Location

101+ Things to see and do in the Cape West Coast

Places to visit

Thali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

Thali Thali is a game lodge on the R27 at the Langebaan turn-off and boasts 3-star accommodation for up to 28 guests: a spacious farmhouse, self-catering chalets and spacious luxury tents which have en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Daily game drives and archery are on offer. Enjoy the West Coast Cuisine restaurant with lapa, bar and look-out deck. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 | thalithali.co.za

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

This mountain resort is located on the N7 and looks out over the Cederberg Mountains. The resort and surrounds offer a variety of mountain adventures including zip lining (temporarily closed for maintenance) hikes and mountain biking. Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574  pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za / pkinfo@dreamresorts.co.za (Hotel) | +27 (0)11 267 8500 info@dreambreaks.co.za (Chalets) | piekenierskloof.co.za

Bloubergstrand

Bloubergstrand is known for its spectacular stretch of white sand and blue seas with Table Mountain as the backdrop. If you are into water sports, get your kite out and have fun, or have a swim at Little Bay and Big Bay. Find many restaurants along the beach. Definitely one of the places to visit when coming to Cape Town!

Melkbosstrand

Melkbosstrand means ‘milk bush beach’ because of the Euphorbiaceae bushes on the sand dunes which give off a milky substance. It’s the quintessential seaside village. The long white beach is ideal for leisurely strolls, family fun and is a kite surfing hot-spot. Stay over at The Lodge at Atlantic Beach for accommodation located in Cape Town’s premier golf estate. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and offers San guided tours, a restaurant, accommodation, museum, shop and gallery. !Khwa ttu combines adventure, relaxation and San education to create a new understanding of the phrase “San Spirit Shared”. Explore by mountain bike, on foot or guided tours. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

West Coast Fossil Park – National Heritage Site

After mining exposed one of the richest fossil sites ever discovered in the 1950s, the West Coast Fossil Park was founded. Today, it’s a National Heritage Site and is believed to contain the greatest diversity of five million year old fossils in the world. Open 7 days a week, offering guided tours to the in situ dig, kids mock dig and coffee shop offering light meals. Contact: +27 (0)22 766 1606 | www.fossilpark.org.za

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Yzerfontein

Yzerfontein is a fauna and flora haven which also boasts South Africa’s longest beach at 25.7km. Here, a myriad of activities await including surfing and kite surfing. Find the Cape West Coast Biosphere Visitor Centre here. They offer trails to discover the Cape West Coast with: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and the Wheels of Time. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 Email trails@capebiosphere.co.za | capebiospheretrails.co.za

Silwerstroomstrand

In a wonderfully secluded setting, this blue flag-rated beach has excellent water quality, a tidal pool and a slipway to launch leisure craft. Relax at one of its picnic sites or braai areas. The resort falls within the Cape West Coast Biosphere and also borders the Koeberg Nature Reserve. Contact: the Booking Office: (0)21 571 7080 or Recreation Officer: Amelia Botha (0)83 986 9164 to book accommodation or camping.

Langebaan

Known as the jewel of the West Coast, Langebaan offers a fascinating array of fauna and flora, delicious seafood and azure-blue waters bordered by white sandy beaches. Its main attractions include sailing, kayaking, kite surfing and fishing. It’s also an international Ramsar wetland site with many local and migratory bird species. Explore the lagoon with Elite Charters. Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za

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West Coast National Park

This is the only national park in the world where you can see another national park – Table Mountain National Park. Home to the Langebaan Lagoon, rare fynbos, abundance of birdlife, cycling and hiking trails. Open 7 days a week. Only 1 hour from Cape Town’s CBD. Find Geelbek Restaurant and Nature Wedding Destination and Duinepos Chalets here. Contact: Geelbek on +27 (0)22 772 2134 / (0)76 186 3912 | geelbek.co.za
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Saldanha

The historical naval town of Saldanha is first choice for water sport lovers. Natural attractions include Adam and Eve, two massive granite vertical rocks.  The SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve is a spring floral wonderland, while Hoedjeskoppie Cultural Village is home to traditional oval fisherman cottages. Stay over at Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay. Contact: +27 22 714 1264 | proteahotels.com  Blue Bay Lodge Contact: +27 (0)22 714 1177/8/9

Churchhaven and Kraalbaai

One of the West Coast’s best kept secrets is Churchhaven in the West Coast National Park. This quaint little fishing village has picture-perfect, white-washed fishermen’s cottages and a stunning beach on the shores of the Langebaan Lagoon, perfect for families and water sport fanatics. Explore the lagoon with Elite Charters: Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za

Elite Charters, Langebaan Cruises

Hopefield

Originally a church community founded in 1853, Hopefield lies in the heart of fynbos country. Historical attractions include a church built in 1879, traditional homes and Cape Dutch homesteads. The large wetland has prolific bird life. Head straight for Church/Kerk Street and find: Merry Widow Country Retreat and Mill Country Fair. Also find here Simply Bee

Jacobsbaai

A sea-side town known for its painters, potters and storytellers. Some top attractions are the flowers during early Spring, whale and dolphin spotting during July to December. The rocky coastline boasts sea frontage of 2km with 5 different bays. One of the Cape West Coast Biosphere hiking trails, the Five Bay Trail, run between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai: Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 trails@capebiosphere.co.za | capebiospheretrails.co.za

Paternoster

Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast and famous for its crayfish. Watch fishermen head out in traditional wooden boats. It’s also the ideal destination for divers, kite surfers and flyers, hikers, bikers, kayakers and art lovers. One of the Cape West Coast Biosphere hiking trails, the Five Bay Trail, run between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai: Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za

Shelley Point

This tiny escapist’s peninsula gives the illusion of being an island surrounded by sea. It’s ideal for sailing and fishing and offers safe water fun for the whole family. Attractions include a 9-hole golf course and spa, while the hotel has a bowling green, tennis courts, running trails, beach walks, sunset picnics and a gym.

St Helena Bay

With a pristine coastline and sparkling surf, St Helena Bay is the ultimate year-round outdoor destination. For yachtsmen, canoeists, surfers, birders or fishermen, it doesn’t get any better than this. Its calm waters also provide an abundance of food for the resident dolphins and Southern Right whales.

Tietiesbaai

The calm waters of this sheltered beach cove make Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve a popular playground for campers, fishermen and families. The campsite offers convenient caravan or tent seafront sites and uses conservation-friendly solar panels for hot water.

Vredenburg

Vredenburg is the commercial hub of the West Coast and has the area’s only mall. It was first named Twisfontein (‘Quarrel Spring’) and later Prosesfontein (‘Lawsuit Spring’) because the rights to the spring caused so many disputes as water is a scarce commodity here. Peace finally won and the town was promptly renamed Vredenburg, or ‘Peaceful Town’.

Nature Reserves

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is based in a nature reserve on the R27 West Coast Road. Find many species of large animals and antelope including Zebra, the large Eland and Springbok. It also has an abundance of smaller mammals, birdlife and fynbos plants. Explore by mountain bike, on foot or guided tours. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve has spectacular views across the cityscape and coastline, including one of the few in the world where you can see two World Heritage Sites; Table Mountain and Robben Island. Its wetland has an abundance of plant, mammal, bird and reptile species, as well as various amphibians.

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West Coast National Park

This is the only national park in the world where you can see another national park – Table Mountain National Park. Home to the Langebaan Lagoon, rare fynbos, abundance of birdlife, cycling and hiking trails. Open 7 days a week. Only 1 hour from Cape Town’s CBD. Find Geelbek Restaurant and Nature Wedding Destination and Duinepos Chalets here. Contact: Geelbek on +27 (0)22 772 2134 / (0)76 186 3912 | geelbek.co.za
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Waylands Wild Flower Reserve

The Waylands Wildflower Reserve, founded in the early 1900s, is part of the critically endangered Lowland Fynbos Biome, of which less than 1% remains. It’s also an integral component of Waylands’ Nguni free-range cattle farming. The rustic guesthouse offers five en-suite bedrooms, braai facilities and a pool.

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Tienie Versfeld Wild Flower Reserve

This little flower reserve is best known for its massive displays of spring flowers and year-round bird spotting of Cape Longclaw, Spur-winged goose, African Pipit, African Stonechat and Bokmakierie. It’s also a unique remnant of grassland, fynbos and a seasonal wetland within the Swartland, and particularly valued for its bulbous plants. The reserve is a heritage site and one of the oldest in South Africa of its kind.

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Darling Renosterveld Wild Flower Reserve

The Darling Renosterveld Reserve is one of the best places to see a variety of Renosterbos, an array of birds and the red bellied tortoise. If spring is your thing, then pop in, you’ll see the landscape transform into a colourful carpet. The reserve also hosts the annual, century-old Darling Wildflower Show.

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Postberg Flower Reserve

Even though it’s part of the West Coast National Park, the Postberg Flower Reserve is not always open to make sure it’s as undisturbed as possible until spring, when it truly rewards the wait. Keep an eye out for zebra, wildebeest, antelope, ostrich, mongoose, Rock hyrax, snakes, birds, and tortoises.

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Verlorenvlei Lagoon, Elands Bay

This majestic ‘Scottish loch-like’ lagoon is the largest on the West Coast and one of the most important estuarine systems in the Cape. As a Ramsar site, it’s a protective area for wetland biodiversity and teems with bird life, some very rare, as it lies in the transition zone between karroid and fynbos.

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Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve lies on a rugged and magnificent peninsula coastline and is renowned for crayfish and abalone. The historical lighthouse is the only brick and mortar structure in the reserve. On the leisure side, enjoy dolphin and whale sighting, kayaking the inlets and the shoreline.

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Langebaan Lagoon

The Langebaan Lagoon is a unique Ramsar site as it has no river feeding into it, but yet makes up a third of the entire salt marsh habitat in South Africa. It supports molluscs, crustaceans, marine algae and is a nursery for juvenile fish. It also attracts around 55 000 water birds in summer. Explore the lagoon with Elite Charters: Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za

Elite Charters, Langebaan Cruises

Thali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

Kudu, oryx, giraffe, red hartebeest, eland, zebra, springbok, black wildebeest, duiker, bontebok and steenbok are all easy to spot and, as there are no predators in the park, guests are free to explore on foot to view the birds and animals. Go on one of the daily game drives and self-guided bush walks. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

Mamre Nature Garden

The Mamre Nature Garden was established in 1701 when Cape Governor van der Stel set up a military post there. Today, its main vegetation is endangered Atlantis Sand Fynbos, over 234 plant species and some 24 near-extinct species. Cape grysbok and steenbok can be spotted as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians. Find Mamre Werf close by with the Tori Oso coffee shop.

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SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve

Although this gem of a reserve is situated inside the military grounds, it’s accessible to the public via the entrance to the Military Academy. In spring, hiking trails, spectacular spring wildflowers and fantastic whale spotting awaits, all perfectly framed against the coastline.

Rocherpan Nature Reserve

The Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a unique combination of two ecosystems which attracts over 180 bird species, including Cape Shovellers, pelicans, flamingos and the rare African Black Oystercatcher. Water mongoose, duiker, ostriches can also be spotted, while Southern Right whales pop in seasonally. Find accommodation here.

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Heritage Trails & Bush Walks

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails offer exciting slack-packing trails as a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast. There are 4 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and Wheels of Time. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town.
Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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Thali Thali Bushwalks, Langebaan

There are no predators in the Thali Thali nature park so guests are free to explore on a self-guided bush walk and spot kudu, oryx, giraffe, red hartebeest, eland, zebra, springbok, black wildebeest, duiker, bontebok, steenbok and many types of birdlife. Add to this one of the daily game drives and self-guided bush walks. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

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Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails  

These exciting slackpacking trails offer a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast Biosphere. There are 4 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and Wheels of Time. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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!Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre

100% Tourism Fair Trade certification rating in Community Investment (SCI). This resourceful facility offers a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage and modern-day life of the San, or ‘Bushmen’. San guides demonstrate their hunting skills and ancient knowledge. Try the mountain biking trails, accommodation and restaurant. www.khwattu.org/projects | Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Hopefield’s Simply Bee

Their commitment to the environment through farming traditionally and responsibly, resulted into minimising any negative environmental impacts their beekeeping may have. Through resourceful use of Hopefield based services and staff, skills development, and clever use of technology, they provide a “beauty without cruelty” product line.  Contact: +27 (0)22 723 0569 | simplybee.co.za/responsible-tourism

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

The resort grows its own herbs and has an earthworm project. Stationery is made from recycled materials and only glass bottles are used on the premises. The resort prides itself on indigenous flora development and is involved in local community projects like the Ubuntu Crèche feeding scheme. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

Culture & Heritage

!Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre

This exciting destination offers a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage and modern-day life of the San. San guides demonstrate their hunting skills, share their ancient knowledge and unique ‘clicking’ language. Enjoy mountain biking trails of different levels of difficulty.  Stay over in unique accommodation and enjoy delicious food from the restaurant. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails  

These exciting slackpacking trails offer a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast Biosphere. There are 4 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and Wheels of Time. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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West Coast Fossil Park – National Heritage Site

Millions of years ago the West Coast landscape was one of riverine forests and wooded savanna. This is where the short-necked long-horned giraffe, the first bear (south of the Sahara) and an early type of Mammoth lived. Go on daily guided tours to the site where a diversity of five million year old fossils can be seen. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 766 1606 | www.fossilpark.org.za | info@fossilpark.org.za

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Seeberg Cultural Heritage Information Centre

The landmark Seeberg Lookout offers arguably the best vistas of the West Coast National Park. This lovingly restored historical shepherd’s hut is also an information centre. Built at the end of the 18th century, some of the garden’s prickly pear, fig and quince trees still remain today.

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Mamre Moravian Mission Station

First founded in the 18th century as a military and cattle post, the modern settlement of Mamre Moravian Mission Station was then established by two Moravian missionaries. In 1967 the church and parsonage were declared national monuments. The church is still used for services and the restored original water mill is now a museum.

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Goedverwacht Mission Station

Originally, a widowed cattle farmer left the farm to his female slave, Manies who cared for him until his death. She then sold it to Moravian Missionaries who established the mission station which still stands today. The Peerboom Hiking Route is also now a popular attraction offering panoramic views of the area.
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Darling Museum

After being established years ago as the ‘Butter Museum’, Darling residents began donating memorabilia to what is now the Darling Museum. It showcases an interesting recreation of a bygone era with Victorian clothing, kitchen, china and household items, as well as insights into Darling’s cream and butter industry and its farming history.

 

Koring-museum-morreesburgThe Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg

Relive the history and production of wheat and take a look at wheat fossils found in a Pharoah’s Tomb in Egypt. Set in the old DR Mission Church Building that could house the building.This is not only an excellent display of the history but is also used for education and other activities like music and dancing.

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Hopefield Museum

Hopefield Museum is a true treasure trove of all things antique. Period furniture, a classic piano, garments and linen, crockery, utensils and collectables from the region, as well as old irons, antique radios and a fossil collection excavated in the area are on display.

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North – & South Head lighthouses, Saldanha Bay

The regal-like North and South Head lighthouses (known as the Twins) at the entrance to Saldanha Bay also serve another important function other than to guide ships between the two rocky promontories that form the edges of the bay. The straight imaginary line connecting the two lighthouses acts as an ‘arrival’ line – once a ship has crossed this, it has ‘arrived’ in the bay.

Cape Columbine lighthouse, Paternoster

The fortress-like and spectacularly situated Cape Columbine lighthouse is perched on a windswept headland and is usually the first lighthouse sighted by ships coming from South America and Europe. Built in 1936, it was the first local lighthouse to combine all three navigational safety features – a light, a fog signal and a radio beacon.

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Food, Wine & Hops

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation with Bed & Breakfast: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. The Atlantic Beach Golf Estate – home of The Lodge – and Melkbosstrand have many restaurants and The Lodge is located 30 minutes from Darling and Durbanville’s wines and tasty foods. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

 

DSC_0114Carmien Tea in Citrusdal

Grown exclusively along the West Coast of South Africa, the rooibos produced here is cultivated to it’s best by the naturally occurring Mediterranean climate found along the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor. The rooibos tea farmed here serves as a base to the myriad infusions offered by Carmien Tea. Carmien Tea now offers these flavour pairings at their picturesque Bergendal-Carmien Rooibos farm in the Citrusdal valley.

Where: Brakfontein Estate, Citrusdal Contact: +27 22 921 3405 | www.carmientea.co.za
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Thali Thali West Coast Cuisine, Langebaan

Thali Thali is known for its hospitality and West Coast food paired with locally produced wine and craft beer. The stunning restaurant boasts a cosy interior dining and bar area and a large deck from which the sunsets are spectacular. Situated right next to a lapa, splash pool and kiddies play area, it is especially popular on Sundays when they host a sumptuous buffet. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails  

These exciting slackpacking trails offer a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast Biosphere. There are 5 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail, Wheels of Time, Berg River Canooze. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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Geelbek Restaurant, West Coast National Park

Visit Geelbek Restaurant & Nature Wedding Destination (1 hour from Cape Town’s CBD) in the Cape West Coast National Park and only 20km from Langebaan. The restaurant is housed in a national monument, circa 1744. Ingredients are locally sourced for family recipes – some more than 300 years old – like Cape Bobotie. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 772 2134 / (0)76 186 3912  | geelbek.co.za
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!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and the restaurant, located in a rustic farmhouse, serves breakfast and lunch. Enjoy freshly prepared food with a selection of dishes using free range, reared game. Paired with Darling wines. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

 

darling-sweetDarling Sweet, Darling

Handmade delicious old fashioned toffees – with the finest locally sourced ingredients, freshly squeezed juices and no preservatives. Their packaging is recycled paper and biodegradable cellophane wrapping. The entire process is done by hand and visitors are welcome to watch as the toffee is made, cut and packaged. Visit them in Lang Street. Open Monday to Saturday. Contact: +27 (0)83 235 4002 | frits@darlingsweet.co.zadarlingsweet.co.za

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DSC_0035-(1)Sivatherium Coffee Shop at the West Coast Fossil Park

The Sivatherium Coffee Shop is a little gem at the main building of the West Coast Fossil Park. People visiting just love the unique concept – it has a welcoming atmosphere, where you can sit and enjoy breakfast or a light lunch and don’t forget to order a cup of aromatic coffee and cappuccino. Ask your waitron for our delicious cakes. Where: R27 to R45 | Contact: +27 22 766 1606

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The Darling Wine Shop showcases the wines of Darling. They stock the largest selection of Cape West Coast local wines from Groote Post, Darling Cellars, Cloof, Withington and more. Come and visit for a great Darling wine experience and a warm Darling welcome. Wine tastings offered daily with every visit. Take home wines from the West Coast and add olives, mussels and artisan bread (when available). Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3971 | darlingwine.co.za

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flying-pigThe Flying Pig, Darling

Their passion for Charcuterie extends to fantastic locally sourced products and great quality coffee. The coffee shop also has a small food menu, specialising in the cured products that are made on site, as well as locally sourced artisanal bread, greens, Darling cheese and other bits and bobs. Find them in Station Street a short walk from Evita se Perron, Darling Wine Shop and local bookshop. Contact: Tel: +27 (0)22 492 3677 | flyingpigcured.com

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Groote Post Wine Cellars

Groote Post is an 18th century farm situated in a lush green valley threaded by the meandering Klawer River. Although renowned for award-winning wines and great cuisine, the farm offers farm drives to spot a wide variety of buck, as well as ostrich, Black wildebeest and zebra. There are also scenic nature walks and the farm forms part of the famous West Coast Spring Flower Route. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2825 | grootepost.com

Cloof Wine Estate

Situated on the eastern slopes of Dassenberg is Cloof Wine Estate which was named the 2006 Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion to acknowledge the steps taken to conserve the pristine natural vegetation and to rehabilitate previously cultivated areas.

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Darling Cellars

Darling Cellars has taken full advantage of the cool and temperate West Coast climate which creates unique grapes that become distinctive wines. Nearly all their vineyards are bush vines and are non-irrigated, making the fruit yielded as pure and close as possible to what nature intended.

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Ormonde Private Cellar

Ormonde’s vineyard is kissed by the coolness and moisture of the ocean breeze which helps to moderate summer temperatures and extend the growing season. Red wines of delicious depth and intensity are produced using traditional French techniques, including open fermentation, plunging, racking, barrel-ageing and blending.

Die Strandkombuis, Yzerfontein

Yzerfontein’s Strandkombuis, right on the famous ‘16 Mile’ beach, is an open-air restaurant specialising in the freshest seafood. Meals are served in the centre of the restaurant over three courses – so pace yourself – it’s culinary heaven.

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Muisbosskerm, Lamberts Bay

Voted one of the ‘Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For’ by National Geographic, Muisbosskerm is the first and original open=air restaurant in South Africa. Taking its name from a traditional bush shelter called ‘Muisbos’ or ‘Mouse Bush’, the restaurant offers a wide choice of authentic West Coast cuisine.

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Die Strandloper, Langebaan

Die Strandloper Restaurant is an open-air, laid back establishment to dine with sand underfoot and blue skies above, on the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon. An extensive array of fresh seafood and classic South African dishes made from local produce are all cooked to perfection by master chefs.

Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan

Right on the beach at Club Mykonos, Boesmanland Plaaskombuis is perfect for a hearty feast while relaxing around big tables on tree stumps with the aroma of open air cooking. Using local ingredients that have been available for the past 100 years, the traditional buffet is sure to suit and satisfy any appetite.

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Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant, Paternoster

Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant is a perfect combination of top class local cuisine and a rustic seaside setting. Housed in a renovated fisherman’s cottage, Gaaitjie offers true West Coast-inspired slow food, using only the freshest seafood and ingredients.

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Geelbek Restaurant, West Coast National Park

Inside the old Geelbek main house, a 1744 Cape Dutch building which is a National Monument is the multi award-winning Geelbek Restaurant and Nature Wedding Destination. It creates superlative, traditional Cape Cuisine fare from recipes well-rooted in South African heritage, some of which are over 300 years old. Find Geelbek in the West Coast National Park in Langebaan. Contact: 022 772 2134 | 076 186 3912 | geelbekrestaurant@telkomsa.net | geelbek.co.za

Voorstrand Restaurant, Paternoster

Voorstrand Restaurant is a quaint beachfront establishment housed in a 144 year-old, original fisherman’s cottage. Dine inside or al fresco on fresh seafood, meat dishes, Malay curries and burgers.

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Bosduifklip, Lamberts Bay

In the heart of the Sandveld is Bosduifklip Restaurant which is situated over the original blacksmith shop and stone sheep kraal that was built in 1870. It also has an open-air section which nestles against the lee of the huge rock overlooking the Jakkals River.

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Alexanderfontein Darling Olives

Alexanderfontein is the home of Darling Olives and gives insights on how olives are pressed and cured. Unlike other pampered olive groves in the region, these are grown on dry land, the theory being that no irrigation and minimal interference produces a more flavoursome olive. To create a superior product, the olives are processed within 24 hours of picking.

The Darling Brew Experience for local beer tasting

Sample Darling Brew’s uniquely flavoured craft beers like the Slow Beer, Bone Crusher and other favourites at 48 Caledon Street, Darling. Visit the Tasteroom & Brewery with restaurant, open-air kids play area and MTB-friendly facilities. Open Tuesday 9:00 – 17:00, Wednesday to Friday 9:00 – 21:00; Saturday & Sunday 9:00 – 17:00. School Holidays/Flower Season: Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 286 1099 | darlingbrew.co.za

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

This resort is located on the N7 and overlook the Cederberg Mountains. Kloof Restaurant in the lodge serves signature local dishes like Biltong Boerewors Steak and Kloof Ostrich Burger. Ingredients are locally sourced with a selection of locally produced wines. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

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Sport & Adventure

 

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The Zip-lining platforms have re-opened and you can enjoy this adrenaline inducing activity at only R150 per person for three platforms and R250 for all seven. The first three of the platforms are up and running once again – and are better than ever – with the remaining four expected to be finalised by August.

For zip-line bookings in the pre-scheduled time slots (and with at least a day’s notice to ensure availability). Guests must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to complete an indemnity form at Reception and bookings are weather permitting.

Contact: Natasha on 022 9213574 | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za
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The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

An 18-hole, majestic links-style course with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the iconic Table Mountain. Developers have considered the sensitivity of this environment and balls landing in well-demarcated protected areas are not to be retrieved. The Lodge at Atlantic Beach offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartmentContact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

Elite Charters, Club Mykonos

Offer you the complete water sport package; leisurely Yacht Cruises or Adventure Rubberduck and Fishing / Tailored Charters and Overnight trips. The Yacht and Catamaran can also be booked for team building events, private events and weddings.
Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za
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Thali Thali Game Drives and Archery, Langebaan

Daily game drives – at 10h00 and 15h30 – are available in a customized open game. You can also try your hand at the ancient sport of archery or test your marksmanship skills at the 3D bow hunting track. Archery lessons are available from Thali Thali via Springbok Archer Thys van Niekerk. Game Drives & Archery are kids friendly and a perfect excursion for conferences guests. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails  

These exciting slackpacking trails offer a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast Biosphere. There are 5 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail, Wheels of Time, Berg River Canooze. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and offers 2 mountain bike routes. There is also daily San Guided Tours conducted either on foot, on an open vehicle or on a bicycle. In addition visitors can do walking or trail running. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

Surrounded by the Cederberg mountains the resort and surrounding area is known for mountain adventures: zip lining (temporarily closed for maintenance) hikes, mountain biking and a target shooting range. Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574 pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za / pkinfo@dreamresorts.co.za (Hotel) | +27 (0)11 267 8500 info@dreambreaks.co.za (Chalets) | piekenierskloof.co.za

View the flowers in Darling

Known as the wildflower jewel of the West Coast, Darling has held an annual Wildflower Show in September since 1917. The flowers bloom from late August to October and are dependent on weather factors. To see the full beauty of the flowers, view them between 11am and 3pm, when their faces turn towards the sun.

Sandboarding in Atlantis

The striking white dunes of Atlantis provide a safe and fun environment to learn or improve your sandboarding skills. No previous experience is necessary and there’s a choice to stand-up or lie-down. It is essential to obtain a permit from the City of Cape Town to enter the Atlantis Dunes.

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Paragliding in the Cederberg

Go wherever the wind takes you with paragliding in Porterville or from Citrusdal, hugely popular for both West Coast locals and visitors. Simply strap into a harness and let the air’s aerodynamic forces flowing over the wings carry you away. Paragliding adrenalin junkies often travel hundred of kilometres at altitudes reaching thousands of metres.
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Paintballing in Melkbos

Paintballing Pyrozone offers a great way to stay fit, have family fun and experience the adrenalin and camaraderie of a simulated battle scenario, without the obvious associated dangers!

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Quad Biking at Lamberts Bay

By far the best way to explore the seemingly endless snow-white dunes of Lambert’s Bay’s inland desert is by quad bike. Various routes are available for the whole family and no experience is required.

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Skydiving in Brakkefontein

Jumping out of an aeroplane from 3km above Cape Town and free falling for 25 – 30 seconds at 200km per hour is truly an exhilarating experience. The Brakkefontein drop zone boasts one of the best aerial views of the Cape from altitude.

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Horse Riding on Melkbosstrand

This magnificent stretch of beach is ideal to become one with nature and your horse. Thandeka Stables offers riding for all levels in some of the most beautiful parts of the area.
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Horse Trails in Langebaan and Saldanha

The Oliphantskop horse trails around Langebaan and Saldanha are the most relaxing and leisurely way to soak up the surrounds. There are several trails to choose from, all varying in difficulty and offering spectacular views, plant species, and bird spotting.

Horseback Rides in Langebaan

Several scenic horseback trails are available to suit all rider ages and experience levels. It’s a great way to see whales in mid-year, spectacular wildflowers in spring or just to cruise the coastline. You can also view Eve’s Footprint – the oldest known to man which dates back some 117 000 years.

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Kayak in Paternoster

Enjoy a gentle meander with a kayak guide along the coastline to spot dolphins, seals and whales and get up close and personal with the plentiful and varied bird life on the rocks.

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Fly a kite on Langebaan beach

Make fun of a windy afternoon with your bare feet in the sand and your eyes fixed in the clouds. It’s fun for the whole family, so pack a picnic, head for the beach and take to the sky. Explore the lagoon with Elite Charters. Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za

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4×4 Drives in Yzerfontein

The Blombosch 4×4 Nature Trail is great for adventurers to truly experience the Sandveld vegetation. Have a picnic halfway and enjoy the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor’s lowveld fynbos, sea views, old dune vegetation, limestone ridges and natural saltpans.

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Angling in St Helena Bay

The cold Antarctic Benguela current that flows along the West Coast creates an abundance of marine life with a wide variety for angling. St Helena Bay is ideal for catching Shad (or Elf) in the Berg River mouth and for surf angling Galjoen between Velddrif and Dwarskersbos.

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Beach buggy trips in Paternoster

The dunes between Paternoster and St Helena Bay are begging for beach buggy rides. Visit quaint fishing villages, take photos, keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, then catch your breath and have a hearty lunch.

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Scuba diving in Langebaan

Embark on an underwater adventure to view shipwrecks and their graveyards with either eco-diving, adventure diving or experience one of the fastest drift dives.

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Mountain Biking in Saldanha Bay

The spectacular SAS Nature Reserve in the military base has marked walking routes that are all bike-friendly, offering views, bird and game spotting with access onto the northern peninsula of Saldanha Bay.

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Sailing in St Helena Bay

St. Helena Bay arguably offers the finest sailing on the West Coast and when the mighty Southeaster is blowing, it’s possible to enjoy an entire day of pleasant sailing.

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Kiteboarding in Langebaan

With its perfect conditions, Langebaan attracts kiteboarding enthusiasts from all over the world. Main Beach is one of South Africa’s favourite kiteboarding spots, and it’s also perfectly situated to enjoy a beer and a meal afterwards at one of many pubs and restaurants.

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Surfing in Elands Bay

Elands Bay is regarded by many as a surfer’s paradise with its variety of uncrowded waves to suit every level of surfer. Known as the Jeffrey’s Bay of the West Coast, it’s the best surfed on a mid-tide offering a peeling left-hand point break that breaks onto a reef.
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Bird Watching in the West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park has become a legendary birding site where a mix of coastal strandveld, salt marshes, tidal lagoons, mudflats, reed beds, a freshwater pan, rocky and sandy shorelines and offshore islands provide sanctuary for a wide variety of endemic and exotic birds.
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Hiking at Cape Columbine, Paternoster

The rugged Cape Columbine Nature Reserve runs along a spectacular rocky stretch of coastline indented with inlets and coves. There are many hiking trails throughout the reserve which lead to various panoramic viewing points.

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Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding at Calypso Beach, Langebaan

Calypso Beach is west-facing with warm water and no currents, making it ideal for stand up paddle boarding, which is now very popular because almost anyone can enjoy it on just about any body of water.

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Kite surfing at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand

Big Bay is one of two Bloubergstrand beaches and is a favourite location for kite surfing, drawing international enthusiasts to its annual competitions. The combination of the Atlantic Ocean Swells rolling onto the coastline and the wind which blows almost daily makes for sensational conditions.

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Hiking on the West Coast Biosphere Trail

The Cape West Coast Biosphere is home to a network of slack-pack trails that offers something for everyone. Exploring on foot is arguably the best way to discover this unique part of the world as it puts you right in the middle of the action. So strap on a backpack and head off on the Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and the Wheels of Time. All trails vary in duration and levels of difficulty. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za

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Rock Climbing in the Cederberg

The Cederberg seems like a different world. The landscape is wilder with a raw, dramatic beauty, towering mountains, jagged sandstone rock formations and well-preserved San Rock Art. Perfect for rock climbing on any level.

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Boat trip to Dassen Island

Home to some 60 000 African Penguins, Dassen Island is located 9km off the coastline near Yzerfontein. Although mostly flat, sandy and scattered with huge granite boulders, the hardy flora supports a surprisingly diverse range of animals including reptiles, wild feral cats, European rabbits and, of course, Dassies

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Accommodation

Club Mykonos Resort, Langebaan

Club Mykonos resort is a family friendly Mediterranean gateway to endless fun in the sun. When searching for accommodation in Langebaan Club Mykonos allows you to choose from 3 diverse self-catering accommodation products consisting of 361 luxurious Kalivas (apartment), with stunning views of the Langebaan lagoon and a host of things to do. Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 22 707 7000  info@clubmykonos.co.za |  clubmykonos.co.za Club Mykonos Langebaan

 

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HeronsRest is located out of town on the #BergRoute and is surrounded by the beautiful West Coast landscape. It is a perfect weekend break away to recharge for the coming week. This child-friendly accommodation offers bird watching, hiking, a pool and braai facilities. Where: De Plaat 34, Velddrif, R27
Contact: +27 22 783 0272 | +27 71 141 7313 | info@heronsrest-velddrif.com | www.heronsrest-velddrif.com

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Paternoster PrideStay in Paternoster, Paternoster

Stay in Paternoster offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all needs, from a shoestring budget to all the bells and whistles. From Romantic Getaways to cosy family holidays, they have it all Contact: +27 22 752 2048 | 083 204 1051 | reservations@stayinpaternoster.co.za Websitewww.stayinpaternoster.co.za
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Darling Lodge, Darling

Set in a lush garden, this beautifully restored Victorian country home is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The main house, offers three individually decorated country style rooms and the more modern garden annex consists of three further generously appointed rooms with a grape-vine covered patio overlooking the sparkling pool. Contact: Tel: +27 (0)22 492 3062 | darlinglodge.co.za

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Greystones Beach House, Langebaan

4-Star Exclusive Beach Front self-catering, tastefully furnished accommodation for 8 people. DSTV Satellite and FREE WIFI, Childminding service is available on request. Contact: (c) +27 (0)83 645 6425 / (t)+27 (0)21 689 2036
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The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Add to your stay with a game of golf at Atlantic Beach Golf Club and access to the tennis courts, fitness centre and swimming pool. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

 

thali-thali-accommodationThali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

There is a choice of accommodation: a spacious farmhouse, self-catering chalets and spacious luxury tents which have en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Accommodation boasts a 3-star grading and can host up to 28 guests at a time. Thali Thali is home to a plethora of birdlife and wildlife. Add to your stay with a game drive and enjoy the Thali Thali restaurant. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and offers 4 types of luxury and tented accommodation: Guest Houses, Bush House, Bush Camp and Bush Village Camp. Add to your stay with a San Tour, gallery visit and local restaurant. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998  | khwattu.org

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

Accommodation includes 22 hotel rooms (non-self-catering) as well as self-catering chalets. The chalets are thatched and consist of 2 bedrooms en-suite, a fully equipped kitchen and loft with 2 twin beds. In the resort’s lodge you’ll find satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a bar, dining room and terrace. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

 

albatrossAlbatross Guesthouse, Langebaan

Accommodation includes 4 double rooms with B&B on offer in the heritage rich and scenic town of Langebaan. A courtyard with braai facilities offer a relaxing setting. The guesthouse is a short walk from the beach and short drive from West Coast National park and the Fossil Park. Contact: +27 (0)82 820 5350 | info@albatrossguesthouse.com | albatrossguesthouse.com

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disa-lodge-darlingDisa Lodge, Darling

Built in 1890, this makes Disa Lodge one of the first houses built in Darling. In the typical “farm house” style the building has beautiful wooden floors and high ceilings. Accommodation includes 3 double rooms with B&B a short walk from Darling’s main road, museum and Evita se Perron. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3561 | info@disalodge.co.za |  disalodge.co.za

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saldanhaProtea Hotel, Saldanha Bay

This 3-star hotel offer a welcoming atmosphere with a fresh and spacious interior. The big lounge is a favourite relaxing spot for guests and the open terrace provides a 260 degree view of the harbour, bay and sparkling pool. Go for long beach walks after a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner at the restaurant. On a clear day you can see Table Mountain. Conference facilities available.  Contact: +27 22 714 1264 | reservations@sbph.co.za | www.proteahotels.com

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Yzerfontein Caravan Park

Just 50m away from the blue flag ‘16 Mile’ beach and set behind a dune for less windy camping, this well maintained park offers sizeable sites with all amenities and family facilities.

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Ou Skip Holiday Resort, Melkbosstrand

Less than an hour from Cape Town, Ou Skip is one of the largest caravan parks in the Western Cape, and just 300m from the beach. It offers 206 well-kept tent and caravan sites, 12 self-catering chalets, a swimming pool; kids play area, trampolines, a recreation hall, laundry facilities and 24-hour gate security.

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Ganzekraal Coastal Resort

The Ganzekraal Coastal Resort is ideal for weekend getaways, relaxing holidays,to host your conference, team building or wedding. It hugs the Atlantic Ocean offering stunning views and great facilities. The tidal pool ensures safe swimming for the kids, while the rocky shoreline is popular for fishing.

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The Beach Camp, Paternoster

On the shoreline in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, The Beach Camp offers pre-pitched bedded Twin Tents and A-Frames kitted out with all the necessary camping gear and an equipped communal kitchen tent. Activities include hiking, bouldering, bird watching, fishing, guided sea-kayak trails and surfing.

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Conference

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located on the premier golf estate of Cape Town, namely Atlantic Beach Golf Estate where ample conference facilities are available. The Lodge’s close proximity to Cape Town International Airport and its position 25 minutes from Cape Town’s CBD makes it the perfect location for conferences. Book The Lodge’s 3 types of luxury 4-star Bed and Breakfast accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

Thali Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

Thali Thali Game Lodge is 90min from Cape Town’s CBD and offers the Old Farmhouse (ideal for smaller meetings) and a marquee (up to a 100 people). A tranquil environment with top West Coast cuisine, hospitality, exciting game drives & archery. Multi-media projector, screen & sound equipment available. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825  | thalithali.co.za

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

At !Khwa ttu we combine the best of both worlds with modern conference facilities in an idyllic rural setting. !Khwa ttu provides a comprehensive solution to ensure the success of your business event. Our conference room is ideal for 10-50 delegates. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

This mountain resort is located on the N7 and overlook the Cederberg Mountains. A sought after conferencing destination, the resort boasts first-rate conferencing facilities including a data projector and PA system. The resort is also able to accommodate two conferences at the same time. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

Weddings

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Add to your stay with a game at Atlantic Beach Golf Club and access to the tennis courts, fitness centre and swimming pool. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

Geelbek Restaurant, West Coast National Park

Visit Geelbek Restaurant (1 hour from Cape Town’s CBD) in the Cape West Coast National Park and only 20km from Langebaan. The restaurant is housed in a national monument, circa 1744. Fresh ingredients are locally sourced for family recipes – some more than 300 years old – like Cape Bobotie. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 772 2134 / (0)76 186 3912 | geelbek.co.za
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thali-thali-weddingThali Thali Weddings & Functions, Langebaan

Thali Thali is also the perfect venue for conferences, weddings and celebrations of all kinds, accommodating up to 60 guests in the restaurant, or up to 100 guests in the adjacent marquee. Add to this the stunning restaurant offering catering and bar facilities. A kiddies play area makes it perfect for weddings where children are allowed. Guests can stay over in the accommodation. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

Located on the N7 and overlooking the Cederberg Mountains, with its spectacular setting, it’s a popular wedding venue featuring first-rate facilities and sprawling green lawns. The hotel has a Valley View Honeymoon Suite and Kloof Restaurant can be hired. Max 120 guests. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za
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Elite Charters, Club Mykonos

Leisurely Yacht Cruises in the Langebaan lagoon and Overnight trips in the Catamaran with catering and onboard bar – perfect for team building events, private events and weddings.
Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | elitecharters.co.za
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Arts & Entertainment

Club Mykonos Casino, Langebaan

Club Mykonos resort is a family friendly Mediterranean gateway to endless fun in the sun. Perched on the shores of the Langebaan lagoon which also offers great entertainment. The casino complex has everything from gaming and dining to live entertainment, as well as a luxurious spa and loads of great things for kids to do. Tel: +27 (0) 22 707 7000 | info@clubmykonos.co.za | clubmykonos.co.zaClub Mykonos Langebaan

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road. A gallery showcases different art exhibitions which give a unique insight into the San culture. The !Khwa ttu shop sells beautiful art and San-inspired crafts. The Dream Museum shares the San Spirit, past, present and future. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Stone Fish Studio and Gallery, Paternoster

Stone Fish is not only a gallery but also a studio where West Coast artist Dianne Heesom-Green creates unique hand-built clay sculptures, paintings and hosts workshops. Her studio is in an old mill which was built in 1863 and the gallery also showcases original works by renowned artists.

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Bay Gallery, Langebaan

Bay Gallery – ‘Art in the heart of Langebaan’ showcases a wide variety of unique, local and selected South African artists work in various media, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics as well as hand woven mohair and handmade gifts. Find here more than 20 artistics impressions of “Jan” – the traditional fishing boat on Langebaan’s beach. The gallery specializes in curating local artists’s work like Sandy Essau, Daan Samuels and Joan Schrauwen. Open Monday to Saturday.

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The West Coast Art Gallery, Port Owen

The West Coast Art Gallery sources and exhibits talent that is both upcoming and established from the entire region. Owned by artist, Dot Dixon, the gallery was created as a window on West Coast art and represents the works of over 100 artists and craftsmen.

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Evita se Perron, Darling

This is home to ‘Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout’, the world famous alter ego of Pieter Dirk Uys, South Africa’s best-known political satirist and impersonator. Evita se Perron is a transformed train station with two cabaret venues, a restaurant and a bar.

SA Fisheries Museum, Velddrif

Recently moved from Hout Bay, the SA Fisheries Museum exhibits the colourful and fascinating history of the fishing industry along the West Coast, from old whaling to present-day pelagic and lobster fishing. It also pays homage to all pioneers and subsidiary stakeholders in the fishing industry.

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Bushman’s Cave Mountain Theatre

At the foot of the Cederberg lies a unique open-air theatre on the Oude Muur Farm where many a well-known South African artist has performed against this awesome backdrop. Enjoy traditional food cooked on open fires and stay the night, rustic style.

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Kids

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Add to your stay with a game at Atlantic Beach Golf Club and access to the tennis courts, fitness centre and swimming pool. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

Thali-3Thali Thali Family Game Lodge, Langebaan

Thali Thali’s spacious farmhouse, self-catering chalets and spacious luxury tents, which have en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities, give many options for families with kids. There is a play park, splash pool and ample space to run around. Bring your kids along on a game drive with  stories to connect the young adventurers to nature. Open 7 days a week. Contact: (c) +27 (0)82 372 8637 / +27 (0)83 275 2825 | thalithali.co.za

West Coast Fossil Park – National Heritage Site

Go on daily guided tours to the site where a diversity of fossils can be seen in the ground where they were buried five million years ago. A children’s mock dig, coffee shop and tuck shop make for great fun for all ages. This National Heritage Site is an important educational centre also offering school group educational tours. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 766 1606 | www.fossilpark.org.za | info@fossilpark.org.za

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Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

The Gateway to the Cederberg offers Kids’ programmes, including an Easter egg hunt and Christmas parties. There are also a jungle gym, trampolines, mini golf course, swimming pool and play room. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

Shopping

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Add to your stay with a game at Atlantic Beach Golf Club and access to the tennis courts, fitness centre and swimming pool. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and has a beautiful shop displaying art, crafts, photography, books and innovative merchandise related to the San. Next door to the shop is the Dream Museum. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

Camphill Country Market

Camphill Village provides a safe environment for intellectually challenged adults. Held on the first Sunday of every second month, Camphill Country Market is a fun family day for all. It offers a range of goods, including Camphill’s own fresh produce, baked goods and herbal products. Residents and visiting stallholders also sell their products.

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Denlyn Park Craft Market, Langebaan

On the last Saturday of every month, this craft market has over 30 stalls selling a variety of homemade and fresh produce, as well as various crafts. There is also live music and loads of kids’ entertainment.

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Vygevallei Farm Stall

Freshly baked farm breads, homemade butter and cheeses, pastas, preserves, local wine, farm breakfasts, cakes, dried fruit and organic herbs. It also has a kid’s play zone, farm animals to feed and free wine tasting. In the Summer the ‘I Love Weskus Market’ is held at Vygevallei Farm stall on the first Sunday of the month, with a variety of stalls and an assortment of live music.

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Groote Post Country Market

The Groote Post Country Market, held at one of the Cape’s finest wineries, offers arts and crafts, décor, gifts and homeware stalls as well as a wide selection of fine Darling gourmet produce. Sample or buy Groote Post’s Rosé wine, specially produced for the market, or sip on an ice-cold Darling Brew. There’s also lots to keep the kids busy.

Elkanah House Schoolyard Market, Blaauwberg

Elkanah House hosts a monthly community market packed with fresh foods and eclectic arts and crafts. It also has a variety of craft work¬shops and plenty of activities for everyone – especially the little ones, making it a perfect Saturday morning family outing.

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The West Coast Mall, Vredenburg

The West Coast Mall is the region’s only one-stop shopping experience. Open 7 days a week, it has over 70 shops, many large national anchor retailers, all the major South African banks and cellular providers, as well as cafes and restaurants. For your convenience, there are 1854 free parking bays.

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Birds, Bees & Whales

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails  

These exciting slackpacking trails offer a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast Biosphere. There are 5 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail, Wheels of Time, Berg River Canooze. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | capebiospheretrails.co.za
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The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and Self-catering apartment. Add to your stay with a game at Atlantic Beach Golf Club and access to the tennis courts, fitness centre and swimming pool. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za

!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared, Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu is located on the R27 West Coast Road and is a small birders haven. Birders have the opportunity to see: African Hoopoe, African Sacred Ibis, Barn Owl, Black and Yellow Shouldered Kites, Crowned Lapwing, Verreux Eagle, Hadeda Ibis and Blue Cranes. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 | khwattu.org

The Darling Bird Route

Birders can enjoy a range of species from larks and pipits to lesser flamingoes and great white pelicans, as well as a variety of raptors. Flowering bulbs and the wildflower diversity offer a unique springtime experience and in the summer, large numbers of blue cranes can be spotted in the wheat fields.

Birding in the West Coast National Park

This Ramsar site has over 300 identified species and is well-known for its thousands of migratory summer waders. Spot Black Harrier, White-throated Canary, Grey-winged Francolin, Karoo Lark, White-backed Mousebird and many more. Also look out for Cape Batis, African Hoopoe, Rock Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Longclaw and Cardinal Woodpecker.

Beekeeping in Hopefield

The Simply Bee Product, Gift & Coffee Shop is home to a unique Bee Observation Centre: the first-ever glass observation hive that gives you a fascinating first-hand insight on how a bee colony lives and works to make honey. A variety of natural honey and fynbos products can be bought at the shop. In Church Street and open Mon – Fri 9:00 to 17:00 and Sat until 16:00.
Contact: +27 (0)22 723 0569 | simplybee.co.za

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Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

The resort was featured in the Africa Birds & Birding magazine and – as a destination custom-built for site-seeing – sports, ample viewpoints and platforms for successful birding. Bird species in the area include Eurasian Golden Oriole, African Goshawk and Long-billed Pipit. Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

Whale spotting in Yzerfontein

Southern Right and Humpback whales visit Yzerfontein in groups of eight to ten between June and December. The cows calve in the calm waters and there are numerous look-out points from which to view these magnificent mammals.

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Whale spotting in Paternoster

The best time to sight whales in Paternoster is between August and December, and they are best viewed directly from the beaches at Paternoster Bay. The adjacent Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is also frequently visited by whales and the rocks are the perfect place to spot them.

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West Coast Fossil Park – National Heritage Site

Go on daily guided tours to the site where a diversity of fossils can be seen in the ground where they were buried five million years ago. The area is surrounded by natural bush and grassland where a range of birds and wildlife can be spotted, including Cape Canary, Reed Cormorant and many more. For the full list visit the Cape West Coast Fossil Park website. Open 7 days a week. Contact: +27 (0)22 766 1606 | www.fossilpark.org.za

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