The Western Cape offers a rich floral kingdom, pristine beaches, a globally renowned wine industry, award-winning restaurants and a unique history and heritage that plays out in the smiles, hearts and lives of the many fascinating people you’ll meet.

Did you know?

Cape Town was named Best Incentive Destination in the UK’s Conferences & Incentive Travel magazine 2009 Hot List.

Cape Town and the Western Cape have won international acclaim as among the world’s most spectacular destinations - and for good reason. Cape Town, known as 'The Mother City', offers much to business and leisure travellers and is  a sought-after Western Cape incentive destination.

The city has achieved international recognition as a superior, value-for-money incentive destination offering top-notch meeting and accommodation venues and incredible opportunities for adventure.

After you've taken the cableway to the top of Table Mountain, take a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years of incarceration. Or relax on one of Cape Town’s Blue Flag beaches before heading off on a Cape winelands tour of Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek. Here you can indulge in wine tasting, go on vineyard cycling and horse riding tours, explore markets and enjoy luxury spa treatments. Later in the day head out to one of Cape Town’s townships for an authentic shebeen experience where you can sample typical African cuisine and get down to the unmistakable sounds of township jazz.

Further afield there are also great opportunities for Western Cape incentives. At the West Coast National Park you can see thousands of seabirds nesting while the pristine golden beaches stretch for miles. Here you can enjoy bird watching, game viewing, whale watching (August to November), mountain biking, hiking, kite boarding and kayaking, among other activities.

At Gansbaai in the Overberg region shark cage diving is a popular activity and further south, along the scenic Garden Route, gourmet safaris are a great option. Here you’ll also find luxury golf estates with championship golf courses designed by some of the world’s best golfers.

In the fascinating town of Oudtshoorn (in the middle of ostrich country), you’ll find the Cango Caves with its incredible displays of stalagmites and stalactites. Or, if you want to walk in the footsteps of the early San, make your way to the rugged Cederberg mountains where time has stood still for centuries.

Of course, you can also just choose to hang around fabulous Cape Town with its wonderful galleries, museums, restaurants and attractions. If shopping is your thing, then a trip to the V&A Waterfront is an absolute must, while Long Street is great for window shopping in the day and partying at night.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (Wesgro)
Tel: +27 (0)21 487 8600

Cape Town Tourism
Tek: +27 (0)21 487 6800

How to get here

Cape Town is served by all of South Africa's domestic airlines and several international carriers. Most international airlines fly in to Cape Town during South Africa's summer season (November through March) while a few operate to the destination year round. 

Best time to visit

The summer months are the most popular but the winter season is also a magical time to explore the Western Cape. 

Tours to do

There are so many tours to choose from in Cape Town and the Western Cape, you'll be spoilt for choice. You can take a variety of walking tours that explore the fauna and flora and Cape Town's rich cultural heritage. A tour of the Cape winelands is a must on any itinerary. You can also enjoy cycling tours, township tours, and explore the magnificent garden route. Golf tours are also popular.

Get around

The best way to explore Cape Town and the Western Cape is to hire a car or take a guided tour. 

Length of stay

You can easily spend two weeks exploring Cape Town and the Western Cape.

What to pack

During the summer months (November through March) be sure to pack your bathing suit, hiking shoes, hat, and sunblock. During winter (June through August) warm clothes, a raincoat and umbrella are a good idea. 

Where to stay

Cape Town and the Western Cape have every kind of accommodation option imaginable from 5-star plus hotels and guest houses to  boutique hotels, farm stays and backpacker lodges.

What to eat

From delicious Cape Malay curries to the smoked snoek, try out some typical South African fare. There are also a wide variety of restaurants serving international cuisine from Chinese, Greek and Italian to Portuguese, Indian and more. Sushi is also very popular in the Western Cape.