The Cape West Coast in the Western Cape has so much to offer from idyllic scenery, fishing villages and rich cultural history. Once the local travel restrictions are lifted be sure to take an escape to this tiny but magical town.
Wilderness is a beautiful coastal town and the nearby Sedgefield. Brenton On Sea is the closest coastal stay to Knysna, which never fails to delight visitors to the area. Plettenberg Bay is a hot resort town not to be missed.
30km from Cape Town, The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve boasts spectacular views down fynbos slopes, across the cityscape and over 7km of rocky, sandy coastline to the ocean and beyond. It is one of the few viewpoints in the world from where you can see two proclaimed World Heritage Sites, Table Mountain and Robben Island. Also within the conservation is the site of the 1806 Battle of Blaauwberg.
The nature reserve offers educational information on the power station as well as two spectacular walking trails where visitors are treated to a range of fauna and flora. A great way to see the reserve is on a bicycle and there are several scenic routes to follow. There is also a bird hide where you can stop for a picnic and a spot of bird-watching. Open 7 days a week, walk or drive in and park at the Visitors Centre. Remember to bring your ID Book for registration. No entrance fees.
The West Coast National Park, which stretches from Yzerfontein to Langebaan, is a pristine nature reserve which offers an array of activities such as bird watching, game sighting, biking and whale spotting. Avid birdwatchers can spot over 200 species of land and sea birds, and the game includes springbok, kudu, gemsbok and the rare mountain zebra. The popular restaurant, Geelbek, is situated near the Langebaan lagoon.
An unspoilt coastline, stunning sea views and sparkling surf make St. Helena Bay a great year-round destination. Traversing a total of 18 bays and fed by the nutrient-rich Benguela Current, St. Helena Bay is one of the world’s prime fishing areas and dolphins and Southern Right Whales also enjoy the calm waters. The Cape St. Martin Private Nature Reserve is the only place on the West Coast where you can watch the sunrise over the sea.
- 6. Cape Winelands
Stellenbosch (a student town), Somerset West and Franschhoek are busy and popular, while the Boland towns of Paarl, Wellington and Riebeek Kasteel are quieter with many gems still to be discovered.