Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still plenty of tranquil, uncrowded spots.
Darling is a town of restored Victorian homes, old trees, flowers, crafts and collectibles, with its own wine route, and a community of progressive thinkers & doers.
Evita se Peron
See the great satirist Pieter Dirk Uys at this fabulous homegrown theatre.
Tel 022 492 2851
!Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre
At Grootwater Farm on the R27, Yzerfontei, San guides provide fascinating insights into the culture, heritage and current-day life of the San of southern Africa.
Tel 022 492-2998
This is an orchid nursery and export farm, situated opposite the Malmesbury turn-off, 3km South of Darling. At certain times of the month and year, the nursery is open to the public.
Tel 022 492-2606
Langebaan is known for the beautiful blue waters of its large lagoon and is internationally recognised as a Ramsar Site for the significance of its wetlands. Popular for watersports, Langebaan also has masses of resident birds and attracts huge numbers of migratory birds.
3D Bowhunting Track at Thali-Thali, a 1460 hectare game and fynbos reserve sitsuated just off the R27 near Langebaan. Hone your bowhunting skills by shooting at 3D targets placed in a very realistic environment. Please use your own bow and arrow.
Tel 022 766 1626
West Coast Fossil Park
This is the only fossil park in South Africa, and it’s home to the ancient Big Five that roamed the area long ago. It preserves the remains of Africa’s only bear, as well as the fossils of 200 other species. The park offers informative tours, a fossil dig and hunt, exploration of fossils by mountain bike, hiking and horse riding.
Tel 022 766 1606
Wet Biking at Club Mykonos
Club Mykonos hires out wet bikes at the marina below the hotel. Brief instruction is included, followed by a 5 km ride to Schaapen Island and back.
Tel 072 155 2611
Paternoster is a quaint little fishing village 15 km north-west of Vredenburg,
that has retained its authentic character of whitewashed houses set against the dramatic blue of the Atlantic Ocean, with long sandy beaches one of the main attractions.
Kayaking at Paternoster
Tel 082 824 8917
Muisbosskerm Open Air Restaurant
Feast on all sorts of local seafood dishes and other specialities of the region, including ‘waterblommetjie bredie’.
Tel 027 432-1017
This estatuary is one of the largest natural wetlands along the west coast and is one of South Africa’s few coastal fresh water lakes. Located between Elands Bay and Redelinghuys.
Mail us for accommodation bookings throughout South Africa, or call +27 21 797-7122.