Western Cape


The Western Cape is home to Table Mountain, the vast Cape Winelands and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Robben Island and the Cape Floral Region.

Top attractions

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most famous landmark. A cable car trip to the top of the mountain is the perfect way to for visitors to orientate themselves on their first trip to the city.

Cape Point

At Cape Point, see where Portuguese mariner Bartolomeu Dias first sailed around the Cape, discover the legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship, and take the funicular railway up a steep slope to the lighthouse at the top.

Cape Winelands

Constantia, Durbanville, Darling, Walker Bay, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek, Ceres, Worcester and more ... wine estate tours and wine tasting are a must.

Robben Island

Take a boat trip to Robben Island, where humanitarian, freedom fighter and former South African president Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Tours take in this World Heritage Site, a museum and the stone quarry where prisoners worked.

Shark cage diving

For something thrilling and different, shark cage diving is a safe and popular attraction, with specially equipped tour boats and cages affording face-to-face meetings with great white sharks in Gansbaai and Mossel Bay.

Garden Route

Take a trip along the picturesque Garden Route, which stretches along the N2 highway from Mossel Bay eastward, taking in the towns of George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

  • The Western Cape's motto is “spes bona”, which means “good hope”.