Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back

TTable Mountain National Park

There’s a reason Table Mountain is as famous as it is. Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, this rugged mountain chain stretches for 60km from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The view is considered to be one of the best in the world. Whether you hike to the top, or take the famous cable car, you’ll be one of 22 million people who have been awestruck by the views and sensational experience of standing on top of a flat mountain.

Cape Floral Kingdom

Embrace your inner royal and head to the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site that contains one of the most diverse and unique flora ecosystems on earth. Stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, the Kingdom is home to 3% of the world’s plant species. 69% of the flora and fauna here are endemic—you won’t see them anywhere else, the world over.

Whale Watching

You’ve seen them on TV and wondered just how big they are in real life. Seeing these massive creatures in their natural environment with your own eyes is an experience you will always cherish. Whales migrate past the Western Cape between June and October, so this is the best time to go. If you’re there in September, The Whale Festival happens in Hermanus, and is a particularly great way to join in.

Did You Know?
TThe Western Cape is the fourth largest of the nine provinces.

KKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

If you love gardens, this place will leave you awestruck. With Table Mountain as the backdrop, forests to meander through, lawns to lie on, cycads to be wowed by, and a forest-walkway suspended bridge that takes you right into the tree canopy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned all over the world. While there, head to the Peninsula Garden to see over 2500 plants entirely unique to the area.

CCape Point

Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in South Africa (which is quite a thing to say), Cape Point—part of the Cape Floral Kingdom—is covered in indigenous fynbos and is home to incredible birdlife. Most especially pelagic birds, which are birds that spend more time at sea than on land, but must take a break every now and then to lay and hatch their eggs. There is also a big baboon population, so keep your eyes out for these locals.

Boulders Beach

Penguins. Yes, in Africa. The best place to hang out with them is at Boulders Beach. Home to around 3000 African penguins, Boulders Beach is in Simon’s Town (a gorgeous naval port just outside Cape Town) and is protected by massive granite boulders. This outing is your Instagram dream come true. It’s also relatively wind-free, so you can go any time of the year.

The Garden Route

Drive the N2 from the Southern Cape to the Tsitsikamma Forest, and you’ll be flanked by massive mountain ranges and an ever-changing ocean. One moment you’ll be climbing a mountain pass overlooking beaches with ample dolphins, and the next moment you’re inside an ancient and mysterious forest. Roll down your window and let the fresh air in—this is a drive you will remember for the rest of your life.

CCango Caves

4500 million years ago, this cave was making itself into a stalactite masterpiece. Over the millennia, strange formations have been created: a Madonna and Child; a 9m stalactite called Cleopatra’s Needle; a cluster nicknamed the Dried Tobacco Leaves; a section known as the Pulpit of the Cathedral; and even The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tunnel and ladder at the end are not for the claustrophobic.

Karoo National Park

A desert that is so full of life you can even see lions, rhino and buffalo. From the quirky small towns to the resplendent lunch tables at working-farm guesthouses, you could travel for months here and have a completely unique experience in each and every town. Known for its colourful people, the Karoo also contains the largest ecosystem in South Africa and boasts unique plants and creatures, unlike any you will see anywhere else in the world. 

Storms River Mouth

Drama, drama and more drama, Storms River Mouth is a spectacular gorge that thrashes out into the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re white-water rafting in the rapids, chilling on a lilo in the cola-coloured pools, or wave jumping out at sea, Storms River is a top favourite outing for locals, travellers and adventure seekers. Hike across steep kloofs, swim under waterfalls, snorkel or dive in the protected marine area, and you’ll see why this National Park is one of South Africa’s most-loved destinations.

How to get there

Related articles

Two Oceans Aquarium: the wonders of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans under one Cape Town roof

Two Oceans Aquarium: the wonders of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans under one Cape Town roof

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town houses vivid and educational displays of marvellous life from beneath the waters of the Indian and the Atlantic oceans, both of which wash Western Cape shores.

Trail running in South Africa: off the beaten track… into Eden

Trail running in South Africa: off the beaten track… into Eden

South Africa has amazing trail-running terrain for visiting athletes, including mountains, forests, bushveld, beaches, savannahs and deserts – as well as some competitive runs to consider.

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.

Western Cape: fun in the sun, from the mountains to the sea

Western Cape: fun in the sun, from the mountains to the sea

Western Cape is South Africa’s premier province for fun in the sun: Cape Town is surrounded by world-class wine routes, stunning scenery and unique West Coast and Garden Route flora and fauna.

Witsand Beach, Western Cape: get away from it all on pristine white sands

Witsand Beach, Western Cape: get away from it all on pristine white sands

Witsand Beach in Western Cape province offers pristine white Blue Flag beaches, superb land-based whale watching, a wide variety of water sports and magnificent plants, birds and animals to view.

The Overberg on horseback: exploring Western Cape from the saddle

The Overberg on horseback: exploring Western Cape from the saddle

South Africa’s Overberg region, where mountains, fynbos and strandveld descend spectacularly to the sea on the Whale Coast of Western Cape province, is a great spot to explore on horseback.

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo in Western Cape might be dry, but it offers unique plants, enthralling nature reserves, magnificent mountain vistas, its own wine route, ostrich farms and the world-famous Cango Caves.

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

Hike the Hunter-Gatherer Trail in Western Cape along the Garden Route to experience the landscape as humans did for tens of thousands of years, and you’ll know you’re in the Cradle of Human Culture.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2020 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy