Five wonderful Western Cape experiences
A popular feature in postcards from Cape Town is the iconic Table Mountain. It's not enough to marvel at its flat top or at how the clouds cover it like a tablecloth would a dinner table – you should get to the top. You can hike to the top or you can take a ride in the cable car to enjoy wonderful views like these:
Another great vantage point is Cape Point, located at the tip of the Cape Peninsula and within the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet around this area – the actual point at which they meet is rather fluid due to the movement of the water. It is quite a walk up to the lookout point, but well worth the exercise. Be warned that the wind up here is very strong so hold tightly onto anything that could blow away. Between the months of May and November, this is a great place to spot whales.
For an even closer look at the incredible creatures that move through our waters from May to November each year, head to Hermanus for some magnificent whale watching. If you enjoy a good market, you will love the foods, crafts, art and live music at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival. The whales, of course, are the stars of the festival.
However, if you prefer some peace and quiet, you can head to one of the lookout points and take in the scenery ...
Don't miss the official Whale Crier of Hermanus, who informs visitors about where whales have been seen and how many of them have been spotted. One of the highlights of whale watching is spotting a mother with a newly born calf.
The Western Cape is also home to massive canola fields. The seeds of canola plants are used to make oil. These plants can grow quite tall, and together they form these lovely, yellow "carpets".
If you are feeling adventurous, head to the Klein Karoo where you can interact with ostriches in Oudtshoorn and visit one of nature's most interesting works of art, the Cango Caves, about 30km outside Oudtshoorn. These caves were discovered in the late 1700s and consist of magnificent rock formations, some of which resemble well-known events and locations like Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can also enjoy a guided adventure tour of the caves, involving lots of ducking and manoeuvring.
So head to the Western Cape, explore its fantastic vistas, and share your photos with us on the Love South Africa Flickr group. We love looking at your photos and reading about your experiences.