Coast along SA's shores the West Coast way

2018-09-20 20:00 - Saara Mowlana
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Coast along SA's shores the West Coast way. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman / Traveller24)

What better way to kick off the warmer seasons than with a road trip along SA's West Coast?

Brimming with activities, this coastal route is sure to tickle and wet the palate of any nature and adventure lover with itchy feet.

Plan your next splashy road trip the West Coast way with the itinerary suggestion below:

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WEST COAST TREK

WHAT TO SEE

Feast your eyes on some spectacular sights to behold along the West Coast, like:

  • WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK - Swing by this nature reserve and relish in the spring spoil of freshly blossomed flowers that blanket the ground - particularly in the Postberg Flower Reserve section. When: Current hours: September - March: Daily, 07:00 - 19:00 Postberg: open between August & September: 09:00 - 17:00 | Where: West Coast DC | Cost: Gate charge: Flower season (Aug - Sep): R77 (p/p adult) & R39 (p/p children) / Outside flower season: R55 (p/p adult) & R28 (p/p children)

  • WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK - Face your skeletons and discover the history of our land over at this fossil park. When: Weekdays: 08:00 - 16:00, Weekends: 09:00 - 12:00 - Contact to book as opening times vary with seasons - contact them here. | Where: R45, Langebaanweg, Vredenburg, West Coast  | Cost: Contact them here regarding entry and tour fees - children under five years old get a free entry

  • AT BOTHA ART GALLERY - Lay your eyes on some lovely art works while cruising along the West Coast. Where: Unit 3, Rooykliphoek, 54 St Augustine Road, Paternoster

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WHAT TO DO

Seek adventure along the West Coast with these fun activities:

  • HORSE RIDE ALONG THE COAST - Horse around along the sandy shores of Paternoster with this fun and scenic activity. When: Daily, 08:00 - 17:00 - booking is essential | Where: The farm Swartrug is situated 8km from Paternoster, 9km from Stompneusbay | Cost: Price on request

  • JET SKI LANGEBAAN LAGOON - Jet around the Langebaan Lagoon and get your adrenaline pumping with this wet and wild activity. When: Contact them here to query time and book a slot | Where: Langebaan | Cost: R450 per bike & R100 per passenger

  • KAYAKING - Enjoy some more water fun while getting in a bout of a workout over in the West Coast National Park area of the lagoon. When: Mondays - Fridays 09:00 - 17:00 | Where: West Coast National Park | Cost: You can hire a kayak for an hour at a rate of about R150 per kayak - see more pricing information here 

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WHAT TO TASTE  

Feast it out at one of these foodie havens along the route:

  • ROUTE 27 ROOSTERKOEK - Indulge in delectable and uniquely SA padkos over at this joint. When: Mondays – Saturdays 09:00 – 17:00 and Sundays 09:00 – 16:00 | Where: R27 West Coast Road, Yzerfontein

  • DIE STRANDLOPER - Enjoy some tasty treats while sitting alongside the sea to the soundtrack of crashing waves and the gentle (or wild) breeze. When: Fridays & Saturdays: 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:30 and Sundays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 12:00 - 15:00 | Where: Leentjiesklip, Langebaan | Cost: R310 for a 10 course meal offer

  • BISTRO SEVEN - Dive into delicious, healthy, affordable and fresh food for you and your family over at this restaurant. When: Mondays & Wednesdays - Saturdays: 11:00 - 23:59 and Sundays: 12:00 - 15:00 (closed on Tuesdays) | Where: 7  Main Road, Darling, R315 | Cost: An average meal costs about R80

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WHERE TO SLEEP

Rest your head over at one of these lavish West Coast accommodations:

  • LANGEBAAN COUNTRY ESTATE - Enjoy a relaxing stay over at this inclusive resort. With comfortable rooms and cottages as well as a range of activities from driving ranges and golfing to 'pro putt' and 'foot golf' - not to mention the decadent options on offer at the restaurant and kids area - it is sure to keep the entire family entertained. Where: Langebaan | Cost: From R1 045 per night (see more pricing information and book here)

  • LAMBERT'S BAY HOTEL - Why not cosy on up in the picturesque town of Lambert's Bay - which is rich in history and famous for its moderate climate, miles of pristine beaches and bird life. Where: 72 Voortrekker Street, Lambert's Bay | Cost: From R900 per night

  • CLUB MYKONOS RESORT - Grab the family and head to this fun and inclusive West Coast stay. With a range of activities - from fishing, swimming pools, quad biking, jet skiing and paintball games as well as spa options and a on site casino and games venue - this accommodation caters to the entire family. Where: Mykonos Access Rd, Mykonos, Langebaan | Cost: From R1 255 per night (see more pricing information and book here)

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