West Coast Tours Cape Town knows Namibia inside out. Of the two coastlines of South Africa, the east coast attracts a far larger number of foreign tourists than any other. The relative warmth of the Indian Ocean draws them; the surf breaks of Durban and the beautiful landscape of the more southerly Garden Path. The west coast of the world, though, has plenty to bring to the more intrepid tourist. Cape West Coast, an untamed area that extends from Cape Town in the south to the frontier of the arid Northern Cape Province, is the jewel of South Africa’s Atlantic coastline. Here, with sleepy fishing villages, bespoke wineries, and nature reserves packed with riotous wildflowers, miles, and miles of pristine beaches are competing for space.
What is still an almost undiscovered treasure chest of unspoiled beaches, impressive mountain ranges, rich geographical variety, and in spring the most impressive carpet of wildflowers, has become a big holiday path along with the R27 from Cape Port. We at West Coast Tours Cape Town, have traveled throughout for many years.
Enjoy An Historic Experience with West Coast Tours Cape Town
The Cape West Coast ranges from Cape Town to the frontier with the Touws River’s Northern Cape, including the indescribably stunning Cederberg Mountains, famed for centuries-old rock art, within its boundaries. A string of quaint historic towns and fishing villages are all along this stretch of coastline with names such as Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster, Saldanha, and Langebaan, which today roll off the tongue with ease, but were left to languor in utter obscurity until fairly recently.
The field from Ganzekraal to Strandfontein is home to Salt of the Earth residents, where snoek, mussels, and crayfish are a way of life and the local delicacy is ‘bokkoms’ (salted mullet strung up in bunches and left to dry). A seafood mecca is on the R27 on the Cape West Coast and a variety of open-air beach restaurants deliver unparalleled seafood fresh from the sea, grilled on open fires as you watch the sun steadily fall over the sea.
Most of the beauty of the Cape West Coast revolves around its fishing villages, which unexpectedly dot the shoreline and house scenic guesthouses from which to explore the surrounding area. Many of them have been protected by development constraints for their historical accuracy, ensuring that their whitewashed cottages remain the same as they have for decades. Paternoster, a renowned retreat known for its brightly painted fishing boats and excellent seafood, is the most prominent of these villages. The Noisy Oyster and Gaaitjie are the most widely regarded of its many restaurants. In summer, with a visit to neighboring Jacobsbaai, a smaller village scattered over seven individual bays, avoid the crowds and visit Paternoster-which together offer excellent opportunities for surfing, fishing, and beach relaxation.
The National Park at West Coast
The azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, the focal point of the West Coast National Park, are located only inland from the secluded harbor of Saldanha Bay. The West Coast is common among outdoor enthusiasts, especially bird watchers, and there are amazing numbers of seabirds in the West Coast National Park, including thousands of migrant seabirds that flock to the region every year.
The Langebaan lagoon, which is a recorded wetland and one of the wealthiest waters in South Africa, is at the center of the park. The lagoon and adjacent salt marshes are hosts to around 60 000 birds, most popular waders, and while migratory tourists are ‘in residence,’ more than 200 species can be accounted for. Within the park, a range of well-constructed bird hides make for excellent viewing, and the Geelbek hide provides excellent low tide viewing in particular.
Flamingos, pelicans, sandpipers, gulls, cormorants, and plovers, to name a few, are birds to watch out for. Several species, including mountain zebra, bontebok, gemsbok, kudu, and eland, is also home to the coastal dunes and fynbos within the park. The landscape is dominated by a mass of multi-colored wildflowers in the spring, and the Postberg portion of the park is available to the public for flower viewing between August and September. Visitors in the reserve can experience a series of scenic drives and can pause at one of the several viewpoints for a picnic.
Keep An Eye Out For The Whales
Many various cetacean organisms are drawn to the coasts of the Cape West Coast by the nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Two animals, in particular, migrate through their migration to and from the Antarctic each year between June and December. Both are the humpback and southern right whales, and in season, both can be readily seen from the beach. From the vantage points in Yzerfontein or St. Helena Bay. It is rumored that even out-of-season visitors will spot these massive leviathans in St. Helena, where a few people have opted to linger during the year. The whales of Bryde may often be seen around the Cape Whale Line, while the typical dolphin, the dusky dolphin, and the dolphin of Heaviside are part of the dolphin pods. The latter is located exclusively in Namibia and Western Cape, South Africa.
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