Travelling around the Western Cape in South Africa will let you experience an incredibly large diversity of places, landscape and activities.
I have travelled to many places around the globe and I am keen to explore many more that I do not know yet. But South Africa’s Western Cape has become a special place to me, one I continue to return to and that never stops to amaze and surprise me.
Even though this region covers only a comparingly small part of this vast country, you can easily travel there for weeks discovering many beautiful places and see the amazing flora and fauna.
From Cape Town
passing by Boulders Beach and its huge penguin colony
and Noordhoek Beach
down to the most south-western point of the continent, Cape Point,
the gorgeous Cape Winelands
with its beautiful small historic towns like Stellenbosch,
sandy beaches along the Garden Route such as the amazing Walker Bay,
or the beautiful Knysna Lagoon
along with the lush green vegetation of the Tsitsikamma National Park
and the spectacular landscape of the Klein Karoo semi-desert.
Apart from the many breathtakingly beautiful locations, experiencing the local wildlife starting with the ‘Big Five’
but also so many other big and small animals from giraffes to zebras, kudu, hippos, monkeys, merkats and many others,
lots of exotic birds
and also many beautiful plants and flowers is one of the reasons that make the area super special.
As an added bonus, the Western Cape is malaria-free. Therefore, you do not have to worry about protective measures and medication.
There is no shortage of luxury accommodation wherever you are in the area either, from the gorgeous historic Cape Dutch manor houses turned 5-star hotels, Cape Town’s modern city hotels, beach hotels and luxury safari camps.
With more than 800 wineries, excellent wine (and food) is also plenty and you can keep yourself occupied visiting the beautiful historic or stunningly modern design-led wineries for a long time. To stand out (or simply because the local wine scene is innovative by nature), many wine estates offer unique wine pairing options as well.
If you have not been to this part of the world yet, I hope my photos will inspire you to visit.
In case you have been there, they might bring back of the outstanding experiences you will no doubt have made; and maybe entice you to return)