Western Cape lies on the southern tip of Africa. The
most-southern point is not, as some maps suggest, at Cape Point;
in fact at Cape Agulhas, some 200km east of Cape Town.
The province is one of the country's most beautiful, attracting
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
Two oceans meet on the coast of the Western Cape: the cold
Atlantic Ocean is in the west, while the warmer Indian Ocean
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.