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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 clifftop paths and towns of the area, or up close by boat.

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Highlights of the Cape Region & Winelands

South Africa is beguiling in its variety. It’s confident, cosmopolitan Cape Town but it’s also big game viewing in Kruger National Park, the quaint farmsteads and valleys of the Winelands and the remote, wild Elephant Coast. Its colonial past can be witnessed in the battlefields of the KwaZulu Natal region, and its more recent history continues to fascinate, with Robben Island receiving many visitors year after year. Our South Africa specialists have thoroughly explored this land of contrasts, from the north to the Cape Peninsula. We can recommend the best South African experiences, whether you’re interested in safari, prefer a relaxed road trip on the verdant Garden Route, or are looking for the best diving spots near Durban. It’s a country that’s ideal for self-driving, with good road conditions, while rail journeys traversing South Africa’s mountain ranges, grasslands, and semi-arid Karoo Desert allow you to see the country’s untouched, far-flung areas.

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