The West Coast is a region of contrast and beauty. Stretching
over 400 km from south to north, the region and it's people offer
the visitor a surprising variety of travel destinations.
The solitary coast's scenic beauty is challenged only by rich
culinary experiences of plump mussels from the bay, crayfish in
season or linefish pulled from the Benguela Currents' cold waters.
It is a bird watchers paradise and migrating whales visit the
coastal waters from July.
Apart from the obvious sea and water activities like fishing,
diving, surfing, yachting, water-skiing, sailboarding and what
there are also numerous historical and eco-attractions, as well
as hiking trails, mountain biking and 4x4 trails.
The West Coast National Park is a must for any visitor, as is
the wild flowers in season.
To the west the region borders on the Atlantic Ocean. On the east
is the Swartland, well known for its undulating wheatfields and
Further north the visitor encounters the fertile Olifants River
Valley and the vast plains of the Knersvlakte with its wealth
of succulent plants. The Olifants River Valley is cultivated intensively
with emphasis on citrus, fruit, vegetables and vineyards.
The West Coast and its hinterland is a cultural experience of
mseums, monuments and missionary stations like Mamre and Wupperthal.
It offers activities such as exploration in a fossil park, hang-gliding,
skydiving, mountain biking, 4X4 trails, food and wine, and herbal
drinks like Rooibos tea.
In Spring, carpets of wild flowers cover the region from the
coast to the mountains. Spring flowers and fynbos are a constantly
changing wonder that attracts hikers and nature lovers throughout
The West Coast region is unique - it presents the visitor with
an unequalled diversity of activities and natural beauty in all