The drama of the Drakenstein Mountains, the lushness of the region’s wine valleys and the call of the country’s famous Garden Route sets the scene for the multitude of ‘wild’ outdoor adventures waiting in South Africa’s Western Cape.
To get the very best out of this wilderness experience, take time out to immerse yourself in the diverse eco-systems and pockets of nature. A one-way trip up Table Mountain's cable aerial-way can be balanced with a 45-minute hike through the surrounding national park. It’s a must when the wildflowers are in bloom. A drive along the mind-blowingly gorgeous Clarence Drive is nicely balanced with an excursion out onto the water to watch humpback whales at play. A visit to Gansbaai can be as much about diving with the great whites as it can be about the preservation of the endangered African penguin or the nearby Cape fur seal colony on Dyer Island.
In the Cape Winelands, windy roads lead through fertile valleys pulsing with grapes on the vine. Here, stunning South African reds and whites are produced and showcased with passion. For the gourmands, the sheer diversity of local producers and artisans will whet the appetite for more epicurean adventures in the Western Cape. Cape Town’s vibrant art and cosmopolitan nightlife scenes rub shoulders with the tastefully designed street-art township tours. Micro-breweries and the foodie scene compliment the Cape Malay street food and traditional African fare that springs up in every available corner.
This is Africa… but not as you know it.