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. It serves as 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; 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 is a fast growing tourist destination in South Africa. From the second you pull into this dusty station town, you'll understand exactly why. Located in a valley of golden hills in the Swartland…

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Just 75 miles (120km) from Cape Town, Langebaan languished for years in relative obscurity, remaining an excellent retirement destination and a popular place for local fishing enthusiasts to spend…

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Paternoster, taking its name from the prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors that fell afoul of its rugged coastline, is a quaint fishing village located about 90 minutes' drive from Cape Town.…

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Saldanha is a small, attractive town situated on the northern shore of Saldanha Bay, a deep natural harbour that sustains the area's economy and which provides countless water sport and fishing opportunities…

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The Cederberg

When the film version of JM Coetzee's celebrated novel Disgrace was made, the film-makers controversially opted to ditch the book's original Eastern Cape setting in favour of various locations…

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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 showcases the very best of the region's natural bounty. Stretching from the quaint seaside town of…

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Yzerfontein is just over an hour outside of Cape Town. A tranquil seaside village, it is the ideal getaway for those seeking a serene and relaxing beach holiday. With a population of around 1,200 permanent…

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