Cape Town (also called Kaapstad, Ikapa or Kapstat) is one of the world’s best holiday destinations and is very popular with local and overseas tourists. Holidaymakers can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime with outdoor activities such as surfing, paragliding, swimming, cycling, running or hiking on Table Mountain. For the not so active tourist there are plenty of other activities. Tourists can visit various wine farms and enjoy the wines on offer, or visit an art exhibition or live show, or shop at old antique stores.
So you have decided to travel to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But you want to experience a holiday with a difference. Through the South African blog guide, I will share with you some of the most unusual, off-beat and quiet parts of the West Coast.
Cape Town is located in the Western Cape on the South Western tip of Africa. This area has the most beautiful unspoiled beaches, magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful scenery, sunshine days, hiking trails, nature reserves, animal and bird life, delicious seafood and fine wines.
The West Coast is a region of beauty and contrast. Stretching over 400km from the south to the north this area offers a variety of travel experiences and destinations. These include small fishing villages, lagoons, citrus, grain and wine farms and scenic mountains. The region offers plentiful sea life, with dishes like mussels, crayfish or fresh line fish. Whales visit this area from July to December and dolphins are often spotted. Seabirds are plentiful and Seabird Island in Lamberts Bay is one of many tourist attractions.
Experience the secret Cape and find new ventures to explore. Here you will find the best that the West Coast can offer – from accommodation, property, nature reserves, 4×4 trails to places to visit.
Places To Visit On The West Coast Just Outside Of Cape Town
Silverstroomstrand has all the beauty of the West Coast not far from Cape Town.
Ganzekraal is not only for fisherman. This West Coast park offers a well equipped conference centre with caravan campsites and 6 sleeper self-catering chalets as accommodation.
Experience Bokbaai for the best Crayfish Diving. Bokbaai is a crayfish haven and very popular with sports divers. Here you will find unspoiled beauty.
Yzerfontein has grown from a unspoilt West Coast town to one of the fastest growing area on the West Coast. Property in this area has become very popular.
Dassen Island is an island situated 55km from Cape Town and houses one of the most isolated lighthouses in the world.
Darling (Art and Flowers)
Darling on the West Coast is about 70km from Cape Town. The nearest coastal village is Yzerfontein, 25km from Darling.
West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park is an hour’s drive from Cape Town where you will find the blue quiet waters of Langebaan Lagoon part of this 20 000 hectares coastal reserve.
Postberg Nature Reserve
Postberg is part of the West Coast National Park. This Nature reserve consists of three farms called “Oude Post”, “Nieuweland “ and “Kreeftebaai”.
Langebaan is one of the highlights of the West Coast. The natural lagoon provide watersport fasilities for all.
Paternoster is one of the oldest coastal towns along the West Coast. Paternoster means “Patre Nostra” (Our Father).
Tietiesbaai forms part of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.It is 16 km from Vredenburg and the entrance to the reserve is 3km from Paternoster.
St Helena Bay
St Helena Bay received its name from the Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama. It is a large half-heart-shaped bay and features a number of fishing villages and fishing factories.
Silwerdoos (“Silver box”) is about 150 kilometer west of Vredendal on the West Coast of South Africa.