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What to see in West Coast

West Coast Attractions


The West Coast of South Africa is full of some of South Africa's best sights and activities, and is a great destination for those with a limited amount of time in South Africa, but who still wish to experience a good selection of what the country has to offer. Fly into Cape Town, rent a car, and head out on the R27 for the adventure of a lifetime. Many of the little towns along the arid coastline are quite eccentric, with distinct characters and off-beat charm. Favourite stops include Langebaan and the West Coast National Park, Yzerfontein, the Cederberg, the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Saldanha, Paternoster, and Darling. These destinations are all good for a few days of relaxation, but none of them are likely to keep visitors occupied for long - the best way to experience the region is to drive between towns, enjoying anything between a few hours to a few days in each according to preference. The route is wonderful for surfers and other wind and water sport enthusiasts, but those wanting to partake in these fun activities should note that the sea is very cold along the West Coast and wetsuits are a necessity. It is also very important to take lots of sunscreen as there is little shade along this coastline and the sun can be fierce.


Darling

Darling is one of South Africa's fastest-growing tourist destinations, and from the second you pull into this dusty,…

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Langebaan

Just 75 miles (120km) from Cape Town, for years Langebaan languished in relative obscurity, remaining an excellent retirement…

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Paternoster

Paternoster - taking its name from the prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors that fell foul of its rugged coastline…

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Saldanha

Saldanha is a small, attractive town situated on the northern shore of Saldanha Bay, a deep natural harbour that sustains…

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The Cederberg

When the film version of JM Coetzee's celebrated novel Disgrace was made, the film-makers controversially opted…

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West Coast National Park

A natural wonderland located just 70 miles (110km) north of Cape Town, the West Coast National Park succeeds in showcasing…

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Yzerfontein

Yzerfontein, just a 70-minute drive from Cape Town on the R27, is a gloriously tranquil seaside village, and the perfect…

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