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When you think of Egypt, you think of pyramids. When you think of the Western Cape, you think of Table Mountain. There’s no doubt this flat-topped chunk of rock is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa. The Western Cape lies on the southern tip of Africa. If this province was a woman, she would turn heads for sure!

Attracting hordes of tourists annually, the Western Cape has become one of the most popular destinations to holiday in South Africa as it offers unmatched natural beauty, famous hospitality, cultural diversity, excellent wine and rich cuisine.

With a total area of 129 462 square kilometres, the Western Cape is roughly the size of Greece. It's the country's fourth-largest province. The capital city is Cape Town and is known more fondly as the “Mother City”.  You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, as there are plenty of white, sandy, blue flag beaches here. If you head on down to Boulders Beach, you will catch a glimpse of the Boulders Penguin Colony, and if you feel like baring it all, you can make your way to Sandy Bay – Cape Town’s only nude beach. One of the most popular and trendy spots is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a  busy commercial harbour set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies.

If you’re looking for some fresh air and a great view, Table Mountain is the way to go! But fear not, getting to the top has been made easy by the Aerial Cableway that was built to offer you the most spectacular ride of your life. It takes two minutes to reach the top and the cable car rotates as it climbs, giving you 360° views over the city and the Peninsula. Another great way to breathe in some of the fresh Cape air is by visiting the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens. The peace and tranquillity in the gardens is almost spiritual. Lush green lawns are flanked by more than 6000 species of trees and plants that, of course, attract hundreds of birds. Pack a picnic basket, blanket and a good book and relax in the shadow of the mountain. Throughout the summer, there are sundowner concerts which feature an array of South African bands. There’s hardly a better way to spend a Cape Town summer’s evening than chilling out on the lawns of the Kirstenbosch Gardens, glass of wine in hand, and listening to live music.

For those who enjoy adventure, you can seat your way through the 90 minute ‘adventure tour’ at the Cango Caves. The caves are hot and humid and the tunnels get narrower and smoother as you go. For those who prefer to stay above ground, the Two Oceans Aquarium is a great venue for a day trip with the family – plus, you get to see what life is like under the water without having to hold your breath.

For a bit of a cultural excursion, you should head on over to Robben Island. For nearly four centuries, Robben Island, 12 kilometres off Cape Town, was a place of banishment and exile where those regarded as political troublemakers and social outcasts were sent. During the apartheid years the island became known as the place where Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress elite were imprisoned, and came to symbolise the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. 

The Western Cape is one of South Africa's most diverse and picturesque provinces, offering a wide range of activities and attractions.

Here are 20 things to do or see in the Western Cape:

  1. Table Mountain: Take a cable car or hike to the top of this iconic landmark for panoramic views of Cape Town and the surrounding coastline.

  2. Cape of Good Hope: Visit the southernmost point of the Cape Peninsula, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.

  3. Robben Island: Tour the historic site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, accessible by ferry from Cape Town.

  4. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Explore this beautiful garden at the foot of Table Mountain, featuring diverse plant species from southern Africa.

  5. V&A Waterfront: Enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment at this bustling waterfront area in Cape Town.

  6. Winelands: Tour the famous vineyards and wineries in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, sampling some of the world's best wines.

  7. Garden Route: Drive along this scenic coastal route from Mossel Bay to Storms River, featuring stunning landscapes and charming towns.

  8. Cango Caves: Discover the impressive limestone formations in these ancient caves near Oudtshoorn.

  9. Boulders Beach: Visit the colony of African penguins at this beautiful beach in Simon's Town.

  10. Hermanus: Watch whales from the shore or a boat in this town known for its whale-watching opportunities.

  11. West Coast National Park: Experience the vibrant spring wildflower displays and see the rich birdlife around Langebaan Lagoon.

  12. Knysna Heads: Take in the dramatic views from these towering sandstone cliffs at the entrance to Knysna Lagoon.

  13. Cape Agulhas: Stand at the southernmost tip of Africa and see where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans officially meet.

  14. Chapman's Peak Drive: Drive along one of the world's most scenic coastal roads, offering breathtaking views and photo opportunities.

  15. District Six Museum: Learn about the history and impact of apartheid at this museum dedicated to the former residents of District Six in Cape Town.

  16. Castle of Good Hope: Tour this historic fortress in Cape Town, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

  17. Two Oceans Aquarium: Explore marine life from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at this popular aquarium in Cape Town.

  18. Stellenbosch: Wander through this historic town, known for its Cape Dutch architecture, vibrant arts scene, and excellent restaurants.

  19. Hout Bay: Enjoy a boat trip to Seal Island, shop at the Hout Bay Market, or relax on the beach in this charming fishing village.

  20. Franschhoek: Ride the wine tram through this picturesque valley, known as the culinary capital of South Africa, and enjoy gourmet food and wine.

These activities and attractions showcase the diverse natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of the Western Cape, making it a must-visit destination in South Africa.

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