A mere 25 minutes north of the Mother City, the West Coast is a region in the Western Cape that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west with the Swartland region on the east. You will find a whole new world waiting to be explored, with a near-undiscovered treasure trove of unspoilt beaches and abundant animal and marine life, incredible mountain ranges, quaint fishing villages with rich cultural history as well as a carpet of astounding wild flowers in spring. This area has evolved into a major route and has become an prime holiday destination.
The main regions are Saldanha, Paternoster, Vredenburg, Velddrif, St. Helena Bay, Langebaan, Hopefield, Darling and Yzerfontein. The region’s main nature reserve is the West Coast National Park.
This stretch of coastline includes towns such as Knysna, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay and Nature’s Valley, with George being the Garden Route’s largest city. There are some excellent beaches along the coastline, while inland you will find beautiful lagoons and lakes and rolling hills until you see the picturesque mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsisikamma ranges that divide the Garden Route from the Little Karoo.
Our top accommodation spots in the West Coast
Overlooking the tranquil Langebaan lagoon, The Farmhouse Hotel is an experience to be savoured. Celebrated for our pleasant staff, in-house museum and West Coast warmth, The Farmhouse Hotel offers guests an authentic coastal farmstead experience.
Nestled on the edge of the character-filled village of Paternoster, time takes on a more civilized pace at the Strandloper. Watch as whales and dolphins frolic in the endless cobalt-blue or simply kick back in paired down earth- friendly luxury. Just 90 minutes from Cape Town City, this haven is masterfully tucked between the ocean and the surrounding nature reserve: another world entirely.