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7 Charming Villages (or Towns) in the Western Cape of South Africa, that you definitely have to add to your next itinerary.

Hermanus

This seaside town in the Western Cape is the perfect place for those travelers loving to attend festivals. Hermanus has no shortage in this department.  Filled with lovely restaurants and shops to browse, your days will all be filled with something new to do and explore.  If you visit the town at the right time of the year, you will also see the Southern Right Whales.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Knysna

Also situated in the Western Cape, Knysna has “The Heads” as its main attraction.  I think the views from there are just spectacular.  Centrally located enough for you to do day trips to places like Wildernes, and Plettenberg Bay. Knysna itself also offers a lot to do for travelers.  In my opinion, you can make your stay more memorable by including a few of the “Things to do” on our list.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Franschhoek

For the lovers of wine tours and wine tasting: combined with international shopping and award-winning restaurants, this is the place to be.  If you add a little bit of history, you’ll enjoy all that the lovely Franschhoek valley offers.  You can literally walk from one end of the town to the other.  Although it is a bit of a long walk, you can browse through pretty gift shops and art galleries.  Our article will help you with ideas and easy ways to book your stay.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Stellenbosch

Called the “Eikestad” by locals because of its many oak trees lining the streets, this town filled with university students, offers a lot in history.  Although there are many museums to visit, Stellenbosch is also known for its surrounding wine farms, beautiful hotels, and nature reserves in the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg Mountains.  You will find picturesque restaurants nestled away in beautiful natural surroundings and amazing Cape Dutch stately homes in beautiful gardens.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Oudtshoorn

The town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, Western Cape is known for its ostrich farms as well as the well-known “Klein Karoo Nationale  Kunste Fees”:  An Arts Festival held each year in March and April with the best of South Africa’s talent performing.  Furthermore, the famous route 62 (a wine route) and the impressive Cango Caves are some of the main attractions in this region.  Also, don’t forget to stop at the “Crocodile Farm” – the Cango WildLife Ranch.  In my opinion, it is definitely worth a stop especially if you would love to do Croc Cage diving and get up close and personal with the crocodiles.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Clanwilliam

The home of the beloved South African Rooibos tea is often overlooked as a tourist destination.  However, it is one of the main stops when going to the Western Cape for the world-famous Namaqualand flower season.  Situated in the valley of the Cederberge, the area is also home to extensive citrus farming and it is very popular for its hiking routes and mountain biking.  In and around Clanwilliam you will also find a few “hidden gems” when looking at accommodation.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

Paarl

The town in the heart of the “Boland” in the Western Cape is beautiful with its vineyards and the majestic mountains surrounding it.  Let the Paarl Wine Route lead you to the wonderful wine estates in the area known for their Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier, Mourvedre, and Chenin Blanc.  I would suggest a stop at the “Afrikaanse Taalmonument” just to take in the awesome views: all the way to Cape Town.  Remember to make time for a cup of coffee while enjoying the view.  Take a drive down the 12 km long main road (which is the longest main road in South Africa) and stop at the Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture buildings or the beautiful KWV Wine Cellar.  Follow our link to read more and plan your trip.

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