The west coast boasts unspoilt white sandy beaches, the friendliest of fishing communities, Langebaan Lagoon that has water as turquoise and pristine as some parts of Mozambique, mountain ranges, geographical diversity, and in spring bursts into bloom with a riot of neon wild flowers. The Cape West Coast or Route 27 stretches from Cape Town as far as the border with the Northern Cape at Touws River. Along this stretch of coastline is a series of quaint historic towns and fishing villages the most visited being Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan and of course the West Coast National Park which in flower season is another must do, and the Fossil Park next door to the National park, has uncovered over 200 different kinds of animals, many of them new to science!
Route 27 on the Cape West Coast is also a seafood mecca where you can sample fresh snoek, mussels and crayfish and traditional ‘bokkoms’ (salted mullet left to dry) is the local delicacy.
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing towns in the Western Cape, a tiny little beach and foodie hot spot. For an authentic West Coast foodie experience, visit Wolfgat and Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s World Renowned Restaurant of the year (yes you read correctly Wolfgat won the coveted ‘restaurant of the year in 2019 in the Paris awards ’ Described as honest, authentic, sophisticated, yet unpretentious and totally unique. 7 courses each utterly delicious and some of it foraged from the ocean right there. The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is nearby and here you can hike, bird-watch, dive, fish, kayak and of course visit the 15-meter Cape Columbine lighthouse.
There is a great diversity of accommodation options in this region.