point is a neighbourhood of Cape Town, located to the north west of the central business district. It a popular residential area for young professionals.


The beautiful village of Greyton (in the Overberg region) nestles between the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range offering craft shops, restaurants, art galleries and the regular Saturday morning market and many outdoor activities.


Situated in the Overberg region, Hartenbos it is a popular holiday resort and famous for the best land-based whale watching site in the world. Miles of sandy beaches and coves.

Heidelberg (C)

Heidelberg is situated on the Duivenhoks River and the town was started in 1855 when a new Dutch Reformed congregation was created for the farmers between Swellendam and Riversdale.


Situated in the Overberg region, Hermanus is a popular holiday resort and famous for the best land-based whale watching site in the world. Miles of sandy beaches and coves.


Herold is a quaint little town situated in the Montagu Pass. The pass is located between George, 35 km’s to the south and Oudtshoorn, 38 km’s to the north, on the R62.

Herolds Bay

15 km West of George, nestled in a magnificent and sheltered rocky cove where the golden beach sands meet the frothy, turquoise waters of the ocean. Herolds Bay has coastal walks and trails ideal for spotting dolphins and whales.

Hout Bay

Hout Bay lies in a valley on the Atlantic Seaboard of the Cape Peninsula and is 20 kilometres south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. The white sand beach is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.


Kenilworth is a suburb of Cape Town, bordered by Wynberg to the south and Claremont to the north. Kenilworth railway station is on the main line from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. An attraction which draws visitors to Kenilworth is the Kenilworth Racecourse.


Kleinmond is a popular holiday resort in the Overberg region. The town is an ideal spot for whale watching.


In the heart of the Garden Route, surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains and sea, Knysna is an ever popular tourist destination. This charming town of legend, history, arts and crafts caters to visitors’ every need or fancy.


Kommetjie (Afrikaans for small basin) is a suburb of Cape Town that lies about half way down the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. The village is situated around a small, natural and rocky inlet that resembles a basin. The area is a popular spot for surfing.


L’Agulhas is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa, just two hours drive from Cape Town. Residents of L’Agulhas are proud to be those Africans living closest to the South Pole.


Lambertsbaai is situated on the West Coast and is is just 290 km from Cape Town. This small fisherman’s town has developed into a very popular holiday destination over the years.


Langebaan is a popular town and seaside resort that has everything the sunseeker, nature lover or waterlover could ever want. Set on the banks of the Langebaan Lagoon in the heart of the West Coast National Park.

Little Brak River

Little Brak River is situated on the Garden Route between Mossel Bay and Groot Brak. A tranquil holiday town offering the right balance between exciting activities and opportunities to recharge.


Llandudno is a residential suburb of Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. Llandudno beach is one of the Cape’s most beautiful beaches, surrounded by large granite boulders and overlooked by mountains. It is a popular surfing spot.


The friendly town of Lutzville is situated 60km northwest of the national N7 road and is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast and inland by the Olifants River.


Situated about 65km from Cape Town, Malmesbury is the largest town in the Swartland region. The town is well known for its grain and wine cultivation as well as sheep and poultry farming.


Founded in 1884, this scenic and romantic Klein Karoo town, was declared a National Historic Monument in 1970. Matjiesfontein, well known for its splendid historical buildings, is a splendid tourist attraction.


This quiet little town is one of the jewels of South Africa, with its whitewashed, thatched cottages, its quiet streets, surrounded by scenic mountains and wine farms.


Melkbosstrand is a coastal village and beach on the West Coast, 35 km north of Cape Town. The town and its 7 km stretch of white sand beach is situated on the Atlantic coast with the Blouberg mountain to the east. The beach is popular with surfers.


Milnerton is a suburb of Cape Town situated on the Atlantic Ocean 11 kilometres to the north of Cape Town city’s centre.


Historic Montagu, South Africa’s Village Of The Year 2002, is situated on the scenic Route 62 approximately 2 hours drive from Cape Town.


Moorreesburg is a town with friendly people and well known wheat fields and is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town and 70km from the West Coast.

Mossel Bay

This popular holiday resort is warmed by the Mozambique Current and encircles the azure Bay of Mussels. Rich in history and known for warm, sunny weather. Various outdoor activities and adventures, like bungi jumping, plane flips and more can be done in Mossel Bay.


Mowbray is a suburb of Cape Town in the greater Cape Peninsula region. The Liesbeeck River flows from south to north through Mowbray, and separates the suburb into two distinct sections. The western section lies on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, and contains most of the commercial development in the suburb.


A combination of mountain, beach and vlei, Muizenberg offers much in the way of accommodation, restaurants and other amenities. It has long, sandy beaches, safe bathing, pavilion, esplanade, amusement park and swimming pools

Nature’s Valley

Natures Valley is a small village situated in the heart of the Garden Route in the Tsitsikamma national park.


Noordhoek is a suburb of Cape Town, located below Chapman’s Peak on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, approximately thirty-five kilometres to the south of the city itself. It is best-known for its picturesque shoreline and its long, wide, sandy beach.


Nestled between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Onrus is an idyllic seaside village. Located mere minutes from the tourist-laden bustle of Hermanus, this offers an alternative: a relaxed, tranquil environment, surrounded by unsullied natural beauty.


Oudtshoorn is the centre of the Klein Karoo and ‘ostrich-feather capital’ of the world, as well as having the famous Cango Caves. A lush oasis catering for adventure, cultural and geological tourists and one of the most-visited towns in the country.


The historical village of Paarl offers you historical sites, cultural museums, wine routes, buildings and companies of interest, special attractions and places of interest, accommodation and much more.


Paternoster on the West Coast, is a small scenic little town. It is the perfect place to unwind, the houses are inspired by the original quaint white washed cottages.

Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach is a still a sleepy and mellow coastal town with many houses only used during holidays & weekends. Fantastic sandy beach that continues forever.


Piketberg is about an hour and fifteen minutes drive on the N7 from Cape Town and an hours drive from the West Coast. It stands alone in the middle of undulating fields of wheat, green vineyards, partly fallow land and flowering yellow canola.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a modern resort of perfect beaches in the centre of the Garden Route, surrounded by the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountain Ranges and engulfed by indigenous forests. South Africa’s premier coastal pleasure paradise.


Situated only 140km north of Cape Town lies the picturesque town of Porterville. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Olifantsriver Mountains.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert is a delightful village in the Karoo, which is part of the Western Cape. The village is a small gem, with beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings – 13 of which are National Monuments.

Pringle Bay

Pringle Bay is a lovely seaside village situated approximately one hour from Cape Town, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.


The small town of Rawsonville lies hidden amidst the vineyards of the Breede Valley. The town is famous for its hot springs and award-wining wines.


Redelinghuys is situated in the Sandveld and is a mere 20 minutes drive from Elands Bay. The Sandveld is one of the main potato producing areas in South Africa. It is also what it says, mainly sandy earth and is therefore a challenging 4×4 area.

Riebeek West

Riebeek West is a small town situated 5 km from Riebeek Kasteel and about 75 km north-east of Cape Town in the Swartland regoin. The Riebeek Valley is known for its wheat, wines and more recently olives.


Riversdale is the floral paradise of the Garden Route. Hiking trail of varying distances, with overnight facilities is a must for the hiker and bird watcher.


The largest wine-producing area under irrigation, Robertson was founded in 1853. Its superior wines have many national and international awards. Some of the country’s top racehorses are also bred in this valley.


Saldanha is the safest and most natural harbour in South Africa. The centre of industrial employment on the West Coast, as well as the watersport enthusiast’s paradise.

Sea Point

Sea Point is Cape Town’s most densely populated suburb, situated between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. It lies only a few kilometres to the west of Cape Town’s Central Business District.


Bordering the Swartvlei Lagoon, Sedgefield is a peaceful holiday resort surrounded by forests. Wide sandy beaches spreads out on each side of the Lagoon mouth.

Simon`s Town

Simon’s Town is a naval base in near Cape Town. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony.

Somerset West

Named after Sir Charles Somerset in 1819, Somerset West is a bustling commercial and residential town at the foot of the magnificent Hottentots Holland Mountain Range, still retaining its village atmosphere.

St Helena Bay

St Helena Bay, is a bustling fishing harbour, in a tranquil country village. A birdwatchers’ paradise and home to whales and dolphins all year round, with magnificent lowers in late winter and spring.


Situated in the Overberg region, the picturesque town of Stanford is nestled amongst the mountains. This interesting town is a perfect breakaway from the busy city life.


Of all the towns founded by the Dutch, Stellenbosch is the best preserved. Known as the town of oaks, it offers restored houses, cottages, shops, churches and inns, and, of course, the world renowned Stellenbosch University.


The treasure of nature unique to Stilbaai (Still Bay) have attracted visitors to this Bay of Sleeping Beauty for centuries. Various activities and adventures.


From small beginnings in 1714, Strand has grown into a thriving town & vacation destination 30 minutes from Cape Town and offers a wide range of activities and miles of white, sandy beaches.


Struisbaai, in the Overberg, is situated in the southern most region of South Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. It is well known for its 14km white beach and boat- and rock-based angling.


Swellendam was founded in 1745 at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain Range in the Overberg region. A charming town, famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities


In 1877 a railway station was built in Touwsrivier and named Montagu Road. In 1883 the name was changed to Touwsriver.


Tulbagh lies in a secluded valley that is well-known for its large variety of veld flowers, of which many are displayed at the annual agricultural show held late in September each year.


Uniondale is better known for its ghost than for the scenic roads it has to offer the tourist. These roads must be the Karoo’s best kept secret.


Vanrhynsdorp is a small, quiet town in the folds of the towering Matsikamma and Gifberg mountains. The hub of all the flower routes.


Velddrif is situated some 2 km upstream from where the Berg River flows into the sea at the Bay of St Helena. Velddrif and its environs have an ambiance that, once experienced, will bring one back time and time again.

Victoria Bay

Victoria Bay is one of the smallest and most hidden beautiful bays on the Garden Route.


Villiersdorp, also known as the “Pearl of the Overberg”, is a tranquil village graced by oak trees and surrounded by fruit and wine farms.


Vredenburg is situated on the West Coast. It is the transportation and commercial hub of the West Coast area and administrative center of the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality.


Vredendal is situated in the Green Fringe of the Olifant’s River Valley, borders on the southern tip of Namaqualand, the northern part of the Boland.


Wellington is a truly the undiscovered jewel of the Cape, steeped in history and tradition, tucked away in the foothills of the Hawekwas Mountain Range, close to Paarl. Various attractions and historical sites.


Wilderness is the perfect seaside holiday resort, with miles upon miles of pristine golden beaches. An ecotourist’s paradise, it is surrounded by lakes, forests, rivers, mountains and coastline, with spellbinding beauty and blissful peace.


Situated within the Overberg region, Witsand is a popular seaside resort with wide beaches and the Breede River which is navigable for 32 km. Rustic with lots of atmosphere.


Surrounded by majestic mountains and green valleys, Worcester is the largest wine-producing district in the country. It is also the commercial mecca for many sattelite towns, with a fascinating cultural heritage and special schools for the disabled.


Yzerfontein is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, including the pristine 16-Mile Beach, its snoek and crayfish, spring flowers in the veld and dunes and is also a favoured destination for whales in the spring.


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