The Western Cape encompasses a beautiful and diverse array of landscapes, from the rolling vineyards of Franschhoek to the rugged fynbos of Gansbaai and the historic town of Stellenbosch. Whether it’s walking, eating, drinking or spotting whales breaching off the coast, the Western Cape has just the place for you.
Winelands & Hermanus holiday highlights
Within the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is a food and wine lover’s paradise – a place where stunning scenery, warm hospitality, delectable wines and sumptuous cuisine all come together. Take a stroll through the picturesque village or head into the vineyards to explore one of the wine farms for a tasting. For history lovers, Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in Southern Africa, its past showcased by its collection of architecture including neo-Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian. Hidden away along its streets and lanes are charming bistros, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. For those longing to explore, the hiking around the vineyards and mountains is simply spectacular. A visit to Oom Samie se Winkel, which translates too, ‘Uncle Samie’s Shop’ is a must, with plenty of local wines, as well as sweets, knick-knacks and jams.
Hermanus is famed as the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world, where you can take a walk along one of the renowned cliff-side trails and see Southern right whales breaching out at sea. Whale-watching season is from June to December and they are best seen from aboard a boat or light aircraft. The charming town features the historical fisherman’s centre and old harbour while the craft market is home to the world’s only Whale Crier, who will blow his kelp horn to alert the town when whales are spotted.