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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#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 20 Langebaan Activities 2017.

Everyone knows that Langebaan is the Jewel of the West Coast towns… and with its pristine beaches, numerous fun outdoor activities and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder this lovely seaside town is a hugely popular destination among both locals and tourists.

Located in the Western CapeLangebaan is one of the peaceful, delightful West Coast towns, filled with local attractions, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery to soak up.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in lovely Langebaan during 2017:

#1 Laze about at the Langebaan Lagoon

This large salt water lagoon (considered by many to be a wetland of international significance) lies protected within the beautiful West Coast National Park. Its turquoise waters – completely open to the sea – attract beachgoers, numerous birdlife and other marine life too.

Divided into three sections – A, B and C – Langebaan Lagoon offers a range of activities and sights, depending on which section you find yourself in.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#2 Chase the breeze with Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town

At Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town, the qualified instructors are extremely passionate about kitesurfing and want to ensure that you’ll have an amazing time on the water – whether you’re a nervy beginner or self-professed pro.

Offering a selection of quality, full-day courses – ranging from 5 hours to 14-day intensive courses – the patient, dedicated and, above all, professional team of instructors will help you become a safe and independent kite surfer.

Contact: (073) 639 9204

Website: kitesurfinglangebaan.com

Address: 114 Main Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

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www.constantlykiting.com

#3 Relax at Kraalbaai Beach and Lagoon

Located within the West Coast Nature Reserve, this is yet another gloriously special lagoon and beach in Langebaan to visit.

With houseboats, romantic beach strolls, boat trips, swimming, careful sun tanning, picnic opportunities and of course, picture-perfect scenery straight out of the Greek Isles, Kraalbaai beach and lagoon makes for the perfect, family day (or overnight) trip.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: sanparks.org

Address: Western Coast Nature Reserve, Langebaan, Western Cape

#4 Test your aim with Thali Thali Game Lodge’s Archery

Test your aim and learn fun new skills with Thali Thali’s archery lessons. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned bowman, you can book exciting archery (under accredited coaches) or visit their bow shop. Shoot at 23 different, life-sized 3D rubber animal targets and choose whether to bring your own bow or rent one out.

Lessons are by appointment only and cost R150 per lesson. (The additional R150 for bow hire and 3D archery are not included in this per person cost).

Contact: (083) 275 282

Website: www.thalithali.co.za

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#5 Sip good brews at Black Eagle Brewing Company

This is a must for all beer drinkers, particularly because this relatively new, little brewery could just be one of the best in SA.

Founded in 2014 by home-brewing couple, Hugo and Elmien, Black Eagle Brewing Company is housed within an old fishing factory, which dates back to the early 1900s. They brew a variety of classic beers, with personal twists. Enjoy fine brews, snacks and games when you visit.

Contact: (022) 772 0594

Website: www.bebc.co.za

Address: 4 Suffren Street, Shop 7, Queens Cottage, Langebaan, Western Cape

#6 Visit the West Coast National Park

A short drive from Cape Town lies the popular, yet wonderfully preserved West Coast National Park, a place of immense beauty, filled with natural flora and fauna, and a range of fun outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Explore the Langebaan Lagoon or green wetlands; navigate hiking trails; stop to smell and see the flowers (if the season is right) – or simply, enjoy a moment’s quiet as you soak up paradise.

(Outside flower season) Entry is R50 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R75 for SADC adults (and R37 per child) and R25 for SA children.

(During flower season: August and September only) Entry is R70 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R100 for SADC adults (R50 per child) and R35 for SA children.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sawestcoast.com/park.html

Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

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www.southafrica.net

#7 Experience a West Coast Game Drive at Thali Thali

Thali Thali also offers a wonderful game drive, with a choice between three open, game-viewing vehicles, each equipped with different capabilities to suit the guests’ needs.

Trained guides will take you on an informative, 90-minute game drive where you may chance to see a range of exciting game life in their natural/fynbos habitats.

Cost is R250 per adult, and R150 for children ages 5-12. (Free to children under 5).

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#8 Dig up the past at West Coast Fossil Park

Visit the West Coast Fossil Park and unlock fossils of the past. Aside from guided tours of the Dig Site, visitors can enjoy a range of physical and gastronomic activities, including walking/mountain bike trails, a tasty meal at their café or a garden picnic.

Contact: (022) 766 1606

Website: www.fossilpark.org.za

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

#9 Step out into the wild with Thali Thali’s Walking safaris

Calling all nature lovers: Thali Thali’s unguided nature walks afford guests the chance to experience the wild, up-close-and-personal. You can expect to see a range of smaller wildlife, such as birds, insects and smaller wild animals, as well as natural fynbos, grasses and flowers.

Walkers must report to the front desk before setting off and are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and take water along. Walks are strictly at your own risk.

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#10 Enjoy a Sunday Buffet at Thali Thali

At Thali Thali’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy their awesome, weekly Sunday lunch buffet. Dine out and experience true West Coast hospitality at their restaurant and bar, which is located near the lapa and splash pool.

Food buffet offerings and costs vary but bookings are essential.

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#11 Take 5 at Club Mykonos

This luxurious holiday resort is your very own little piece of Greece in the West Coast. Enjoy accommodation, entertainment options, facilities and even some good eateries too.

So slip away to this ever-popular, family-friendly holiday resort in Langebaan for some quality rest and relaxation.

Contact: (022) 707 7000

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za

Address: Club Mykonos, Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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www.clubmykonos.co.za

#12 Master kite surfing with the KiteLab

KiteLab is a dedicated kitesurfing school located a stone’s throw away from the main kitesurfing beach in Langebaan.

With world-class instructors, constant winds and flat waters, this is a prime location for quality kitesurfing. The Kite Lab also offers a fully stocked kite shop for you to browse.

Contact: (022) 772 0026

Website: www.kitelab.co.za

Address: KiteLab, 8 Bree Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#13 Sail around with Brian’s Boat Tours

This 8-seater boat takes visitors on personally tailored, eco trips around the Langebaan Lagoon and parts of Saldanha Bay too.

Boat trips cover fascinating historical, birding and cultural topics; tours run daily and Brian Hodgson is a registered tour guide.

Contact: (022) 772 2093
Website: www.brianstours.co.za
Address: 14 Lagoon Crescent, Langebaan, Western Cape

#14 Dine at Die Strandloper Restaurant

Eat at one of the West Coast’s most popular, open air restaurants: Die Strandloper. Enjoy a lunch or dinner out on the beach at this casual, seaside restaurant, which offers everything from fish curry and snoek to waterblooetjie bredie and strong coffee.

Contact: (083) 227 7195
Website: www.strandloper.com
Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

#15 Experience Langebaan with Masada Guest House

If you wish to linger longer in Langebaan, why not experience Masada Guest House, one of Langebaan’s finest local offerings?

This wedding and conference venue offers delightful, four-star accommodation, a jungle gym for kids, a petting farm, heated indoor spa swimming pool, a licensed bar, full English breakfasts and great braai facilities.
Contact: (079) 525 5051
Website: www.masadaguesthouse.co.za
Address: 18 Loop Street, Longacres, Langebaan, Western Cape

#16 Shop till you drop at Laguna Mall

This lovely shopping complex offers retail delights to suit all sorts of shoppers. Opened in 2007, the intimate family mall also plays host to numerous events and activities throughout the year.

Contact: (022) 772 0528
Website: www.lagunamall.co.za
Address: Languna Street, Skiathos, Langebaan, Western Cape

#17 Hop on a horse at Oliphantskop

The Oliphantskop horse trails, based around Langebaan and Saldanha, are the most relaxing and leisurely way to soak up the West Coast surroundings.

There are several different trails to choose from, all with varying difficulty levels, but all offer: excellent views, plant species and bird spotting along the way. In Langebaan, you can also view Eve’s Footprint – the oldest known to man.

Contact: (022) 772 2326

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za

Address: Olifantskop Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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www.wisewally.com

#18 Enjoy a West Coast overnight hike

Whether you opt for the two-day Strandveld Trail (covering 28km through Strandveld, then onto the 16 Mile Beach in Yzerfontein before returning to Geelbek), the 2.5 day guided, slack-packing Eve’s Trail – or the 2-day, 27km Postberg Hike (only available during August and September when the Flower Season comes back around), there are a great selections of overnight hikes in and around Langebaan and the West Coast to enjoy.

Contact: (022) 707 9902/3

Website: www.roxannereid.co.za

Address: West Coast, Western Cape

#19 Flock to see the birds at the Geelbek bird hide

If you wish to experience some quality birding, then Geelbek bird hide is the place for you.

During low tide to just before the tide comes in, bird watchers can visit this hide and see a host of different birds, with everything from Curlew Sandpipers and Whimbels to White Pelicans on offer.

Contact: (022) 772 2144
Website: www.sanparks.org
Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

#20 Fly a kite on Langebaan Beach with Cape Sports Center

Use the wind to your advantage and, with your eyes to the sky, learn to fly a kite with Cape Sports Center. It makes for great family fun, so pack in a picnic and head down to the beach…

Contact: (022) 772 1114

Website: capesport.co.za

Address: 98 Main Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

These are just some of the amazing activities to enjoy in and around the lovely Langebaan, the favourite child among the West Coast owns, during 2017.

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