The West Coast, Western Cape
Did you know?
South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of the Mediterranean and Europe.
The West Coast of South Africa has become a popular international holiday destination with its virgin beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and carpets of stunning spring flowers.
Visitors can experience its diverse geology and natural life in the West Coast National Park, Rocherpan Nature Reserve and Bird Island Nature Reserve while whale and dolphin watching off the coast will give a view of the area's rich marine life.
The spectacular Cederberg Mountains can be found here and a series of picturesque fishing villages like Paternoster and historical towns of Darling and Citrusdal offer a range of accommodation and recreational activities.
The area is especially famed for its seafood and tranquil atmosphere.
The flower season occurs from July through to September and is a truly spectacular sight and the area is a bird watchers' paradise.
The country's rich ancient history is displayed in San cave paintings and the renowned West Coast Fossil Park offers daily tours of its fascinating live exhibit of an ongoing excavation of fossils that are approximately five million years old.
For those with a taste for the outdoors the Western Cape coastline offers hiking trails and whale watching with golf at the Langebaan Golf Course or windsurfing for those craving a bit of exercise.
In winter visitors can snuggle next to warm fires and experience the wild seas off the Cape of Storms and enjoy the rich bounty of food and wine from the area.
This jewel of a coastline is easily reached from Cape Town and enchants visitors with its unpretentious atmosphere and unique natural beauty.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
West Coast Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)22 433 8505
How to get here
Drive up the R27 from Cape Town and check out the towns of Yzerfontein and Langebaan, or take the N7 towards Namibia and turn off to coastal towns like Lambert's Bay.
Best time to visit
Springtime, in August and September, offers the most spectacular carpets of flowers and good weather. A stay can be as long as 2 weeks as there's so much to do and see.
Around the area
The town of Darling is known for its Wild Flower and Orchid Show in September and the Darling Flora Reserve and Darling Tienie Versveld Flora Reserve are worth visiting. The Darling Wine Route and West Coast Fossil Park shows the area's present and past.
Tours to do
Apart from flower and wine routes, the West Coast kayaking route is well worth a try.
What to eat
There are plenty of interesting restaurants in towns along the way.