Western Cape

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in the Western Cape of South Africa, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Charming, historic Tulbagh, Western Cape.

Today, mostly used as accommodation, restaurants and art galleries, Church street remains that picture-perfect location, locked in time.

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Trail’s End Bike Hotel, Western Cape

The stars to consider here are the ones that illuminate the dark skies in this apple, pear and wine-grape growing region in South Africa’s Western Cape.

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L’Ermitage, Franschhoek

South Africa’s culinary capital Franschhoek remains the go-to location for people who relish fine cuisine and excellent wines.

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Birkenhead House, Western Cape

We know all about barefoot luxury – that term for palm-fringed beaches and soft sand with staff offering freshly cracked coconuts and umbrella-topped cocktails.

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Morukuru Beach Lodge

Staying at the Moruku Beach Lodge offers Brian Berkman the opportunity to whale-watch at De Hoop Nature Reserve on South Africa’s southernmost point.

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The Fancourt Estate, Western Cape

Although The Fancourt Estate near George on South Africa’s famous Garden Route is well supported by locals, for most it is a destination made even more attractive by being, literally, 10 minutes away from George airport.  Fancourt has its own airport lounge. It is that sort of place.

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