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The Western Cape is situated on the south western tip of the African continent. It is a region of majestic mountains, well watered valleys, wide, sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. The Cape is renowned for its production of deciduous fruits such as apples, grapes and pears, and is also home to South Africa's famous Rooibos tea.

1 Cape Town: Cape Town is steeped in rich history and is a cultural melting pot. Life in Cape Town centres around the Victoria & Alfred waterfront - a working harbour, historical site and pulsating place of gathering, which offers everything from up market shopping malls, arts and crafts markets, theatres, live music to entertainment. For more information visit websites: www.capetown.gov.za and www.waterfront.co.za

2 Robben Island: For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, about 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of exile for political prisoners. Former President Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison on Robben Island. Since 1997 Robben Island has been a museum attracting thousands of local and foreign visitors. Visit website: http://www.robbenisland.org.za/

3 Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garde: It is one of the world’s leading botanical gardens. It is located at the foot of the famous Table Mountain. It is a living display featuring 4,700 of the estimated 20 000 species of indigenous South African flora, and close to 50 per cent of the Peninsula’s floral wealth.
4 West coast: The West Coast is a region of contrast and beauty. Stretching over 400 km from south to north, the region and its people offer the visitor a surprising variety of travel destinations. The solitary coast’s scenic beauty is challenged only by rich culinary experiences of plump mussels from the bay, crayfish in season or line fish pulled from the cold Benguela waters.
7 Garden Route: This is one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring stretches of land in South Africa, if not the world. It offers majestic mountains, breathtaking views, a natural garden of rich, colourful vistas, valleys and lakes, rivers and forests. Visit some of these towns on the Garden route:
5 Cape Whale Route: Visitors who would like to see these gentle giants of the ocean can do so at Lamberts Bay on the Cape west coast and closer to Cape Town in a town called Yzerfontein. Hermanus is also famous for whale watching and boasts the worlds only whale crier. The best opportunities for whale watching are between June and November.
Oudtshoorn, with its relaxed and hospitable atmosphere. Places not to be missed in or around Oudtshoorn include the Cango Caves, one of the worlds great natural wonders, O strich Farms, some of which have distinguished themselves worthy to be named "show farms", and Crocodile Farms.
6 Cape Wine lands: W ithits magnificent natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and worldrenowned wines - the Winelands Region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. Splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Pniel.

Other towns of interest are Mossel Bay,a popular and busy summer destination, George, situated at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountain, W ilderness, surrounded by rivers, natural lakes and lagoons, Knysna, one of the Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, Plettenberg Bay, where the endangered Southern Right Whale come to calve in the winter and spring (July to December), as well as Tsitsikamma National Park, internationally recognized for its giant Outeniqua yellowwood forests.
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