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1. Agulhas

L'Agulhas has a variety of places to eat and sleep

L'Agulhas is situated on the most southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.The oldest working lighthouse in South Africa with its interesting museum makes L'Agulhas a prime tourist destination. The 18 000 000-candlepower lighthouse guides shipping around the Cape. The Portuguese gave the name Agulhas meaning 'needles', to the Cape because it is here, at the southernmost tip of Africa, that the needle of a compass points due north, without magnetic deviation. Bartholomew Dias named the town after St Agulhas on 16 May 1488. At Cape Agulhas the African mainland, as though tired of the scenic dramatics of the interior, peters out into a vast plain, with a last sigh in…

2. Betty's Bay

Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated 96 km from Cape Town on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Nestled at the foot of Kogelberg Mountains, Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in an area referred to as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and has remained unspoilt and isolated. Locals visit here during the flowering season, October to February, to witness the beautiful kaleidoscope of colours from the varied flowers in the famous Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The reserve is covered with pretty laid-out paths and hillside trails with Leopards Gorge offering a more advanced trail. Stony Point is home to one of…

3. Blue Downs

Blue Downs is part of the Oosterberg sub-region of Cape Town and is located in the Cape Flats. It is one of the outlying areas of Cape Town that has been targeted by the Western Cape provincial government for development. Planned developments include improved public transportation for the area and the building of additional schools.

4. Cape Town

Ville du Cape Afrique du Sud

Cape Town – Simply the Best City in the World Cape Town is undoubtably South Africa’s gem in the tourism industry, a place both South Africans and foreigners choose as a holiday destination. The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops, promoting her undeniable beauty to tourists and gathering awards around the globe! The 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the “Best City in the World” for the fourth year running, beating Vancouver and Venice which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category. Cape Town also took the honours as the number one food city in the world in the Condé Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Cape Town is the heart…

5. Constantia

Oldest Wine-Making Region in the Southern Hemisphere Constantia lies below Table Mountain National Park, in one of the greenest, leafiest parts of Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa. The suburb is home to award-winning wine farms, unrivalled natural beauty and some of the finest restaurants in the country! Constantia is one of the oldest areas in the Cape and is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere and has an appeal that offers something of interest to everyone. Constantia’s wine farms are all close together, making them easy to visit one after the other however, it is highly recommended that you take a few days to explore them all as each one has its own unique charm. This suburb of stately homesteads and oak-lined streets is filled with heritage and…

6. De Kelders

De Kelders in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated 160 km of Cape Town and only 30 km from Hermanus. De Kelders is arguably the best land based whale watching venue in the world and close by, near Gansbaai (Gans Bay), tourists also have the opportunity to view and cage dive with Great White Sharks. With magnificent ocean views and perfect white sandy beaches surrounded by unspoilt nature, this little town is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. There are a number of natural, underground caves below the cliffs on the De Kelders Coast. One cave in particular, known as the Freshwater Cave, is famous for its’ crystal clear pool, but is unfortunately not open to the public in a bid to conserve its beauty. The Walker Bay Nature Reserve is well worth a visit where you can…

7. Elim

The streets of the Moravian Mission station of Elim, established in 1824, are lined with water furrows, fruit trees and white-walled thatched cottages. Elim's roof-thatchers are renowned throughout Southern Africa. The town's watermill is the oldest of its kind in Southern Africa. Figs grow well here and in mid-summer masses of everlasting flowers cover the countryside. These strange flowers are exported in large numbers and placed on graves all over the world.

8. Fernkloof Nature Reserve

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated close to Hermanus, approximately a 90 minute drive from Cape Town. The reserve is close to 1 800 hectares in size and boasts 1 600 different species of vegetation of which the unique coastal fynbos is one. There is no other place on earth where this many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. This combined with a patch of evergreen forest has allowed for over 60 km of walking trails for visitors to hike along. The reserve is also rich in bird life with about 92 different species of which the popular sightings are of the Sunbirds, Cape Sugar Bird and Rock Thrush. Some of the mammals…

9. Franskraal

Western Cape’s Rugged Coastline The beautiful seaside village of Franskraal is situated right on the edge of the Gansbaai area where it hugs the neighbouring coastal town of Kleinbaai at its western end. These popular holiday towns form part of the Western Cape's rugged coastline! Franskraal offers long sandy, pristine beaches, excellent fishing, birding and the area surrounding this quaint and unpretentious little town is basically the shark cage diving capital of South Africa. There is a wide array of outdoor excursions for visitors who want to explore the stunning countryside - just next to the entrance of Franskraal is the Groot Melkhoutbos Trail, a hiking trail open to the public which winds through a small milkwood dominated forest. Other activities include plenty of arts and…

10. Gans Bay

Great White Capital of the WorldGansbaai is a small unpretentious fishing village in the Overberg Region. This charming coastal town is one of the Western Cape’s little treasures only two hours from Cape Town and a mere half hour drive from Hermanus. Gansbaai has grown into a popular tourist destination, popular for a number of water activities, not least of all, the shark cage diving on offer. It is known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a whale-watching location. Both Southern Right Whales and Great White Sharks frequent the Atlantic waters here and are a major draw card for the town. The entire Walker Bay area, between Gansbaai and Hermanus, is a whale sanctuary…

11. Gordons Bay

Gordons Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa is a picturesque harbor town situated 50 km from Cape Town just off the N2 highway. Nestled at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and overlooking False Bay, this old town was built around the harbour and Bikini Beach.  Bikini Beach is a very popular blue flag beach, especially with the students from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University nearby. In peak season you will find this beach full of activity with students playing volleyball, surfing, sun tanning and enjoying the many coffee shops, restaurants and bars along the promenade. The main beach of Gordons Bay is more to the taste of families as the water is…

12. Hawston

The small fishing village of Hawston is tucked away between Fisherhaven and Onrus along the Cape Whale Coast, just 11 km outside of Hermanus. Situated in a cosy little spot between the mountains and the sea, Hawston is most notably famous for its long stretch of unspoilt beach. The beach offers beautiful views of the mountain and is regarded as the safest swimming spot along the Western Cape coastline. Hawston Beach is a blue flag beach, but never over-crowded and has an unaffected and almost rural appeal for those who visit. Because of its close proximity to Hermanus, visitors can explore the many attractions in the town as well as the Hermanus Wine Route on the R320 which offers 15 different wine farms to visit, each producing small quantities of premium quality wines. With such natural…

13. Hermanus

Whale watching Capital of the World Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa is a small resort town situated 115 km from Cape Town and is a popular whale watching and retirement area. Hermanus is famous as a fishing resort and for Southern Right Whale watching. The whales can be spotted from the cliffs in town from as early as June. Hermanus is also famous for its Whale Crier blowing on the now familiar kelp horn to alert tourists of whales nearby. The pristine beaches are perfect for long walks and boating activities can be enjoyed on the Kleinriver Lagoon. Tourists also have the opportunity to view and cage dive with Great White Sharks in the nearby town Gansbaai (Gans Bay)…

14. Klein Bay

Kleinbaai (Klein Bay) previously known as Van Dyks Bay, is situated just 6 km from Gansbaai on the Danger Point Peninsula, just two hours drive from Cape Town. Despite being the smaller town to Gansbaai, Kleinbaai is possibly the main reason for Gansbaai’s popular nature-based tourism! The natural harbour is the launch pad for the shark cage diving trips to world famous “Shark Alley”, the area of water between the mainland and Dyer Island. The name ‘shark alley’ is attributed to the 50 000 seals that colonise this island and understandably attract sharks. However, sharks are not the only reason to visit Klainbaai, this area is regarded as one of the best whale-watching spots in…

15. Kleinmond

The quaint coastal town of Kleinmond, meaning “small mouth”, received its name from its location at the small mouth of the Bot River Lagoon, about an hours’ drive from Cape Town. Set within the unique Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve, Kleinmond is a peaceful little village endowed with some of the coast’s most natural beauty. The Reserve supports over 1600 species of fynbos, 150 of which are endemic to Kleinmond and it also features three areas of ancient indigenous forest which provides nature lovers with numerous secluded mountain biking, hiking and walking trails. Kleinmond has become a popular choice for holiday makers looking for an escape in nature. The town also boasts a blue…

16. Kuils River

Gateway to the Wine Routes The small suburb of Kuils River lies at the foot of the Bottelary Mountains, only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. Visitors to the “Mother City” have recently discovered this tranquil town as a way to escape the confines of a city, but still be close enough to benefit from her many attractions. This peaceful town started out as a cattle farming area for the Dutch East India Company, but despite its rural nature it is still considered a suburb of Cape Town. Some original farms and small holdings still operate in the area and visitors can look out for the cow crossings that still exist and bear testimony to the suburbs rural setting. Other than offering fresh milk to the area, Kuils River is also known as the “gateway to the wine…

17. Onrus

Onrus is a small coastal village situated in the attractive Overberg region. It lies along a seaside strip, nestled between mountains and the turquoise ocean and mere minutes away from the centre of Hermanus. This area of the Western Cape offers some of the most scenic and popular parts of the country, which come alive between October and January, thanks to the whales that visit at this each year. Every year approximately 60 to 100 of these marine giants pass by this coastline drawing visitors from all over the world! Other than the majestic Southern Wright Whales, the prime attraction in Onrus is its sandy white beach. Nature lovers can enjoy picturesque walks and hikes, explore dozens of rock pools and experience all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer while swimming or snorkelling in its…

18. Pearly Beach

Mellow Coastal Town The beautiful coastal hamlet of Pearly Beach lies just 20 km from Gansbaai along the Cape Whale Coast. It is still a sleepy and mellow coastal town where many houses are only used during holidays and weekends and only a few permanent residents. Pearly Beach is known for its serenity and it is the perfect destination if you are looking to get away from the bright lights of the city. The towns beach is its biggest attraction however just 5 km away is Dyer Island, a must see spot with it resident colony of African Penguins and on the inland side of Pearly Beach is one of the best botanical hotspots with several plant species endemic to the lime soils near Pearly Beach. Its location on the Cape Whale Coast means Southern Right Whales come to the area to mate and calve…

19. Philippi

Philippi lies between Ottery, Hanover Park, Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg on what is known as The Cape Flats in the surrounding area of Cape Town. There are still mixed feelings about whether this is actually a tourist location as it is known as a dangerous part of the Cape. What has been advised is that when visiting a township while on holiday, it is highly recommended that it is done so in a group with a reliable vehicle and a well researched route mapped out or if you do not have a group of friends with you why not join a township tour – these are fun, educational and definitely safer! Aptly named for its flat landscape, Philippi and other parts of the Cape Flats is steeped in history, culture and heritage. Some of the history is sad, even tragic, but essential to…

20. Pringle Bay

Whales, Penguins, Surfing & Beach Picnics Pringle Bay, a charming seaside village, can be found only an hour outside Cape Town along South Africa’s famous Whale Route. It is situated at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain and a fair distance from the main coastal road, the R44 , ensuring that the town is beautifully secluded and unspoilt. Pringle Bay is an interesting mix of both young and old, South African and foreign residents, but one thing is for certain, the village is jealously guarded by its residents. The reason is that the little seaside village lies within the natural beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere, South Africa’s only reserve to be proclaimed by UNESCO,…

21. Rooi Els

Rooi Els in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated approximately 80 km from Cape Town on the scenic R44ocean drive. The first little seaside village after leaving Gordons Bay, Rooi Els shares this area of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve with its neighbours Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. It is the smallest of these towns and the roads are untarred and narrow with no street lights. The residential part of the town is located along the shore with small beach cottages and larger beachside manors. This sleepy village is surrounded on three sides by water and to the east is the Rooi Els estuary leading into the ocean which has a lovely beach for walking, swimming and…

22. Sandbaai

Sandbaai is a small town on the south coast of the Western Cape, one of the newer suburbs of the Greater Hermanus area, Sandbaai lies between Onrus and the town of Hermanus. Just a few kilometres before the L’Auglhas Lighthouse the town literally lies in a little sandy bay, hence its name, a little over an hour from Cape Town. Sandbaai has a wonderfully rustic feel with a gorgeous and quiet beach, most likely the little villages biggest drawcard. The beach offers rock pools and safe swimming at low tide. Sandbaai is just a stones’ throw from Hermanus and all its attractions, a huge tourist spot along the coast and another reason for visiting is that the town lies at the entrance to the incredibly beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley and the wonderful Hermanus Wine…

23. Somerset West

Somerset West is perfectly situated on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Hottentots Holland area and only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town along the N2. The town of Somerset West is a popular residential area for people working in Cape Town as it continues to maintain a village atmosphere while thriving as the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin. The town is only 20 km’s from Stellenbosch and is only a 35 minute drive to Paarl, Franschoek and Wellington therefore providing a central base for tourists visiting the Winelands Region. Somerset West is itself home to the very popular Vergelegen Wine Farm, with its elegant 18th Century Cape Dutch Style Farmhouse,…

24. Stanford

A taste of village life Stanford is a small charming village mid-way between the seaside towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai on the Cape Whale Coast. It lies nestled in the picturesque valley alongside the Klein River, about 90 minutes from Cape Town. Stanford is ideally located for a perfect, laid-back getaway in a quaint and historic village which remains true to its roots. Stanford which was established as a farming community features an assortment of charming renovated cottages and Cape Victorian and Edwardian architecture and is regarded as one of South Africa's best-preserved villages. Its heritage status is protected both by law and by an enthusiastic and dedicated conservation trust.…

25. Strand

The Strand is a popular resort town situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, only 40 minutes from Cape Town. The town forms part of the picturesque Helderberg Basin along with Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay. Strand, meaning “Beach” in Afrikaans, is the ideal family venue with plenty of fun and safe outdoor attractions and activities for young and old. As its name indicates though, the Strand’s main attraction is the beach. The white sandy beach stretches for 5 km and has the reputation of being the safest swimming beach in the country. The beach is pet friendly, just remember to bring your pooches on their leash and stick to the designated areas. Life guards are…

26. Struis Bay

Struis Bay (Struisbaai) is a quaint little fishing village in the Overberg region, 8 km from the holiday resort and lighthouse at the most southerly point of Africa - L'Aghulhas. this popular little holiday town promises white-washed fishermen’s houses, colourful fishing boats, a working harbour, and plenty of coastal charm. The fishermen's cottages at Hotagterklip have been declared national monuments and are often featured in the paintings of both South African and overseas artists. These landmark cottages together with the white sands of the beach that stretches right the way from Struisbaai to Arniston are probably two very popular attractions that make Struisbaai so attractive to…

27. Suiderstrand

The Best Nature Has To Offer Suiderstrand is a tiny settlement, forming part of the Cape Agulhas District, of approximately only 14 square kilometres and home to only a dozen or so residents.  The name in Afrikaans means “southern beach” and the small coastal village lies surrounded by pristine beaches and the Agulhas National Park. A place with an abundance of natural beauty that continues to flourish with the protected area of the Park. Referred to as the Agulhas Plain, Suiderstrand and the National Park form an important part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and is a safe environment for the unique and rare Laterite Fynbos. The region is a birders' paradise as it is home to a variety of different bird species that are often never ticked off in their birding books. Numbers of rare…

28. Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Nature Lovers Paradise Walker Bay Nature Reserve extends along a 17 km stretch of coast between De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon. It lies only 3 km from Gansbaai, east of Hermanus on the Danger Point Penisula and includes five coastal areas. The Walker Bay Reserve is about 1 000 hectares in size and includes an incredible portion of beach known as Die Plaat, ideal for swimming, fishing and picnics. Die Plaat is the area’s white sandy beach, with rocky limestone outcrops and the occasional southern right whale offshore. It is in fact so beautiful here that some visitors favour only the beach and spend the whole day here however, be aware that the sea can be rough and dangerous! Visitors can also enjoy a variety of day hikes along the coast as well as some 4x4 trails. Highly…