West Coast

For a relatively small city, Cape Town spreads out a long way, but I always find it remarkable how easily you can escape the urban sprawl and find yourself in wild countryside if you travel out of town on the R27 along the west coast. The West Coast makes for low-stress, high-reward travel, all within just an hour or two of the Mother City. I remember one particularly purple afternoon driving around on the dirt roads of the west coast hinterland in early September. The world seemed to buzz with life and there was a delicious dry warmth to the spring air: weaver birds were busy building, raptors were etched against pure blue skies, craggy mountains loomed dramatically out of the veld, birds buzzed about in all directions and I could almost see and hear the fynbos growing all around me. I cannot, of course, guarantee the weather but I do recommend getting lost in this region!

Town-wise head through Darling (hotspot for wine-makers and for the desert flowers which bloom at the end of August and early September) and you'll quickly reach Langebaan, the wonderful West Coast National Park and the coastal villages typified by Paternoster and its bright white, low-roofed fishermen's cottages. Beaches are equally white and there are plenty of water sports on offer. More leisurely pursuits include superb birding and whale- and dolphin-watching, the Fossil Park plus some great seafood restaurants right on the beach. Many people regularly drive from Cape Town just for lunch. The West Coast links very well to the Springbok-Upington-Nieuwoudtville loop round the Northern Cape and then a return trip to Cape Town via the Cederberg Mountains.

West Coast Accommodation

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Darling :: Hopefield :: Jacobsbaai :: Paternoster ::

Darling

Darling Lodge Guest House

Darling Lodge Guest House

Darling

R400 - R590 pp sharing. Singles R550 - R980.

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Hopefield

Couvaloup

Couvaloup

Hopefield

B&B R600 - R1,200 pppn sharing.

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Kersefontein

Kersefontein

Hopefield

R650 - R750 pp sharing. Suite: R950 pp sharing. No single supplements. Aircraft hire prices depend on the trip.

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Jacobsbaai

Klokkiebosch Guest House

Klokkiebosch Guest House

Jacobsbaai

R500 - R900 pp sharing, accommodation only. From R65 for continental breakfast - R120 for full English

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Paternoster

Farr Out B&B

Farr Out B&B

Paternoster

R500 – R770 (valid till April 2018). Singles on request.

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The Oystercatcher’s Haven at Paternoster

The Oystercatcher’s Haven at Paternoster

Paternoster

R925 - R1,200 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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