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Introduction to the Diverse Beauty of the Western Cape

May 7, 2008
Cape Town is without a doubt the most popular destination within the region, set against the fabulous backdrop of Table Mountain. This city of great beauty is carefully situated on the Cape Peninsula, a small strip of land that is set on the furthest western corner of Africa, jutting directly into the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors will find a wide array of accommodation options ranging from romantic boutique hotels to hotels full of colonial charm.

A wide range of attractions and leisure options await including diverse natural sights waiting to be explored. Visitors can also take advantage of the opportunity to explore the interior of the Western Cape, where the Winelands offer the chance to sample some of the finest wines in this corner of the world. Hundreds of wine estates are scattered throughout the region along with a number of quaint historic towns. Take a driving tour of the wine estates and even lunch at one of these picturesque estates as you soak up the spectacular natural beauty surrounding you. Stellenbosch, with a wealth of historic national monuments and a smattering of thatched Cape Dutch buildings, was the second town in the region to be founded by Dutch settlers. Today, this picturesque town serves as the center of the Winelands region.

Nature lovers will certainly want to visit the Cederberg area while they are in the Western Cape region. Located near Cape Town, Cederberg is celebrated as one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the region. There are a number of rugged hikes and treks, which will provide visitors with the opportunity to soak up the fabulous local sights. Wolfberg is recognized as one of the best hikes in the area. Valley of the Red Gods marks the starting point of the hike and can be easily spotted by the rather peculiar red rock formations. The hiking trail then moves along to the Wolfbegr Cracks, a grouping of crevasses that were carved from the sandstone of the Wolfberg Mountain. Visitors can literally walk right across the cracks to the Wolfberg Arch; one of the most celebrated sights in Cederberg.

Whale Coast offers unparalleled views which overlook sweeping beaches and bays, fringed by isolated fishing villages. As you might would guess from the name, this area is one of the best places to catch sight of tremendous amounts of whales. You may even catch sight of a few humpbacked whales. Although small, the town of Hermanus has been recognized as one of the best spots for whale-watching.

A bit further down the coast you will find the most southern point of Africa; Cape Agulhas. The small fishing village of Arniston is also located here and is certainly worth a stop as it was once voted by Time magazine has being one of the best kept secrets in the world. The pure azure blue waters are certainly something you will not want to miss.
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