The Cape West Coast (Weskus) is a place so awe-inspiring, so jaw-droppingly beautiful, and so magical, you would need weeks to take it all in. Stretching from Malmesbury, just outside of Cape Town, to the border of the Northern Cape at Touws River, the Cape West Coast is best known for its beautiful beaches and the quaint, seaside towns that populate the region.
Town such as Langebaan, Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster and Saldanha have all become a home-away-from-home for many Western Cape locals and are havens for those looking to escape the city.
Running for more than 100 years, the Darling Wildflower Show is a celebration of the local biome of flora that form an integral part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Flower Show offers something for the whole family with a craft and gourmet food market, a tractor and car display, a free tractor ride to the wetland at Oude Post, live entertainment and much more.
The Cape West Coast spans a total distance of 400km. The area offers diverse scenery from calm turquoise ocean, magnificent sand dunes to incredible sand stone rock formations. The best way to get around is by car.
Langebaan, a small coastal town just north of the West Coast National Park, is a central starting point to explore the region and is only about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town.
The West Coast coastline is nothing short of picturesque. You won't know if you're really in South Africa or actually on a Greek island. Definitely enjoy the white beaches and turquoise waters, but be sure to also venture inland.
Head to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The area is famed for its towering sandstone rock formations, panoramic vistas and fynbos. Stay for a couple of nights (either in cottages or the campsite) and be mesmerised by the starry sky.
The Cederberg Wilderness Area is also a famous rock climbing and hiking destination.
Cape West Coast (Weskus) Towns
Garden Route and Klein Karoo
One of the most beautiful, diverse and awe-inspiring regions in the country, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo is also one of the most-loved road trips to embark on.
Cape West Coast
Turquoise waters surrounded by wheat fields and wild flowers – idyllic isn't it? Escape to nature accompanied by some good old fashioned West Coast hospitality.
The seaside village of Yzerfontein lies 85km north of Cape Town on the R27. Snuggled between Cape Town and Langebaan, Yzerfontein is the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the Cape West Coast.
The “bread basket” of the Cape West Coast, Moorreesburg is loved as much for its wheat as it is for its wonderful friendly people.
90 minutes drive north from Cape Town on the Cape West Coast lies the perfect weekend getaway amongst fynbos, pristine beaches and turquoise waters.
Aptly referred to as the 'Jewel of the Cape West Coast', the picturesque town of Langebaan hugs the shores of the Langebaan Lagoon.
Hopefield is the oldest town on the Cape West Coast and was founded on the banks of the Zoute River in 1853.
There’s always something exciting happening in the vibrant small town of Darling. Although known traditionally for the amazing beauty of the spring wildflowers during the Cape West Coast wildflower season, this town has so much more to offer you.
Situated halfway between Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay, Jacobsbaai is an isolated, traditional Cape West Coast village with rocky and sandy bays, cosy beaches and lime-washed houses.
The welcoming town of Lutzville is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the Cape West Coast and inland by the Olifants River.
Klawer is a tranquil, beautiful little Cape West Coast town, which lies on the banks of the Olifants River and is nestled in amongst the Matzikamma Mountains.
Cape West Coast (Weskus) itineraries
ROADTRIP: 6 days in the West Coast
The Cape West Coast (Weskus) is a place so diverse in beauty, it carries a sense of magic. Best known for its beautiful beaches and quaint seaside towns, it’s also boasts notable flora and fauna, along with incredible hikes and trails through rocky terrains.
Weskus Itinerary: Tourism Month
COASTAL JOURNEY: Discover the Cradle of Human Culture
Take a 7-day journey down the coast, exploring the origins and development of human culture over the past 160 000 years. Uncover what it means to be human, in the Western Cape.