About the Cape West Coast Peninsula
Embark on the experience of a lifetime, and explore the Cape West Coast Peninsula, an area celebrated for its unspoiled wild beauty and hospitable people. Here there are no strangers, just friends still to be met.
Only 100km from Cape Town lies the picturesque town of Langebaan, built on the banks of a turquoise lagoon. This area is one of the natural wonders of South Africa: a saltwater lagoon nourished by the sea and home to hundreds of resident and migratory bird species on annual visits from around the globe. Langebaan is a haven for watersport and adventure sport lovers and is a world renowned kite surfing hot spot too. Nearby, the West Coast National Park protects hundreds of species of delicate fynbos, diverse wildlife and over 300 different bird species. In spring, the Postberg section of the park is a floral wonderland of daisies in a rainbow of colours. A little inland at Langebaanweg, the West Coast Fossil Park is a fascinating journey back in time, to when an ancient Big Five roamed the West Coast.
Saldanha is South Africa’s largest natural harbour, while Jacobsbaai comprises seven little bays and St Helena Bay is actually a collection of 18 beautiful bays. As the oldest fishing village on the West Coast, Paternoster still follows a traditional, authentic West Coast lifestyle closely connected to the sea. It’s also picture perfect and attracts nature lovers and photographers trying to capture a little piece of this paradise. Nearby Cape Columbine boasts a stoic lighthouse watching over the bay, and iconic Tietiesbaai is a must visit for its rugged coastal scenery.
In the heart of the region, Vredenburg offers all the necessary amenities to holiday makers and those wanting to shop or dine out. Hopefield, a little inland, is renowned for its prolific fynbos and spectacular wild flowers, along with never ending fields of wheat in winter. This is big sky country, where you can see distant, uninterrupted horizons in every direction.
The West Coast is a region of wild beauty, and natural splendour. It’s unspoiled and authentic, renowned for its soulful people and unpretentious way of life. Each season is distinct with unique offerings and special attractions. Yet the overriding allure of the West Coast is its majestic windswept landscapes and a coastline that is ever changing, moody and magical. Relax your body, unwind your mind, soothe your soul with the unique balm of the West Coast.