4. WESTERN CAPE
129,462 km2 (49,986 sq mi)
The southwestern corner of South Africa is roughly the size of England, the land of angles. As it extends north and east from the Cape of Good Hope, the angle is takes is an L-shape. The Western Cape Province stretches about 400 kilometres northwards along the coast of the cold Atlantic Ocean and about 500 kilometres eastwards along the coast of the warm Indian Ocean. This is the home of the Two Oceans Marathon, a 56 km ultra-marathon held annually on the Saturday of the Easter weekend, run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula. Cape Town plays second fiddle to Johannesburg in population stakes, but it is by far the most beautiful. The view from the Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature which forms a prominent landmark overlooking the city, has been described as the most epic view in Africa. The flat-topped summit is flanked by the dramatic cliffs known as Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head – forming a perfect escarpment-plateau collision. There are not enough superlatives to describe the alluring Cape Agulhas Coast, the enchanting Garden Route, the sweeping stretches of pristine sand beaches, punctuated only by rocky outcrops and fishing villages. Somebody once said that if this province were a lady, she would turn heads.