The Western Cape province is the oldest and most gracious in South Africa and is well loved by tourists, both local and international.
Two oceans meet on the coast of the Western Cape: the cold Atlantic Ocean is in the west, while the warmer Indian Ocean lies on the southern coast. A jumble of diversity gives the Western Cape its cosmopolitan flavour. There are cities, quaint fishing villages and small towns in the province all bringing something special to the Western Cape.
The region is topographically and climatically varied with a temperate southern coastline fringed with mountains while the north stretches into the arid Karoo. The southern coastal area is fertile, while fishing is the most important industry along the west coast. Snow is a common occurrence in winter on the mountains, occasionally reaching down into the valleys.
The Western Cape has major airports in Cape Town and George with important ports in Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha. The province is the smallest of the world’s floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom which is made up of fynbos and the protea family. Tourism and real estate are the main contributors to the Western Cape’s economy with tourism having shown substantial growth in the last few years.