Province of the Western Cape Off The Beaten Path

  • "Jumping" Sea Lions, Cape Town, SA
    by TrendsetterME
  • "Jumping" Sea Lions, Cape Town, SA
    by TrendsetterME
  • "Jumping" Sea Lions, Cape Town, SA
    by TrendsetterME

Province of the Western Cape Off The Beaten Path

  • Cape Point / Cape Aghulus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Cape Agulhas the REAL end of Africa!! Most people mistake Cape Point just a short drive from Cape Town for the southern most point of Africa. Heard same rubbish being told by touristguides. A glance at the atlas should clarify that once n for all. Cape Agulhas about a three-hour drive southeast of Cape Town. Follow the N2 from Cape Town to CALEDON,...

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  • West Coast

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind! The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate...

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  • Beaches

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Bloubergstrand is located about 25km North of Cape Town and it's the place to go for great fotos of the town with Table Mountain in the background (see my intro pic). The Beach is fantastic aswell and there were some surfers in the water (way too cold for my liking). Unfortunately there's been quite a bit of construction going on and highrise...

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  • Penguins

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, about 45 minutes drive out of Cape Town are such an established part of the tourist landscape that most people don't realise that the colony was only established in 1962 when two breeding pairs decided that this was the ideal place to call home. Since then, the numbers have increased markedly to the...

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  • Hermanus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Driving to Hermanus, which is 122kms from Cape Town, on the coast- is a wonderful days outing. As well as passing charming old fishing villages (now very 'in vogue') you will pass a few nature reserves, which include many bird species and hippo. Stop anywhere along the way at one of the gorgeous beaches, and you may see whales, which frolic between...

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  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is worth a day on anyone's itinerary. While not a big fan of botanical gardens in general, Kirstenbosch is one of my favorite places on earth. It's impossible to describe in words why this place is so incredible. My advice is, just go there and find out for yourself. www.nbi.ac.za/frames/kirstfram.htm

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  • Wine Region

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The language monument reminds the people to the official status of the African language. This monument exist out of grained granite that is made into concrete. The small columns remind that the Dutch, English and several African languages are the source for the African language. For more information and photos see my page: Paarl You can find...

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  • Signal Hill

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    We wanted to go up to Signal Hill to get a nice view of the city. We were not aware of the fact that you could actually drive to the very top and check it out. So we parked the car where you normally get of to get to the Cable Way (to Table Mountain). So we got a pretty nice walk up to the Signal Hill. But it was a nice sunny day and we had a great...

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  • African Markets

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    From the coastal road market, here's the picture of the 12 Feet Giraff! If I'm not mistaken, that giraff cost like US$150.00, but I was wondering how to lug that thing back home.. :)

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  • Lions Head

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    If you are going in a group you can climb up lions head. It is a fairly easy hike with the last bit being aided by chains. We always used to take champagne & nibbles & watch the most amazing sunsets Don't go on your own!!

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  • Fish Hoek

    Our old home: Fish Hoek, Cape TownFish Hoek is archeologically famous for Peers Cave: In 1926 Victor Peers and his son Bertie excavated a cave on the hillside in the Fish Hoek Valley, now known as Peers Cave. They found many stone tools and the remains of 9 people of varying ages, one of whom became famous as 'Fish Hoek Man'. This skull has the...

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  • Oudtshoorn

    This is what Oudtshoorn is renowned for ~ Ostriches, camels and caves!But there is a lot more to it than that, and I was surprised that the town was a lot bigger than I had pre-conceived, plus has so much in the way of history, architecture and culture.If you are driving along the Garden Route, do make the detour up to Oudtshoorn... for a gander...

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  • Hout Bay

    Hout Bay is English for 'Houtbaai', and it is affectionately called a 'Republic' as it is out of the way to other places, you have to go through, up or over mountains to reach her! There is a busy harbour and fishing industry here, as well as posh homes, along with a sprawling township.Full of character, arty and crammed with charm.Welcome to Hout...

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  • Scarborough

    We would often go for drives on the weekend to Scarborough when we lived in Cape Town, and this drive was a favourite! Not rushed, absolutely beautiful scenery all around, and peaceful, with not much traffic. The sea beckons, as do the sundowners at sunset :)This is a little hamlet-type village, set away on the mountainside, with no close...

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  • Kommetjie

    Kommetjie... 'just' a bit further than Fish Hoek, located on the other side of the valley, it being on the Atlantic Sea side, and Fish Hoek the Indian Ocean side.It has become a fashionable (and expensive!) residential area, with a lovely beach and its own lighthouse to boot! It is laid back and not commercialised.On the way to Kommetjie you drive...

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  • Stellenbosch

    Seeping with wine and culture ~ Stellenbosch!Stellenbosch is renowned for its landscape of vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. It is full of South African history and culture, and is a favourite to visit with tourists and locals alike.It also has a couple of bustling universities, and is a town full to the brim with students.

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  • Knysna

    I have been to Knysna a few times, the last times being on my honeymoon in 2001, with a brief stop here in 2007. We took the renowned Outeniqua 'Choo choo' steam train from George to Knysna, and spent some time there. The journey there was 5 hours, over caverns, rivers and through fields. Delightful!

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  • South Africa's own historical naval...

    Simon's Town, a 45 minute drive from the city of Cape Town and a must see in the Western Cape!Simon's Town is still home to South Africa's navy, and has regained much of its historic splendour and character.Living close by in Fish Hoek for a few years, we would often drive here on the weekends and go for lovely walks. There is loads to eat here...

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  • Wilderness

    Wilderness was another honeymoon destination of ours in 2001! We have since gone back for a week in 2007 - and what a stunning time we had.A place to lie back and relax, go canoeing up the river, or birdwatching.It is a good 5 hour drive from the city of Cape Town itself, along the Garden Route, in the Tsitsikamma Forest region.

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  • Shelley Point Penguin

    We were so busy watching the whales in the bay that we didn't even notice some seals basking on the rocks in front of us. There was also a penguin on the rocks even closer. We could walk right up to it. Please remember to respect the wildlife and keep your distance.

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  • Shelley Point

    There is is a fairly new housing development an hour up the west coast. You have to be a resident to enter the walled village but you can ask the guards to let you in to have a look. We took a walk along the beach to the lighthouse and were very lucky to see about 3 whales in the bay approx 100m offshore. This is quite uncommon in January so we...

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  • Paternoster Seafood

    I can't actually remember the name of the restaurant but since there is only one you can't miss it. The food is so cheap anyone can easily afford to eat lobster like a king (about R125). The prawns and calamari are excellent. The restaurant is very basic with a nice verandah so you can sit outside. Service is slow (approx 45 mins) but there are...

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  • Paternoster Beaches

    Paternoster is a small village up the west coast of the Cape. It is about an hour and a hlaf drive from Cape Town. The beaches here are practically deserted. There is a campsite at nearby Titties Baai.

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  • Paternoster Cottages

    Along the west cost you will find small cottages along the coast line. Most of the people here make a living from fishing.

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