Wesgro is the official Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, located in Cape Town.
City of Cape Town - Host City
Absa Cape Epic host city, Cape Town, offers a tantalising menu of things to do before and after the 2015 race
Come early & stay longer! That’s the message to the more than 40 000 regional and international visitors expected in the city for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic.
Cape Town will host no fewer than 15 events in the weeks leading up to and immediately after the 2015 race, ranging from Tens rugby to street carnivals, the International Jazz Festival, a design exhibition and in-between all of this is the 12th edition of the Untamed African MTB Race, which takes place from 15 – 22 March 2015. The City of Cape Town is a proud host and supporter of the event, which contributes a whopping R300m to the local economy and in 2014 raised R4.3m for various local charities.
Cape Town and its surrounding towns provide unspoilt, natural beauty for riders as they traverse through approximately 800km of the country’s most magnificent terrain. In addition, the city offers riders and visitors a variety of things to do and places to see when they’re not in the saddle.
The city and surrounds boast several luxury spas and specialised rejuvenation clinics, eight Blue flag beaches and a working harbour, a world heritage site, museums, more than 12 golf courses within the city limits, six top tourist attractions, theatres, world class cuisine and shopping districts.
The city secured the top spot on the prestigious New York Times’ list of 52 Places to visit in 2014, ahead of destinations such as Los Angeles, the Vatican and the Seychelles. Although widely considered a leisure destination, Cape Town is also an important trading post and the springboard into Africa for people and freight. The city’s regional economic growth is driven by tourism, finance, infrastructure, food and wine, logistics and creative industries.
There is diverse supporting infrastructure including four universities, broadband infrastructure, the Sport Science Institute, hospitals and medical facilities and an abundance of accommodation solutions from five star hotels to hostels.
For more information about Cape Town and all upcoming events visit www.capetown.travel.
The beautiful seaside town of Hermanus offers the best shore-based whale watching in the world: the magnificent creatures flock to Walker Bay every year and can be observed only metres away from the cliffs and paths lining the shore. The town has its own unique “whale crier”, whose blasts on a kelp horn signal the presence of whales. Besides its natural beauty and crisp coastal air, the area is also renowned for its quality wines, with leading estates lining the flanks of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. In recent years Hermanus has also become something of a mountain biking mecca, with trails springing up on the nearby hills and valleys.
With its headquarters in Bredasdorp, the Overberg District Municipality is a category C municipality and comprises four local municipalities, namely Cape Agulhas, Overstrand, Swellendam and Theewaterskloof.
The Overberg has always been considered as the breadbasket of the Cape and is largely given to grain farming, mainly wheat. The wheat fields are a major breeding ground for South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane
Drakenstein Municipality - Official Destination Partner
Drakenstein Municipality is the largest Municipality in the Western Cape outside of the City of Cape Town. The area stretches from Simondium to Saron and includes Paarl, Wellington and Hermon. This gives the Municipality a diverse landscape, making it suitable for investments from farming to light industry and everything in between. We are well known for our beautiful wine farms and scrumptious cuisine. The unique natural landscape provides the entire area with different terrains, which cater to a variety of outdoor sport enthusiasts. The Drakenstein Municipal area hosts various national and provincial sports events throughout the year including the Berg River Canoe Marathon, the Nelson Mandela Freedom walk (27 km), the Mayoral Soccer Cup, Boland Cricket and rugby matches as well as Boland Athletics events. The Safari Half Marathon, Boxing Day sports event, Cansa Rubber Duck race, Cansa night walk and the Absa Cape Epic. We are also well known for the most interschool clashes in a town in the country. Add to this that our largest town, Paarl, was recently named by the popular travel site, Trip Adviser, as one of the top destinations in South Africa and Africa, and you experience first-hand the Municipality’s commitment to “a place of excellence”.
Theewaterskloof Municipality - Official Destination Partner
The Cape Country Meander starts on a 100 kilometre stretch of road with breathtaking scenery on either side. Getting here is easy. The scenic drive by car from Cape Town takes around 45 minutes. The meander is comprised of eight towns and villages including Grabouw/ Elgin Valley, Bot River, Genadendal, Greyton, Caledon, Villiersdorp, Riviersonderend and Tesselaarsdal. Each with its own beauty, quirks, offerings and personality, and all within driving distance of one another. There’s plenty to see and do for families, outdoor adventurers, adrenaline junkies and sporting enthusiasts, nature lovers, history fans, foodies, fishermen and twitchers. Most of all each town has its own delightful array of friendly, welcoming locals.