Posted in Langebaan on Mar 17, 2016
The time to plan and go on a long weekend break up 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.
Take a slow cruise up the R27 this coming long weekend and 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.
Here are some really cool ideas for the coming long weekend on the west coast.
1 Visit the Fossil park near Langebaan Contact 022 7661606
Here one can see the intriguing activities around a palaeontology dig right here on the West Coast. One can see the fossils of ancient bears, sabre-toothed cats, short necked giraffes and a few other animals which were common in this area around 5 million years ago. Open weekdays from 08h00 -16h00 Weekends pls contact for opening times. There is a fantastic info centre, interaction area and an impressive viewing area. Definitely an interesting visit and insight into an ancient world.
2. Head to Velddrif and walk the Famous Bokkom Laan
Bokkom Laan (Bokkom lane) is the home of the traditional Dried & Salted Mullet (Fish) activity, and bunches of fish, strung up to dry can be seen all along the lane. This rare delicacy (Fish Biltong) is unique to this area of the West Coast and every visitor is encouraged to sample a piece. All along this really cool avenue one can find restaurants, Art & Craft outlets and a few National Monuments. Velddrif has modern amenities for all and will suit a wide range of visitor so why not make a weekend out of a Visit.
3. Take in a river trip on the Berg River in Velddrif Contact 0842066219
Tollies River & Boat Cruises in Velddrif offers exceptionally good bird watching and Sunset Cruises on the Berg River from Velddrif on the West Coast. This trip caters for all and children are encouraged to come along. Safety equipment is provided and the guides are well versed and very informative of the surroundings. (Morning cruises and Sunset cruises available)
4 Get some bird watching done in Elands bay
Elands bay is situated up on the West Coast and can be accessed via the N7 or via the main arterial road heading up the West Coast. Just a few hours drive from Cape Town one will discover the quaint essential little west coast fishing village situated against a picturesque setting. Good Surf, wide beaches, non-existent noise levels and a great estuary to do some good Bird watching. Visit the Velorenvlei comprising a coastal lake, a reed swamp and an estuary for good sightings and easy watching from hides and walkways.
5. Stay at Windtown & Kite surf the Langebaan Lagoon. Contact 022 7721064
Located in the centre of Langebaan (9 Bree Street). This homely and very functional small-scale hotel has 28 rooms, a restaurant, a pool, a relaxing area, conference facilities and an info shop on site for all your wind water-borne activities. Neatly positioned approximately 150 meters from the waters edge/main beach, other pubs and highline restaurants and a Supermarket, one can now see the popularity with this accommodation venue. A kite rental and instruction shop is close at hand for both Kite surfing and/or for Stand up paddle boards.
6. Visit and relax in the quaint essential coastal town of Yzerfontein
Just a short drive out of Cape Town up the west Coast one will encounter the very relaxing coastal village of Yzerfontein. This charming and appealing modern day coastal village will wash away all the stresses of the busy world Modern amenities such as holiday apartments/self-catering venues that overlook the small craft harbour and long unspoilt beaches, will house you on your get-away long weekend. There are plenty of activities to partake in, such as, long beach walks, horse riding opportunities, snorkelling, eating seafood, fishing, whale watching (in season) and just general relaxation near the Ocean.
7. Drive through the West Coast National Park Contact 022 7722144/5
Located between Yzerfontein and Langebaan on the R27 (West Coast Road) one will find the National West Coast National Park. Here thousands of birds make their homes on the sheltered rock Islands, while the unspoilt beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. The massive sea water lagoon and salt marshes give life to endemic as well as migrating birds, fish and other sea life for enthusiasts to encounter and interact with. The coastal foliage also provides good habitat for a wide variety of animals (small and large) that are found here.
Take a slow drive from the Main gate off the R27 and view the countryside, birdlife and animals as you make your way to the view-points or the top gate at Langebaans southern entrance.
8. 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.
9. Mountain bike the !Xkwa ttu routes and then tuck into some food at the restaurant afterwards Contact 022 4922998
This Mountain Bike trail offers the riders a range of variety, fun and difficulty. It is a perfect route for amateurs, beginners or for those who want a little more. There are two well market routes and these cater for the sightseer or for the experienced thrill seeker.
After a great days riding one must head for the Restaurant ( Good freshly prepared meals that include the famous burger, other meat dishes & vegetarian treats all paired with the areas famous wines + spectacular views. This restaurant is the picture-perfect venue to finish off your Mtb ride.
10. Have a pancake at The Pancake shop in Langebaan - 0227722365
This uber-delicious little cosy Pancake/Coffee shop in central Langebaan will have you coming back for more. All confectionary and treats are home-baked/made to order and will satisfy all who visit. Situated next to Windtown and behind the Bree street centre on Bree Street you will discover a tiny gem thats got big delivery on comfort and mouth-watering sweet and savoury meals.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Visit the funky Takgali Coffee shop in St Helena bay -Contact -0824144945
This soothing and comforting little Gem can be found at the De Palm Lifestyle centre in St Helena bay. The name means Peace of Joy and it is just that, Great tasting coffee, fillings and authentic traditional sweet and savoury recipes are accompanied with the friendly and warm welcoming of Shirley and her team. Be sure to reserve your morning as sitting back here and taking in the surrounding will need more than just an hour most relaxing and a great place to unwind.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Walk on the mighty white beach in Britannia Bay
Being uniquely situated on the sheltered side of a big deep-water bay the white sand beaches have formed over time and deliver, what may seem as an endless beach with nothing around except your thoughts, the sound of small waves and the wind and bird calls to keep your tranquil thoughts company. Take advantage of the isolation and unspoilt beaches during your stay.
18. Take a sightseeing boat trip on the St Helena bay or book a fishing trip that will captivate. Contact- 084 6454212
A few options are available in order to get onto the pleasant waters of this great big Bay. The ocean wild life is abundant and sightseeing / pleasure trips are encouraged. If you have your own craft there are beach launching sights and a very good slipway in the harbour for an easier launching.
19. Play a round of golf at the Shelly Point Golf course - Contact 022 742-1906
Located just behind the Bon Hotel and Resort this 9-hole golf course has spectacular views of the bay on all-sides. The green fairways roll between the residents homes and from time to time are themselves home to the small buck and antelope found in the area. Take in a day of 9 holes, and then a relaxing evening dinner or drinks at the Bon Hotel overlooking the Bay and its outrageous sunsets.
20. Relax and isolate yourself from the busy world at one of the accommodation offerings in Shelly Point -St Helena Bay
The Shelly Point development at the end of St Helena bay sports a wide variety of holiday houses as well as Self-catering and B&Bs options to suit all. Try out -The Oystercatcher, Silver bay Villa or for a Hotel feel; look into the Bon Hotel for accommodation on your next trip up the West coast