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Western Cape of South Africa – Part 2

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.

Cities and Towns of Western Cape

• Arniston
• Baardskeerdersbos
• Barrydale
• Betty’s Bay
• Birkenhead
• Botrivier
• Bredasdorp
• Caledon
• Dennehof
• De Kelders
• Elgin
• Elim
• Fisherhaven
• Franskraalstrand
• Gansbaai
• Genadendal
• Grabouw
• Greyton
• Hawston
• Hermanus
• Hotagterklip
• Infanta
• Kleinbaai
• Kleinmond
• L’Agulhas
• Napier
• Onrusrivier
• Pearly Beach
• Pringle Bay
• Riviersonderend
• Rooi Els
• Stanford
• Struisbaai
• Suiderstrand
• Suurbraak
• Swellendam
• Van Dyksbaai
• Vermont
• Villiersdorp

• Albertinia
• Boggomsbaai
• Brenton-on-Sea
• Buffelsbaai
• Calitzdorp
• Dana Baai
• De Rust
• Dysselsdorp
• Friemersheim
• George
• Glentana
• Gouritsmond
• Groot Brak Rivier
• Groot-Jongensfontein
• Haarlem
• Hartenbos
• Heidelberg
• Herbertsdale
• Herolds Bay
• Keurboomsrivier
• Keurboomstrand
• Klein Brak Rivier
• Knysna
• Kranshoek
• Kurland Estate
• Ladismith
• Mossel Bay
• Nature’s Valley
• Noetzie
• Oudtshoorn
• Pacaltsdorp
• Plettenberg Bay
• Port Beaufort
• Rheenendal
• Riversdale
• Sedgefield
• Slangrivier
• Stilbaai
• Uniondale
• Volmoed
• Victoria Bay
• Wilderness
• Wittedrift
• Zoar

Central Karoo
• Beaufort West
• Laingsburg
• Leeu-Gamka
• Matjiesfontein
• Merweville
• Murraysburg
• Nelspoort
• Prince Albert

Municipalities in Western Cape

The Western Cape is made up of one metropolitan municipality, and five district municipalities. These are subdivided into 24 local municipalities.
• City of Cape Town
• West Coast District
• Matzikama
• Cederberg
• Bergrivier
• Saldanha Bay
• Swartland
• Cape Winelands District
• Witzenberg
• Drakenstein
• Stellenbosch
• Breede Valley
• Langeberg
• Overberg District
• Theewaterskloof
• Overstrand
• Cape Agulhas
• Swellendam
• Eden District
• Kannaland
• Hessequa
• Mossel Bay
• George
• Oudtshoorn
• Bitou
• Knysna
• Central Karoo District
• Laingsburg
• Prince Albert
• Beaufort West

Points of Interest
• Cape Town
• Stellenbosch
• Paarl
• George – gateway to the Garden Route
• Knysna – a beautiful city in the Garden Route
• Mossel Bay – has stunning beaches
• Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves

Other Destinations
• Cape Agulhas – The southernmost point of Africa
• Gansbaai – On the majestic Walker Bay with floral abundance.
• Hermanus – Famous for the whale-watching
• Montagu – A small town in the little (Klein) Karoo
• Swellendam – One of the oldest European settlements in South Africa
• Yzerfontein – Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach
• Wupperthal – A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
• Paternoster – A tiny fishing village on the West Coast
• Storms River- Near the Tsitsikamma National Park

National Parks of Western Cape

Agulhas National Park
• The Agulhas National Park is a South African national park. The location of this park is in Agulhas Plain which is located in the southern Overberg region of the Western Cape.
• This park is located south east of Cape Town at a distance of 120 mi.
• The geographic location of the park is between Gansbaai and Struisbaai along the coastal plain and Cape Agulhas which is located at the southern end of Africa is also included.
• This park covers an area of 20,959 hectares (51,790 acres).
• Cape Agulhas is the main and primary attraction for the tourists here.
• The meeting-point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is Cape Agulhas.
• The second oldest lighthouse known as Agulhas lighthouse in South Africa.
• A museum and tearoom is also included.
• Trails
• Bird Watching
• Cape Agulhas Wine Route – the southernmost wine route
• Napier Breweries
• Museums – Shipwreck Museum (Bredasdorp), Lighthouse Museum (L’Agulhas), Elim Heritage Centre (Elim)
• 4×4 Trails
• Whale Watching (June to September)
• Swimming
• Rock & Surf Angling
• Visiting Art Galleries
• Whale watching

Bontebok National Park
• Bontebok National Park is a species-specific national park in Western Cape, South Africa.
• This park was established in 1961.
• This was done to ensure the preservation of the bontebok.
• This park is the smallest national park of South Africa.
• The area of this park is 27.86 km².
• The park is part of the Cape Floristic Region, which is a World Heritage Site.
• The park is situated 6 km to the south of Swellendam.
• This is in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.
• This is bordered to the south by the Breede River.
• This park is home to more than 300 bontebok.
• The other animals are zebra, duiker and steenbok.
• The fauna and flora and fynbos are spectacular.
• The park has a magnificient view of the Langeberg Mountains.
Gate opening and closing times
– 1 October to 30 April: 07:00 – 19:00
– 1 May to 30 September: 07:00 – 18:00
Check-in and check-out times
– Check-in time: 12:00
– Checkout time: 09:00
Office Hours
– 1 October to 30 April: 07:00 – 19:00
– 1 May to 30 September: 07:00 – 18:00

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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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

Videos of about Western Cape – South Africa

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