One of the best options, especially for families, is the Cape West Coast. Whether you want to get out of town for just a day, or stay longer to enjoy all that the region has to offer, the great thing about the West Coast is that most of the destinations can be reached in under two hours, allowing loads of time for fun and adventure, see our Routes for inspiration for the ultimate #RoadTrips!
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Few things are more thrilling than a game drive, and you don’t need to fly all the way up to the northern provinces of South Africa to experience the thrill. Just a short drive from the city, are several game parks and reserves, including two very popular privately owned reserves.
Thali Thali Game Lodge
Bordering the West Coast National Park, the reserve is home to a wide variety of antelope as well as many other species, including oryx, giraffe, red hartebeest, eland, zebra, springbok and black wildebeest. As there are no predators in the park, guests are free to explore on foot to view the birds and animals. Daily game drives are available in a customized open game viewer pick-up or game trailer.
While you are there, you can also try your hand at the ancient sport of archery or test your marksmanship skills at the 3D bow hunting track.
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.
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Open 7 days a week
Where: Part of the Foodie Route on the R27, just before the Langebaan turnoff
Contact: +27 (0)82 372 8637 | [email protected] | www.thalithali.co.za
The Thrill of the Ocean
If you have always wanted to sail off into the sunset, feel ocean spray on your face while flying along in a rubber duck or experience the rush of skimming along on a wet bike, head for Club Mykonos in Langebaan and do it in style.
Elite Charters offers various options to suit all needs and speeds for the whole family, from a two hour trip to Shark Bay and other destinations on the Lagoon to romantic sunset cruises. Braai and bar facilities are available on the catamarans and yachts. For those in need of an adrenalin rush, opt for a wet bike or rubber duck adventure instead.
The Darling Mystery Trail
This innovative concept is great fun for young and old. Offering an exciting fusion of geo caching and treasure hunting, it takes visitors through the scenic historic village of Darling, and participants will find themselves doing exciting things like hunting for a message in a bottle, searching for clues or using their skills in compass reading. All riddles are family-friendly and distributed only in the secure and relaxed surrounding of the old village of Darling.
Simply get your personal trail map for R25 at the Darling Museum and head off for a relaxing two hours walk, or hop on a bike for a quicker finish. Once all the riddles have been solved, the participants receive a treasure and everyone who finishes the trail stands the chance to win a Darling weekend for two worth R2000.
Stay a little longer and enjoy the hospitality of Pat & Bobby at Disa Lodge a old farm style house with a homely atmosphere in the centre of Darling.
Die Plaasmol, Hopefield
This unique venue offers not only good food, but also fun for the whole family. Kids will love feeding the farm animals, the nursery offers a wide range of plants and flowers and the curio shop is stocked full of irresistible goodies and knickknacks. Bring along your appetite when you visit as the restaurant is known for is hearty home-cooked meals and the bakery produces the most tempting sweet treats as well homemade honey, jams, sweets and cookies to take home.
Contact: +27 22 723 0543
Spend time at a farm stall
The best way to break a journey is to stop off at a farm stall and there are several excellent pit stops up the West Coast.
Vygevallei Farm Stall, Yzerfontein
This popular farm stall is filled with all manner of delicious offerings, including freshly baked farm breads, homemade butter and cheeses, pastas, preserves, local wine, farm breakfasts, cakes, dried fruit and organic herbs. There is also a small farmyard with pot-bellied pigs and ducks to keep the kids entertained. 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.
Contact: +27 74 138 1610 | [email protected]
Weskus Farm Stall
Less than an hour from Cape Town, this is far more than a farm stall and it will be hard to drag the kids away. Not only do they sell everything from homemade preserves and snacks to all manner of gifts, there is also a great restaurant with a wonderful outdoor area and an amazing aviary which is home to dozens of exotic birds. The kids will also love the kids play area and running around in the indigenous gardens.
Where: Corner of R27 and R315, Between Yzerfontein and Darling
Contact: +27 (0)71 658 9167
The Farmyard Farm Stall
The perfect place to pop in for provisions, they make hearty homemade soups, ready-made meals, pates and spreads as well as delicious preserves, pickles and sauces. There are chickens and other farm animals, setting the farmyard scene.
Where: R27 Melkbosstrand, Blaauwberg
Contact: +27 (0)22 553-2563
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