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Western CapeCape Winelands and the famous Garden Route. Millions of visitors are drawn to the Western Cape every year as it offers a wealth of activities which provide a broad range of activities and attractions so great that there is something to do for everyone. The Western Cape is bordered by two oceans - the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west. From Plettenberg Bay to Lambertís Bay, long sweeping stretches of sand are interrupted by rocky promontories, fishing villages and holiday resorts. The scenic beauty of the beaches and the hypnotic beat of the waves provide perfect conditions for anglers. Peace and tranquillity is easy to find and fish are plentiful. In the Boland and further afield, golden wheat fields and fragrant orchards stretch afar, and gracious, gabled Cape Dutch Mansions set among manicured vineyards, enhance the beauty of this setting. The landscape all around is completed by the backdrop of the towering indigo mountains. The lakes and forests of the Garden Route are also bordered by impressive mountain ranges, and you can travel inland via a number of magnificent passes.
To the north of the mountains, the Klein Karoo is epitomised by the wide open spaces, undulating hills and huge ostrich farms. The different seasons each provide their own wonder with flowers of spring, the ripening orchards of summer, the red and golden shades of autumn and the snow-capped mountain peaks of winter. The heart of the Western Cape is the city of Cape Town with a diverse culture brought about by Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers who each stamped their mark upon the foundations of the city. The city is engulfed by the presence of Table Mountain and offers nearby attractions such as Robben Island; Cape Point; Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The vibrant coastline stretches from Lambertís Bay on the West Coast all the way around to Witsand. The Cape Winelands region is a huge draw card to South Africa and manages to effortlessly combine the beauty of ripening vineyards, Cape Dutch manor homes and excellent cuisine. Summer in the Cape Winelands is epitomised by the harvest season and for the wonderful fresh locally grown produce and homemade products. Take time out to visit the wonderful farm stalls to sample these. You can even enjoy activities such as berry, cherry, grape and other fruit picking tours at the various fruit farms. The Cape Winelands is the largest wine producing region in the Western Cape and with a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from, you are guaranteed to taste some of the finest wines in the world. For the adventurous visitor among you, there are more energetic activities such as game viewing, canoeing, 4x4 trails, horse-back safaris, hiking, mountain biking, rock pool swimming, abseiling and climbing. The Garden Route of South Africa stretches from north Swellendam to Oudtshoorn and east to the beautiful town of Plettenberg Bay. A drive along this route should be a must for all visitors to the Western Cape as you will enjoy stunning coastline dotted with quaint villages and towns and all accompanied by action packed mountain ranges.
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