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South Africa Holiday: Western Cape

The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourist destinations. Home to the 'Mother city, Table Mountain, vast wine lands, magnificent beaches, the Cape of Good Hope, world-class restaurants and cosmopolitan entertainment.

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Western Cape is one of nine provinces in South Africa. It was formed after the first free elections in 1994 from the south-western part of the former Cape Province.
Click to see a detailed map of Western Cape Province in South Africa
With a land mass of 129,370kmē it is South Africa's fourth largest province.
The population of just over 4.5 million is 54% Coloured, 27% Black, 18% White and 1% Indian.
The first language of most people is Afrikaans (55%), isiXhosa (24%) and English (19%)
The major cities and towns in the Western Cape are Beaufort West, Bellville, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Town, Ceres, Clanwilliam, George, Knysna, Malmesbury, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoom, Paarl, Riversdale, Swellendam, Vrendenburg, Worcester.
Cape Town, the Mother City, is both the provincial capital and the nation's legislative capital.
The Western Cape is bordered on the north by the Northern Cape, and on the east by the Eastern Cape. Along its south coast is the Indian Ocean and along the west west coats is the Atlantic Ocean.
Topographically the Western Cape is exceptionally diverse. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains that range in height from 1,000m to 2300m above sea level. The valleys between ranges are generally very fertile.

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Western Cape province

Beaufort West, Bellville, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Town, Ceres, Clanwilliam, George, Knysna, Malmesbury, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoom, Paarl, Riversdale, Swellendam, Vrendenburg, Worcester

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe

Agulhas National Park; Bontebok National Park; Karoo National Park; Knysna National Lake Area; Table Mountain National Park; West Coast National Park; Wilderness National Park.

South Africa's Climate
Cape Town's Climate
The northern interior forms part of the Karoo Basin and is generally arid and hilly with a sharp escarpment in the north. Coastal areas range from sandy beaches between capes, to rocky or even mountainous in places.
Vegetation is also extremely diverse, with one of the world's seven floral kingdoms almost exclusively endemic to the province - the Cape Floral Kingdom or Fynbos. This biome is characterised by shrubs, thousands of flowering plant species and some small trees. This diversity means that there are more plant species on Table Mountain than in the entire United Kingdom!
The West Coast and Little Karoo are semi-arid regions and are typified by succulents, drought-resistant shrubs and acacia trees.
The Garden Route is extremely lush, with temperate rainforest covering many areas close to the coast and along the mountain ranges.
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