Western Cape

Overview

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The Western Cape situated on the south-western tip of the African continent, the Western Cape with its wide beaches and breathtaking scenery, complemented by a rich variety of cultures, historical landmarks, world-class restaurants and entertainment, is a world-famous tourist destination.

Table Mountain, the Cape winelands, Robben Island and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are among the province’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Western Cape is also known for its floral diversity. The Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site, comprising eight separate protected areas, covers an area of more than 553 000 ha stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape.

The Knysna-Tsitsikamma region has the country’s biggest indigenous forests.

According to the Mid-year population estimates 2013, about 6 million people live in the Western Cape on 129 462 km2 of land. Afrikaans is spoken by the majority, with isiXhosa and English being the other main languages. Census 2011 statistics indicate that the Western Cape has the lowest rate of unemployment.

The province has a strong network of higher education institutions including the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape, and has the highest adult education level in the country.

The cold Atlantic Ocean along the west coast is a rich fishing area, while the warmer Indian Ocean skirts the province’s southern beaches.

Cape Town, often referred to as the “Mother city”, houses Parliament and is the country’s legislative capital.

Visitors to the Western Cape can disembark at Cape Town International Airport, George Airport or at the ports of Cape Town, Mossel Bay or Saldanha.

Statistics

 

Capital Cape Town
Principal languages isiXhosa 24,7%
Afrikaans 49,7%
English 20,2%
Population 6 016 900
Share of total population 11,4%
Area (km2) 129 462
Percentage of total area 10,6%

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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.


 

Geography

History

City’s and Towns

Fauna and Flora

Tourist Attractions

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