With winter waning and Spring on its way, the wild flowers on the Cape West Coast have made an appearance, and by all accounts this year’s show is proving to be an impressive one, with swaths of colourful blooms flooding the landscape.
Now is a perfect time to visit this region, and the good news for South African pensioners is that during Tourism Month in September – which has the theme of “Tourism for All” – many attractions on the West Coast and surrounding inland areas are offering great pensioners specials, which makes it far more affordable for visitors over 60 years of age to explore this spectacular area.
West Coast Way, destination marketers for the Cape West Coast region and the founders of several innovative self drive sightseeing routes in the region, including the Foodie Route, Culture Route, Scenic Route and Berg Route, has put together a selection of the best pensioners specials currently on offer.
(These specials are valid for Monday to Thursday bookings until the end of September and to qualify for these special offers SA pensioners need to show their bar-coded ID on arrival. When booking quote #WestCoastWay to redeem these specials.)
Top 10 West Coast Way Pensioners Specials for 2016:
Thali Thali, on the West Coast Road R27
Thali Thali is a pristine privately owned 14.6km² game and fynbos reserve which is home to abundant birdlife and wildlife with three types of accommodation to choose from, including ‘glamping’ tents. Add to your stay with a game drive and archery lessons, as well as traditional wholesome West Coast cuisine from the open-deck and boma area.
Mondays to Thursdays pensioners can enjoy 33% off accommodation at Thali Thali.
Contact +27 (0)82 372 8637 or visit thalithali.co.za
Carmién Tea, Citrusdal
Enjoy 35% off a Rooibos Factory tour at Carmién Tea and see where this proudly South African tea is cultivated in the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor.
Contact +27 (0)22 921 8900 or visit carmientea.co.za
Pensioners qualify for 35% off a Tea, Wine and Flavour pairing at Hebron, situated in the Piekenierskloof pass.
Contact +27 (0)22 921 2595 or visit hebron.co.za
Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort, Citrusdal
SA Pensioners can enjoy a great special offer to this award winning mountain resort high up in the Piekenierskloof with spectacular views over the Olifants River Valley. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, children’s playground and mini golf (putt-putt) course.
The offer includes a Deluxe room for two people on a b&b basis for only R850 per room per night. Subject to availability. This promotion is available until 30 September 2016 and a 50% deposit is required within 24 hours to confirm the booking.
Contact +27 (0)22 921 3574 or email [email protected]
Herons Rest, Velddrif
SA pensioners will receive 35% off their accommodation at Heron’s Rest – a beautiful self-catering house that is situated near Velddrif and which is surrounded by the beautiful West Coast landscape. Enjoy bird watching, hiking, a pool and braai facilities.
The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand
SA Pensioners qualify for a fantastic 50% off at The Lodge, which offers four star accommodation and is surrounded by a world-class golf course. Facilities include a tennis court, fitness centre and swimming pool. Rates include continental breakfast and a welcome drink.
Contact +27 (0)21 553 4653 or visit thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za
Blue Bay Lodge, Saldanha Bay
Situated above the beaches of Saldanha Bay, Blue Bay Lodge is offering SA pensioners 35% off self-catering and B&B accommodation and a free glass of sherry on arrival.
Contact +27 (0) 22 714 1177 or visit bluebaylodge.co.za
Tori Oso Geselshuisie, Mamre
Tori Oso ‘gesels huisie’ is one of a kind in South Africa and is situated in Mamre on the ‘Werf’ in the historical Ou winkel. SA Pensioners can enjoy the grilled fish with salad and potato wedges for only R45 and a slice of chocolate cake with a cup of filter coffee for only R28.
Contact +27 (0)72 972 3539
!Khwa ttu, on the West Coast Road R27
!Khwa ttu, the San Education and Culture Centre offers sweeping views, tracks through nature, guided culture tours, stylish home cooked food, exciting projects and entrance to the fascinating world of the First People, the San.
Mondays to Thursdays !Kwhwa ttu are offering a pensioners discount where if you book 1 night you get the 2nd night absolutely free, including a cultural tour that also takes you to view their vast open fields covered with flowers.
Contact +27 (0)22 492 2998 or visit khwattu.org
Darling Sweet, Darling
Visitors to Darling Sweet in Lang Street Darling can enjoy handmade delicious old fashioned toffees made with the finest locally sourced ingredients, freshly squeezed juices and no preservatives – all packaged in recycled paper and biodegradable cellophane wrapping. You can also watch as the toffee is made, cut and packaged by hand.
Pensioners can enjoy a 35% discount when purchasing 6 X 160g toffees or more. These make great Christmas presents!
Contact +27 (0)83 235 4002 or visit darlingsweet.co.za
“These pensioners specials are in line with the theme for Tourism Month this September – which is Tourism For All, and which seeks to make South African travel and tourism more accessible and affordable to all its people,” explains Carmen Lerm, founder and CEO of West Coast Way.
“West Coast Way is all about showcasing the many attractions and communities on the Cape West Coast and surrounds to visitors, and we embrace the concept of Tourism For All in our drive to stimulate South Africans to explore these areas further.”
“I am very happy with this initiative brought about by West Coast Way and the several tourism stakeholders along this route that is aimed at making tourism destinations accessible and affordable,” says James Vos, Shadow Minister of Tourism.
“The growing reality for so many South Africans, particularly pensioners, is that tourism is just too expensive. It is initiatives such as these pensioners discounts that advance domestic tourism so that more South Africans may experience their own country and other cultures and heritage. This will also unlock economic opportunities for many small towns across our country.”
“Whether you are looking to experience the flowers at their best, are a nature lover, an outdoor enthusiast, a “twitcher”, a foodie, a devotees of good wine, a beer aficionado, adventurer, culture buff, or just generally looking for a wonderful break away then the Cape West Coast is the place to visit,” concludes Lerm. “With these specials, which are available until the end of September, it is also the affordable place to visit for South African pensioners.”
For more information on the above mentioned specials contact West Coast Way on 0861 321 777 or visit www.westcoastway.co.za.
Take the road less travelled in the West Coast Way
For more information on West Coast Way Routes and the list of 101+ Things To See And Do in the Cape West Coast, visit our eventspage. Choose to go on a self-guided adventure drive by following the routes, or book an air-conditioned trip to top West Coast attractions in South Africa.