9 Day Trip Plan To Explore The West Coast of South Africa

Enjoy the fun, flexibility and added safety of minimizing in-person interactions outside of your close travel circle with a West Coast Way road trip

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This is a journey on wheels into wide open spaces! Find amazing places, and take fascinating detours for your route with South Africa’s road trip with the most twists.

In a time of travel restrictions and social distancing, 2021 is likely to be the year of the road trip. Plan your next adventure with West Coast Way’s easy 9 day trip plan.

DAY 1  RIEBEEK VALLEY – ARTSTOWN OF WEST COAST WAY

TIP: While some of the beauty of driving is letting the road lead you, there are still some benefits to reserving accommodations ahead, especially when staying in the West Coast over weekends.

10h00              Depart Cape Town and follow N7 to Riebeek Valley

11h00              Arrive at Riebeek Valley – visit Kloovenburg, Riebeek Valley Tourism Office, Het Vlock

Book lunch at the oldest Hotel in SA: The Royal Hotel in Riebeek Valley

14h00              Depart and head out to Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

18h00              Arrive at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

Dinner at Kloof Restaurant at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

Find out more about Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort here.

Where: On the N7
Open 7 days a week | Free entry
Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | [email protected]

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

DAY 2  PIEKENIERSKLOOF – GATEWAY TO THE CEDERBERG

TIP: Wherever you chose to drive, a road trip is the definition of the journey being just as valuable as the destination. Take in the sights, enjoy the snacks, and stay safe! It’s time to hit the road. Make sure that you pack in a warm jacket, even on the hottest days, as the weather can change significantly in a day.

Breakfast at Kloof Restaurant at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

10h00              Explore local rooibos, wine and food experience – Drive to Lambert’s Bay

Book lunch at Isabella’s Restaurant 027 432 1177

Walk on the harbour wall to Bird Island in Lamberts Bay

18h00              Arrive back at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort. Enjoy dinner at Kloof Restaurant at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

The Cederberg Wilderness

DAY 3 and 4  CLANWILLIAM – CEDERBERG HERITAGE ROUTE

TIP: The small towns of the West Coast are another excellent reason to go on a road trip. Each small town has its own unique vibe that it derives from the people who live here, the history of the place itself, the natural surroundings, and its cultural heritage. Make sure that you pack in comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast at Kloof Restaurant at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort

10h00              Book out of Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort and drive to Clanwilliam to book in at Ndedema Lodge (4 star). Book with Enid Viljoen of Ndedema Lodge on  082 460 7717 and [email protected]

In the town: Do a historical walk through Clanwilliam. Visit the Old Gaol Museum. (Ou Tronk)

Enjoy: wine tasting, beer tasting, rooibos tea tasting.

Trails to pre-plan: Go to Stadsaal Caves and Truitjieskraal, see Soldaatkop and walk Sevilla Rock Art Trail

Return to Ndedema Lodge.

CEDERBERG HERITAGE ROUTE

Book a guided tour walk with: Cederberg Heritage Route – Michelle Truter is the Booking Agent for Cederberg Heritage Route

Cellphone number: +27 (0)83 468 8030 Website address: www.cedheroute.co.za

18h00              Arrive back at Ndedema Lodge. Eat at local restaurant or ask Ndedema Lodge to pack you a special picnic basket – and enjoy it in their Mandela Memory Garden.

Nieuwoudtville

DAY 5 and 6 – STAY AT WILLEMSRIVIER HISTORICAL FARM

TIP: Willemsrivier is a living museum located in Nieuwoudtville, just outside the Cape West Coast border, with a colourful past. The historical farm is so connected to the West Coast, that West Coast Way sees it as part of ‘our journey‘. As you drive along the R364 Pakhuis Pass look out for Leipoldt’s Grave (just outside Clanwilliam) and The Englishman’s Grave (on the higher slopes of Pakhuis Pass).

10h00              Book out of Ndedema Lodge drive 2hrs along the R364 Pakhuis Pass to Nieuwoudtville to book in at Willemsrivier Guestfarm – Book with Erika Kotze +27 (0) 83 4505 939   [email protected]

Visit Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Hantam National Botanical Gardens, Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, Nieuwoudtville shops, church and history of Willems Rivier farm. 

DAY 7 and 8  LANGEBAAN – STAY AT THALI THALI

TIP: Thali Thali is a 1,460 hectare Cape West Coast game and fynbos reserve situated just over 1 hours drive from Cape Town, bordering the West Coast National Park and Langebaan.  Make sure to book a game drive, archery lessons and your braai (barbecue).

09h00              Book out of Willemsrivier and drive via R27 Van Rhyns Pass to Vanrhynsdorp to visit the Kokerboom Nursery (arrival 10h00)

11h00              Depart and head to Elands Bay for lunch at Vensterklip Restaurant (arrival 12h30)

14h30              Depart and head to Langebaan to book in at Thali Thali for a Glamping experience (3 Star). (arrival 16h30)

18h00              Enjoy dinner at Thali Thali Restaurant or Book a braaipack or Thali Thali picnic to enjoy on elevated stoep of your tent

Make Thali Thali your base and from here visit: West Coast National Park, Paternoster, Langebaan. A recommendation is to book a boat cruise on the Berg River in Velddrif at Bokkomlaan. Book boat cruise: 071 897 9611

DAY 9  RETURN TO CAPE TOWN VIA DARLING

10h00              Book out of Thali Thali and head into Darling to visit Evita se Perron, Darling Brew and Groote Post.

Time to buy gifts, keepsakes and treasures. We can recommend:

  1. Evita se Perron’s toffees, rusks and cookbooks. Walk through the museum and open-air sculpture garden. Great coffee spot.
  2. Darling Brew Craft Beer. Book lunch at their restaurant. Do a craft beer tastings and buy direct from the source.
  3. Groote Post wine. Historical farm and top wine producer of the region.

Groote Post Wine Cellar: Darling Hills Road, off the R27, Darling
Cellar, Restaurant, Tastings & Sales, open-air kids play area, self-guided walking trail, bird hive, Guided Farm Drives

Open 7 days a week: 10:00 – 15:00
Contact: +27 (0)22 4922825 | www.grootepost.com

The Lodge At Atlantic Beach

CAPE TOWN ACCOMMODATION

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. West Coast Way recommends the Lodge at Atlantic Beach as your most convenient place to start and end your road trip to the West Coast of South Africa.

Find The Lodge at Atlantic Beach Lodge on the West Coast Way Culture RouteCape Way Route.

Open 7 days a week| Free entry
Distance from Cape Town: 27km
Where: R27
Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | [email protected] |  www.thelodgeAB.co.za

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

 

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