Discover the beautiful Cape West Coast in 6 days:
Day 1: Malmesbury – Riebeek Valley
Swartland Winery is situated north of Cape Town, near the town
of Malmesbury in the Swartland. Apart from being a popular wine destination, the Swartland is also one of the major wheat producing areas in South Africa. The vineyards benefit from the constant cool breezes that blow off the Atlantic Ocean, effectively sustaining the many microclimates, while the proximity to mountain ranges adds its own dimension to the physical character of the fruit.
Cafe Felix is situated in the picturesque Riebeek Valley. Famous for its tranquility, good food and friendly staff. This is French Provencal at its best. Escape the city and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner under the old oak trees in the garden or courtyard.
Guests are welcome (pre-booking essential) to come and enjoy
the morning with Bartholomeus Klip visiting the Quagga Breeding Programme and tracking the rare geometric tortoise in the wonderful 10,000 acre private nature reserve, escorted by qualified guides in
an open game-viewing vehicle. Guests can see plant and antelope species unique to the Cape, such as bontebok and Cape mountain zebra, as well as many others such as eland, springbuck and black wildebeest, and numerous indigenous plants, birds and animals.
Vineyard Views Country House is a purpose-built luxury country house, offering four well-appointed guest rooms in the picturesque Swartland town of Riebeek Kasteel. Set within a Colombard vineyard and bordering working wine farmlands, there could not be a more apt name for this splendid guest house offering.
Day 2: Darling – Yzerfontein
The Basson family takes great pride in welcoming you to Darling Olives, a family-run business located on Alexanderfontein Estate just 3km outside of Darling. Darling Olives not only produces great-tasting olives, but also offers a great tasting experience so you can discover Darling Olives' range of delicious products right on the farm.
You can’t visit Darling without stopping by at Evita se Perron where satirist, Pieter Dirk Uys, turned the old Darling station into a theatrical experience. Evita se Perron has everything to keep you entertained for days! There is a deli, walk-in café, bookshop, museum & theatre. Evita se Perron is home to Swartland Kitchen and Kossie Sikelela, Evita se Perron’s fine dining restaurant.
Enjoy a gin in the garden at Wright's Distillery with all the atmosphere and charm of the West Coast. Wright's is a family-run distillery with family being at the core of everything. The distillery & tasting room is the personality of the Wright's brand. The team is generous, resource- ful, open and love to share their knowledge and passion for distilling with all of those who visit. Attention to detail, high quality ingredients, homemade surprises and good old-fashioned service is what you can expect when visiting Wright’s Distillery & Tasting Room.
The Olive Tree Villa offers breath-taking beach front accommodation in this unique location on the shores of Yzerfontein’s unspoilt beaches with spectacular views of Table Mountain and Dassen Island. Experi- ence a pristine coastline – with views from every suite.
Day 3: Langebaan - St Helena Bay
Thali Thali is a 1,460 hectare Cape West Coast game and fynbos reserve situated just over 1 hour's drive from Cape Town, bordering the West Coast National Park and Langebaan. Take time out and relax at Thali Thali offering a laid-back West Coast style break-away – com- plete with game drives, archery lessons and sundowners on the deck of their restaurant and bar.
La Petite Maison Restaurant is the culinary dream of husband-and- wife duo Yohann and LaRetha. Langebaan's first fine dining restaurant showcasing French cuisine at its finest with the best local seafood and locally sourced ingredients.
Explore the calm water of St. Helena Bay and the bays surrounding Shelley Point on a guided Sea Kayak tour. See wonderful wildlife such as dolphins, seals, penguins, whales, sunfish and occasionally otters in their natural environment. Shelley Point Kayaks only use high end, stable kayaks with a guide, and only go out in safe conditions. Spend time on the serene waters and get closer to nature. The perfect activi- ty for individuals, couples, groups or families.
Nestled in the charming West Coast Peninsula, Shelley Point Hotel & Spa is a haven of tranquillity, set in acres of lushly landscaped Links Golf Course and miles of sandy white beaches! This area enjoys the best features of the Cape’s Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. With endless amenities such as a spa, hair salon, childcare and cinema you are spoilt for choice.
Day 4: Lambert’s Bay – Doringbaai
Discover the "West Coast Diamond" with a walk through history of Lambert’s Bay and our scenic coastline. The beautiful gardens of the Dutch Reformed Church with its pulpit shaped like a fishers boat. The harbour with folk tales of fishing, counting of snoek and the building of the harbour and breakwater walls. Take a trip down memory lane in the Sandveld Museum and a look at the oldest buildings in town. The Cape Gannet Island is our last stop which is the only Gannet breeding Island out of 6 in the world that is accessible to tourists and bird lovers. Enjoy some drinks while being entertained by the blue eye birds.
The Jetty restaurant is part of Fryer’s Cove Community Development Project and it is here where Fryer’s Cove wines truly shine. In their natural habitat paired with home-cooked west coast favourites such as Snoekkoekies (fish cakes), Kerrievis (pickled fish) and Roosterkoek, freshly caught line fish and more. On summer days you can sit back and enjoy a fish braai on the jetty, prawn pans and the sounds of great friends coming together.
Doringbaai to Strandfontein is a 7.4 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Doringbaai, Western Cape, South Af- rica that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
Stayover at Misty View Luxury Self-catering
Misty View is a newly renovated holiday home located in Doringbaai, only 1.5km away from the beach and only 8km away from Strandfon- tein; the jewel of the West Coast; a beach with blue flag status. The Property & Building was the first Fish Packaging Factory in Doring- baai and the back building was used to build Fishing Ships. The house is comfortable and boasts partial sea views. From here you are close to all the restaurants and attractions that Doringbaai & Strandfontein has to offer its visitors.
Day 5: Clanwilliam – Citrusdal
Skimmelberg Tea's two main products, namely Buchu and Rooibos, are grown and processed at Skimmelberg farm. Visitors to the farm will get to see these two plants as they occur naturally in the wild,
as well as how Buchu and Rooibos are being farmed organically
and sustainably. Once the tour has ended, you can join the Skimmel- berg team at the office for a tea tasting. Enjoy exploring the smells, tastes, and sensations, before delving into the pioneering world of Buchu-based products. If anything grabs your fancy, browse the Skim- melberg shop, stocked with the farm's full range of products.
Situated in the heart of citrus-world, freshly squeezed orange juice in winter is a must when you visit De Tol Farm Deli, or treat yourself to the best cup of coffee along the N7. De Tol’s signature roosterkoek (roasted bread) is freshly made daily and can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings or served with the deli’s popular cheese platter. Perfect for a relaxing afternoon under majestic oak trees.
A gentle meander along the winding curves of Piekenierskloof Pass will bring you to the welcoming sight of Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort. Kick back and enjoy the resort facilities or tap into your inner adventurer. There’s hiking, mountain biking, archery, zip lining and volleyball.
Escape to Citrusdal Country Lodge for the perfect hideaway accom- modation in Citrusdal, Western Cape. This family run hotel feels more like a home away from home, a place where you can kick off your shoes, relax and unwind as you discover the delights of the region.
Day 6: Piketberg – Porterville
A short drive along the N7 highway, less than two hours from Cape Town, lies the beautiful town of Piketberg, which is nestled at the foot of the Piketberg Mountain range and surrounded by a tapestry of wheat fields, vineyards, fruit farms and indigenous fynbos.
Visitors frequent Piketberg to enjoy – amongst many other things – the stunning natural surrounds, the abundant outdoor activities, good food, good wine, attractive architecture (with the old town featuring gorgeously restored cottages as well as the imposing neo-gothic style Dutch Reformed Church), warm country hospitality and rich heritage. For the cultural traveler, you can look forward to indulging in the outstanding arts of internationally acclaimed local artists.
Die Lighuis is a gallery and coffee shop owned by local artist Karien Jordaan, located on the main road of Porterville.
Looking for some inspiration or just wanting to learn a few new tricks? The cooking classes at Ebonymoon are hosted by a range of great and competent cooks. Each class can be individually tailored to suit your needs and requirements. Classes are approximately 3hrs and then you get to sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes that the hosts have prepared.
At Ebonymoon, guests can look forward to a friendly and warm wel- come in a relaxed, homely atmosphere. Ebonymoon offers the experi- ence of staying in a private country residence located in village of Por- terville, overlooking a picturesque and tranquil garden where guests can unwind and relax. It is ideal for guests looking for a comfortable stopover, close to an array of attractions within the Swartland.