Western Cape Towns

Travel Articles and tips on where to go and what to see in the Western Cape including info on towns in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa

This small town on the N2, about 350km from Cape Town and about 40km from Mossel Bay is a convenient refuelling stop but it does have one other attraction. The Aloe ferox plant grows...more

Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa

On Route 62 and on the edge of the Karoo, this little country town has a lot going for it. A few good wineries and a very informal and inexpensive hot spring resort attracts visitors...more

Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa

Beaufort West is the archetypical Karoo town. Surrounded by farmland and approached on a long, straight road from either direction, it's almost an oasis...more

Betty's Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

This rather quiet, little seaside resort doesn't have much in the way of hustle and bustle but it's a great place to spend a week or so doing very little. There are lovely beaches...more

Bredasdorp, Western Cape, South Africa

Not far from Bredasdorp is the wonderfully preserved Moravian mission village of Elim. Bredasdorp is about 50km from the N2. There are two routes, the R317 and R319, which form...more

Cape Agulhas, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point of Africa and is the official meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. L'Agulhas itself is a small town much enlivened over weekends...more

Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa

Set in a pretty valley on the banks of the Olifants River at the southern extreme of the Cederberg, the town is surrounded by orange groves. The major attractions are the spring flowers...more

Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa

Although it's best known for its spectacular spring flowers, there is more to this lovely town. It is situated between the West Coast and the Cederberg and on the southern edge of Namaqualand...more

Darling, Western Cape, South Africa

Named after Charles Henry Darling who came to the Cape as Lt Governor, Darling is strategically well positioned only 75km from Cape Town along the West Coast road. The sea is but 23km away...more

De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa

De Rust is a Victorian village that is home to blueblood ostriches, golden vineyards, sundrenched orchards, spectacular displays of the rare pelargoniums from which geraniums emerged...more

Elandsbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

Elandsbaai is only 220km from Cape Town and is a favourite coastal town known for its seafood as well as its natural wonders such as Verlorenvlei (a marsh) which lies between Elandsbaai...more

Elim, Western Cape, South Africa

Elim, situated in the southern-most region of Africa is one of the most attractive and picturesque of the surviving old-time South African mission stations...more

Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

This small fishing village seems to snooze under a cloak of sleepy country torpor but it really does have much to offer. It's on the other side of Walker Bay from the far bigger, far busier...more

Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa

This attractive town, about 40km from the N2, on the R406 is a drive of just over an hour from Cape Town and is consequently a popular weekend destination...more

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

Hermanus is a small and charming coastal town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Hermanus guest houses activities include whale watching, visiting Nature Reserves...more

Ladismith, Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa

This attractive Karoo town is considered the gateway to the R62. Nestled under the majestic Towerkop (magic mountain) it offers visitors some interesting hikes, wineries and the usual...more

Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa

Langebaan is about an hour's drive north of Cape Town. Nestled on the edge of the large and sheltered Langebaan Lagoon, this town is a very popular weekend destination. The lagoon offers fun...more

Matjiesfontein, Western Cape, South Africa

It is certainly a worthwhile place to stop over if driving the long N1, as the tiny hamlet is fun to explore and there are a few fun dining options. Matjiesfontein is about 250km from Cape...more

McGregor, Western Cape, South Africa

There are a number of wineries nearby and the Breede River 'wine route', adventure rafting in Adventure, is close by, as is the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve and there is a...more

Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

At the western end of Route 62, this medium-sized town has a number of attractions. There are wineries galore, a well developed hot spring resort and some of the best and most challenging...more

Oudtshoorn, Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa

Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Little Karoo. Historically, its commercial success was based on the vagaries of European fashion and the insatiable need for the incredible feathers of the...more

Prince Albert, Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa

Another wonderful Karoo town, Prince Albert, has numerous well preserved examples of 19th Century architecture. The area is known for its fruit – apricots, figs and olives and excellent Karoo...more

Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa

Beautiful, white-washed, gabled buildings grace the streets of this lovely old town and the curious visitor will interested in the museums and many national monuments. Close by is the Marloth...more

Waenhuiskrans, Western Cape, South Africa

This lovely coastal town goes by two names. Waenhuiskrans is short for Waenhuiskransgrot, which means wagon-house cave, and refers to a deeply eroded sea-cave which is big enough...more

Western Cape, South Africa

The Western Cape is an anomaly. Perched right at the tip of the continent and straddling two oceans, it is completely unlike anywhere else in Africa - probably the world. With its hot summers...more

Yzerfontein, Western Cape, South Africa

This seaside resort town is considered to be the southern extent of the West Coast. Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town it is a very convenient weekend destination. The main attractions are...more