The Cape Region is the perfect introduction to South Africa with places such as Cape Town, the Winelands and Walker Bay - where you can see migrating whales. Equally famous is the Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline some 300 kilometres long.
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The Winelands of Paarl
The Cape region and Winelands are easily accessible and appealing; combining both into an itinerary is the perfect introduction to this wonderful country. This is an area where we advocate self-driving in particular, although they also lend themselves equally well to small group tours.
The Cape Peninsula sits at the most southwesterly point of the African continent, curling like a crooked finger around the waters of False Bay. At the northern end, like a knuckle, sits Table Mountain with the iconic city of Cape Town nestled on its lower slopes.
High ground runs the length of the peninsula, and seaside towns like Hout Bay hang precipitously over the edge of the ocean as you progress south to the legendary Cape of Good Hope. At nearby Cape Point, you can make your way to the lighthouse perched high above the crashing waves and be overawed by the vast expanse of ocean stretching to a curved horizon and the Antarctic beyond.
North of Cape Town you can visit the estates and pretty towns of the Winelands. Here, whitewashed Cape Dutch buildings are set against a backdrop of beautiful mountains and award-winning vineyards surround some of the best restaurants in the country. Franschhoek in particular is a delight, its French heritage and compact size making it a real favourite.
To the east, the shores of Walker Bay play host to migrating whales, easily spotted during the season, either from the cliff top paths and towns of the area, or up close by boat.
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