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Western Cape


Home to the world’s tiniest floral kingdom, the Western Cape boasts the largest number of species within the smallest indigenous vegetation region on earth. The city of Cape Town is woven around the foothills of Table Mountain, a magnificent outcrop which has been declared a nature reserve as well as a national monument.

The Cape's original inhabitants - the San Bushmen, gentle lovers of art, good living and music –   who were forced out of the region early in its colonial history. Their spirit lives on, however, and Cape Town is rich with art galleries, theatres, restaurants, botanical gardens, a waterfront, and fine architecture.

The Cape culinary tradition is strongly influenced by the descendants of Malay slaves, who combine sweetness and spice in their cooking. Cape Town’s newer immigrants have introduced everything from Greek to Thai cuisine, all accompanied by some of the finest wines in the world.

If you need a break from the excitement of the city, head out to the winelands around Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschoek, hike in the pristine mountains, or stroll on the endless beaches.

The Cape coastline is kissed by two oceans: the cold Atlantic Ocean gives the west coast its brilliant white sands and abundant seafood. The fog rolling in from the icy waters sustains plant life which bursts into a spectacular floral display in spring. The warm Indian Ocean makes the Garden Route a paradise of forests, mountains and warm bathing beaches.

Further inland lies the Little Karoo, hot and dry home to the largest ostrich farming industry in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit an ostrich farm or the magnificent Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn.

Whatever they do, the people of this region do with style. From the cheerful greeting from a flower-seller in Adderley Street to the gracious reception at the five-star hotels, you will always feel welcome in Africa’s fairest Cape.

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Between two mountainous flanks, reaching away from the docks through the intense city centre and up the mountain, is the City Bowl (made up of the Upper and Lower city centers and the Waterfront). The City Bowl Suburbs are popular for accommodation, and the most southerly sections are just five to ten minutes walk from the gardens and the museums,...
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