The Western Cape

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Western Cape - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Spier

    This is one of the oldest farms in the area, established in 1692 on the banks of the Eerste River. The farm produces excellent wines,...Read More

  • 2. Tokara

    Perched on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Tokara is the brainchild of banker G. T. Ferreira. For a city slicker...Read More

  • 3. Warwick

    This Ratcliffe-family-run farm is all business. Norma Ratcliffe, the grande dame of the estate, spent a couple of years in France perfecting traditional techniques, which...Read More

  • 4. Allée Bleue

    Set against the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains and surrounded by vineyards and orchards, Allée Bleue is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. This...Read More

  • 5. Avalon Springs

    The area's only hot springs open to day visitors, Avalon Springs is not the most stylish, and the architecture leaves a lot to be desired....Read More

  • 6. Bontebok National Park

    Covering just 6,880 acres of coastal fynbos, Bontebok National Park the smallest of South Africa's national parks. Don't expect to see big game here—the park...Read More

  • 7. Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

    On the road into McGregor, Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a safe space for neglected and abused donkeys. Kids can meet Alice, Lulu, and the other...Read More

  • 8. Fairview

    A visit to Fairview is a treat for the whole family, including kids and adults who aren't fans of wine. Children get a kick out...Read More

  • 9. Groote Post Vineyard

    Former dairy farmer Peter Pentz had enough of getting up at 4 am to milk his cows, so together with his son, Nick, he turned...Read More

  • 10. Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

    This 440-acre nature reserve is in the heart of the coastal fynbos, where the Cape floral kingdom is at its richest. The profusion of plants...Read More

  • 11. Langeberg Tractor Ride

    Scenic Drive

    The popular three-hour Langeberg Tractor Ride takes you to the summit of the Langeberg (Long Mountain) and back. The tractor winds up some tortuously...Read More

  • 12. Mooiberge Farmstall

    You can't drive down the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch without noticing the remarkable scarecrows at Mooiberge Farmstall. They're riding bicycles, driving tractors, and...Read More

  • 13. Mulderbosch Vineyards

    A long and beautiful driveway emerges at Mulderbosch's tasting room and restaurant, both of which overlook a small lake. It's a relaxed and family-friendly spot,...Read More

  • 14. Neethlingshof

    A long avenue of pines leads to this lovely estate, which traces its origins to 1692. The magnificent 1814 Cape Dutch manor house looks out...Read More

  • 15. Old Harbour Museum

    Hermanus was originally a simple fishing village. Its Old Harbour, the oldest surviving example in South Africa, has been declared a national monument. The Old...Read More

  • 16. Onrus

    Head back toward Kleinmond, continuing on the R43 toward Hermanus and across the Bot River. The R43 swings eastward around the mountains, past the not...Read More

  • 17. Rhebokskloof Private Cellar

    This winery sits at the head of a shallow valley, backed by hillsides covered with vines and fynbos. It's a lovely place for lunch on...Read More

  • 18. Rooisand Nature Reserve

    Stroll along the boardwalk at Rooisand Nature Reserve and you might catch a glimpse of the famous Bot River horses that live in vlei, or...Read More

  • 19. Simondium Guild

    Based in a converted old wine cellar, this complex between Franschhoek and Paarl can occupy a whole family for the afternoon. There's an award-winning craft...Read More

  • 20. Simonsig

    Koelenhof

    Sitting in a sea of vines is this estate with tremendous views back toward Stellenbosch and the mountains. Simonsig has more than a dozen white...Read More

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