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Ten things to do when you next visit the West Coast.

Posted in St Helena Bay on May 05, 2016

Ten things to do when you next visit the West Coast.

The West coast or “Weskus” has everything from sunny warm days, rugged landscapes, picturesque coastal villages, awesome and unique cuisine, wide open plains and a classic lagoon for any watersport enthusiast to play on.

1 Visit the Fossil park near Langebaan – Contact 022 7661606
Here one can see the intriguing activities around a palaeontology dig right here on the West Coast. One can see the fossils of ancient bears, sabre-toothed cats, short necked giraffes and a few other animals which were common in this area around 5 million years ago. Open weekdays from 08h00 -16h00 Weekends pls contact for opening times. There is a fantastic info centre, interaction area and an impressive viewing area.  –Definitely an interesting visit and insight into an ancient world.
2. Head to Velddrif and walk the Famous “Bokkom Laan
Bokkom Laan (Bokkom –lane) is the home of the traditional Dried & Salted Mullet (Fish) activity, and bunches of fish, strung up to dry can be seen all along the lane. This rare delicacy (Fish Biltong) is unique to this area of the West Coast and every visitor is encouraged to sample a piece. All along this really cool avenue one can find restaurants, Art & Craft outlets and a few National Monuments. Velddrif has modern amenities for all and  will suit a wide range of visitor – so why not make a weekend out of a Visit.
3 Get some bird watching done in Elands bay
Elands bay is situated up on the West Coast and can be accessed via the N7 or via the main arterial road heading up the West Coast. Just a few hours’ drive from Cape Town one will discover the quaint essential little west coast fishing village situated against a picturesque setting. Good Surf, wide beaches, non-existent noise levels and a great estuary to do some good Bird watching. Visit the Velorenvlei – comprising a coastal lake, a reed swamp and an estuary – for good sightings and easy watching from hides and walkways.
4. Take in a river trip on the Berg River in Velddrif Contact – 0842066219
Tollies River & Boat Cruises in Velddrif offers exceptionally good bird watching and Sunset Cruises on the Berg River from Velddrif on the West Coast. This trip caters for all and children are encouraged to come along. Safety equipment is provided and the guides are well versed and very informative of the surroundings. (Morning cruises and Sunset cruises available)
5. Stay at Windtown & Kite surf the Langebaan Lagoon. – Contact 022 7721064
Located in the centre of Langebaan (9 Bree Street).  This homely and very functional small-scale hotel has 28 rooms, a restaurant, a pool, a relaxing area, conference facilities and an info shop on site for all your wind water-borne activities. Neatly positioned approximately 150 meters from the water’s edge/main beach, other pubs and highline restaurants and a Supermarket, one can now see the popularity with this accommodation venue. A kite rental and instruction shop is close at hand for both Kite surfing and/or for Stand up paddle boards. 

6 Visit and relax in the quaint essential coastal town of Yzerfontein
Just a short drive out of Cape Town up the west Coast one will encounter the very relaxing coastal village of Yzerfontein. This charming and appealing modern day coastal village will wash away all the stresses of the busy world – Modern amenities such as holiday apartments/self-catering venues that overlook the small craft harbour and long unspoilt beaches will house you on your get-away weekend. The are plenty of activities to partake in, such as, long beach walks, horse riding opportunities, snorkelling, eating seafood, fishing, whale watching (in season) and just general relaxation near the Ocean. 
7. Drive through the West Coast National Park – Contact 022 7722144/5
Located between Yzerfontein and Langebaan on the R27 (West Coast Road) one will find the National West Coast National Park. Here thousands of birds make their homes on the sheltered rock Islands, while the unspoilt beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. The massive sea water lagoon and salt marshes give life to endemic as well as migrating birds, fish and other sea life for enthusiasts to encounter and interact with. The coastal foliage also provides good habitat for a wide variety of animals (small and large) that are found here. Take a slow drive from the Main gate off the R27 and view the countryside, birdlife and animals as you make your way to the view-points or the top gate at Langebaan’s southern entrance.
8. Mountain bike the !Xkwa ttu routes and then tuck into some food at the restaurant afterwards – Contact – 022 4922998
This Mountain Bike trail offers the riders a range of variety, fun and difficulty. It is a perfect route for amateurs, beginners or for those who want a little more. There are two well market routes and these cater for the sightseer or for the experienced thrill seeker.
Green Route – 10 kays of easy riding through the countryside with possible game sightings and plenty of fun single tracks.
Red Route – 20kays for the fitter rider over hilly, rugged landscapes and on exciting tracks. For the adventurer there is a 5 kay Black loop which is technical and will get the heart rate up a little.
After a great days riding one must head for the Restaurant ( Good freshly prepared meals that include the famous burger, other meat dishes & vegetarian treats all paired with the areas famous wines + spectacular views. This restaurant is the picture-perfect venue to finish off your Mtb ride.

9 Have a pancake at The Pancake shop in Langebaan - 0227722365
This uber-delicious little cosy Pancake/Coffee shop in central Langebaan will have you coming back for more. All confectionary and treats are home-baked/made to order and will satisfy all who visit. Situated next to “Windtown” and behind the Bree street centre on Bree Street you will discover a tiny gem that’s got big delivery on comfort and mouth-watering sweet and savoury meals.

10. Visit the funky ‘Takgali’ Coffee shop in St Helena bay -Contact -0824144945
This soothing and comforting little Gem can be found at the De Palm Lifestyle centre in St Helena bay.  The name means “Peace of Joy” and it is just that, Great tasting coffee, fillings and authentic traditional sweet and savoury recipes are accompanied with the friendly and warm welcoming of Shirley and her team. Be sure to reserve your morning as sitting back here and taking in the surrounding will need more than just an hour – most relaxing and a great place to unwind.