The Cape West Coast is a distinctive and unusual region only one hours’ drive north from Cape Town. It offers unique sandveld vegetation, picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches and huge bird colonies. Its unique brand of hospitality is typified by its rustic open-air seafood restaurants, summing the charm of the West Coast of South Africa.
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 quiet little fishing village of Paternoster, if you are seeking utter tranquility, or the lagoon town of Langebaan. (Langebaan has become one of the best places for kite-surfing in the Cape.)
Attractions of the Cape West Coast
- 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
The Summer attraction of Langebaan
The turquoise waters of Langebaan lagoon are ideal for swimming (being considerably warmer than the Atlantic Ocean). Langebaan lagoon also offers ideal conditions for water sports such kite-surfing, windsailing and yachting. Here there’s plenty of opportunity to learn to kite-surf if you stay for a few days.
West Coast Spring Flowers
In springtime, flower-lovers will delight in the Postberg Nature Reserve, part of the West Coast National Park, with its carpets of wild flowers such as yellow gazanias and rain daisies. This section of the park is only open during August to October.
If you are keen on seeing the magnificent wild spring flowers on the West Coast we recommend visiting during late August or early September. The Darling Orchid Show takes place on a local orchid farm. You can visit the Tienie Versveld Reserve near Darling with its babianas, lachenalias, chincherinchees and sundews. Plus the Columbine Nature Reserve near the picturesque town of Paternoster is also spectacular during this time.