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The Western Cape is a province in South Africa with coasts across the Indian and Atlantic oceans.  It’s best known for the port city of Cape Town, resting underneath Table Mountain, part of a national park of the same name.  Robben Island in Table Bay is the notorious prison that once housed Nelson Mandela before, and is currently a living museum.  Farther afield, winelands surround historical towns like Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl.  (Copyright: Peter Titmuss)

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SIMONSBERG MOUNTAIN STELLENBOSH SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The Simonsberg Mountain seen across open farmland close to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape South Africa

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SIMONSBERG MOUNTAIN STELLENBOSH SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The Simonsberg Mountain seen across a farm dam close to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape South Africa

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PALMIET RIVER AT KLEINMOND WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – The Palmiet River flowing towards the sea at Kleinmond in the Western Cape region of South Africa

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STELLENBOSCH WESTERN CAPE SOUTHERN AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – Motoring along the Stellenbosch wine route in the Western Cape South Africa

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WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Highway N2 traffic on Sir Lowry’s Pass with a background of Hottentots-Holland mountains near Somerset West Western Cape South Africa

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GEORGE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Pedestrians walking on side of N2 highway at George in the Western Cape region South Africa

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RICKETY BRIDGE RAIL LINE AT FRANSCHHOEK WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Rickety Bridge Winery railway station for tourist tram ride between vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley Southern Africa

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RICKETY BRIDGE RAIL LINE AT FRANSCHHOEK WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Rickety Bridge Winery a tourist tram ride between vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley Western Cape Southern Africa

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KALK BAY WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The scenic coastal suburban railroad line which runs between Cape Town and Simon’s Town seen here passing Kalk Bay in the Western Cape Southern Africa

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KALK BAY WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The scenic coastal suburban railroad line which runs between Cape Town and Simon’s Town seen here passing Kalk Bay in the Western Cape Southern Africa

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MIIZAMO YETHU TOWNSHIP SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – Residents seen at the canvassing tent of the ANC Party in Imizamo Yethu township Hout Bay in the Western Cape

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CAPE TOWN TOUR BUS AT CAMPS BAY WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2015 – A hop on hop off tour bus at Camps Bay a seaside resort near Cape Town Southern Africa

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TWELVE APOSTLES MOUNTAINS WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The top deck of a tour bus giving passengers a good view of the Twelve Apostles mountain range close to Cape Town Southern Africa

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KIRSTENBOSCH WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – A red open top double decker tourist bus at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden in Cape Town

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SIMON’S TOWN HARBOR IN THE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Bertha’s restaurant & hotel on the waterfront in Simon’s Town Western Cape South Africa

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GORDONS BAY HARBOR WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – A dull day over the boats in Gordons Bay harbour in the western Cape South Africa

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HERMANUS WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – War Memorial on the seafront in Hermanus with two naval guns which face inward towards the town. The guns point in this direction as there is no war.

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CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – Cape Town University campus in the Western Cape region of Southern Africa

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Vineyards vines & fruit farming in the Elgin region western Cape South Africa

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Tractor with trimming equipment cutting tops of vines in Springtime Western Cape South Africa

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GRAPE HARVEST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Sauvignon blanc grapes arriving at Goudini Cellar in Rawsonville Western Cape South Africa

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MONTAGE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Farm workers arrive in the tomato fields on a tractor and trailer at Montagu farm in the Western Cape region of South Africa

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Tomatoes drying in the sun on a Montagu farm Western Cape South Africa

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FRANSCHHOEK WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – A lavender farm in the Franschhoek Valley the plants which have been trimmed are set in symmetrical rows

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ROBERTSON WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Horses grazing on a stud farm at Robertson in the Western Cape region of South Africa

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OUDTSHOORN OSTRICH FARM SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA -2015 – Jockeys riding ostriches during a race on an Ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape area of Southern Africa

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OUDTSHOORN OSTRICH FARM SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – A young man riding an Ostrich with the help of a ranger on a ostrich farm visitor centre in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape region of South Africa

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AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BETTY’S BAY WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – African penguins which is also called a Jackass Penguin ashore at Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape South Africa

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BETTY’S BAY WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL-2016 – A colony of African penguins on the coast at Betty’s Bay. They are also known as Jackass penguins and are only found on southern coast of Africa

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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 – Tourists being photographed at the Cape of Good Hope in the Western Cape South Africa

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CHURCH GROOT DRAKENSTEIN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The thatched Christian Church of St George at Groot Drakenstein in the Western Cape Southern Africa

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KLEINMOND HARBOR WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2016 – The small harbour in the popular holiday coastal town of Kleinmond in Southern Africa

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THE STRAND SEASIDE RESORT WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2014 -Holidaymakers on the beach at Strand a popular town in the Western Cape Southern Africa

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HOLIDAY BEACH IN THE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2013 -Holidaymakers sunbathing on the beach at Rooi Els on the Cape Whale Coast near Gordon’s Bay Western Cape South Africa

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HOLIDAY BEACH IN THE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2013 -Holidaymakers sunbathing on the beach at Rooi Els on the Cape Whale Coast near Gordon’s Bay Western Cape South Africa

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HOLIDAY BEACH IN THE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 2013 -Holidaymakers sunbathing on the beach at Rooi Els on the Cape Whale Coast near Gordon’s Bay Western Cape South Africa

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PAINTED BEACH HUTS AT MUIZENBERG SEASIDE RESORT SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 2015 – Colourful beach huts at Muizenberg seaside resort near Cape Town South Africa

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CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND BEACH HUTS AT THE SEASIDE TOWN OF MUIZENBERG SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 2015 – Weston Cape region seaside resort

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CEDERBERG IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF THE WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA – CIRCA 1014 – Tourists explore on foot the rugged Cederberg region Western Cape South Africa

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Useful Reference

Wildlife in the Western Cape of South Africa
By Jonathon Hardcastle

The Western Cape of South Africa has many wildlife reserves and national parks for residents and visitors to enjoy. The wildlife that can be found in the Western Cape of South Africa includes hundreds of thousands of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Some of the most popular forms are buffalo, leopards, lions, elephants, and rhinoceros’.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve derives its name in part from the name of the indigenous peoples who lived there for generations, the San. The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has over one hundred thirty thousand acres at the base of the Warmwaterberg. The reserve includes the only free ranging lions on a private reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa.

While the San people roamed this area of the Western Cape of South Africa for thousands of years they created a variety of art that can now be enjoyed by guests of the reserve. There are seven separate sites of rock art within the reserve. Many of these religious art works are more than thirty-five hundred years old.

Some of the lions being bread in this area of the Western Cape South Africa is the extremely rare white lion. While this species of lion has always been rare in this region it has now largely been completely eliminated in many areas. It is the hope of the owners of this private reserve to be able to one day release these lions into the wild.

This Western Cape of South Africa wildlife reserve offers guided tours to guarantee that guests have an unforgettable experience. The reserve also has a variety of luxurious lodges for guests to enjoy when they aren’t out watching the amazing wildlife.

Ko-Ka Tsara Game Reserve

The Ko-Ka Tsara Game Reserve is located near the city of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. This thirty thousand acre reserve has more than twenty species of animals and almost two hundred different varieties of bird.

Guests to the Ko-Ka Tsara Game Reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa can go on night or day guided drives to observe the wildlife. There are also hiking trails and bird watching areas for those who want a more private experience. After a day of animal and bird watching guests are invited to enjoy a nightly campfire and gaze at the stars.

This Western Cape of South Africa reserve offers guests a choice of seven stylish chalets as well as a conference center and lounge. All of the chalets have been built using local materials to help them blend more easily into their surroundings. The reserve offers a kitchen for guests to cook their own meals or guests can request a cook to cater their meals.

There are more than a dozen wildlife reserves and parks located in the Western Cape of South Africa. No matter which location you choose you are sure to view a vast array of wildlife. The Western Cape of South Africa has such a diversity of wildlife that no two trips will ever be the same.

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