Posted in St Helena Bay on Feb 01, 2016
The time to plan and go on a weekend break or short holiday to the Cape West Coast has never been better. Explore, Relax, Seek Adventure or just Chill and take in the tranquil surroundings.
The West coast or “Weskus” has everything from sunny warm days, rugged landscapes, picturesque coastal villages, awesome and unique cuisine, wide open plains and a classic lagoon for any watersport enthusiast to play on.
Here are just 10 of the many reasons to visit this exciting part of South Africa on your next outing.
Pack your Bird-watching gear and head to the Rocherpan, Elands Bay Vlei and the Berg river mouth-wetland.
Rocherpan is a shallow freshwater lake, The Berg River is a year-round flowing river and the Elands Bay Vlei wetland, can be accessed very easily. A wide range of bird species, ranging from large flocks of Pelicans & Flamingos to shallow water Waders & Ducks, are found along the West Coast.The pan, river and wetlands + surrounding areas are a very important breeding area for the Cape birds as it provides protection and close proximity to rich food sources. The Rocherpan, Elands Bay Vlei & the Berg river wetland have well-positioned birds hides, which make leisure bird-watching easy and comfortable.
Bring along your water sport kit and get full enjoyment on the Langebaan Lagoon
Traditionally lagoons form at river mouths, but in this case the Langebaan lagoon, is entirely fed by the cold Atlantic Ocean with its Bengueala current and rich in nutrients environment. These unique characteristics allow the formation of wide expands of saltmarsh features which are spectacular for birding and fishing. The lagoon is well protected from the Ocean coastline and provides an internationally re-known water-sports mecca for all types of Ocean wind sports as well as leisure activities. Restaurants and pubs line the Lagoon shores and can be a perfect spot to chill, relax, and be entertained while watching the water sport enthusiasts enjoying themselves.
Drive through the area and stay in Darling
The inland town of Darling is a quaint and rustic village filled with well-known artists, antique shops, and fun places to eat and well worth the time and effort. There are plenty of cozy accommodation establishments and well-known restaurants to choose from. For entertainment there is the World Famous “Evita se Paron” (a stage show to match International notability and recognition), flower shows, markets and unique hospitality.
Visit the West Coast Fossil Park and be inspired by the Area’s paleontological past
The notorious short-necked giraffes, African bears, three-toed horses and Sabre-toothed cats were all common animals found in this area some five million years ago, Today they can be view at the West Coast Fossil Park (Langebaanweg) where interaction with these fossils, paleontologists and information packs can be experienced.
Go fishing at one of the local hot-spots in Velddrif
Velddrif boasts the rare ability to offer river estuary and Ocean fishing opportunities all within a short and easy drive from one another. Pack in your reels and tackle and head up to this friendly and welcoming Coastal village for a fun weekend away fishing. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from –so there will be something to suit your budget. The village has all modern amenities for your enjoyment and a few unique outlets for the artist and creative natured to shop at.
Visit the hidden, relaxing & quint essential Coastal Village of Jacobsbaai
This unique coastal village has its houses and homes, built around several little intricate rocky bays and coves. Here one can escape the daily stresses by walking on the long white beaches, breathing in the clean fresh air or absorbing the tranquil and friendly coastal hospitality. The famous little “Weskusplek” restaurant, a white-washed coastal style open-plan building is built right on the rocks, delivers great food, with the most amazing views to brag about.
Visit the rustic coastal sea-towns of Paternoster and St Helena bay.
Both of these vibey coastal villages are in close proximity to one another and visitors can take in the authenticity and uniqueness of them with a day. Both have amazing unspoiled beaches, cozy restaurants, interesting pubs and lots of fresh Sea air. Head up to them and experience the relaxing and laid-back west coast lifestyle.
Sit back and enjoy a meal on the Langebaan lagoon front.
The lagoon front in Langebaan has arguably the best restaurants and “watering holes” found on the West Coast. Ranging from the very attractive and busy Marks Beach Bar, and Friday Island to the well-known, Drifters + Pearly's Restaurants to the Farmhouse restaurant (which overlooks the lagoon) – one will find a welcoming, affordable menu and a warm hospitable environment to spend a fun packed sunny afternoon at.
Bring your Wine tasting repertoire along and tuck into the West Coast Wines.
The Darling and Verdendal areas are well known for their vineyards, wines and wine cellars.
Cloof Swartland, Vredendal and Groote Post wineries are just a few of the many Cellars offering wine tasting, a good restaurant and an enjoyable day outdoors.
Take a few days off and do the west coast meander from Melbos to Lamberts bay
Take a slow cruise up the R27 to experience the complete West Coast lifestyle and hospitality.
Every West Coast village has something very different to offer - whether it be Cultural, Cuisine, Hospitality or Adventure.
– One will find joy and pleasure