West Coast

The Cape West Coast is truly a treasure trove of natural splendor, historical achievement and interesting cultures. The fishing villages scattered along this coast welcome visitors with fishing rods in one hand and generosity and adventure in the other. While the reserves offer those in search of wildlife, artifacts and flora and fauna with a feast for the eyes – especially during spring when the blooming flowers along roadsides and in reserves are reminiscent of a Monet painting.

As one leaves Cape Town you are soon met by Yzerfontein – a quaint seaside village that is quiet and unassuming with caves that offer exploration and a pristine 16-mile beach for those in search of a longer beach walk. The view points from Yzerfontein are quite the sites to behold especially during whale season when the town becomes alive with every breach of the whales.

Further along you’ll find Langebaan, an exciting fishing town that is always buzzing. Langebaan is famous for its lagoon which offers enthralling water activities such as wind surfing, supping and rubber ducking. There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the lagoon that offer the freshest seafood – make sure to pop in before moving on to the next town.

Across the bay from Langebaan you’ll find Saldanha Bay – a picturesque finishing town that is used as a major harbour for fishing boats trawling the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a wonderful stop before you head further up the West Coast to Paternoster.

Little white beach houses welcome you to Paternoster- a small town that makes up for size with big charm. Paternoster has become a popular seaside spot for holidaymakers and its beach with colourful fishing boasts resting on its shore has become a popular photograph for many.

World renowned restaurants are found here as well as an interesting history that dates back to a time when Portuguese fisherman found themselves on the shores of Paternoster.

Its also home to the Cape Columbine Nature reserve and Tietsiebaai which are bursting at the seems with colourful flowers.

The Best of South Africa Travel map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.

Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.

When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.


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