Best things to do in Western Cape and sightseeing in Western Cape
Cape Town - Western Cape
The best city in South Africa. Lovely landscape with an ocean at the front of our hotel and mountains at the back. Very lively city and tourist friendly. Visited the table bay mountain which stands strong in Capetown. The top of the mountain is always covered with clouds and whenever you can see the top, its considered to be your lucky day as per the locals. Saw the soccer stadium which hosted the FIFA World Cup final in the year 2010. Whenever you walked out near the bay, you could spot some sea lions at the dock preying on fish and other sea creatures. Visited the Cape of good hope, where the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean collide. You could clearly spot the collision as both the water bodies had different shades of blue. Thoroughly enjoyed their local food at our hotel which was really well located in the city. Lastly, went for whale watching via a small cruise-boat. Spotted many dolphins and a whale during the tour which amazed me how big was the whale.
This is by far one of my favorite destinations from the various places I’ve visited. Lined with beaches through its entire stretch and lots of things to do around here, you can easily spend a week here. The views from the Table Mountain are breath-taking & so are its beaches with clear blue waters. If you’re on a road-trip like we were, you can just take a drive through the city & take in the scenic beauty.
Cape town is the second most populated city in South Africa. It not only provides sight-seeing and beaches, but also is also famous for shopping, night clubs, restaurants and various aspects of urban life that are missing in the rest of the country. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and was voted one of the the most popular tourist destination.
Stellenbosch - Western Cape
About an hour from Cape Town is Stellenbosch which is a haven for wine lovers. It has innumerable vineyards stretching across vast acres of land. We decided to head to Asara Wines which is a Wine Estate cum hotel. When I entered, it was like a splash of colors and I was awed with all its beauty. We tasted around 12 different types of wines & then sat in the restaurant overlooking a lake. You definitely cannot miss the vineyards of South Africa
After spending 3 days in Cape Town, we buckled up towards the Wine Capital of South Africa – Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is our FAVOURITE city in South Africa, as it offers a lot of – Wine…off course, Culture, History and the city is nestled in mountain ranges, which makes it such a tranquil place to visit. We had so much fun making a day out of driving the wine route, tasting really excellent wine, we also visited the J.C Le Roux campaigne factory, where we had a virtual tour of the process of creating South Africa’s most popular Champagne, as well as tasting all 5 of their varieties.
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden - Western Cape
The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden located between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. With about 1600 plant species, the area contains a floral diversity per unit area that is greater than anywhere else in the world! The Garden consists of 10 hectares of cultivated gardens and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos. Its an awesome place to go for a walk.
Boulders Beach - Western Cape
On my second visit to Cape Town, I decided to rent a car and get out of the city to explore the surrounding area. Also, going on a safari is pretty much the #1 thing to do here in South Africa. I headed to the Fairy Glen Game Reserve. I saw three out of the African 'Big Five' in a day and considered myself lucky! My plan for the next day was to explore the southern Cape Peninsula including the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach – one of only a few land-based penguin colonies in the world. The Cape Town visitors guide calls this drive along Chapman’s Peak the world’s most scenic drive and from what I have seen, I would have to agree. I stopped at Boulders Beach, located in a sheltered cove between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world-famous for its thriving colony of African penguins. Although it sits in the middle of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. The next day, I decided to spend most of my last full day in Cape Town relaxing on the lovely Clifton Beach. Cape Town has some remarkable beaches right in the city. Clifton and Camp’s Bay are walking distance apart, but I just can’t get enough of the giant boulders on Clifton Beach so that’s where I spent most of my day.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - Western Cape
Whether you are a botany enthusiast or not, this place is a must visit to understand the diverse species of flora that grow here. The Botanical gardens mostly exhibit the species of plants that are peculiar to Africa and won't be found on other continents. The conservatory houses species from different regions. A bit of learning and a bit of fun.
Camps Bay Beach - Western Cape
After all the mornings excitement, we packed our bathing suites and set off to spent the day at Camps Bay’s beach. On the beach front there are many great restaurants, but there was one in particular that stood out, a blue fisher village look alike, with a big sign outside, stating OYSTERS for R8 ($0.8) each!! Wow these where the BEST oysters we have eaten through out the World!!!! Their food is pretty spectacular as well and very affordable for this particular area, well to be honest most probably through out the whole of South Africa.
Oude Libertas Road - Western Cape
A must do for a Saturday morning, is to go to the Oude Libertas Market on Oude Libertas road, which consists of a variety of food from all over the World that’s been a bit “Stellenbosch-anised” and the best of all is, near the entrance you buy a wine glass, and you can top it up with any wine there after for R30 ($3) while you walk and eat your way through this amazing market. We also spent a day driving threw the city, which is filled with great souvenir shops and history about Stellenbosch.
Cape Winelands Home Stays - Western Cape
The Vineyards stretch far and wide and are a famous feature of South African landscape. Wineries are a part of the culture here and wine tasting is a heavenly experience. Most wineries allow a relaxed session of sipping wine at a decent fee. The Bilton Winery and the Boschendal estate are good places to start your wine tasting experience.
The Cape Cadogan - Western Cape
The 12 rooms of Cape Cadogan (Capecadogan.co.za), close to the buzzing Long and Kloof streets, evoke a Victorian-era mansion feel with lush interiors. For a queen-sized holiday, reserve the two-storey Owner's Villa, which has its own entrance, a private courtyard with a plunge pool, expansive hardwood living and dining and a modern kitchen. Or book a suite at One & Only Cape Town (Capetown.oneandonlycapetwon.com) on the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. David Beckham, Mariah Carey and Sharon Stone have all laid their heads on the plushest of linens there (use the in-room menu to order a pillow with the 'fluffiness' of your liking), waking up to glorious views of Table Mountain (which can be marvelled at from each of 131 rooms).
The Test Kitchen - Western Cape
The minute you have booked your trip, call The Test Kitchen (Thetestkitchen.co.za) for a reservation. Chef Luke Dale Roberts whips up a cutting-edge take on fine dining. If you can't get in, try your luck at his Pot Luck Club & Gallery (Thepotluckblucb.co.za), conveniently located under the same roof. Feast on innovative dishes like fried prawns with tom ka gai butter, and smoked beef with truffle café au lait.
Neighbourgoods Market - Western Cape
Every Saturday morning, chic Capertonians descend on the Old Biscuit Mill for Neighbourgoods Market (neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za) where over 100 local farmers, bakers and artisans purvey their freshest wares in a gargantuan former warehouse. The colorful Bo-Kaap district has sweet homes in shades of watermelon lime, strawberry and tangerine which pepper the slopes of Signal Hill. Pose here for a photo op - it's the perfect souvenir.
Cape Town City Centre - Western Cape
Our first trip and also the best way to explore Cape Town, was to take a city sightseeing hop on and hop off double decker bus, where you have 2 busses available , the Red bus stops at 17 attractions including Table Mountain, The Castle, District Six, Camps Bay and V&A Waterfront, Busses come by at stops every 20 minutes and the Blue bus stops at 13 attractions including Kirstenbosch Gardens, Imizamo Yethu Township, Hout Bay and V&A Waterfront, busses come by at stops every 45 minutes – we took the Red bus, be sure to stop at Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay to have lunch, it was the most amazing fish We have ever eaten in South Africa and off course accompanied by one of South Africa’s best wines.
Mememe - Western Cape
Lined with clubs, restaurants and boutiques, Long Street is where the action is. MeMeMe (mememe.co.za) stock labels from local designers like Doreen Southwood Jinn and Silver Spoon. Aspiring Lady Gagas will love the avant-garde finds at Traffic (Trafficshop.co.za). For artsy, locally scoured home decor, head to Cape Quarter, where Africa Nova (Africanova.co.za) sells contemporary regional ceramics, textiles and fine art that blend in African references.
Garden Route Towing - Western Cape
I had heard a lot about Garden route & I so totally had to drive down this route. As we took our 500 odd kms drive from Cape Town to Knysna, it was a dramatic change of landscapes. At one point it was just barren land with Ostriches on the land besides the stretch of road, while the other times there was the ocean shores at the side. It was no-doubt a tiring drive especially once the sun set. I would definitely not recommend anyone to drive on these roads at night as there are no street-lights on narrow roads (on some stretches) & unlike India, there are no dividers on the road. You have to only rely on your car lights to take you through. At one point we almost gave up as it started raining & it was pitch black. In such cases its best to head to a nearby town /village & take accommodation there. But, if you like a good long drive across picturesque places, Garden route is a must visit. We stayed at Knysna, which is a small village on the Garden route for two days. Like the many things common to the Western Cape, you will see a lot of beaches here where you can just enjoy the waters, play beach cricket with the locals or take a long stroll from one stretch of the beach to the other. I also loved Martha’s viewpoint from where you can see the entire landscape of the area.
Beach - Western Cape
The next day, had predicted nice sunny weather, so we took a morning stroll along side the beach front, and we noticed something very different to the rest of South Africa, people were jogging and walking their dogs, as well as the public gym area available for use. We were very inspired by the Cape Townian mindset towards being active and healthy so we opted to put on our running shoes the next morning, I don’t believe there’s any better place to excersise, that overlooking the beautiful Ocean.