Cape West Coast

The West Coast offers picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches, immense bird colonies and delightful alfresco seafood restaurants on the beach. As well as carpets of flowers in spring…


The Cape West Coast is a distinctive and unusual region which begins only one hours' drive north from Cape Town. It offers distinctive sandveld vegetation, picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches and huge bird colonies. And its unique brand of hospitality is typified by rustic open-air seafood restaurants, and also by some innovative upmarket restaurants such as Wolfgat and Oep ve Koep. It all combines to create the refreshing charm of the Cape West Coast.

One of the delights of the West Coast is that it is little visited compared to busier Hermanus and the Garden Route. So you can find kilometres of empty beach for evening strolls. We recommend basing yourself either at the quietly beguiling little fishing village of Paternoster. Or perhaps the lagoon town of Langebaan. (Langebaan has also become one of the best places for kite-surfing in the Cape.)

Sites to visit include the West Coast National Park which comes into its own in the spring flower season. This is when the normally private Postberg Nature Reserve is open to visitors. But the park is worth a visit at any time of year to see the flora and fauna. Other delights include the Khwa Ttu San Heritage centre for its fascinating museum, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve (especially during the spring flower period), and the West Coast Fossil Park.

Stand-up paddle boarding, Langebaan, Cape West Coast


Why you may love it

  • Birding and flowers in the West Coast National Park
  • Turquoise waters of Langebaan Lagoon
  • Learn to kite-surf or stand-up-paddleboard at Langebaan
  • Vast sandy beaches all along the coast
  • Alfresco restaurants on the beach
  • Spring flower displays from mid August to early September
  • Whale and seal watching boat cruises from Langebaan
  • !Khwa ttu San Heritage Museum
  • West Coast Fossil Park

When to visit Cape West Coast

Mid-Nov to mid-Mar

Summer in the West Coast

The West Coast shares the dry Mediterranean climate of Cape Town so it’s a popular destination for sun-seekers aiming to escape the northern hemisphere winter. But being open to the Atlantic Ocean, it is on average cooler than Cape Town. It rarely gets very hot, so you can stay active throughout the summer. So the kite-surfers love it! This is not my favourite time to visit as the vegetation is very dry. But if you are combining it with the Cederberg, it makes for a dramatic change in climate within 1-2 hours drive!
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

Mid-Mar to mid-Aug

Autumn and winter

We have changed up the seasons a little for the West Coast. This is autumn and winter on the West Coast. As you would expect, temperatures gradually get cooler and there is some chance of rain. But it is pretty dry (just over 200mm annual rain) and so rain is pretty infrequent.
MAX TEMP 20 ℃ / 68 ℉
MIN TEMP 9 ℃ / 48 ℉

Mid-Aug to mid-Sep

Wild flowers on the West Coast

This is one of the nicest times of year to be on the West Coast. Depending on the timing and duration of the rains (which varies from year to year) mid August sees the start of amazing wild flower displays in the fields of farms and in the West Coast National Park and Columbine Reserve. It’s well worth a visit, especially if combining with the Cederberg and/or Namqualand. As the temperatures start to increase, the delicate flowers fade away.
MAX TEMP 21 ℃ / 70 ℉
MIN TEMP 10 ℃ / 50 ℉

Mid-Sep to mid-Nov

Lovely weather on the West Coast

Though the fields of spring flowers start to fade, this is a lovely time to be on the West Coast. The coastal fynbos is flowering and at its best. The days are getting warmer so that eating out at one of the famous beach restaurants is a real drawcard.
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 14 ℃ / 57 ℉

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