Top 10 Things to Do in the Cape West Coast

The Cape West Coast is one of the most uniquely beautiful regions in the Western Cape, South Africa. Here, sleepy seaside towns, endless beaches and pristine nature and wildlife opportunities abound.

In this post, we look at a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy in the Cape West Coast.

#1 Explore Beautiful Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

Some 30 kilometres from central Cape Town, one finds the beautiful Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. The reserve, which offers glorious surrounding views out across the fynbos slopes and over the rocky, sandy coast alike, is fun for all ages to enjoy.

It is also one of the few places in the world where you can see two World Heritage Sites at once, in Table Mountain and Robben Island.

Another famous, historically key site within the reserve is the former battleground of the infamous 1806 Battle of Blaauwberg.

The reserve is also home to a variety of critically threatened vegetation and some 559 plant species, nearly 50 mammal species, over 160 bird species and 30 reptile species.

For entrance fees and opening times, please see here.

Contact: +27 (022) 444 0454, blaauwberg.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za/blaauwberg-nature-reserve/

Address: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, Eerste Steen Resort, Otto du Plessis Drive (M14), north of Bloubergstrand, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Stop by the Mamre Mission Station

West Coast Way
West Coast Way

The town of Mamre is a small but unassuming West Coast gem, loved for its richly colourful history. It is also the home base of the Mamre Mission Station, first established in 1808.

The original church and patronage still possess the very same charm and beauty as ever, although they are also now officially national monuments.

While the watermill has been restored and now serves as a museum, the church itself is still used for church services and is normally packed to the rafters every Sunday. In fact, it is also South Africa’s fifth oldest church.

A visit to the Mamre Mission Station provides an interesting, eye-opening experience for all.

Contact: +27 (062) 766 8651

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za/mamre-mission-station

Address: Mamre Mission Station, 57 Main Rd, Mamre, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Head to Darling Brew

Darling Brew, a unique and hugely popular craft beer producer in South Africa, calls the Cape West Coast home. While you can shop on-site or online for their delicious craft brews, visitors can also enjoy exploring the tasteroom.

They have tasterooms in both Darling, West Coast and in Woodstock – but we think it’s best to go directly to the source in Darling.

The Darling tasteroom overlooks the brewhouse and offers guests the very best in contemporary pub-style food, with the full Darling Brew craft beer experience for good measure.

There is even a family-friendly, grassy play area, complete with a huge jungle gym. Even your well-behaved pooch is welcome at the outdoor area so the whole family can enjoy a fun day out at Darling Brew!

Contact: (Darling Tasteroom) +27 (079) 092 8313, shop@darlingbrew.co.za, tasteroom@darlingbrew.co.za

Website: darlingbrew.co.za

Address: Darling Brew, 48 Caledon Street, Darling, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

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darlingbrew.co.za

#4 Enjoy the West Coast National Park

One of the West Coast’s most famous, much loved attraction is the endlessly gorgeous West Coast National Park.

Here, families can enjoy incredible day outings, relaxing overnight stays (in house boats or cottages), fun days spent on the water thanks to Kraalbaai and its beautiful stretch of beach, water sport activities, swimming, seasonal flower spotting, braaing and more!

During the annual flower season (August-September), a special portion of the Park, Postberg, is opened to visitors, allowing them to enjoy amazing flower spotting.

The West Coast National Park is also home to a wonderful array of wildlife, many of which can be seen alongside the road or even on it so please drive carefully and slowly when visiting the park and be mindful of nature!

For entry fees and opening times, please see here.

Contact: +27 (022) 772 2144/5, moipone.thathane@sanparks.org

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast

Address: West Coast National Park, near Langebaan, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Visit Shelley Point

Shelley Point is a small, pristine peninsula found in the calm ways of Shelley Bay, St Helena Bay.

Thanks to its sheltered location, this unique spot is ideal for both fishing and sailing and even provides a fun, safe and shallow place for kiddies to play and splash in.

Nearby, there is also a nine-hole golf course and a lovely wellness centre for you to add to your list of local attractions when visiting St Helena Bay.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za/st-helena-bay

Address: Shelley Point, Golden Mile Boulevard, St Helena Bay, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Check out Simply Bee Shop and Observation Centre 

At Hopefield’s Simply Bee Shop and Observation Centre, travellers can enjoy the unique experience of seeing hives with glass panels. This allows visitors the amazing opportunity of seeing the bee colony in their natural environment without disturbing them.

This educational centre showcases the bees and their natural life cycle, while also aiming to educate and inspire the public.

By prior arrangements – if weather allows – there can even be demonstrations arranged by the beekeeper to show visitors how honey is harvested, while also perhaps sampling some of the pure honey that Simply Bee produces.

While you are there, why not pop up the Simply Bee shop or enjoy a coffee and quick browse of the gift shop, where guests can also enjoy coffee, fresh scones, muffins and cakes?

Note: Entrance is free but donations are welcome.

Contact: +27 (022) 723 0569, info@simplybee.co.za

Website: observation.simplybee.co.za

Address: Simply Bee, 31A Church Street, Hopefield, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

Simply Bee
Simply Bee

#7 Step Back in Time at West Coast Fossil Park

Another fascinating, educational attraction in the West Coast is the popular West Coast Fossil Park. Here, visitors can take a step back in time and marvel at amazing, well-preserved fossil finds. This includes some of the creatures – like short-necked giraffes and saber-toothed cats – that once roamed the West Coast region unchecked.

On-site, there is a new exhibition hall, restaurant, shop, amphitheatre, conference and meeting rooms and open dig site for visitors to explore or utilise.

Visitors can enjoy heading on guided tours to the fossil dig site; grabbing a delicious bite to eat; and exploring any of the four moderate MTB trails. There is also a guided birding tour for those who are keen.

Contact: +27 (022) 766 1606, edu@fossilpark.org.za

Website: fossilpark.org.za

Address: West Coast Fossil Park, R45, Langebaanweg, Vredenburg, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy the Darling Wine Route

The Darling Wine Route is home to some of the loveliest wine farms in the Western Cape. They are Darling Cellars, Groote Post Country Estate, Ormonde Private Cellar and Cloof Wine Estate respectively.

Each of these beautiful estates offers visitors something unique to savour – whether it is excellent wine tasting, a fun country market or a wholesome meal shared with those you love.

While you are exploring the Cape West Coast, be sure to check out its gorgeous wine farm offerings.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.visitwinelands.co.za/routes/darling

Address: Darling Wine Route, Darling, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit the Darling Museum

Another lovely little museum worth paying a visit to in the Cape West Coast is the Darling Museum.

Founded by a group of farmers’ wives in 1978 with a mind towards preserve butter-making history in Darling, this museum has since grown into a wonderful, diverse country museum.

Today, it reflects both the lifestyle and growth of the village since Darling’s original founding, back in 1853.

Some of the highlights at the museum include: a section honouring the Khoisan people; the on-site local tourism office; a unique butter museum and even old Victorian and Edwardian interiors showcasing life at home and at work in days gone by.

There is a small entry fee to visit the museum – but it is great for all ages to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (022) 492 3361

Website: darlingmuseum.co.za

Address: Darling Museum, Corner of Pastorie and Hill Street, Darling, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Last but by no means least we have the family-friendly Cape Town Ostrich Ranch. Here, visitors can enjoy a fun, educational ostrich farm experience, found only thirty minutes from central Cape Town.

You can go on an interesting guided tour and say hi to the ostriches; dine on some delicious food (even an ostrich burger if you like); let the kiddies play in the fun outdoor play area; or simply spend some quality time out in the fresh air on this beautiful West Coast farm.

For tour pricing information and other details, please see here.

Contact: +27 (0)21 972 1669, info@ostrichranch.co.za

Website: www.ostrichranch.co.za

Address: Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, Van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia, Cape West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Top 10 Activities near Bloubergstrand

Beaches, beautiful scenery and Cape Town’s biggest natural attraction (psst, that’s Table Mountain, if you didn’t guess it) – these are just some of the incredible aspects of Bloubergstrand and its surrounds.

Bloubergstrand, found in Cape Town‘s Northern Suburbs, is a breath of fresh ocean air, offering picture-perfect settings, beautiful beaches and a lovely area at large well worth exploring.

Better still? The host of amazing restaurants and activities found here!

So, if you’re keen to keep things cool by the sea, here are the top 10 activities near Bloubergstrand for you to enjoy:

#1 Beach walks and sunsets along Bloubergstrand beach

Few things are as charming as long, slow walks along the beach with your friends or loved ones – but at Bloubergstrand Beach, it’s an almost life-changing experience.

As the waves crash and churn, you have Table Mountain and Table Bay as a poignant backdrop to every scene, sealing this peaceful, beautiful beach as a winner on all fronts.

It’s also blessed with great waves (perfect or wind- or kitesurfing), long, sandy stretches of shoreline and some little rock pool areas here and there for kids to enjoy.

Whether you park down on a nearby bench, stroll along the strand or enjoy a memorable photo shoot – you really can’t go wrong with Bloubergstrand’s prime beach.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust

#2 Soar on the Wind

Famed for its gorgeous beach and excellent wind- and kitesurfing conditions, Bloubergstrand Beach attracts plenty of ocean-based adventurers and seaside fans.

So, if you’re keen to learn how to windsurf or even to hone your skills, there are few better places (if any) in the Mother City to do it.

Conditions are often perfect for you to glide on the wind and waters, and – should you require some guidance or company – there are plenty of local instructors and schools based in the area to help you do it.

So get your gear, check the weather conditions and enjoy some excellent windsurfing in Bloubergstrand!

Contact: varies

Website: varies

Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit SANCCOB

Situated close by in Table View, one finds the dedicated non-profit organisation, The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, more commonly known as SANCCOB.

Their admirable mission is to save, rehabilitate and assist in the protection of South Africa’s  protected African penguins.

With branches based in Cape St Francis, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, SANCCOB assists these lovely, clever seabirds by helping to rescue, rehabilitate and rear them, while still educating the public on how they can do their bit to help too.

If you would like to volunteer or donate towards a penguin’s happy life and good health, this is the place to do so!

Note: You can even adopt and name a SANCCOB penguin – and no, sadly you don’t get to take your penguin home – but you will still get a cool certificate and the joy of having your ‘own’ penguin!

Adoption costs range from R300-R1000, depending on what you choose to adopt (egg, bird or resident SANCCOB penguin character(s)).

Contact: +27 (021) 557 6155, info@sanccob.co.za

Website: sanccob.co.za

Address: SANCCOB,  22 Pentz Drive, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

SANCCOB
SANCCOB

#4 Fly like a Kite with Coastline Kite Surfing

As we’ve already discovered, Bloubergstrand and surrounds are ideal for kitesurfing… So, if you have established that you’re willing to take a stab at it, look no further than Coastline Kitesurfing.

Based in Table View, this dedicated team of instructors offers you the chance to learn kitesurfing. Lessons are professional, carefully structured and loads of fun, with only the best, certified, multi-lingual instructors on-hand to assist and guide you.

You choose how long you wish to try it out for (anything from 3.5-hours (paid daily) to 2, 3 or even 5-day courses)… Be it a few hours or several days. And no matter whether you’re a beginner or advanced kitesurfer – all are welcome!

Best of all? No wind means no pay… So if the weather swoops in and spoils your fun –  rest easy knowing that you won’t have to forfeit your money and can enjoy it another day instead.

Note: For more information, please visit Coastline Kitesurfing’s website.

Contact: +27 (082) 550 0076, info@coastlinekitesurfing.com

Website: coastlinekitesurfing.com

Address: Coastline Kitesurfing,  Shop 5, 14 Beach Boulevard, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 FrozenYO by the beach

If you love frozen yogurt or food trucks, then you’re really going to love Cape Town’s first frozen yogurt food truck… and not least of all because they call Blouberg Beachfront home!

Established in 2014 by Nicholas and Samantha Ahrends, FrozenYO has steadily built up their local fan base – and today, they are synonymous with delicious delights, refreshing frozen treats and good service.

The gluten-free FrozenYO is made using only the finest frozen yogurt product (imported from Italy) and is happily low in calories and milk content but rich in probiotics and live cultures. This means it is good for your gut in every possible way!

Not to mention it just looks and tastes amazing all round… Honestly, if this isn’t a food-and-ocean match made in heaven, we don’t know what is!

Note: FrozenYO can also often be found at local markets and events around Cape Town, and their food truck is available for hire for all sorts of special events, from school functions to weddings and birthday parties.

Contact: 082 445 6429, nick@frozenyo.co.za

Website: frozenyo.co.za

Address: Frozenyo, Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

FrozenYO via Facebook
FrozenYO via Facebook

#6 Ocean views with your coffee at On the Rocks

With its gorgeous ocean views and delicious food and drink offerings, On The Rock is a popular haunt for many in the city… and is a veritable local favourite to boot!

It offers a vibrant, relaxed atmosphere, good food and consistent service, which makes it a worthy seaside restaurant.

But, particularly if you are in and around Bloubergstrand, this one is a must-visit.

Contact: +27 (021) 554 1988, ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za

Website: www.ontherocks.co.za

Address: On The Rocks, 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Have fun with Surf Big Bay

It’s not just wind- and kitesurfing that Bloubergstrand and its nearby suburbs are famed for… It’s the surf that draws the crowds too!

If you’re looking to enhance or even kick-start your surfing skills, Surf Big Bay is one of your best local options… And with them, you can enjoy taking to the waves and soaking up the scenery of Table Mountain, Big Bay and Bloubergstrand.

Their school boasts professional coaches, excellent equipment and both public and private lessons, for adults and kids aged 5 and older.

And all you need to bring along is yourself – and some sunscreen, a towel and your swimming clothes, of course!

Note: Depending on which package option you select, rates range from R300 to R900. For more information, contact them directly.

Contact: +27 (071) 425 5470, info@surfbigbay.co.za

Website: www.capetownsurflessons.co.za

Address: Surf Big Bay, 143 Big Bay Beach Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Discover Small Bay Beach

Found next to its big ‘beach brother’, Big Bay (a popular local beach), Small Bay might be both lesser known and frequented – but it is no less beautiful!

In fact, it has its own panoramic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island for visitors to admire from afar and is also a prime sunset spot.

What’s more, it is a family-friendly beach, where, again, both wind- and kitesurfing are enjoyed.

So pack in a picnic and let the little ones play, while you enjoy watching them and the skilled surfers at Small Bay Beach.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Small Bay Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Explore Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

Cape Town is blessed to have so many wonderful, well-preserved and vibrant nature reserves and just like the other parts of the city, Bloubergstrand has its own nearby nature reserve in: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve.

This reserve offers incredible hikes and walks, picnic areas and an environmental education centre… Oh, and stunning views too, of course!

Also, from Blaauwberg Hill, the reserve offers a stunning view down fynbos-covered slopes and out across the Mother City. As an added bonus, this hill is one of the few viewpoints anywhere in the world that you can see Table Mountain and Robben Island, both acclaimed World Heritage Sites.

If you wish to linger longer, the reserve also offers the self-catering Montispectus unit, which allows you and your friends or family to stay here overnight.

Note: Entry fees vary.

Also, the Eerste Steen braai and picnic facility is open from November to April from 08:00 am – 19:00 pm, and in May to October from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm.

The coastal section, meanwhile, is open from Monday to Sunday, from sunrise to sunset.

Contact: +27 (021) 444 0454, blaauwberg.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, Eerste Steen Resort, Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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West Coast Way

#10 Shop at Eden on the Bay Mall

And last but not least, if you prefer to soak up the local atmosphere and shop up a storm at the lovely Eden on the Bay Mall, then that’s fine too!

This lifestyle mall is where shopping, lifestyle and leisure meet. It’s a popular local hub and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and more.

Check out the top fashion stores, grab some food supplies or take your time savouring one of its local eateries (like Cup & Cake, Moyo Blouberg or Saints Burger Joint) – because the options are relatively vast at Eden on the Bay.

Contact: +27 (021) 554 9660, yolande@edenonthebaymall.co.za

Website: www.edenonthebaymall.co.za

Address: Eden on the Bay Mall, Sir David Baird Dr & Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the most fun or scenic activities to enjoy near Bloubergstrand and beyond… Which will you tackle first?

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