Craft beer, world-class wine and local cuisine – three good, nay, the best reasons to visit the #weskusbeskus for a West Coast Holiday Getaway. What are you waiting for?
Everyone deserves a break every now and then to escape the day-to-day grind and there is nothing like a West Coast holiday. A road trip into the Cape West Coast offers you 101 things to see and do. Check what’s hiding along your route and consider planning a three-day weekend with loads of fun.
Here Is Our Top 8 West Coast Holiday Getaway Places To Visit:
1. Thali Thali Game Lodge via the R27 – Langebaan, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #FoodieRoute and #TractorRoute
What’s new? Cape Buffalo on the daily game drives
Thali Thali Game Lodge is a pristine privately owned game and fynbos reserve located on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Scenic Route and is home to abundant birdlife and wildlife. The Game Lodge is situated just off the R27 near Langebaan, less than 1 hours drive from Cape Town, making it the perfect day trip or weekend getaway!
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. There is a choice of accommodation at Thali Thali Game Lodge and you can either stay in the spacious farmhouse, self-catering chalets or in spacious luxury tents which have en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
We recommend that should you like to go on the game drive or try your hand at archery that you please book for groups larger than 4.
To Book: call +27 (0)82 372 8637 or email [email protected]
2. Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort via the N7 – Piekenierskloof Pass, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #BergRoute and #WildRoute
What’s new? Newly renovated indoor heated pool
Nestled high in the Cederberg, is Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort. It’s one of those places where you instantly feel relaxed. It has an air of serenity that wraps around you, like a blanket on a cold winter’s night.
A seven platform zip line experience on site (Book your experience via extension 1: +27 (0)22 921 3574) will remind you that you are alive and the medium to advanced rated MTB trails will test both you and your machine, the reward is the views from the top of the mountain. The Cederberg Mountains are rugged and untamed, making trail runs and hikes a worthy challenge for those who like to push the limits. The area is world renowned for its rock climbing.
Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort has a 22-bed hotel and 16 self-catering chalets and is one of the most luxurious and relaxing stays that you can have in the Cape West Coast.
Bookings must be made at least one day in advance.
To Book: call +27 (0)22 921 3574 or email [email protected]
4. Hello Darling via R27 – Darling, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #CultureRoute and #TractorRoute
What’s new? Darling Tourism is now named: Hello Darling. Find them on Pastorie Street.
A short journey up the West Coast takes one to the quiet, peaceful and serene village of Darling. Aptly named and known for its proliferation of wildflowers, turning into a Spring wonderland and a kaleidoscope of colours. Whilst serene and relaxing, the village has, for decades, attracted visitors to the town and over the last few years, a number of tourist attractions have developed to entertain its guests.
They include a state of the art craft brewery, an olive tasting center, an award-winning cheesery and even a bespoke confectionary shop where visitors can watch the production of home-made toffees on a daily basis. The older attractions continue to impress including old-time favourites Evita se Perron, the Darling museum and several well established (and awarded) wineries. There are also a variety of wonderful accommodation establishments, including Disa Lodge and Daisy Darling.
To Book: call +27 (0)22 492 3361 or email [email protected]
5. The Lodge at Atlantic Beach via the R27 – Melkbosstrand, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #CultureRoute and #CapeWayRoute
What’s new? Twenty luxurious rooms have just had a decor upgrade
A four-star peaceful retreat on the edge of Greater Cape Town. The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is a twenty-five-minute drive from the CBD, situated between the dunes and the N7, The Lodge offers the best of both worlds. Tranquil surroundings and the open space of the fairways give way to views of Table Mountain. The faint sound of the ocean, the dawn chorus of the birds and a hint of the salty tang of the sea mingles with the sweet scent of fynbos and the tempting aroma of coffee brewing.
The Lodge at Atlantic Beach has twenty luxurious rooms – all equipped with satellite TV, fast complimentary internet, aircon, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and an en suite bathroom. And all of this is located on the biodiversity conservation hub of the Links course of Atlantic Beach Gold Club.
Rate is dependent on the room type to accommodate the number of people.
To Book: call +27 (0)21 553 4653 or email [email protected]
6. Crayfish Trails via R27 – Elands Bay, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #WildRoute
What’s new? The Crayfish Trail now offers an exclusive glamping experience!
If you love the idea of exploring unspoiled stretches of coastline and pioneering new trails but hate the thought of carrying a crippling load on your back, then slackpacking is for you. Explore the beautiful West Coast on foot uncovering the secrets of the coastal towns and villages of the West Coast situated between Rocher Pan and Papendorp.
The stretch of coastline between the Berg and Olifants Rivers offers superb hiking opportunities which the Crayfish Trail takes full advantage of. There are a number of different routes from which to choose, including our Six Day Trail and a choice of Three Day Trails.
Guests are treated to the best of what the West Coast has to offer including interacting with local communities, comfortable accommodation, tasty food and unique wines.
To Book: call +27 (0)83 553 9107 | [email protected]
7. Yzerfontein, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #CultureRoute & #TractorRoute
What’s new? Book the 16-Mile Beach Challenge Experience!
This spectacular beach village offers myriad activities for the whole family, including surfing and kite surfing as the long stretch of beach makes it ideal for beginners.
Book at one of the many self-catering holiday apartments with Yzerfontein Accommodation and you can add wonderful activities to your stay: like horse riding, a photoshoot, a delicious picnic or a skydiving experience. Yzerfontein Accommodation is a family business built on openness, consistency and loyalty. They cultivate personal, intimate relationships with the locals enabling them to personalize your experience by offering self-catering accommodation and holiday packages.
Yzerfontein Accommodation – • Accommodation Child-Friendly • Pet-Friendly • Online Booking • Braai Facilities
The Beach House Collection
The Collection consists of 3 houses situated directly on the beach, so you can walk from the house onto the pristine white sand. They are classic clapperboard houses with wraparound wooden decks, fabulous for entertaining. The view from each house is spectacular.
Open 7 days a week
Contact: 083 251 6282 or email [email protected]
8. Vensterklip Guest Farm & Restaurant via the R336 – Elands Bay, West Coast
Find them on the West Coast Way #WildRoute
What’s new? Look for the (red) Shed farmstall
The name ‘Vensterklip’ means stone window. The farm offers accommodation including camping, a restaurant called The Tin Restaurant and The Vensterklip International Bar.
Accommodation is available in Louw’s Manor (a beautifully restored farmhouse), Scott House, Pelican Cottage, Fish Eagle Cottage and Klein Bonteheuwel cottage – some with views of Verlorenvlei – and at private campsites as well as caravan campsites. For the budget-conscious, there is beach chic backpacker style accommodation at Flip Flop.
Amidst chilling – whilst taking in the scenery – you could also do some hiking (in the private nature reserve), bird watching (at Verlorenvlei wetland), fishing (also at Verlorenvlei), kayaking (Verlorenvlei again) and swimming (in Vensterklip’s pool).
Vensterklip is also known as a top hosting spot for weddings, birthday parties, team-building groups and informal get-togethers.
To Book: call: +27 (0) or email [email protected]
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 www.westcoastway.co.za o