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LAND AND WILDLIFE:


​As previously mentioned, the coastal waters are extremely nutrient rich, resulting in spectacular wildlife sightings including the leaping Great White sharks. The Western Cape is also home to 2 of the country's 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first of which is the unique Cape Floral Kingdom which is characterised by fynbos and the protea family. The Cape Floral Kingdom contains more plant species than inhabit the whole of Europe. The second World Heritage site is Robben Island which is located in Table bay. It was used as a prison for centuries before being made famous by the first South African, free elected president, Nelson Mandela, who spent the majority of his 27 year sentence there.

​The Western Cape is an ideal location to start a mountain adventure. The rolling valleys around the Swartland and Overberg districts, long climbs up soaring coastal mountains, challenging tests through the semi desert region of the Karoo and the winding trails through some of the largest indigenous forests in South Africa.    
The Western Cape is famous for a number of reasons including Robben Island, Table Mountain, indigenous 
forests around Knysna and Tsitsikamma and ofcourse the rich wine lands around areas such as Stellenbosh,
​Franschhoed and Helderberg.

​14% of South Africa GDP comes from this province with industries such as finance, ICT, retail, manufacturing and tourism. 




The Western Cape is the location of one of Africa's most iconic natural features, 'Table Mountain'. Cape Town is the Provincial Capital City and is situated in the curve of Table Mountain at the start of the southern, hook-shaped Cape Peninsula. The Western Cape is the Southernmost province of the South Africa, with the Southerly most point being Cape Agulhas and not in fact Cape Point which is displayed on many maps. 

The Western Cape contains a beautiful arrangement of soaring mountains, wide open beaches, an enticing patchwork of farmlands and the semi desertKaroo.

​Not only is the Western Cape special for its inland beauty, the wild coast is also a special  place, due to the joining of the cold Atlantic Ocean from the West and the warmer Indian Ocean from the East. Adding to this the nutrient rich Benguela current flowing from the west creating some of the world's richest fishing waters.

WESTERN CAPE: QUICK FACTS


  • ​Provincial Capital City: Cape Town


  • Languages: 49.7%, 24.7% isiXhosa, 20.2% English


  • Population: 5 822 734 (2011)


  • Share of SA population: 11.3%


  • ​Area: 129 462 square kilometres


  • ​Share of total SA area: 10.6%
GENERAL INFORMATION

Western cape