Posted in Langebaan on Aug 01, 2016
The West coast or “Weskus” has everything from sunny warm winter days, rugged landscapes, picturesque coastal villages, awesome and unique cuisine, wide open plains and a classic lagoon for any watersport enthusiast to play on.
Every West Coast village has something very different to offer - whether it is Cultural, Cuisine, Hospitality or Adventure. Take a slow cruise up the R27 this weekend and experience the West Coast hospitality and lifestyle.
Here are some really cool ideas for the coming weekend on the west coast.
00. Relax and isolate yourself from the busy world at one of the trendy Fishing Villages luxury accommodation offerings. Each and every little West Coast Village has a plethora of accommodation offerings, ranging from the Budget, affordable to the luxurious – each of them however has panache, hospitality, charm and charisma. The noted villages of Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Salanha, Paternoster and St Helena bay have breath taking views, stylish accommodation, close at hand activities and eateries and fresh sea air to greet you every morning .
1. Mountain bike the !Xkwa ttu routes and then tuck into some food at the restaurant afterwards
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.
Green Route – 10 kays of easy riding through the countryside with possible game sightings and plenty of fun single tracks.
Red Route – 20kays for the fitter rider over hilly, rugged landscapes and on exciting tracks. For the adventurer there is a 5 kay Black loop which is technical and will get the heart rate up a little.
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.
2. Stop off at one of the Cozy and Welcoming farm-stalls along the way.
Intermittently all the way up the R27 from Cape Town to Velddrif one will come across Farm-stalls with wholesome rustic character and lots of specialties and treats. “Vygevallei, Weskus Farm stall, Beulah farm deli, Weskus Spens all will have you rested and satisfied for the next part of your slow cruise up the Coast.
Treats and specialties a plenty, mixed with home styled hospitality and countryside generosity.
3. 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.
4. Take in a river trip on the Berg River in Velddrif
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)
5. Stay in Langebaan and play on the Lagoon.
Friday Island, Cape sports centre and surrounding affiliates provide the watersport enthusiast with plenty of affordable and compatible options to have as much fun as possible on the langebaan lagoon. Whether it is calm or windy the lagoon provides a safe environment to express ones abilities while kite-surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, SUPing or just swimming and beaching.
6. 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. 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 Lange Baan’s southern entrance.
7. 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, snorkeling, eating seafood, fishing, whale watching (in season) and just general relaxation near the Ocean.
8. 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.
9. Get some surfing done this winter
Winter along the Cape West Coast brings in currents and swells that fire up and transform the sleepy reefs and sand banks into epic and blockbuster waves. Hidden spots and the popular ones in St Helena – Elands bay-Lamberts bay all can hold a decent overhead swell. With accommodation easily accessible for large or family groups as well as modern amenities being close at hand –the west coast is still a popular getaway for the avid surfer.
10 Tuck into some unique and divine cuisine
The west coast is known for its wide variety of seafood restaurants and recipes – Both open air and under roof restaurants are found along the entire coastline, with extremely popular open air ones in Yzerfontein, Langebaan and Lamberts bay.
11 Visit the Fossil Park near Langebaan
Here one can see the intriguing activities around a paleontology 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 with insight into an ancient world.
12 Enjoy a fun packed evening at the Sand Bar in Langebaan
This little funky and rustic pub will brighten up your langebaan stay. Unpretentious and unassuming – the establishment is a joy of energy laughter and vibey hospitality. Situated in the centre of Langebaan – Pub with Menu and live music on specific days will have you entertained, amused and well treated.
13. Have a pancake at The Pancake shop in Langebaan
This uber-delicious little cozy 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 that’s got big delivery on comfort and mouth-watering sweet and savoury meals.
14 Grab a great afternoon at Marc’s beach bar in Langebaan
Marc’s beach bar is a real treat. Situated in Langebaan right on the water’s edge, this upmarket bistro/beach cocktail bar serves light meals, pizza and has a full bar for all to appreciate. Great views, spacious seating, epic menu, fun and vibey service, indoor/deck area, outdoor grass area, great place to see the activity on the lagoon
15. 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.
16. 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 within 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.
17. Visit the funky ‘Takgali’ Coffee shop in St Helena bay
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.
18. 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.
19. 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 unspoiled beaches during your stay.
20. Play a round of golf at the Langebaan, Golf course or the picturesque Shelly Point Golf course
Golf is a favourite amongst the West Coast communities – and the courses are well looked after. Langebaan and Shelly Point ( St Helena bay) provide full green ranges with great views and lively wildlife interactions. The green fairways roll between the resident’s homes and from time to time are themselves home to the small buck and antelope found in the area. Take in a day of 9/18 holes, and then a relaxing evening dinner or drinks at the club house overlooking the Bay and its outrageous sunsets.