Explore the Western Cape

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It's no secret that the Western Cape is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. Living in the Western Cape we don't always explore the full potential of our beautiful province?

The Western Cape offers diverse destinations that cater for everybody’s taste. From mountain retreats, forest meanders, Karoo night skies and a choice of hiking trails along two different oceans - you'll always find new and exciting scenery. 

If you have the wanderlust or just want to escape to a quiet place with your favourite book, you'll find the perfect spot for your preferred activity right here on your doorstep.

You don’t need a long weekend to plan a break away but it can be an extra motivation during April and May, with several longer weekends coming up.

Spending time in some of the most beautiful places in the world doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. With several nature reserves and national parks in the Western Cape you only need to decide what kind of break you would like to enjoy.

Discover why international tourist enjoys visiting the Western Cape in growing numbers.

Father and daughter having a break while hiking

Nature reserves in the Western Cape

CapeNature manages 47 nature reserves of which 27 is open to the public.
Most reserves offer overnight accommodation and/or camping. Conveniently situated throughout the Western Cape, CapeNature reserves are diverse and offers a wide range of preferred holiday activities and accommodation. Activities include day hikes, multi-day trails, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kloofing, rock climbing, 4x4ing, whale-watching, bird-watching, horse-riding, donkey-carting.

National Parks

    As if the nature reserves does not leave one spoilt for choice one also have several national parks to choose from.

    You are sure to find a national park close to you:

      Enjoy a braai, picnic or an intimate weekend getawayCampers enjoying the outdoors

      Whether you prefer a holiday spot that comes with all four walls or an open space to park your caravan, there are many relaxing options available to cater for your needs.

      State-owned resorts and camping sites provide the perfect affordable family holiday at any time of the year. So before you pack your car and head off to a chalet near the sea or pitch your tent in the scenic mountains, have a look at the variety of holiday resorts offered by government.


      Another popular recreational activity the whole family can enjoy is birdwatching. Explore some of the best birdwatching spots throughout the Western Cape and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

      Western Cape natural beauty

      The content on this page was last updated on 11 April 2018