This day trip along the Cape West Coast is a photographer's dream. Abundant fauna, flora, turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and stunning surrounds entice you to explore this part of South Africa's famous Western Cape, well hidden from the usual "tourist track”.
You’ll have the opportunity to drive up along the West Coast into fisherman’s paradise and experience the laid back lifestyle of the area, getting close to nature and experiencing local seafood cuisine. Discover the West Coast National Park and peace out in this lesser known gem. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy this tour during the flower season (around August-September) you’ll be overwhelmed by the seemingly endless carpet of wildflowers that light up the rolling hills with a thousand shades of colour.
Choose to lunch within the Park or explore the neighbouring fishing town of Langebaan as you please. Round off your day ogling the iconic Table Mountain while sipping on sundowners. On this tour, you choose what your day will look like, spend more time amongst the wildflowers or hiking coastal trails, sample local seafood, add in extra stops, or simply just let your adventurous spirit free and wander. It is a tour of relaxation in the unbelievably beautiful area of the Cape’s West Coast and can be tailored to your interests.
Explore the birdwatchers paradise of the West Coast National Park.
Savour the view of Table Mountain with sundowners at Blouberg beach.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
A laid-back road trip to escape the city life; filled with idyllic spots to savor delicious, fresh seafood and top-notch views as you admire the golden sunsets against the azure waters. Take the road less traveled with your qualified local private guide helping you discover the region's unspoiled landscapes. Remember, this itinerary is flexible and your guide can alter it to suit your plans and ideas for the day ahead.
You’ll set off along the R27 farm road, potentially stopping at a quaint farm stall along the way to reach your first destination, the rugged landscapes of the West Coast National Park. You’ll have roughly three hours to enjoy the park and its picture-perfect scenery. You might also spot wildlife, such as ostriches, dung beetles, eland, bontebok, springbok and tortoises. You can choose to drive along the scenic routes or hike along the 4.6 kilometre Bakoor trail with views of the Langebaan Lagoon or the 7 kilometre Geelbek trail, all the way to the beach. Your guide will be by your side, offering local knowledge of the area and offering advice on how you can best experience the beauty of the Park. If you are there during the flower season (August-September) most of the park is covered by a thick carpet of multi-coloured flowers, a mesmerizing sight and a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.
At lunch time, choose between staying in the park or moving on to the quaint seaside town of Langebaan. The West Coast is known for its abundance of delectable seafood - fresh from the ocean. West Coast Kreef (crayfish) is a must! If you would like to remain in the park, dine at Geelbek restaurant, situated in an old Cape Dutch building (now a national heritage monument), offering an array of West Coast traditional delicacies. If you wish to explore a little more, and enjoy a seaside setting, then lunch at Pearly’s restaurant in the charming fishing town of Langebaan is a must. Situated on Langebaan’s main beach, with views of the lagoon, this darling restaurant offers fresh and local seafood or pizza and pasta.
When you’re ready to make your way back to the big city you can savour one last moment of serene surroundings as you stop for sundowners at Blouberg Beach with a spectacular view of Table Mountain and the magnificent bay. With the memories of the day, you’ll drive along the coast to reach Cape Town by evening.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
This trip will run exclusively for you.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
from ±R1200 per day
A surcharge to travel in a luxury SUV vehicle. Maximum 3 people per car.
Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.
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Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.