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Natural attractions in the Western Cape
1Table Mountain National Park
No doubt the biggest natural attraction in the Western Cape is the beloved Table Mountain, situated within the Table Mountain National Park which encompasses a chain of rugged mountains that stretch for 60 kilometres from Signal Hill to Cape Point.
2Cape Floral Kingdom
Stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, the Cape Floral Kingdom is a World Heritage Site – recognised as one of the richest areas in the world for plant biodiversity. The Cape Floral Kingdom contains 3% of the world’s plant species.
A major highlight of any trip to the Western Cape is seeing the whales. From June to October is a particular good time to view the whales. During September the Whale Festival takes place in the coastal town of Hermanus.
4Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
This narrow finger of land is covered in indigenous fynbos (part of the Cape Floral Kingdom) as is also renowned for its incredible birdlife (especially pelagic birds). The baboon population is also prominent.
Well-protected from the wind by huge granite boulders, Boulders Beach (close to the naval port of Simon’s Town) is home to more than 3000 African penguins, and the beach is a major attraction for holidaymakers.
7The Garden Route
9Karoo National Park
10Storms River Mouth
The dramatic scenery of Storm’s River Mouth is a major draw card for travellers and adventure-seekers. The steep kloofs and waterfalls are a major attraction.