The Western Cape is a province of South Africa, situated on the south-western coast of the country. It is the fourth largest of the nine provinces with an area of 129,449 square kilometres (49,981 sq mi), and the third most populous, with an estimated 6.6 million inhabitants in 2018.[4] About two-thirds of these inhabitants live in the metropolitan area of Cape Town, which is also the provincial capital. The Western Cape was created in 1994 from part of the former Cape Province.

With several local attractions and venues, the city of Cape Town received 2.6 million international visitors in 2018 with a growth of 11.5% in international arrivals at Cape Town International Airport.

International tourists aren’t the only ones discovering the beauty of the Western Cape. The choice of activities for tourists is endless.

Here are the top things to do-

  1. • Enjoy world-class wine tasting in the Cape Winelands – the area is known for its wonderful natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and world-renowned wines.
  2. • See the African Penguins that live and nest at Boulders Beach.
  3. • Have a picnic at Cape Point – see the views of the Atlantic and False Bay – do watch out for the Baboons!
  4. • Explore the Garden Route with its beautiful coastline and little towns – great for adrenalin junkies and nature lovers.
  5. • Visit the infamous Robben Island which has now been turned into a museum and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An important symbol in South Africa of triumph of good over evil, of democracy over apartheid.
  6. • Do a day drip to the Cango Caves and ride an ostrich near Oudtshoorn.
  7. • Take the cableway up Table Mountain and see all the way across to the Cape Flats and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Great for a romantic picnic or to see the City’s lights.
  8. • Do some shopping or eat at one of the many wonderful restaurants at the V&A Waterfront.
  9. • Take the Hop on, Hop off Bus and explore Cape Town and get a taste of the rich history.
  10. • Sample some delicious oysters at Knysna and take a boat trip to the dramatic Knysna Heads.
  11. • Go bungee jumping at the world’s highest commercially operating Bungee (216m) at Bloukrans.
  12. • Hermanus – see whales spy-hopping, breaching and lob-tailing – don’t forget to take lots of photos to show your friends and family back home.
  13. • Take a boat trip in Hout Bay to see the seals – don’t forget the fish and chips takeaway!
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Colin Ingram, a graduate in journalism from Tshwane University of Technology, is presently working as a senior reporter with NYK Daily. He loves his gadgets and his cat. (although the cat, being a cat, doesn’t let his gadgets stay in one piece within a few blinks.) He also loves trekking and the wildlife.

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