Posted: 6 Jun 2017 18 Reasons to go up the Cape West Coast

1. Wildlife (Think Kruger By The Sea) 

Thali Thali Game Lodge is where you’ll spot Oryx, Springbok, Bontebok, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe and Ostrich. Back at the ranch – or lodge – you can try your hand at you can try your hand at archery or simply enjoy some well-deserved sundowners on the deck. The stunning restaurant at Thali Thali boasts a cosy interior dining and bar area and a large deck from which the sunsets are spectacular. Situated right next to a lapa, splash pool and kiddies play area, it is especially popular on Sundays when they host a sumptuous buffet.

There is a choice of accommodation at Thali Thali and you can either stay in the spacious farmhouse, self-catering chalets or in spacious luxury tents which have en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

Find Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Scenic Route

Contact: +27 (0)82 372 8637 | |

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2. Rooibos Tea (South African’s Gift To The World) 

At Carmién Tea’s Farm near Citrusdal, you can treat yourself to taste pairings of one of South Africa’s biggest gifts to the tea-drinking world: rooibos. Taste the myriad Rooibos infusions on offer in the Carmién Tea Range.

Find Carmién Tea on the West Coast Way Berg Route.

Contact: +27 (0)22 921 8900 | |

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3. Zip-Lining (That’s The One Where You Zip From Platform to Platform)

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort has a total of seven zip-lining slides covering the distance of 1.4 km. Zip through the air hair-raising speed as the fynbos flashes by 30 meters below your feet. Literally, a thrill a minute.

Find Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort and Kloof Restaurant on the West Coast Way Berg Route and Wild Route

Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574  | |


4. Darling Brew (Like, the Best Bru)

Yes, the Cape West Coast is home to craft beer and the best brews can be found at Darling Brew in Darling. Their Tasteroom & Brewery offers a view of the brewing process for a rare glimpse of where the nectar comes from.

Find Darling Brew on the West Coast Way Culture Route.

Contact: +27 (0)21 286 1099 | |


5. Khoi San Culture (And Words Starting With Exclamation Points)

The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Educational Centre is where you’ll get to stare into the flames in a real-life replica of a traditional San homestead. You might also get to lay down in one of their grass huts, and first rate accommodation.

Find !Khwa ttu and their restaurant on the West Coast Way Culture Route.

Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2998  | |

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6. Pitstops (Or ‘Padstals’) 

The Vygevallei Farm Stall and Wine House is one such ‘padstal’ that offers famous home-made pies, farm bread and a dish called Cape Bobotie which roughly translates to ‘the best combination of curry and raisins you’ll ever taste’.

Find Vygevallei Farm Stall on the West Coast Way Culture Route.

Contact: +27 (0)74 138 1610 |


7. More Pitstops (With Even Better Names)

Stop at the Kardoesie N7 Countrystop for a bite to eat or a swim in their large sparkling pool with views of Lambert’s Bay in the distance. Or just take a moment to take in the stop’s unique name. ‘Kardoesie’. It simply rolls off the tongue and is the hub to the 7 Stops on the N7. Find Kardoesie N7 Countrystop on the West Coast Way Berg Route.

Contact: +27 (0)82 525 2247 | |


8. A Private Cellar (For Public Quaffing)

Ormonde Private Cellar has mountain bike trails and artisan food platters, but the biggest attraction – with good reason – is the wine and chocolate pairings that take place in a tasting room with a view over a duck pond for tranquil quacking to go with your quaffing.

Find Ormonde Private Cellar on the West Coast Way Culture Route and Foodie Route.

Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3540 | |


9. Walks On The Wild Side (Well, It’s Slackpacking So Make That The Mild Side) 

Try the Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails with names like Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and Wheels of Time for a close encounter with the cultural and natural heritage of the region. Remember to walk slow ‘cause there’s lots to see. Find the Cape West Coast Biosphere on the West Coast Way Culture Routes and Scenic Route

Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 | |


10. African Family Of Mammoths (Extinct Unfortunately)

The West Coast Fossil Park has a live dig site with fossils of animals that roamed the planes of the area a staggering five million years ago. When you’re done looking at the displays, you can rest your own weary bones at the cosy coffee shop on site. Find the West Coast Fossil Park on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Berg Route.

Contact: +27 (0)22 766 1606  | |


11. Club Mykonos (A Big, Fat Greek Resort)

Club Mykonos is a family-friendly Mediterranean getaway with self-catering accommodation and stunning views of the Langebaan lagoon. The resort also has a Spa Health & Leisure Centre available with Club Onos offering entertainment for kids. Find Club Mykonos on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Scenic Route

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)22 707 7000 | |

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12. Rest & Recuperation (Because Weekends Can Be Exhausting)

HeronsRest in Velddrif offers bird watching, hiking and mountain bike trails and features a pool, large farm-style kitchen, lounge and beautifully decorated entertainment boma. With rest half its name, the beds at HeronsRest are not to be missed either. Find HeronsRest on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Berg Route

Contact: +27 (0)22 783 0272 | +27 (0)71 141 7313 | |

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13. Golf (It’s Basically Scotland With A Little Less Grass)

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is next door to the magnificent 18-hole Atlantic Beach Golf Club and also offers access to tennis courts, a fitness center, and a swimming pool. Be aware the course comes with the standard features of a links layout so bring some extra balls. Find the Lodge at Atlantic Beach on the West Coast Way Culture Route.

Contact: +27 (0)21 553 4653 | |



14. Sundowners (Where Does The Sun Set Again? Oh Yes, In The West) 

The Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay is the best place to watch the sunset while you tuck into locally-grown oysters. The hotel’s deck is designed specifically for that purpose with sun tanning beside a sparkling pool also catered for. 

Find the Protea Hotel, Saldanha Bay on the West Coast Way Foodie Route.

Contact: +27 (0)22 714 1264 | |


15. A Three-Hour Braai Cruise (Yes, You Read That Right)

Elite Charters in Langebaan offers the complete water sports package that incidentally includes a three-hour Braai Cruise to Kraalbaai on the Langebaan Lagoon. Listen to the steak sizzle as you soak up the West Coast sun.

Find Elite Charters on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Scenic Route

Contact: +27 (0)72 702 9919 | |


16. Port Side Dining (And Starboard Relaxing)

Russells On The Port with its six luxurious en-suite bedrooms is right next to the stunning Port Owen harbour. The restaurant serves Cape West Coast seafood, lamb, rump, crispy pork belly and locally sourced game.

Find Russells on the Port on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Berg Route 

Contact: +27 (0)22 783 0158 | |


17. A Town Called Darling (Even Says So On The Map)

To most of us, darling is a term of endearment. On the Cape West Coast, however, it’s an entire town filled with endearing attractions like the Darling Museum, Darling Sweet, Flying Pig, Marmalade Cat, the Darling Wine Shop, and the world-famous Evita se Perron. Find Darling on the West Coast Way Culture Route and Scenic Route

Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361 | |


 18. Seaside Luxury (With A Touch Of Blue Royalty)

Perched upon the pristine shores of this natural inlet in the Atlantic Ocean, Blue Bay Lodge offers the very best in accommodation, dining and relaxation in a serene setting that not only unwinds the body, but also soothes the mind.

Find Blue Bay Lodge on the Foodie Route

Contact: +27 (0)22 714 1177 /8/9 | |


Want to go there?

All of these attractions and activities are situated on the West Coast Way self-drive routes, which include the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route as well as the West Coast Way Cultural Route. Visit: for more info! 

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