South Africa’s Hidden Gem – The Cape West Coast
From the Blaauwberg Private Nature Reserve to the seaside village of Melkbosstrand, up past the West Coast National Park and winding its way past Shelley Point, St Helena Bay and Velddrif (to name but a few), the Cape West Coast has so much to offer that you may never want to go home again!
Characterized as a place of diverse landscapes, no lesser truth can be said about South Africa’s, Cape West Coast! This gem of a destination boasts a variety of attractions including nature reserves, pristine beaches, cultural heritage sites, and wine farms just to mention a few. As such, it can be argued that there is something for everyone along this activity-packed coast.
If you are looking for quirky locals and unexpected treasures and pleasures, head up South Africa’s West Coast!
Here are some of my personal favorites that stood out to me on my personal trips to the West Coast:
Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre:
En route up the West Coast, located in a Yzerfontein, an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The San demonstrate their skills, share their ancient knowledge, and identify edible and medicinal plants in the area whilst tracking animals. It is a chance to learn some words in their language, renowned for a lot of clicks which is quite fascinating and experience first-hand, about South Africa’s first people.
Groote Post Winery:
Interesting, and for many unexpectedly, this coastline is alive with wine estates, producing lovely wine. Stopover at Groote Post Winery for some tantalizing wine tasting and should you be traveling on the last Sunday of the month, you will also get to enjoy a family-friendly market the winery hosts, this is a great way to interact with locals while enjoying some traditional foods.
The estate is only a short drive from Cape Town – and some 15-20 minutes away from tiny Darling, the town made famous by the annual Rocking the Daisies concert, spring wildflowers, and of course, SA satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Evita’s Peron.
West Coast National Park:
Along the route, you will discover “must-visit” attractions such as the West Coast National Park, which stretches from Yzerfontein to Langebaan and is a pristine nature reserve that offers an array of activities such as bird watching, game sighting, biking, and whale watching.
West Coast Flowers:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the West Coast of South Africa is undeniably one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. While there are many attributes that make this slice of heaven so beautiful and serene, the West Coast truly comes alive in the Spring.
The beautiful and vibrant wildflowers that make their appearance on the West Coast from mid-August until the end of September is a sight to behold – and if you haven’t witnessed this beautiful bloom, you should add a trip up the West Coast during this time to your bucket list ASAP!
I recommend looking at the Albatros West Coast Flower Package!
The Cederberg area is another personal favourite of mine and a haven to the extrovert traveller.
Cederberg is a dramatic mountain range, renowned for its rock formations and ancient rock paintings left by the San Bushmen, which vary in age between 300 and 6000 years. Characterised by angular peaks and nature trails, visitors to the Cederberg Wilderness Area can enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing and 4×4 excursions.
Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences in the most magical settings imaginable: at a romantic river boma, at a secluded rustic cottage deep in the reserve, on a starlit deck at Embers, or in the charming Homestead. Expect to savour authentic Cape cuisine accompanied by outstanding South African wines & beer.
Be sure to book yourself at Kagga Kamma in their Sky and Star Open Air Suites or the Cave and Hut Suites for a unique lodging experience!
Whether you are an international traveller with an extra few days on your itinerary or a local traveller seeking an escape from the City’s hustle and bustle, the Cape West Coast is well worth a visit!
Albatros Travel Africa can be tailor-made travel experiences based on your interests.
These are just a few of my best West Coast wonderful outdoor experiences, charming accommodation, restaurant options and travel sights.
All along the West Coast Route, you will find the magical little town’s beckoning you to get to know.
It is the perfect escape from Cape Town!