Western Cape Tourism Region: West Coast
West Coast Travel
The West Coast stretches from Yzerfontein in the south to Strandfontein in the north. Formerly one of the hidden gems of South Africa, this hub of the Southern African commercial fishing industry is becoming an increasingly popular destination for visitors. For most of the year however, it maintains its wild, somewhat desolate atmosphere that sets it apart from the more lush regions of the Western Cape.
Most people know the West Coast best for the annual wildflower display that draws crowds with cameras to capture the colourful daisies and other flowers - over 1000 species in total - carpeting the fields each spring (from July to September, depending on the rains).
In recent years the annual live rock festival, and South Africa’s only ‘Green’ music event of this kind, Rocking the Daisies, takes place at the Cloof Wine Estate outside of Darling. This popular event has introduced more young people to the area.
Bird watching, whale watching, kayaking, wine tasting, fishing – these are just some of the delights awaiting visitors. Nature lovers and those wanting to really get away from it all find themselves a spiritual home in this special place.
Portfolio has a range of benchmarked West Coast accommodation – contact us for West Coast B&Bs, guest houses and self catering accommodation bookings.
See a play by South Africa’s most famous satirist Pieter Dirk-Uys at his theatre, Evita se Perron. Lucky theatre-goers will get to meet the legendary Evita Bezuidenhout, Dirk-Uys’s altar-ego. Savour country cooking at Bistro Seven, tel 022 492 3626.
Uilkombuis Restaurant prepares traditional food on the fire in front of you, it’s on Elandsberg Eco Tourism Farm where you will find the original Rooibos Tea Farm, and they also sell homemade jams and breads if you don’t have time for lunch.
Stunning rock and mountain formations, and one of the original haunts of the local San people, where their rock art may be viewed. Hike, walk or take a scenic drives and be sure to have your camera at the ready at all times.
Visit the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, the last manned lighthouse, built in 1936.
At the West Coast Gallery, eat fresh seafood from the wood-fired grill, browse art and sculpture exhibitions and play boules under the shade of trees.
Spend a fascinating and informative day at the West Coast Fossil Park off the R45, Look for 5 million year old fossils at the sieving station. Café and play area for kids available.
Stop at the Farm Stall for the best ever freshly baked scones.
Portfolio offers delightful, luxury, quality West Coast accommodation throughout this popular tourism region of Cape Town, South Africa. West Coast accommodation options include B&Bs, guest houses, boutique hotels, farm stays, country homes and self catering accommodation.