West Coast Travel Guide

Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast © Winfried Bruenken

South Africa's sunny West Coast offers a wealth of exciting sights, excursions and activities to visitors and is the ideal place to explore if you're planning on renting a car and going road tripping in South Africa. The area of the West Coast encompasses a wide range of geographical regions, and its relatively compact size means that they can all be explored in a single holiday.

The spectacular Atlantic coastline offers excellent water sport opportunities at Blaauwberg and Langebaan, and tranquil seaside towns like Paternoster, Saldanha Bay and Yzerfontein, famous for their Mediterranean atmosphere and fresh fish and seafood. The Swartland, the wheat- and wine-producing region of the West Coast, is home to the charming town of Darling; while further inland, the Cederberg is a nature-lovers paradise, a world-famous ecotourism destination replete with national parks and camping sites, rock-climbing adventures and hiking trails.

The West Coast is also home to the region known as Namaqualand, where every year in spring (September) the landscape is over-run by gorgeous wildflowers. The 'Namaqualand Daisies', as they are commonly known, were featured in BBC's Planet Earth series and are a deservedly world-famous tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all over the globe to gawk at the incredible fields of colour. Apart from this splendidly colourful annual display, the West Coast is largely arid, with little shade on offer - luckily, the freezing cold ocean promises refreshment!

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