Out of the nine provinces on offer, the Western Cape is positioned at the higher end of the list when it comes to scale and size. Home to vibrant and vivacious Cape Town as well as some of the most remarkable coastline in the entire world, the Western Cape is yet another testament to the diverse beauty of South Africa. Such varied beauty lends itself, as you might expect, to a variety of experiences – from mountain hiking to fine dining, scenic drives to the exploration of charming seaside communities, the Western Cape offers travellers a wealth of opportunities and experiences.
Running east to west near the northern periphery of Little Karoo, Swartberg Pass cuts through and around the Swartberg mountain range. Driving along these sloping and slanting roads will prove to be, without question, one of the most scenic journeys of your life. A large portion of the pass is a designated UNESCO world heritage site; a fact which won’t be surprising as you coast past unique geological formations and walls of bright, colorful rock. Faces of golden-yellow and fire-red rock will form the backdrop to your ascent, whilst the vistas that wait atop the pass are simply staggering.
Oyster shucking in Paternoster
One of the oldest fishing villages in all of South Africa, life moves at a different pace in charming and quaint Paternoster. The Noisy Oyster restaurant typifies the laid-back, small-town atmosphere of Paternoster, with attentive staff, unique décor and a fresh seafood menu to die for. If you visit Paternoster, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to eat here, although we’d suggest take a more hands on experience to your scenic coastal lunch. Learn how to shuck oysters on the shore with the aid of an experienced guide, before dressing your hand-picked oyster and cooking them up for a delicious lunch.
Deriving its name from its flattened peak, this magnificent mountain overlooking vibrant Cape Town is a majestic feature of the landscape and one of the natural symbols of South Africa. Those in search of a challenge can hike to the top by following one of the multiple routes, each offering a different path and a different difficulty level. Those unable to make the two to three hour journey by foot can always take the scenic cable car, which allows for sweeping views of Cape Town, the surrounding valleys and even Robben Island.
Private vineyard tours
South Africa, and Cape Town specifically, has a long history of wine production and boasts some of the finest vineyards (and most treasured wines) from around the world. A private, guided tour of the Stellenbosch and the Franschhoek wine regions will give you the chance to sample award-winning wines from famed vineyards and embark on fascinating cellar tours that will shed light on the history of world-class wine production in South Africa. It’s not just the wines that impress here however, as the Franschhoek area plays host to sweeping, colorful valleys that might just become even more impressive after one or two glasses of sauvignon or Shiraz.