Doringbaai

In Doringbaai (it translates to Thorn Bay) you can’t but not relax. This small West Coast fishing village is about 3 hours’ drive from Cape Town. It’s pretty, it’s small, it’s quaint, it’s quiet. The closest bigger towns are Vredendal and Lambertsbaai.

Located on the West Coast Way Wild RouteDoringbaai

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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 Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

If you are that way inclined, you could opt to do something active – go hiking or mountain biking on the outskirts of Doringbaai, go kayaking in the ocean or on the Olifants River, there’s wind surfing and body boarding, or there’s diving, snorkeling or spearfishing, albeit in cold water. Close by there are some surfing spots such as Bamboesbaai.

More relaxing pursuits include bird watching including at the Olifants River, sun tanning and swimming. You could also play golf or go wine tasting. In spring it’s flower season; from late July to November it’s time for whale watching.

The bay at Doringbaai was used to anchor boats that were used for trade. Goods would be stored at Doringbaai, then, interestingly enough, taken to Vanrhynsdorp by camel. Yes, it’s hard to believe if you read this now, with not a camel in sight.

You will search far and wide to find a more atmospheric place to sip a glass of wine than Fryer’s Cove (see next entry) on the pier.

The white Doringbaai lighthouse with its black band and white lantern house looks over the shoulder of Fryer’s Cove from a small rocky outcrop. This outcrop forms a natural breakwater.

Building of the orginal lighthouse was completed in 1963. At first an aluminium structure was used but in 1993 a traditional, and more romantic, concrete lighthouse was built after a violent storm damaged the previous structure.

The lighthouse is not manned and it is not open to the public though it’s easy to take lovely photos from various points in Doringbaai.

Find Doringbaai on the on the West Coast Way Wild Route.

Open 7 days a week

Distance from Cape Town: 306km

Where: R366, Doringbaai

Coordinates: 31.8211° S, 18.2392° E

Doringbaai

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 Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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