Cape Town is not only blessed with an outstanding natural setting, it is also within reach of numerous wilderness reserves. Many are grouped to the city’s east, but if you head north out of the city you’ll soon come to one of the region’s greatest natural wonders: West Coast National Park.
Don’t expect to see big game; the only thing roaring here is the ocean. The park curves around Langebaan Lagoon, where migratory birds alight in the southern summer. It’s a popular water sport destination, but look out for signs: some areas only allow non-motorized craft while others are off-limits altogether.