West Coast Tour
Driving all the way up the West Coast Route towards the
North, the landscape changes dramatically into a wilderness of endless
sands with a multitude of birds and a few small, lonely islands,
battered by the relentless sea.
Highlights of the West Coast:
- Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, one of the largest coastal
wetlands in South Africa with over 200 species of birds.
- SANCCOB, the world famous rescue centre for coastal
- Bloubergstrand - This area offers the most spectacular
views of the world's most photographed icon, Table Mountain.
- Beyond the breakers of Bloubergstrand Robben Island -
Nelson Mandela's island prison - can be seen 13 kms offshore.
- Yzerfontein, a small holiday and fishing village.
- The town of Darling is best known for its Wild Flower and
Orchid Show in September.
- The Darling Flora Reserve and the Darling Tienie Versveld
Flora Reserve are both worth visiting.
- Hopefield is a quiet little town is in the centre of the
- One of the finest natural harbours in the world, Saldanha
- Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one
finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West
Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands,
pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist
and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant
waders from the northern hemisphere. During the spring the strandveld is
embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the
Postberg section many antelope are to be seen in a setting that is as
unique as it is idyllic.
- 120,000 years ago a young woman walked down the wet dunes
next to the Langebaan lagoon, perhaps in search of food. Nick-named
'Eve', her perfectly preserved footprints were found in 1995. This
caused great excitement around the world, as it lends credence to the
‘Out of Africa’ evolutionary theory that man originated in Africa before
- The small fishing village of Paternoster (Cape Columbine)
has a beautiful, long, deserted beach to offer.
- Around the corner is St Helena Bay which was discovered
by Vasco da Gama in 1497.
- Further north, Velddrif is situated at the mouth of the
Berg River, and the estuary attracts large numbers of flamingos,
spoonbills, avocets and glossy ibis.
- The Rocher Pan Nature Reserve near Dwarskersbos is a must
for bird watchers.
- West Coast Ostrich Ranch - See the many aspects of these
amazing birds, their glorious feathers and enormous eggs.
Sea More-Express Tours & Guest House invite you to book
for this truly magnificent tour and introduce you to a world of
peaceful villages, rugged coast lines, endless stretches of beaches and
warm, friendly folk. And do not forget the delicious seafood the West
Coast has to offer!