Exploring the Cape's Wild West Coast

Keen for something different? Looking to go down the road less travelled?

Why not explore the wild, untamed West Coast of the Cape? Marvel at the flowers in the Cederberg and lose yourself in the desolate beauty of this region.

west coast birds

Route suggestion from Cape Town: drive 200km up the arid West coast, fringed by the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the towns of Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay. Don’t anticipate any fancy accommodation, but do expect a raw and surreal seascape – a wild ocean of crashing waves and jagged rocks. Think long walks on the beach, the sound of waves meeting the shore, seagulls and seals, fish and chips.

west coast surfing

After communing with the sea (and perhaps doing a bit of surfing), drive 60km inland to the town of Clanwilliam and the Cederberg region.

During the months of August and September these craggy mountains become a canvas of vibrant colour as thousands of wildflowers take bloom.

flowers of the west coast

colourful flowers of the cederberg

Try the Biedouw Valley for the most impressive views of flowers. Clanwilliam Flower Festival runs from August 26th to September 3rd, complete with a flower show set against the historic Clanwilliam church – a magnificent show of gothic architecture.

many flowers of the cederberg

What to expect: Rock art, hiking, birding, warm hospitality and flowers.

Where to stay: Bushmans Kloof for some Relais & Châteaux luxury.
 
 

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