Bordered by the Atlantic ocean to the west and the sweeping wheat fields of the Swartland to the east, South Africa’s West Coast stretches across 400km of land. Littered with charming fishing villages, the area is rich in marine life and teeming with wildflowers blooming in a kaleidoscope of colours against a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges.
The breaking and retreating waves along the coast entice visitors to explore what lies beneath. Scuba-dive, snorkel, kayak or canoe, while keeping an eye out for seals, whales, dolphins and penguin colonies. The West Coast National Park is a bird-watcher’s paradise with 40,000ha of diverse habitats and over 300 different bird species. To match the fauna, there is an abundance of flora, especially when the Namaqualand daisies are in bloom, covering the area in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Inland, the Cederberg Mountains are begging to be hiked and biked. Marvel at its rugged splendour, with parts embellished by San rock art and inhabited by klipspringers, grey rhebok, dassies and honey badgers that are tailed by the elusive Cape leopard. Whether gazing at the vast plains, watching the reluctant sun before it disappears from the horizon or breathing in the salty air of the sea, life here is connected to nature and all it has to offer.
- West Coast National Park is a bird-watcher’s paradise with 40,000ha of diverse habitats and over 300 different bird species including flamingo, black harrier, African oystercatcher and the endangered Cape gannet
- Ancient San rock art, along with hidden rock pools and waterfalls, can be found in the Cederberg Mountains
- Exhilarating outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, rock-climbing, camping and, for the water babies: snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, jet-skiing and swimming
- A floral carpet of colour covers the area in bright orange, white, yellow and purple as thousands of wildflowers, and the infamous Namaqualand daisies, bloom in springtime