The coming long Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity to get to know the West Coast in all its wonderful, humble beauty.
As it is not really fair to attempt to experience this untouched part of SA that stretches up the Atlantic coast into Namibia in its fullness during a typical 2-day weekend, the 2 extra days that comes with Easter serves as the perfect opportunity for ‘West-Coasting’.
And since there there are so few holidays in 2015 (See: 2015: The year in holidays), it's best to make the most of this Easter Weekend.
The West Coast breakaway is perfect for families, regardless of their size. It great for large groups of friends, and it’s perfect for people of all ages.
It’s also one of the most romantic places on earth, if dark blue oceans spilling onto endless stretches of untouched white shores are your thing…
Regardless of who you are, the West Coast will serve you well this Easter holiday – you’re guaranteed to return home well-rested, well-fed and with a salty sea breeze still in your hair.
This is how you need to go:
There are two roads leading to the lower part of the West; you start in Cape Town and follow the R27 or West Coast Road, up, and then come down on the more inland roads - or visa versa. Either way, your bound to happen upon the most amazing gems of out country, as long as you know what you're looking for.
See: The West Coast Way - a gateway into the heart of this quaint coast
If you're a smart traveller, in ever sense of the word, you have to download the recently launched West Coast Way smart App to get the full West Coast experience, history and all. The app contains information about all the spots in the West Coast, and it plays the info in a audio stream through your vehicle's radio. It's like having your own tour guide traveller with, with the luxury of switching him/her on or off at your own leisure, and at your own pace.
See: New West Coast Way travel guide available via smart App
So without further ado, here you go with the West Coast itinerary that will give you the best experience, with a flair of fabulous too...
Full steam up the coast on Friday
Get an early start and have breakfast at Ons Huisie in Bloubergstrand.
The look and feel and rich history of this tiny little restaurant will set the mood for a perfect West Coast holiday.
Stop over at the beach at Silwerstroomstrand and stretch your legs and, if you dare, take a dip in the Atlantic. The Silwerstroom Strand also have a play area for children, so if you're travelling with kids, this is a perfect stopover.
You can either pack a picnic to the Silwerstroom beach from home, or spend lunch and the afternoon wine-tasting at Groote Post. Pray that the Pork Belly is still on the menu at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.
Sleep-over in Langebaan
Drive on to the West Coast National Park and book your first night’s stay in one of the Kraalbaai Houseboats, which floats on the Langebaan Lagoon (See 'Other Accommodation' below for more stay-over options in and around Langebaan).
No West Coast visit is complete without you dining at the legendary Strandloper Restaurant. Book well in advance and keep an empty tummy for the seafood spread of your life.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a true West Coast meal at the Boesmanland Plaaskombuis
Taking it slow on Saturday
It’s market day in the West Coast. Plan your travelling in the area to coincide with one of these markets happening in the area. Most of the markets end just after lunch, which is perfect as you will want to head on to your next destination in time to check-in and get comfortable before night falls...
Langebaan Indoor Market
Where: Town Hall, Langebaan
When: 09:00 - 13:00
Mill Country Fair
When: 10:00 – 14:00
When: 11:00 – 17:00
Sleep-over in Paternoster
After the day’s activities, drive on up to the next sleepover destination - in the heart of the West Coast, Paternoster. Make sure you arrive before dusk so you can still go for a stroll on the iconic, melancholic Paternoster beach.
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Lodge
BON Hotel - Shelley Point
Heading South on Sunday
Take it easy on the Sunday - sleep in, go for a relaxing massage at the hotel, and indulge in good breakfast before heading back down on a different route.
After an easy morning, take the R27 back, and stop at one (or all) of the amazing farm stalls and restaurant along the way.
Gaatjie, Salt Water Restaurant
Where: R45, outside Hopefield
West Coast Farm Stall
Where: Corner of R27 and R315, Between Yzerfontein and Darling
Vygevallei Farm Stall
Where: R27, Darling District
Sleep-over in Riebeek Kasteel
After the drive back down the West Coast, on the more inland side, spend the night in the amazing town of Riebeek Kasteel at the luxury boutique hotel, The Victorian Cow, or at the luxury hotel in the Riebeek Valley, Church Hills Boutique Accommodation.
Making your way back home on Monday
Riebeek Kasteel is technically outside the border of the West Coast, but would serve as a perfect reintroduction back into the city from your West Coast road trip.
Spend the last Easter holiday in this quaint and upcoming town. Opt for olive tasting, or even an olive inspired massage is a must to ensure to start the next work week as relaxed as possible.
To do in Riebeek Kasteel
Drink: Riebeek Valley Wine Tasting
Eat: Olive Tasting
Eat:Bar Bar Black Sheep, Mama Cucina Italian Restaurant, Royal Restaurant, Cafe Felix, Wicked Treats Bakery, Beans About Coffee
Do:Beauty treatments and massages inspired the location
Other events in the West Coast during Easter Weekend:
Where: Saldanha Bay
When: Friday & Saturday, 3 & 4 April
Time: All day
Camphill Village Market
Where: Klein Dassiesfontein
When: Sunday, 5 April
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
I Love Weskus Market
When: Sunday, 5 April
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Riebeek West Fresh Funky Market
Where: Riebeek West
When: Saturday, 4 April
Time: 09:00 – 13:00
Other restaurants and luxury accommodation options in the West Coast:
Just because these exceptional eateries and accommodation aren't mentioned above, doesn't mean they aren't amazing – give them a try if you opt for a different route as stipulated above.
Die Strandkombuis – Yzerfontein
Geelbek Restaurant - West Coast National Park
Evita se Peron - Darling
The Marmalade Cat - Darling
Slow Quarter Darling Brewery - Darling
Muisbosskerm - Lambert's Bay
Other luxury accommodation along the West Coast:
Abalone House and Spa - Paternoster
Paternoster Dunes Guest House – Paternoster
Le Mahi Guesthouse – Langebaan
The Farmhouse Hotel - Langebaan
Club Mykonos Resort - Langebaan
Couvaloup Guest House - Hopefield
Oystercatcher Lodge - St. Helena Bay
Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve – Darling
The Kloovenberg Pastorie - Riebeek Valley
The Travellers Rest Guest House & Restaurant at Red Tin Roof – Riebeek Kasteel
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