The Namaqua West Coast is probably one of the Cape’s most unique travel destinations. It is a place of iconic beauty and evocative names. The home of the rieldans and the blikkitaar, of skuit-bakkies on the beach and bokkoms drying under the eaves.
The Namaqualand has an extraordinary botanical heritage that ranges from the drama of the blooming vygieveld in spring, to the eccentric miniature succulents and obscure soil lichen of the Knersvlakte. What these plants have in common is that they represent one of the world’s most unique and threatened collections of plant species.
For those who prefer a more action packed holiday, the Namaqua West Coast has much to offer: from hiking in the Matzikamma, Koebee and Gifberg Mountains, to canoeing and river rafting on the Olifants River. Alternatively, take an off-road bike or 4x4 along the coast from Strandfontein to Jurge-se-Kaya or Brand-se-Baai, or visit the people of the hardeveld and towns like Molsvlei, Stofkraal and Putsekloof.
The West Coast Wine Route promises a more leisurely experience and usually begins with a visit to Trawal in the south and ends at Doringbaai. Truth be told: there is no better way of concluding a visit to this amazing region than to enjoy a plate of fresh crayfish and a glass of regional wine in the shadow of Doringbaai’s lighthouse.