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The West Coast

The West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa The Cape West Coast Region, spreads from Darling in the south, as far north as Vanrhynsdorp, and along the R27 and coastal roads from Yzerfontein in the south to Strandfontein in the north. The Cape West Coast is synonymous with the fishing lifestyle. From the earliest days in South African history, fishermen realised that the cold Benguela current created conditions ideal for seafood. The local enjoy delicacies such as crayfish and oysters, and visitors come in their droves for a taste of the ...

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North to West Cape flower spectacular North to West Cape flower spectacular

Earlier this month I posted about my adventure in the Northern Cape to see the annual floral display mother nature puts...

Langebaan houseboat retreat Langebaan houseboat retreat

This bay isn't really known of yet and you may find yourself enjoying the Kraal Bay beach all to yourself...

Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

Out of the six sites world-wide where Cape gannets breed, Bird Island is the only breeding site that is easily accessed by the...

San, sand and sundry animals, West Coast mountain bike trail San, sand and sundry animals, West Coast mountain bike trail

The Cape West Coast is better known for fishing villages, unspoiled beauty and its hospitable people, but the mountain-bike...

Wigwam holiday in Paternoster Wigwam holiday in Paternoster

Unique accommodation in Paternoster, wigwam style, another little gem that is well worth investigating. Ever heard of glamping?

Walking the Daisies Walking the Daisies

A two-day hike up the West Coast is becoming quite the annual pilgrimage. I was doing research on roadside plants for my...

Blending In - Championship Golf Course in Langebaan Blending In - Championship Golf Course in Langebaan

Langebaan has long been considered the playground of the Cape's rich and famous. The water-sports capital of the Western Cape...

In photos: A West Coast roadtrip in South Africa In photos: A West Coast roadtrip in South Africa

Since I was 16 years old, my camping trips up the West Coast have been held up by the N7 roadworks - now pristine beach camping ..

Ready, Steady, Row on Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast Ready, Steady, Row on Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast

It doesn't take long for a kayak adventure on Langebaan's smooth lagoon to banish Marianne Heron's dread of the deep. Thanks to...

Heading into the mild, Wild West Heading into the mild, Wild West

Towards the end of winter this year, Peter Borchert and Heila Frieslich took to the R27, heading north from Cape up the West Coast

Fisherman Fisherman's charm

The West Coast stretches from Cape Town to Namibia and offers many treasures along the way, including the picturesque village ...

Hiking Trails  and Birding at Langrietvlei Farm, Hopefield Hiking Trails and Birding at Langrietvlei Farm, Hopefield

On the farm Langrietvlei, 22km from Hopefield, on the Velddrif road, are two hikes along the Berg River. Set amongst the fynbos ..

Kersfontein Farm Accommodation, Hopefield, Western Cape Kersfontein Farm Accommodation, Hopefield, Western Cape

The Kersfontein farm near Hopefield is a national monument, situated in a beautiful landscape, with the Berg River running ...

Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast

Combine bird watching on the Darling and Yzerfontein Routes with the spring flowers or visit in summer - a most enjoyable outing.

Bergkraal 4x4 Route between Klawer and Vredendal Bergkraal 4x4 Route between Klawer and Vredendal

The Bergkraal 4x4 route, near Klawer and Clanwilliam is a must do adventure for all the family. Make a weekend of the outing ...

Muisbosskerm Seafood Restaurant, Lamberts Bay Muisbosskerm Seafood Restaurant, Lamberts Bay

Voted one of the "Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For" by National Geographic, Muisbosskerm is the first Open Air Restaurant in SA ...

Hiking in the West Coast National Park, South Africa Hiking in the West Coast National Park, South Africa

Hiking in the West Coast National Park has many different sides to the experience, but it goes without saying that the flowers ...

West Coast National Park Cycle and MTB Trails West Coast National Park Cycle and MTB Trails

Cycle the West Coast NP and enjoy the wild flowers and the views of the lagoon from the top of Seeberg. MTB & cycle routes.

Velorenvlei, Ramsar birding site, West Cape Coast Velorenvlei, Ramsar birding site, West Cape Coast

Verlorenvlei, is a RAMSAR site, consisting of one the largest marshlands along southern Africa's West Coast, between Elands Bay ..

Drive the Cape Flower Route, West Coast and Namaqualand Drive the Cape Flower Route, West Coast and Namaqualand

The wild flowers of the Cape West Coast and Namaqualand, in South Africa, are regarded as a botanical wonderland. Tourists ...

Self Drive the Cape Flower Route, West Coast and Namaqualand Self Drive the Cape Flower Route, West Coast and Namaqualand

The Cape Wild Flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world. The arid areas of the Cape West Coast and Namaqualand are ...

Strandkombuis Seafood Restaurant, Yzerfontein, West Coast Strandkombuis Seafood Restaurant, Yzerfontein, West Coast

Strandkombuis Seafood Restaurant is located right on the famous sixteen mile beach in Yzerfontein, in an unusual Bedouin tent ...

!Khwat ttu! The San Bushman Experience, Yzerfontein !Khwat ttu! The San Bushman Experience, Yzerfontein

The San Bushmen are the first inhabitants of South Africa. Their fascinating culture is on display at !Khwa ttu, near Yzerfontein.

Gapping it through the gates of Gifberg Gapping it through the gates of Gifberg

The hulking mass of the Gifberg looms above the plains south of Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape and glows orange in the late ...

Fishing around Velddrif, West Coast Fishing around Velddrif, West Coast

The Berg River and the coast around St Helena Bay, so rich in fish, has attracted fishermen for generations.The fishing community

Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa

Velddrif birding is a hotspot for waders with over 200 species in the area at the estuary of the Berg River, a proposed RAMSAR ...

West Coast Wineries, Western Cape West Coast Wineries, Western Cape

The West Coast and Cederberg wine regions offer award winning wines, all unique in the fruitiness and flavour of their climatic ..

West Coast Wine Route, Western Cape West Coast Wine Route, Western Cape

If you love wine, drive a wine route to the West Coast and Cederberg, and enjoy the scenery, fresh seafood, wine and activities ..

Darling Cellars, West Coast Darling Cellars, West Coast

The Darling Cellars in the Western Cape, was established in 1996 in the beautiful West Coast region, demarcated as Wine of Origin

Cloof Wines, Darling, Cape West Coast Cloof Wines, Darling, Cape West Coast

Cloof Wines, near Darling in the Western Cape, set in a nature reserve and vineyards, has won wine accolades aplenty for the range

Groote Post Winery, Darling, West Coast Groote Post Winery, Darling, West Coast

Groote Post Winery has it all. Excellent wines, historical architecture, a restaurant with scrumptious meals to balance wines ...

Lutzville Winery, West Coast, South Africa Lutzville Winery, West Coast, South Africa

Lutzville Winery, situated on the banks of the mighty Olifants River, benefits from the unique local climate to nurture the ...

Melkboomsdrift Boutique Wine, Vredendal, West Coast Melkboomsdrift Boutique Wine, Vredendal, West Coast

Melkboomsdrift wines have won several awards at the Young Wine Makers Show of South Africa and are well worth tasting.

Stoumann’s Wines, Vredendal, West Coast Stoumann’s Wines, Vredendal, West Coast

Stoumann’s Winery near Vredendal, is situated in the heart of the fertile Olifants River Valley of the Western Cape.

Namaqua Wines, Vredendal, West Coast Namaqua Wines, Vredendal, West Coast

Namaqua Wines offers visitors an excellent wine tasting experience on the banks of the Olifants River in Vredendal.

Klawer Wine Cellars, Cederberg, Western Cape Klawer Wine Cellars, Cederberg, Western Cape

Klawer Cellars is situated in the beautiful wine growing valley between Clanwilliam and Vredendal. Taste award winning wines ...

Stellar Organic Winery, Traval, Cederberg Stellar Organic Winery, Traval, Cederberg

The Stellar Organic Winery, situated in Trawal near the Cederberg, is the world's largest producer of no-added-sulphur wines ...

Sold on E-Bay Sold on E-Bay

For those who live there – and for surf riders especially – there’s no place like Eland’s Bay.

Wheels of Time Wheels of Time

Let your bicycle become a time machine on a two-and-a-half day trip up the spectacular West Coast.

Langebaan - Down wind dash 2012 Langebaan - Down wind dash 2012

The 27th running of the prestigious Langebaan Down Wind Dash, from Langebaan to Saldanha, was held on 14 January. Reputed to ...

West Coast - Destination Summer West Coast - Destination Summer

Lazy days along the shore, soaking up the sun and feasting on everything the season has to offer. Sound appealing? Then take a ...

Kaijaiki Country Inn, Yzerfontein,West Coast Kaijaiki Country Inn, Yzerfontein,West Coast

Kaijaiki meaning small, humble dwelling, offers a homely atmosphere with a country kitchen and home-cooked meals are prepared...

Isabellas, Lamberts Bay, West Coast Isabellas, Lamberts Bay, West Coast

Isabellas Restaurant floor is covered with black mussel shells and the walls with fish nets. It portrays Lambert's Bay as a...

Froggy’s, Langebaan, West Coast Froggy’s, Langebaan, West Coast

Froggy's offers fine food and a relaxed romantic atmosphere. Quality ingredients are used to create ingenious recipes that make...

The Farmhouse Hotel, Langebaan, West Coast The Farmhouse Hotel, Langebaan, West Coast

The Farmhouse Hotel looking at the breathtaking Langebaan Lagoon is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends...

Die Rooi Granaat, Yzerfontein, West Coast Die Rooi Granaat, Yzerfontein, West Coast

Die Rooi Granaat is a hub for local information and serves great food. On entering, one immediately feels welcome & at home...

Chicory Cheese Café, Darling, West Coast Chicory Cheese Café, Darling, West Coast

Chicory Cheese Café, is about feeling good, enjoying life and establishing a foundation for healthy eating. Sit inside or...

Captains Cabin Pub and Restaurant, Saldanha Bay, West Coast Captains Cabin Pub and Restaurant, Saldanha Bay, West Coast

The Captains Cabin Pub & Restaurant is a warm and vibrant restaurant fifty metres from the coast of Saldanha. You will find it...

Café Mosaic, Darling, West Coast Café Mosaic, Darling, West Coast

Cafe Mosaic has a family orientated, relaxed atmosphere and offers a venue where locals and visitors can enjoy a rendevoux in...

Cabin Restaurant, Doringbaai, West Coast Cabin Restaurant, Doringbaai, West Coast

The Cabin Restaurant specialises in Seafood. From the simplest meals come the sweetest tastes: fresh fish, a few herbs and...

Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail, Graafwater, The West Coast Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail, Graafwater, The West Coast

Enjoy panoramic views of the Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam and Graafwater from the top of Platklip, which you'll climb from ...

The Dunes 4x4 Trail, Lamberts Bay, The West Coast The Dunes 4x4 Trail, Lamberts Bay, The West Coast

More than 250 hectares of rolling, snow-white dunes lie just outside Lamberts Bay. Under the trusty guidance of Oom Joos ...

Langebaan Golf Course, West Coast, Western Cape Langebaan Golf Course, West Coast, Western Cape

Langebaan Golf Course is part of the Langebaan Country Estate situated on the West Coast of the Western Cape Province ...

West Coast National Park Birding, Western Cape West Coast National Park Birding, Western Cape

The West Coast National Park, is centered on a large tidal lagoon and covers an excellent cross section of west coast habitat ...

Die Strandloper Seafood Restaurant, Langebaan, West Coast Die Strandloper Seafood Restaurant, Langebaan, West Coast

Die Strandloper is a world-class seafood restaurant situated on the idyllic West Coast beach at Langebaan.

Romantic Dining at the Voorstrandt Restaurant, Paternoster Romantic Dining at the Voorstrandt Restaurant, Paternoster

This quaint little beach restaurant in Paternoster on the West Coast overlooks perfect-white, endless beaches in a romantic...

Fishing in Yzerfontein, West Coast Fishing in Yzerfontein, West Coast

Yzerfontein on the West Coast is a paradise fishing town, situated on a rocky headland with perfect beaches on either side...

Hiking the Five Bay Trail, West Coast Hiking the Five Bay Trail, West Coast

The Five Bay Trail is a gentle trail that hugs the coastline between the bays of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai on the West Coast.

The Sevilla Rock Art Trail, Cederberg The Sevilla Rock Art Trail, Cederberg

This 4km trail near Clanwilliam is an easy-walking trail for the whole family that visits nine incredible sites of rock art...

Watersports at the Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast Watersports at the Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast

The Langebaan is the ideal spot on the West Coast to learn and enjoy a host of watersports activities...

Hiking the Postberg Wildflower Trail, West Coast Hiking the Postberg Wildflower Trail, West Coast

The Postberg section of the West Coast National Park is renowned for its annual wildflower display in August and September.

Eat out at Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan, West Coast Eat out at Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan, West Coast

Boesmanland Plaaskombuis in Langebaan on the West Coast offers a menu of traditional foods that have been available for...

Fishing at Langebaan and Saldanha, West Coast Fishing at Langebaan and Saldanha, West Coast

Langebaan Lagoon and Saldanha Bay on the West Coast are percect paradises for recreational fishing...

Shopping at Wille Magrietjie, Jacobs Bay, West Coast Shopping at Wille Magrietjie, Jacobs Bay, West Coast

Wille Magrietjie in Jacobs Bay on the West Coast is one of those rare shops where everything you see, you want...

The West Coast Fossil Park, Vredenburg, West Coast The West Coast Fossil Park, Vredenburg, West Coast

The West Coast Fossil Park in South Africa is one of the richest fossil fields on the planet and is world-renowned...

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Titiesbaai, West Coast Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Titiesbaai, West Coast

The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is home to Tietiesbaai, one of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast of South Africa.

Ek en Djy Fishery, Velddrif Ek en Djy Fishery, Velddrif

On the banks of the Berg River, in an original century-old fishhouse, is an original West Coast fish restaurant.

Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast

Th Berg River estuary and flood plain cover a vast area around the town of Velddrif, extending 40km inland along one of ...

Flower Route Best Spots - West Coast Flower Route Best Spots - West Coast

In August and September, the wildflower displays on the Cape West Coast and the Northern Cape are considered to be among the ...

Top Wild Flower Spots on the West Coast and Northern Cape Top Wild Flower Spots on the West Coast and Northern Cape

In August and September, the wildflower displays on the Cape West Coast and the in the Northern Cape are considered to be among ..

West Coast National Park West Coast National Park

The azure water of the Langebaan Lagoon is the focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds ...

Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast

Die Vlei, in the Rocher Pan Nature Reserve on the West Coast is a prime birding spot...

Fishing at Baboon Point, Elands Bay Fishing at Baboon Point, Elands Bay

Baboon Point is the preferred fishing spot in Elands Bay because the surf zone along the coast is often very rough...

West Coast Crayfish Trail, Elands Bay West Coast Crayfish Trail, Elands Bay

The West Coast Crayfish trail is a 6-day guided trail along the pristine and virtually untouched coastline of the West Coast.

Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast

Verlorenvlei is one of the most important eco-systems in the Western Cape and one of the largest natural wetlands in South Africa.

Mountain Biking on Keurbos Farm, Cederberg Mountain Biking on Keurbos Farm, Cederberg

The mountain biking trail on Keurbos Farm in the Cederberg offers spectacular views of Clanwilliam Dam and the Niewoudt Pass...

Elandsberg Cycle Trail, Elandsberg Elandsberg Cycle Trail, Elandsberg

The Elandsberg Cycle Trail in the heart of the Cape floral kingdom offers beautiful views of the Elandsberg and Cederberg regions.

Fishing at Lambert Fishing at Lambert's Bay, Western Cape

Lambert's Bay on the West Coast is a popular fishing spot in South Africa, particularly for its catches of West Coast Steenbras.

Silver Sands Hiking Trail, Namaqualand Silver Sands Hiking Trail, Namaqualand

Wander through the edge of the cold Atlantic and meander through misty dunes in the Namaqua National Park.

Doring Bay Fishing, West Coast Doring Bay Fishing, West Coast

Doring Bay is a West Coast town well known for rock and surf fishing for West Coast Steenbras, Galjoen ...

West Coast Birding Day Trip West Coast Birding Day Trip

See the diversity of birds in the seashore, tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, strandveld, cultivated fields and Renosterveld habitats ...

Swart Tobie Hiking Trail West Coast Swart Tobie Hiking Trail West Coast

This five-day hiking trail covers 75 kms of wild and lonely West Coast coastline. It is best hiked between November and April ...

Van Rhyns Pass Van Rhyns Pass

One of the ten major mountain passes constructed by the SA road engineer Thomas Bain linking Nieuwoudtville to Van Rhynsdorp ...

West Coast National Park West Coast National Park

This is a bay for all seasons with a history longer than memory and a sense of the spectacular....

A giant in hiding A giant in hiding

It may not be the best known of our parks, but the West Coast National Park is full of historical and wildlife wonder, and is just waiting to be discovered ....