View Map of South Africa Hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast, and self-catering
travel and holiday accommodation in the Western Cape.

 

Western Cape
Breede River Valley
Garden Route
Overberg
Karoo
West Coast

Cape Town Area
Atlantic Seaboard
Cape Town Central
Northern Suburbs
Southern Suburbs
Winelands

Chapmans Peak
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Exploring the Western Cape

Ok, so you've done the Table Mountain cable car, you've been to Robben Island and now you're ready to really start exploring the Western Cape. Where to go next depends quite a bit upon the time of year. The climate of the Western Cape is "Mediterranean". That means its hot and dry in the summer, and cold and rainy in the winter. Keeping in mind that "cold and rainy" is a relative thing - about the only snow you'll ever see in Cape Town is the occasional patch of white on top of the  Hottentots Holland  Mountains just past the Winelands.

 Heading up the West Coast and into the Cederberg is an incredible adventure into the a vast empty wilderness area that is truly a hiker's paradise. But do keep in mind, the Cederberg Wilderness Area can be unbearably hot in the summer (Dec, Jan ,Feb). Once past the coastal mountains daytime temperatures can easily climb into the 30's if not 40's. If you intend to visit the Western Cape during the summer, stick to the coast.

Both the Overberg region and the Garden Route are beautiful places to visit ANY time of the year. The Overberg region, also known as the Whale Route  is particularly popular during the whale calving season.  Southern Right Whales migrate to this part of the Indian Ocean every year from June to November. Humpback whales can also be sighted from May to December. Hermanus is the centre for all this whale-watching activity and hosts an annual Hermanus Whale Festival every year in September.

Further down the coast towards Knysna (N-eyes-na) is the Garden Route.  December is holiday time for South Africans, so if you want to ensure easy booking of accommodation its best to avoid December. The Garden Route is an area of lush vegetation and forest that's sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains. The Knysna Lagoon is of course home to the Knysna sea horse. Don't miss a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park. where a successful breeding program has been initiated. The Knysna forest was once home to a majestic herd of elephant that once roamed through these parts, but sadly only 3 remain and are rarely seen except by the occasional hiker.