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The coastal fishing town of Velddrif is located near to St Helena Bay on the Cape West Coast. It is found very close to the point where the Berg River flows into the ocean. This estuary is filled with wildlife and is home to around 30 000 birds. A closeness to nature and quiet ambience make Velddrif the perfect place to relax and unwind.
To truly experience the amazing birdlife that Velddrif has to offer, try Tollies River and Boat Cruises. Beautiful sunset and birdwatching cruises are on offer, as well as morning and midday cruises. Safety comes first on these cruises and children are sure to love it!
For a local cultural experience the West Coast Art Gallery showcases the unique work of some of the leading artists and craftsmen along the West Coast. You'll also find the only reed maze in South Africa here.
If you want to make the most of the outdoors, perhaps a kayaking trip from Hopefield to Velddrif would entice you. Berg River Canooze offers a relaxing, downstream trip, stopping at various farms en route. You will find an abundance of birdlife along this route so there is no shortage of scenic beauty
The Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place once a year, beginning in Paarl and ending in Velddrif. It takes place in July when the Berg River is at its highest, and spans some 212km. If you are up for it, this is the ultimate canoeing challenge and one of the toughest water races in the Western Cape.
The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve stretches all the way from Diep River, in Cape Town, to the Berg River of Velddrif. Biosphere trails are offered for groups of up to 12 people, these trails lead you through all the breathtaking flora of this conserved area. Trails are guided and catered for and all meals are prepared locally in West Coast style.
Oupa se Kos an Koffiestoor is the spot to go for freshly ground coffee, breakfasts, burgers and light meals. It's the perfect place for a good coffee and a quick bite to eat.
Famous for it’s delicious Sunday buffet lunch, the Riviera Hotel also offers friendly service and beautiful views. Sports fans will be happy to know there is a big screen TV, as well as a bar if you fancy a drink or two.
Die Vishuis is situated on the banks of the Berg River, overlooking the old wooden jetties where giant pelicans like to bask in the sun. Die Vishuis is primarily a fish and seafood restaurant, but other items are also served. This restaurant was once a real vishuis, you will see the shells still embedded in the original sand walls.
Teyana’s Restaurant and Pub offers delicious food, wine and music, as well as wonderful views of the Berg River.
Miles away from bustling cities and in the heart of nature you'll find quaint self catering guesthouses,B&Bs and riverside hotels in Velddrif.
Car: The easiest way to get around Velddrif is by car. Car’s can be rented in Cape Town or organised online.
Air: there is no airport in Velddrif, so guests will need to fly into Cape Town International. From there is is approximately 160kms away from Veddrif.
Taxi: There are several reputable taxi services in and around Veddrif, however you will need to book to make use of them.
Velddrif is often misspelt as Veldrif, Veldrift, Feldtdrift, and Veldrift.
The name is derived after a local farmer took his stock through a drift in the veld (field) to find grazing on the other side.
Bokkoms is a dried fish specialty, and is a local favourite.
Of the 30 000 different bird species found in the area, 80 species are endemic to the Cape Coast.