For some of the world’s most beautiful flower scenery, be sure to travel up the West Coast during the months of August and September.
Grab your camera and drive up the R27 - famous and delicious seafood restaurants, charming fishing villages, unspoiled coastlines and spectacular sunsets await you!
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Yzerfontein is internationally renowned for its open air and à la carte restaurants - think delicious cray fish, snoek and mussels. The town, within close proximity of Cape Town, is known as the Jewel of the West Coast and a good introduction to the area. If you are here between August and December, look out for the whales, and if you cannot spot any the well experienced surfers and wind surfers will keep you entertained!
Langebaan, beautifully situated against the Langebaan lagoon is a popular West Coast spot. This is the perfect place to wind down and escape from it all. Do not miss a visit to the world famous Strandloper Seafood restaurant – here you will find the freshest seafood in Langebaan with the sound of the sea in your ears.
The West Coast National Park, a nature lover’s dream, is located nearby and becomes a paradise during spring when thousands of wild flowers cover the area. The park’s lagoon is divided in three areas – a water sport zone, windsurfing and sailing area and natural area for exploring and hiking.
Paternoster is the most beautiful and cutest fishing village on the West Coast, and if there is one place on this coastline you should see, this is it. Here you will discover the essence of the West Coast – a rich and simple lifestyle. Beautiful white-painted fishing cottages are lined next to the ocean, a local fish market is the town’s official stock exchange and the local Paternoster Hotel keeps everyone entertained. The town is popular among those looking for a different away-from-it-all experience – park your car and walk along the beach and roads. You will feel a million miles away.
From Paternoster take the road through St Helena Bay towards Lambert’s Bay. This road takes you through beautiful coastline and rugged scenery.
At Lambert’s Bay do not miss a visit to the Bird Island Nature Reserve. This 3 hectare island shelters the only breeding colony of Cape gannets in the world accessible by foot (you will see hundreds of them) and is home to no less than 80 different bird species, penguins, cormorants and seals. The new visitor’s complex and museum always welcome visitors – there is a coffee and curio shop, aquarium and even a penguin pool. Lambert’s Bay is also famous for its excellent outdoor seafood restaurants.
Riebeek Valley Area: The Riebeek Valley incorporates the towns and areas of Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeeksrivier and Hermon.
Rich in local history, today the villages are surrounded by wheat fields, verdant green in winter, golden in summer. A relatively new crop is the nutritious olive, which has successfully led to an annual olive festival on the first weekend of May.
The inhabitants are descendants of all the original peoples, the early settlers and a new generation of city dwellers tired of the rat race, and immigrants from abroad. This has created a vibrant cross culture – a veritable united nations.
Travellers are spoiled for choice of lovely accommodation and eateries in the Valley. Visit this stimulating Valley and sample some of the enviable lifestyle!
Riebeek Kasteel is a tranquil town on the slopes of the Kasteelberg. The Church Museum was the first church built in the area in 1855. The “up-and-coming” Riebeek Valley area, boasts six excellent wineries, all within 15 minutes drive from Riebeek Kasteel, including the famous Allesverloren Estate, home of some award-winning Shiraz wines. Most are open for wine tasting and sales.
This delightful town hosts the annual “Olive Festival” and the “Shiraz” festival - enjoy the beauty and unique character of this part of the Western Cape.
Riebeek West is the birthplace of two of South Africa's past Prime Ministers. Visit General Smuts' Birth House.
Whilst in Darling, the Darling Museum, Art Gallery, Nature Garden, annual wildflower and orchid shows, as well as various farming activities attract visitors every year!
Saldanha Bay is a peaceful town with an attractive natural harbour, which provides the setting for various water sports and fishing. Oysters and Mussels are in much demand by gourmets.
Velddrif is situated further North at the mouth of the Berg River, and the estuary attracts large numbers of flamingos, spoonbills, avocets and glossy ibis.
The Rocher Pan Nature Reserve near Dwarskersbos is a must for bird watchers.
The Sandveld is the sparsely populated area between the West Coast and the Swartland.
Elands Bay is a surfer’s paradise and the nearby Verlorenvlei is a breeding place for a magnitude of birds.
Piketberg is positioned on the slopes of a mountain with the same name.
Porterville is a picturesque town. Visit the Jan Danckaert Museum, which depicts the history of the surrounding area.
Moorreesburg is in the heart of the Swartland wheat area and the Wheat Industry Museum is one of only three in the world.
Malmesbury is surrounded by wheat fields and vineyards.
Visit the Kalbaskraal Nature Reserve, which has a wide selection of indigenous flora.