INSPIRED TRAVEL TO THE WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape of South Africa, with the impressive scenery of the city of Cape Town, the wine-lands slightly to the west, and the natural beauty and wild seaside tranquility of the Garden Route further along the coastline is certainly an area not to be missed on a trip to Africa.
Only a short hours drive eastward from of the city of Cape Town we find the Stellenbosch and Franshhoek expanse, which make up the core valleys of South Africa's wine producing regions. This region has a climate that vineyards thrive in, and has many extremely impressive wine farms, not only in terms of wine quality but also in the raw natural beauty and tranquility of the farms themselves. The surrounding landscapes are unparalleled in wine producing regions anywhere.
These areas will also give you a notable feel for the old Dutch and French influences around Cape Town that have been so well combined with the modern elegance of today. The region also boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, and one could easily spend a week here enjoying these, together with the relaxing and refreshing hospitality of some of the small high quality "Bed & Breakfast" Inn's in the area.
For those who wish to venture further afield, the small holiday towns of the coast known as the "Garden Route" lie around 5-6 hours drive or a 50 min flight eastwards from Cape Town, stretching from the town of George through to the Tsitsikama Forrest and National Park. The natural beauty of this area boasts the clean warm waves of the Indian Ocean breaking onto the golden brown beaches of Plettenberg Bay. So too the tranquility of the Knysna Lagoon, surrounded by peaceful hills of forestry under a backdrop of the coastal mountains. The area is alive with daytime explorations, excursions and activities.