Although the West Coast is near enough to Cape Town to take a day trip, there is so much to do and see that it’s always best to stay a little longer to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Whether you want to rough it in natural surroundings and camp alongside the ocean or prefer more luxurious accommodation and “glamping” options, there are many fantastic places to stay to suit all pockets and tastes.
Hotels And Lodges
The Lodge at Atlantic Beach
Located on the outskirts of the quaint seaside village, Melkbosstrand, a mere 25 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, The Lodge overlooks the 10th fairway of one of Cape Town’s Premier Golf Estates.
Choose from 20 luxuriously appointed rooms at The Lodge and delight in the sumptuous meals on offer from the Sunset Terrace Restaurant at Atlantic Beach Golf Club, including lunch and dinner, as well as take full advantage of all the first-class facilities available on the Estate.
Where: 100 Fairway Drive, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Melkbosstrand
Contact: +27 21 5534653 | enquiries@thelodgeAB.co.za | www.thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za
Thali Thali Game Lodge
Thali Thali Game Lodge is a pristine, privately owned game and fynbos reserve which is home to abundant bird-and-wildlife. Situated near near Langebaan and bordering the West Coast National Park, it’s ideally located as there is much to do and in the area.
The accommodation at Thali Thali consist of was designed to create a unit incorporating the entertainment area with bar facilities and an open-air lapa. There are three West Coast-style self-catering chalets, five B&B luxury tents as well as a big old farmhouse with 4 bedrooms which is separate from all the others and ideal for families and groups.
Where: R27, just before the Langebaan turn off
Contact: +27 82 372 8637 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.thalithali.co.za
Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay
Positioned on the Bay, Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay offers excellent accommodation with a choice of standard rooms, two suites, a first class restaurant, attractive lounge and cocktail bar. A games room including table tennis, darts and kids play area is available to all guests. It also has its own jetty for water sport enthusiasts.
Where: Main Road, Saldanha
Contact: +27 22 714 1264 | www.proteahotels.com
Blue Bay Lodge
The elegantly gabled Blue Bay Lodge stands just metres above the wide-stretched beaches of Saldanha Bay, offering uninterrupted views out over the ocean.
The Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all needs, from B&B to self-catering. All rooms are en-suite and the two larger suites can be booked together as an apartment as one has a kitchenette. There are also 17 free-standing self-catering chalets.
All rooms have satellite TV and free wifi and facilities at the lodge include: a tennis court, swimming pool, barbeque facilities, boat launch access, a restaurant and a conference centre.
Where: Henry Wicht Avenue, Blouwaterbaai, Saldanha
Contact: +27 22 714 1177/8/9 | email@example.com | bluebaylodge.co.za
Club Mykonos Resort
Located on the shores of the environmentally rich Langebaan Lagoon, Club Mykonos offers a unique vacation destination designed to embrace the philosophy of Mediterranean living. The Greek inspired resort provides quality facilities that will complete your family vacation or corporate getaway. Let go of your stress when visiting Club Mykonos, your little piece of Greece. Entertainment can be found in every corner of the resort from a thrilling night in the Casino to live music on the marina terrace. The resort hosts various shows and events throughout the year ensuring that your holiday will be packed full of memorable experiences.
Where: Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan, 7357
Contact: +27 (0)22 707 7000 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.clubmykonos.co.za
Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort
Accommodation at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort 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 two twin beds.
In the resort’s lodge you’ll find satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a bar, dining room and terrace overlooking the Olifants River Valley.
Where: N7 Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal, 7340
Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org (Hotel Reservations)
+27 (0)11 267 8500 email@example.com (Chalet Reservations) | www.piekenierskloof.co.za
!Khwa ttu – San Spirit Shared
!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.
Spend the night and relax in one of their cosy and luxury guest houses or tented camps, tucked away on the West Coast countryside. All three the Guest houses are stylishly furnished with luxurious beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, dining areas with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks or a stoep with spectacular panoramic views. Rest in supreme comfort, luxury and style wherever you decide to stay.
Where: Grootwater Farm, R27
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998 Website: www.khwattu.org
Ganzekraal Coastal Resort
Less than an hour from the city, the resort hugs the fresh Atlantic Ocean offering stunning views and great facilities. Boasting 28 sea facing, fully equipped, 4-6 sleeper self-catering chalets each with a sun deck, it also has a tidal pool, slipway, conference facility/wedding venue, lapa, bar and restaurant. There is 24 hour security at the single entrance.
Contact: +27 22 492 2752 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Situated in an indigenous renosterveld estate and overlooking the rolling Darling hills,this beautifully renovated cottage is fully furnished and equipped and comfortably sleeps 6.
Situated right on the stone ridge above the beach, these two fisherman cottages offer the best views in Paternoster. With their thick original stone walls still intact and recently restored, these little 4-sleeper cottages will surely take you back in time.
Where: Sampson Street, Paternoster
Contact: +27 82 707 1523
Guesthouse/Bed & Breakfast
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.
Russells on the Port
Russells on the Port is settled in a peaceful and tranquil location overlooking the Port Owen Marina. A top location situated on the doorstep of the Port Owen marina with stunning views of the Bergriver and Marina. Each luxurious guest suite comes equipped with a flat screen TV, free WiFi and a complementary Tea and Coffee station.
Where: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen, Velddrif
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.
Where: 9 Jutten Street, Langebaan
Contact: +27 (0)82 820 5350 | email@example.com | albatrossguesthouse.com
Disa Lodge Guesthouse
Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street and built in 1890, Disa Lodge is one of the very first houses built in Darling. In the typical “farm house” style of that time, the building has beautiful wooden floors and high ceilings and all the charm of yesteryear.
There are three double en-suite bedrooms, two of which open out onto a verandah. Ideally situated, you can walk to the famous Evita se Peron or to the village restaurants. A large communal patio has a built-in braai and there is also a splash pool to cool you off in the heat of summer.
Where: Lang Street, Darling
Contact: +27 22 492 3561 | disalodge.co.za
Darling Lodge Guesthouse
Set in a lush, well-tended garden, this beautifully restored Victorian country home is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Amenities include: secure off street parking, a swimming pool, free internet access (Wi-Fi), a cosy TV lounge (DSTV) with honesty bar, a relaxing library and individual concierge services.
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.
Where: 22 Pastorie Street, Darling
Contact: +27 22 492 3062 | www.darlinglodge.co.za
Leentjiesklip Holiday Resort
Situated between Langebaan and Club Mykonos overlooking the lagoon, Leentjiesklip boasts spectacular sunsets. Each set of sites has direct access to the beach which is perfect for the kids as they can spend all day running up and down to the beach while you can keep an eye on them.
It is lawned and electricity is provided at each site. Each site also has a built in ground level circular braai and a tap. Two ablution blocks have hot and cold water and a scullery and there is also a small shop on site.
Where: Oostewal Road
Contact: +27 22 772 2461
Located just 50m away from the pristine blue flag 16 Mile beach behind a dune for less windy camping, this well-kept park is ideally situated. Most of the sites are sizeable and every site has water, electricity and its own braai area.
There are four clean ablution blocks, each with bath and shower with hot and cold running water as well as laundry facilities on-site. Restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance of the park.
Where: Dolfyn Street
Contact: +27 22 451 2211
Ou Skip Holiday Resort
Situated only 40 minutes from Cape Town, Ou Skip is one of the largest caravan parks in the Western Cape and offers 206 well-kept tent and caravan sites as well as 12 self-catering chalets.
The resort has a large swimming pool, kid’s play area, trampolines, a recreation hall, laundry facilities and 24-hour gate security for peace of mind.
The beach is only 300m away and great hiking trails are on their doorstep. The gentle Dikkop and Grysbok trails take you through areas with sandy beaches, cliffs and dune veld with an abundance of wildlife.
Where: Otto Du Plessis Drive
Contact: +27 21 553 2058 | www.ouskip.co.za
Tietiesbaai Camp Site
Situated in the Cape Columbine Nature reserve, Tietiesbaai is a sheltered beach cove flanked by protective granite boulders. The campsite is right next to the ocean and offers 60 caravan or tent seafront sites with communal ablution facilities and showers. In keeping with conservation, there is no electricity but solar panels do supply hot water.
Where: In the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
Contact: +27 22 7522 718
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Paternoster
The Beach Camp
Set on the shoreline of the wild Atlantic Ocean in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, The Beach Camp offers a very unique camping option. Pre-pitched comfortable bedded Twin Tents and A-frame tents kitted out with all the necessary camping gear would tempt even those who don’t enjoy camping.
There is an equipped communal kitchen tent with all the necessary utensils for cooking over an open fire, plus a communal cooler-box for those who don’t have their own.
Set in a nature reserve, no pets or electronic music are allowed and they have no electricity – by choice – which is the only thing that could be considered a drawback by some.
Contact: +27 82 926 2267 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.beachcamp.co.za