The Western Cape forms the most southerly portion of South Africa and presents a variety of terrain from endless beaches and ocean vistas to indigenous fynbos and breathtaking mountain ranges. The extensive coastline of the region is bordered by both the warm Indian and cooler Atlantic Oceans.

The Western Cape enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate which is moderated along the coastal regions by ocean breezes.The summer months are generally hot and dry and fall between November and April - this is the best time to visit the Cape as days are warm and rain is infrequent. The winter months of June, July and August are generally cold and wet however, the region can also experience long mild spells without rain during this time which is often preferable to visitors who enjoy milder weather.

With the landmark Table Mountain as a backdrop to the city, Cape Town - affectionately referred to as the Mother City - has become known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town and its surrounding suburbs is the perfect base for visitors and the many beaches, scenic drives and tourist attractions that dot the peninsula are all within close proximity. The scenic winelands regions including Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are also within easy driving distance. Popular areas of interest in Cape Town include Cape Point in the Cape Peninsula National Park, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the world heritage site of Robben Island. The West Coast is a must for bird watchers including a visit to the West Coast National Park. This stretch of coastline is home to a variety of quaint fishing villages to explore and, in the months of August and September the vibrant spring flowers in full bloom create a spectacular display.

The Overberg coastal region includes seaside towns such as Hermanus, Arniston and Agulhas where Southern Right whales visit the bays between September and October. Further afield, a trip along the Garden Route promises an array of scenery. The seaside towns of Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are a holiday makers delight and landscapes range from lush, indigenous forests to mountains, lakes and stretches of white, sandy beaches. Inland, the Klein Karoo regions include attractions such as ostrich farms and the Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn.

The Western Cape is an extremely diverse province both in its people and cultures and visitors can enjoy an array of cultural experiences from theatre and music to museums and township tours. An excellent variety of good food and good wines can also be enjoyed at a choice of well-priced restaurants and, for golf enthusiasts a host of award winning golf courses await. The province is easy to navigate with a well-laid out network of roads and motorways.

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