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Western Cape of South Africa – Part 1




The Western Cape is a province located in the south west of South Africa. The capital of this province is Cape Town. The region that now forms the Western Cape was part of the much larger before 1994. Before the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, it was called the Cape Colony.
• Country : South Africa
• Established : 27 April 1994
• Capital : Cape Town
• Districts : 6
• Government Type : Parliamentary system
• Total Area : 129,462 km square (49,986 sq mi)
• Area rank : 4th in South Africa
• Highest elevation : 2,325 m (7,628 ft)
• Lowest elevation : 0 m (0 ft)
• Total Population (2011) : 5,822,734
• Density : 45/km square (120/sq mi)
• Density rank : 4th in South Africa
• Population Groups in Western Cape
– Colored : 48.8%
– Black African : 32.8%
– White : 15.7%
– Indian or Asian : 1.0%
• Languages
– Afrikaans : 49.7%
– Xhosa : 24.7%
– English : 20.2%
• Time zone : SAST (UTC+2)
• ISO 3166 code : ZA-WC
• GDP (nominal) : Total R 264.98 billion
• US$ 33.88 billion
– Per ca-pita R 50,726
• US$ 6,488
– Growth : -1.45%
• Website : www.westerncape.gov.za

Overview of Western Cape

• The shape of Western Cape L-shaped.
• It is situated to the north east from the Cape of Good Hope, a famous landmark.
• It is located along Atlantic coast (250 mi) and Indian Ocean coast (300mi).
• It extends about 500 kilometres (300 mi) eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast.
• Northern and Eastern cape borders the Western Cape from north and east respectively.
• Breede, Breg and Olifants are some of the important rivers of the province.
• The capital is Cape Town and other major cities included are:
– Stellenbosch
– Worcester
– Paarl
– George
– The Garden Route and the Overberg are popular coastal tourism areas.
• The Western Cape is topographically diverse.
• The major area of the province lies under Cape Fold Belt.
• The soils have alluvial loamy to clay which makes the valleys quite fertile.
• Interior part forms a part of the Karoo Basin which is dry and hilly.
• Between capes, the coastal areas varies from sandy to rocky to steep and mountainous.
• The Western Cape is also the southernmost region of the African continent.
• The southernmost point is Cape Agulhas which is 3800 km from the Antarctic coastline.
• Diverse vegetation is diverse.
• This is one of the world’s seven floral kingdoms. Fynbos forms the majority of Cape Floral Kingdom which is rich in species.
• Table Mountain has more plant species and has various types of shrubs.
• There are many flowering plant species and some small trees.
• The West Coast and Little Karoo are semi-dry regions.
• The Garden Route is extremely lush.
• Temperate rain forest covers many areas adjacent to the coast and along the mountain ranges.

Typical species are hardwoods of exceptional height are:
– Yellowwood
– Stinkwood
– Ironwood trees

Regions of Western Cape

The Western Cape can be divided in the following regions:
• Cape Peninsula
• Cape Winelands
• East of Cape Town
• West Coast
• The Overberg
• The Garden Route
• The Little Karoo
• The Cape Karoo

Cities and Towns of Western Cape

Cape Metropole
• Atlantis
• Bellville
• Blue Downs
• Brackenfell
• Cape Town
• Crossroads
• Durbanville
• Eerste Rivier
• Elsie’s River
• Fish Hoek
• Goodwood
• Gordon’s Bay
• Guguletu
• Hout Bay
• Khayelitsha
• Kraaifontein
• Kuils River
• Langa
• Melkbosstrand
• Mfuleni
• Milnerton
• Mitchell’s Plain
• Noordhoek
• Nyanga
• Parow
• Simon’s Town
• Somerset West
• Strand

West Coast
• Aurora
• Bitterfontein
• Chatsworth
• Citrusdal
• Clanwilliam
• Darling
• Doringbaai
• Dwarskersbos
• Ebenhaeser
• Eendekuil
• Elands Bay
• Goedverwacht
• Graafwater
• Grotto Bay
• Hopefield
• Jacobsbaai
• Jakkalsfontein
• Kalbaskraal
• Klawer
• Koekenaap
• Koringberg
• Lamberts Bay
• Langebaan
• Langebaanweg
• Lutzville
• Malmesbury
• Moorreesburg
• Paternoster
• Piketberg
• Porterville
• Redelinghuys
• Riebeek-Kasteel
• Riebeek West
• Saldanha
• St Helena Bay
• Strandfontein
• Vanrhynsdorp
• Velddrif
• Vredenburg
• Vredendal
• Wupperthal
• Yzerfontein

Cape Winelands
• Ashton
• Bonnievale
• Ceres
• Chicago
• De Doorns
• Denneburg
• Franschhoek
• Gouda
• Kayamandi
• Klapmuts
• Kylemore
• Languedoc
• McGregor
• Montagu
• Op-die-Berg
• Paarl
• Pniel
• Prince Alfred Hamlet
• Rawsonville
• Robertson
• Robertsvlei
• Rozendal
• Saron
• Stellenbosch
• Touws River
• Tulbagh
• Wellington
• Wemmershoek
• Wolseley
• Worcester

Best time to visit / climate

• The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate.
• It has cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.
• The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate.
• It has cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers.
• Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide.
• This is after Hawaii.
• Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province.
• Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast.
• Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground.
• Frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys.
• Cape Town International Airport averages: January maximum: 26 °C (min: 16 °C), July maximum: 18 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 515mm
• Kirstenbosch, Cape Town annual rainfall: 1395mm
• George averages: January maximum: 25 °C (min: 15 °C), July maximum: 19 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 715mm
• Marion Island (Prince Edward Group) averages: January maximum: 10 °C (min: 5 °C), July maximum: 6 °C (min: 1 °C), annual rainfall: 2401mm

Location on Google Maps


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Or click and paste the URL below on your browser:
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How to get there?

By Plane
• Cape Town’s international airport is the country’s second largest after Johannesburg.
• There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train
Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to:
• Johannesburg
• Worcester
• Beaufort West
• Durban
• Kimberley
• Bloemfontein
• Pietermaritzburg
• East London

MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as:
• Simon’s Town
• Bellville
• Malmesbury
• Somerset West
• Stellenbosch
• Strand
• Worcester
• Paarl

By Car
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus
Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

How to Get around?

By Bus
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape as does the Baz Bus.

By Car
Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at cape.hotelguide.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com

Blogs / Sites about Western Cape – South Africa

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at westerncape.gov.za
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Western Cape – South Africa

images at westerncape.gov.za
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.in
images at sa-venues.com

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