The Western Cape is a province of South Africa with coastlines on both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. It’s most known for the port city of Cape Town, which is nestled beneath Table Mountain, which is part of the same-named national park. Robben Island, near Table Bay, is the infamous jail where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and is now a living museum. Winelands surround historical towns like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, which are located further afield.
The Western Cape Province is roughly L-shaped, extending north and east from the Cape of Good Hope, in the southwestern corner of South Africa. It stretches about 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometres (300 mi) eastwards along the South African south coast (Southern Indian Ocean). It is bordered on the north by the Northern Cape and on the east by the Eastern Cape. The total land area of the province is 129,462 square kilometres (49,986 sq mi), about 10.6% of the country’s total. It is roughly the size of England or the State of Louisiana. Its capital city and largest city is Cape Town, and some other major cities include Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl, and George. The Garden Route and the Overberg are popular coastal tourism areas.