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Western Cape

TsitsikammaRoughly the size of England, stretching about 400 kilometers northwards along the Atlantic Ocean coast and about 500 kilometers eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast, the Western Cape offers a wide variety of popular tourist destinations and diverse climate. Most of the Western Cape is considered to have a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate with cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms. The Garden Route and Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate with cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers. Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide after Hawaii. Apart from the Karoo, Thunderstorms are generally rare. Extremes of heat and cold are common inland and snow is a common winter occurrence on higher lying ground. The Prince Edward Islands are subantarctic islands, which experience year-round cool to cold temperatures with high precipitation. The Western Cape is home to one of the world's 7 floral Kingdoms, known as the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Popular tourist destinations include:

  • Cape Town and the Cape Town outskirts (including Hermanus, Paarl, Somerset-West, Stellenbosch)
  • The Garden Route, stretching on the coast from Heidelberg to the Storms River.
  • Route 62 between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn