The Saldanha Experience: Eat, Drink And Discover The West Coast

The Saldanha Experience: Shuck, Savour & Sip the finest hand-picked West Coast encounters in Saldanha. Situated a mere 150 km north of Cape Town and on the West Coast Way Foodie Route, this undiscovered gem is bursting at the seams with fresh seafood, friendly people, and cool things to experience and unexpected places to explore.


What do you know about Saldanha?

Did you know that the world’s best oysters and mussels are grown at the heart of Saldanha? That they have a Koekedoor finalist cake shop? That their military reserve showcases some of the best flower viewing in the country? And that it is secretly known as one of the best kitesurfing locations in South Africa?

The Saldanha Experience

The Saldanha Experience is an endorsement brand, born out of the desire to re-ignight the town through a series of curated weekend experiences, by offering guests an opportunity to experience the finest and sometimes hidden gems of the bay. To book call or mail: +27 (0)22 714 1264  |  [email protected]

Event Package | 2 Days | 4 Experiences

27 – 28 July 2018 | R2340 per person sharing

Friday Night Accommodation and Saturday Breakfast

Friday Dinner Experience and selected Wine Pairing

Saturday Boat Tour to the Oyster and Mussel Farms

Saturday Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar Pop-up with selected Wine and Beer Tasting

Did you know that Saldanha supplies 100% of the mussels and 90% of the oysters you’ll eat anywhere South Africa?

The first Saldanha Experience takes place on 27 & 28 July and includes a three-course dinner and wine pairing with Luke & Katie Wonnacott on Friday evening, accommodation and breakfast at the beautiful Blue Bay Lodge, as well as a boat-based tour of Saldanha Bay’s oyster beds and mussel rafts at the hand of local seafood grower Kevin Ruck (with a glass of MCC in hand, no less).

To top it all off, lunch will be served long-table style in King Solomon’s Factory. Expect all-you-can-eat mussels and oysters in all shapes, forms and finger-licking guises.

Your Saldanha Bay Accommodation

The Saldanha Experience allows guests to choose their seaside accommodation! Guests stay at The Protea Hotel by Marriott Saldanha Bay – 4-star splendor.

The Protea Hotel by Marriott Saldanha Bay

The hotel is luxurious and spacious with a homely atmosphere, the big lounge is a favourite spot with their cosy fireplace and the terrace provides a 260-degree view and on a clear day, you can see the Table Mountain.

Restaurant • Lounge with a Fireplace • 9 hole Putt Putt • Indoor Kids Entertainment Area: Foosball; Table Tennis; Darts • Board Games

Where: Main Road, Saldanha
+27 22 714 1264 | [email protected] |

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The Saldanha Experience:

  • Three-course dinner experience with Luke Wonnacott of Table Seven-fame
  • Gorgeous seaside accommodation at The Protea Hotel by Marriott Saldanha Bay
  • Hearty breakfast at the lodge
  • Boat trip exploration of the Saldanha oyster farms
  • All-you-can-eat mussel & oyster feast in a pop-up location in a working oyster factory


2 days, 1 night

Guests are welcome to extend their stay on Saturday (subject to availability)


Friday Night 27 July: Accommodation check-in at Protea Hotel Marriott Saldanha Bay

Friday Night 27 July, 19:30: Executive Chef Eugene Johnson fuses his love of French and Italian cuisine to bring you an interactive 5-course seafood experience paired with a selection of vibrant wines. This past Head Chef at Reuben’s in Paternoster will take you on a unique gastronomic journey, showcasing his love of the sea, and his passion for local ingredients.

Saturday Morning 28 July: After breakfast you’ll head off to a unique experience of the Saldanha Bay with Blue Sapphire oyster grower guru, Kevin Ruck. With a glass of MCC in hand you’ll be transported by boat through the oyster beds and mussel rafts, learning how the world’s two most sustainable seafoods are nurtured and harvested.

Saturday Afternoon 28 July: Safely ashore, you’ll be invited to experience a pop-up Lang Tafel lunch presented by chef Kyle Dods, owner of The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar, paired with local wines and beers, and hosted within the historical working & rustic Saldanha Bay seaside factory.

After the Lang Tafel Experience guests are welcome to return to the hotel for live entertainment and a cosy fireplace to warm up.

Transport for clients own account.


R2430 p.p. sharing
R2900 p.p. single


Protea Hotel by Marriott Saldanha Bay: +27 (0)22 714 1264 | [email protected]

West Coast Way Is South Africa’s Road Trip With The Most Twists

Explore the Cape West Coast by planning a self-drive trip or book a guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast holiday.

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes Find a 101+ things to see and do on the West Coast Way: Enjoy wine, craft beer, olives and Rooibos tea tastings, Weskus cuisine and braaivleis (barbecue), swing into Citrusdal with a zipline, go Cederberg bouldering, jump into natural (warm) pools, step onto cruises of lagoons and rivers, trek through nature reserves and a National Park, hop onto game drives, try the skill of archery and angling, get your adrenaline pumping with sand-boarding and quad-biking, go horse riding, learn about the San culture and Riel-dancing, do kite- and windsurfing, chill in your flip flops and do surfing, book a kayaking trip, go beach hopping, learn about bees, whales and listen to our birds in a twitcher’s paradise – all in South Africa’s wildflower reserve. For more information on the West Coast’s top places to go, road tripping, hikes, tours and trails, explore or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.  Follow us on @WestCoastWaySA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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 or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.



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