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Western Cape

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The Western Cape lies on the southern tip of Africa. The most-southern point is not, as some maps suggest, at Cape Point; it is
in fact at Cape Agulhas, some 200km east of Cape Town.
The province is one of the country's most beautiful, attracting the
lion's share of foreign tourists.

It is a region of majestic mountains, colourful patchworks of farmland and vineyards set in lovely valleys, long beaches and, further inland, the wide-open landscape of the semi-desert Karoo.

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. The plankton-rich cold Benguela current
flows along the west coast and is considered to be one of the
world’s richest fishing grounds.

The Western Cape’s unmatched natural beauty, famous hospitality, cultural diversity, excellent wine and rich cuisine make it one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions.
Perched between the ocean and the mountain, and with a national park as its heart, Cape Town is wild and wonderful. Among its attractions are climbing, surfing and diving along with vibrant nightlife, excellent wine and endless shopping.

A potpourri of diverse cultural backgrounds gives the province a cosmopolitan flavour, creating a demographic profile quite different from the national pattern. Centuries of trade and immigration have created a population with genetic and linguistic links to different parts of Europe, southeast Asia, India and Africa. Afrikaans is spoken by the majority, with isiXhosa and English being the other main languages.


False Bay Coast

Hex River Valley

Buitenverwachting
Wine Estate

Table Mountain
Cape Town
Why False Bay?
It is said that the large bay on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula is called False Bay because to early sailors coming from the East it looked as though there was a sea passage between the mainland to the north and what they thought was a mountainous island (the peninsula) to the south. When they found their way blocked by the flat land that joins the mainland to the peninsula they had to retrace their journey. Another version of the story has it that the sailors simply thought False Bay was the much smaller Table Bay on the other side of the peninsula.


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