A West Coast Holiday

Why the West Coast is the perfect place for a West Coast holiday 

You may have considered going overseas, but one look at the exchange rate could send you into a slight depression. There is hope, however with the ever popular staycation trend that is currently sweeping our nation. The gem on offer for a break-away in the Western Cape is a fun and nature-rich West Coast Holiday.

South Africa is incredibly beautiful, offering a multitude of staycation ideas, with none better than a trip to the Cape West Coast. Located just 25 minutes from Cape Town, the Cape West Coast stretches from SANCCOB’s Penguin Sanctuary at Tableview Nature Reserve up to Vredendal and the Cederberg Mountains.

West Coast Way have developed free, fun and easy self-drive routes offering a myriad of little towns to visit, attractions to see and activities to do – which makes the Cape West Coast the perfect place for your next holiday.

Top West Coast Holiday ideas for your next road trip

Top places to stay:

Thali Thali Game Lodge

Thali Thali Game Lodge is a pristine privately owned 14.6km2 game and fynbos reserve, which is home to abundant bird and wildlife. If you want to go on a West Coast Holiday that is big on food, then this is the place to go to. The restaurant is famous for hearty ‘Weskus Kos’ (traditional West Coast Food) with a stunning look-out deck and boma. They grow their own vegetables to ensure that ingredients are fresh and grown sustainably. Thali Thali offers an a-la-carte menu, but on Sunday’s you will find people congregating around the West Coast buffet table – famous for its incredible tasty spread and quality. (Making a reservation is essential)

The sparkling splash pool and kids play area will ensure that kids can enjoy the outdoors with loads of space to run around in.

Accommodation at this 3-star lodge comes in the form of three self-catering chalets and five B&B luxury en-suite tents with mini-kitchen, well-appointed bathroom and inside sitting area. Each tent has a covered deck/verandah where you can sit and enjoy your braai whilst overlooking the beauty of nature and the many different bird species.  There is also a big traditional farmhouse on offer for those wanting to spend time with the extended family, friends or a fun office break-away.

Accommodation  • Child-Friendly  • Bar  • Restaurant (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)  • Pool  • Wheelchair Accessibility (Rooms, Bedrooms & Bathrooms) • 3 Star Tourism Grading  • AA Grading • Trip Advisor  • Conference Facilities  • Wedding and Function Venue  • Shop  • Game Drives • Online Booking Facilities.

Open 7 days a week

Distance from Cape Town: 117km

Where: R27, at Langebaan

Contact: +27 82 372 8637 |  [email protected] |  www.thalithali.co.za

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Russells on the Port accommodation and restaurant

Russells on the Port is in the peaceful and tranquil Port Owen Marina – a top location with stunning views of the Bergriver, which is part of Velddrif – one of the oldest West Coast towns. This luxury 6 roomed villa offer guest suites equipped with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a complimentary Tea and Coffee station.

The accommodation is complimented by a upmarket dining experience: Russells on the Port offer an intimate 90 seater restaurant overlooking the yachts and small boats in the Port Owen harbour.  Their menu is seasonal and has fresh contemporary dishes with global influences. They have their own vegetable garden and pride themselves on preparing fresh produce grown in a sustainable manner. Dishes of West Coast seafood, lamb, rump, crispy pork belly and locally sourced game are all on the menu.

If you are looking at hosting your entire family then their 16 seater function area is ideal for birthday parties, meetings, conferences, anniversaries and includes a private waiter and gorgeous views.

Accommodation  • Child-Friendly  • Pool • Complimentary Tea/Coffee • Wheelchair Accessibility (Some Rooms, Bedrooms & Bathrooms)  • Restaurant  •  Conferences • Bar • Small Functions  •  Weddings

Opening hours and to book your table for Upmarket Dining at Russells on the Port

Monday to Saturday: 08:00 until 21:30

Sundays: 08:00 until 19:00 

Open 7 days a week

Distance from Cape Town: 147km

Where: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen, Velddrif

Contact: +27 22 783 0158 | [email protected] | russellsontheport.co.za

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!Khwa ttu San – the San spirit shared

Spend the night and relax at !Khwa ttu in the West Coast in one of their cosy and beautifully decorated guest houses or tented camps tucked away on the West Coast countryside. This nature reserve overlooks Yzerfontein and you can see Table Mountain from a high vantage point located on the hills of Darling.

All three guest houses – self-catering with breakfast offered at the restaurant – are stylishly furnished with luxurious beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, dining areas with cosy fireplaces and a stoep with spectacular panoramic views for the perfect sundowner experience.

The San Guided Tour Experience is offered daily by qualified guides. The tour is a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge, skills and contemporary life of the San. You will be able to see fresh animal tracks, explore a replica San village and get to know the herbaceous fynbos of the area and their many uses.

!Khwa ttu’s restaurant is hosted in the restored original farmhouse, adjacent to the San Dream Museum and Curio, Art and Book Shop, and offers breakfast and lunch and everything in between. Wines from Darling, including those from the well-known Ormonde Private Cellar, are on offer. The restaurant is famous for their Eland Burger and decadent desserts.

You can explore !Khwa ttu in the West Coast by foot, safari vehicle or mountain bike.

Accommodation  • Child-Friendly  • Pet-Friendly  • Bar  • Restaurant (Breakfast / Lunch)  • Fireplace • Wheelchair Accessibility (Restaurant)  • Trip Advisor  • Conference Facilities  • Wedding and Function Venue  • Shop  • Tractor Rides  • San Guided Experiences • Mountain Biking Trails • Mountain Bike & Helmet -hiring

Open 7 days a week

Distance from Cape Town: 74km

Where: Grootwater Farm, R27

Contact: +27 22 492 2998 | [email protected] | www.khwattu.org

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Protea Hotel by Marriott® Saldanha Bay on a beautiful natural harbour

Saldanha Bay is on the south-western coast of South Africa, about 105 kilometres north-west of Cape Town. Watched over by two massive granite vertical rocks on the mountainside, named Adam and Eve. On a clear day you can see Table Mountain from this unique vantage point.

Saldanha is a holiday hotspot for water sports lovers, as well as those who just want to unwind and the big bay is a favoured venue for regattas and sailors to test their skills.

The Protea Hotel by Marriott® Saldanha Bay is luxurious and spacious – the big lounge offers beautiful views over the water. The hotel is family friendly and offers kids activities, swimming pool, mini-golf, indoor kids entertainment area and so much more.

Enjoy cocktails at the bar next to their roaring fire during winter, or on the deck while sampling local sustainably-grown oysters with sparkling wine. Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay is famous for their healthy and lavish breakfast spread and offer lunch and dinner to guests.

A short walk from the hotel takes you to the Saldanha Cultural Village, Oyster Farm and various coffee shops and restaurants.

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

Open 7 days a week | Booking Essential

Distance from Cape Town: 142km

Where: Main Road, Saldanha

Contact: +27 22 714 1264 | [email protected] | www.proteahotels.com

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Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort – gateway to the Cederberg

Located on the picturesque Piekenierskloof Pass, this Mountain Resort is all about relaxation, sweeping views and heart-racing activities. This family-friendly resort offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, chess set, and mini-golf.

You can visit the beautiful town of Citrusdal for the day where you can enjoy coffee and some shopping at the quirky Sandveldhuisie which is located next to the Citrusdal Museum (perfect for the history buffs).

Accommodation at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort includes 22 hotel rooms as well as self-catering chalets. The chalets are thatched and consist of 2 bedrooms en-suite, a fully equipped kitchen and loft with 2 twin beds. In the resort’s lodge, you’ll find satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a bar, dining room and terrace.

The Zip-lining platforms have re-opened and you can enjoy this adrenaline-inducing activity from a 3 or 7 platform experience.

Enjoy delicious food at Kloof Restaurant – open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kloof Restaurant is famous for their succulent steaks, chocolate brownies and Rooibos infused koeksisters.

Accommodation • Child-Friendly • Bar • Restaurant (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) • Outdoor Pool • Indoor Heated Pool • Wheelchair Accessibility (Chalets 9 & 16, Hotel Room 217) • 4 Star Tourism Grading • Trip Advisor • Conference Facilities • Wedding and Function Venue • Tuck Shop • Un-Guided Nature Walks • Online Booking Facilities

Open 7 days a week | Booking Essential

Distance from Cape Town: 169km

Where: N7 Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal, 7340

Open 7 days a week | Free entry

Contact: Reservations +27 (0)22 921 3574  | [email protected] | www.piekenierskloof.co.za

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The Lodge at Atlantic Beach

The Lodge is a nature gem at the start of the biodiversity rich Cape West Coast Biosphere and a short 5-minute drive from Cape Town’s newest Blue Flag beach: Melkbosstrand. Cape Town’s prestigious Atlantic Beach Golf Estate is home to The Lodge, giving guests the opportunity to play a game of golf on this 18-hole links golf course.

Sit back and enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain and Robben Island (two world heritage sites) from the Club House restaurant.

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is so much more than a haven for golfers. It is perfectly positioned for exploring the delights of the West Coast and offers a relaxing spa and wellness centre, a sparkling pool, tennis courts and jungle gym with ample space for kids to run around – making it an all round family friendly destination.

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is an environmentally conscious business operationally run to conserve water and reduce their impact on the environment.

Accommodation  • Child Friendly  • Wheelchair Accessibility (Some Rooms, Bedrooms & Bathrooms) • 4 Star Tourism Grading  • Member: Cape Town Tourism • AA Grading • Trip Advisor  • Bar  • Restaurant (B&B on site with Golf Clubhouse offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  • Championships Links Type Golf Course, Golf Academy & Driving Range and Shop  •  Tennis  • Pool  • Wellness Spa • Fitness Centre  • Conference Facilities  • Wedding and Function Venue  • Un-Guided Nature Walks  • Online Booking Facilities.

Open 7 days a week| Free entry

Distance from Cape Town: 27km

Where: R27

Contact:+27 (0)21 553 4653 | [email protected] |  www.thelodgeAB.co.za

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Club Mykonos in Langebaan

Club Mykonos resort is a family-friendly Mediterranean getaway to endless fun in the sun, which makes it the perfect break-away for romantics, families and adventure seekers. This famous West Coast attraction offers stunning views of the famous Langebaan Lagoon and access to top places to enjoy West Coast food.

When searching for accommodation in Langebaan, Club Mykonos allows you to choose from 3 diverse self-catering accommodation options consisting of 361 luxurious Kalivas (apartments), with stunning views of the Langebaan lagoon and a host of things to do.

Wet your water wings with activities ranging from fishing trips to wet bike rides to a relaxing cruise. While the kids enjoy a fun day out with Chester the Donkey and the bubbly staff at Club Onos, indulge yourself at the Spa and Health & Leisure Centre or play a round of Mini Golf. Dine the night away at any number of restaurants and bars across the resort. Sample the beauty of Langebaan on the West Coast, with the best of Mediterranean hospitality.

Club Mykonos offers family-friendly entertainment and a safe, secure space for young children, tweens, teens and young adults to play and have fun.

Accommodation • Restaurant • Conferencing • Child-Friendly • Water & Land Activities • Spa • Casino

Open 7 days a week | Booking Essential

Distance from Cape Town: 116km

Where: R27, Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan

Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 22 707 7000  [email protected] |  clubmykonos.co.za

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Things to do on the Cape West Coast:  

Enjoy the art, wine and craft beer of Darling

Situated between vineyards and golden wheat fields, the quaint town of Darling has a tangible sense of history with lovingly restored Victorian homes.

The Darling Museum recreates life in a bygone era with fascinating displays of Victorian clothing, china and household furniture, rooms partitioned depicting daily life such as a shop, a laundry room, school and buttery.

Take a self-guided historic walking tour of the museum. Should you want a little more excitement then do the Darling Mystery Trail and challenge your mind on this innovative treasure hunt of historic facts and finds.

You can walk to many of Darling’s attractions and accommodation from the museum: Darling Sweet, Flying Pig, Disa Lodge, Darling Lodge, and the really popular: Evita se Perron.

Family Friendly • Restaurants • Wine Estates • Entertainment • Activities • Craft Beer • Theatre • Museum

Open 7 days a week | Booking Not Essential for Museum

Distance from Cape Town: 76km

Where: Pastorie Street, Darling

Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 22 492 3361 | [email protected] | www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Walk the Cape West Coast Trails

The aim of the Cape West Trails is to improve the well-being of communities living within the Biosphere Reserve boundary. Guides, caterers, drivers as well as accommodation and meals in restaurants have been sourced in these communities.

Trails (over 2-, 3- and 5-days) are led by experienced guides who know the route and safeguard guests as well as the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The trails are fondly called “Slackpacking” trails and are guided and catered, comfortable and safe. You can expect 3-4 star accommodation, exceptional local wines and sample the best and most delicious feasts of the West Coast along the trails.

Slackpacking • Trails • Guided Tours

Open 7 days a week | Booking Essential

Contact: [email protected] | www.westcoastway.co.za

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Cruise the Langebaan Lagoon with Elite Charters

Elite Charters is located at Club Mykonos in Langebaan, and offer you the complete water sports package; leisurely Yacht Cruises or Adventure Rubberduck and Fishing / Tailored Charters and Overnight trips. The Yacht and Catamaran can also be booked for team building events, private events and weddings.

Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour cruise departing from Club Mykonos Marina daily with an experienced crew who will make you feel at home. Refreshments are available at the cash bar with card facilities. These trips are shared with other guests and a minimum of 6 people are required.

A popular cruise is the 3 hour Braai Cruise to Kraalbaai in the West Coast National Park, this yacht can accommodate up to 40 people. Kraalbaai is known for its breathtaking crystal clear shallow water and the braai spots have magnificent panoramic views of the lagoon.

Go on a cruise and view the Greek-inspired Club Mykonos from the unique viewpoint from the lagoon; and, if you are lucky you may get surrounded by seals and dolphins!

Yacht Cruises • Adventure Rubberduck • Fishing / Tailored Charters • Overnight trips

Open 7 days a week | Booking Essential

Distance from Cape Town: 130km 
Where: R27, inside Club Mykonos, Langebaan

Contact: +27 76 397 8351 | www.elitecharters.co.za

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Experience Darling Brew

Darling Brew has a large collection of beers and includes a light lager, a pale ale, and an Indian ale. The signature drink is an extreme lager named Slow Beer, which is complemented by an ever-growing range of Darling Brew beers including Silver Back, Rogue Pony, Gypsy Mask, Thunder Bird, Sungazer, Black Mist, Bone Crusher and Slow Beer. Each one a ‘slow beer’ experience.

Visitors to the Tasteroom & Brewery can see the brewing process and enjoy beer and a proudly South African barbeque ‘braai’ menu indoors or outside in the garden. The open-air kids play area makes it a venue that the whole family can enjoy. The downstairs tasting room has been designed to be wheelchair friendly.

New seasonal beers bring new food pairings ensuring a menu that is varied and interesting offering a smorgasbord of Darling’s best cheese, pomegranate juice and cured meat.

Child-Friendly • Restaurant • Beer Tastings • Brewery • MTB-friendly Facilities

School Holidays/Flower Season: Open 7 days a week. Booking Essential

Open Tuesday 9:00 – 17:00, Wednesday to Friday 9:00 – 21:00; Saturday & Sunday 9:00 – 17:00.

Distance from Cape Town: 76km

Where: 48 Caledon Street, Darling

Contact: +27 (0)21 286 1099 | [email protected] | www.darlingbrew.co.za

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Carmién Tea offers you a true #SipSouthAfrica experience

Carmién Tea is located in the foothills of the Western Cape’s splendid Cederberg Mountains and in the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor on the farm Bergendal.

Carmién Tea is at the forefront of producing the indigenous tea plant Rooibos. Rooibos, a unique, smooth beverage, is South Africa’s champion health tea. South Africans have been brewing it for generations from the leaves of the Rooibos shrub (Aspalathus linearis), indigenous to the Cedarberg mountain region in the Cape. In fact, Rooibos is cultivated ONLY in the Cape West Coast of South Africa and is exported to more than 66 countries in the world.

Rooibos is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, but has a low tannin content and no caffeine. Rooibos is not a true tea, but a herb. The brew made from the dried Rooibos leaves is therefore a herbal infusion (known as a tisane) rather than a tea, but is widely known as Rooibos tea.

The Rooibos farmed on the Bergendal Farm serves as a base for the myriad infusions in the Carmién Tea Range. Carmién Tea now offers these flavour pairings as part of a farm visit to Citrusdal Valley. During the tour you can see how the Rooibos is graded according to colour, flavour, and cut length.

Rooibos Tea • Tea Tastings • Flavour Pairings • Farm Tours

Open 5 days a week | Booking Essential

Distance from Cape Town: 177km

Where: Bergendal Farm, Citrusdal

Contact: +27 (0)22 921 8900 | [email protected]  | www.carmientea.co.za

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Ormonde Private Celler – for world-famous wines from Darling

Ormonde Private Cellar is located in the rolling hills of Darling and offers the perfect way to spend your day in a family friendly environment with loads to taste, learn and see. Ormonde Wines is a celebrated family vineyard with numerous awards. The principle behind the flagship wine, Ormonde, is simple: each year it must represent the finest wines from the best grapes they produce.

Ormonde Private Cellar produces the Alexanderfontein range of wines that are wonderfully aromatic and accessible on the palate, reflecting the terroir of the region in cultivar, character and style. Ormonde Private Cellar also produces the Ondine range which showcases an array of wines with which to entice your pallet.

Enjoy a decadent Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Ormonde Wines or order an artisan food platter. Bring your bike and enjoy the MTB Trails through the Vineyards and see the beautiful views that Darling is famous for!

Visit Ormonde’s tasting room and relax on the large lawn with kids play area.

Wine • Child-Friendly • MTB Trails • Picnics • Wine & Chocolate Pairing • Wine Tasting

Open 6 days a week | Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00 | Saturday 09:00 – 15:00

Distance from Cape Town: 76km

Where: Mount Pleasant Street, Darling

Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3540 | [email protected] | www.ormonde.co.za

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Kardoesie N7 Countrystop on Piekenierskloof Citrusdal

The Kardoesie N7 Countrystop is located on the beautiful Piekenierskloof Pass between Citrusdal and Piketberg and is the ultimate watering hole for those on the Cape to Namibia N7 highway. They offer a restaurant and craft shop, tourism info center and accommodation. Over the years Kardoesie, who opened their doors in 1997, has become a delightful institutional stop.

Kardoesie N7 offers both self-catering accommodation and immaculate caravan and camping sites with a large sparkling pool with views of Lambert’s Bay.

Pop in at their Farmstall for fresh farm style bread, delicious farm butter, jams made on site – find fig jams, suurvygie jam, different citrus jams, and Rooibos infused juices made by Kardoesie. Stock up for your road trip or sit outside for lunch while you enjoy the sweeping views.

Zip-lining, mountain biking, cave explorations, bouldering, fresh seafood, hand-picked rooibos, wild-flowers, tracts of unspoilt coastline, and “veldskoene” made in a tiny town tucked into the vast Cederberg Mountains are just a few of the many things that is on offer via Kardoesie’s recently launched 7 Stops On the N7 Experience hosted on the West Coast Way Wild Route.

The 7 Stops On The N7 is a self-drive route which includes the towns of Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Van Rhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville and Garies. Read more about this exciting new route here.

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Accommodation • Child-Friendly • Restaurant •  Craft Shop • Tourism Info Centre • Wheelchair Access

Open 7 days a week | Closed Sunday mornings

Distance from Cape Town: 169km

Where: N7 Citrusdal

Contact: +27 (0)82 525 2247 | [email protected]

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West Coast Way is a unique collection of themed routes that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors when they do an adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trip for a day trip or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild 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 or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.


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 westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.  Follow us on @WestCoastWaySA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.







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