Seafood or Seaside? Enjoy the best of both on a West Coast Adventure
By Sibongile Mafu
There really is nothing like a good road trip. If you find yourself in Cape Town, take a sneaky little trip to the West Coast, it’s the perfect place for a short break. And don’t wait too long, so pack your spare wheel, sunblock and flip flops because the most idyllic getaway is calling your name.
Stop off for a Stay Over in These Magical Seaside Towns
Just 150km from Cape Town, you’ll find a home away from home at Protea Hotel by Marriott Saldanha Bay. With a refreshing pool fit for a Sunday morning dip and a mini putt putt course to let out your inner Ernie Els – it really is the spot to be for your West Coast vacation.
While you’re there, make sure to experience breakfast in the garden at Blue Bay Café. With a beautiful bird bath located in the centre, your breakfast companions will include a few special guests looking for a morning drink.
Water babies will love Langebaan. This gem of a town is all about its watersports and seafood.
Kayak, Surf or Kite Surf at Cape Sports Center
They have everything you’ll need including instructors for assistance and are located on the most glorious piece of beach you’ll ever see. There really is no excuse not to hit the water when you’re in Langebaan.
Margaritas at Kalmer Karma
After a morning of activities, you’ll need a cold beverage to cool you down. You won’t have to look too far as just above CapeSports Center is Kalmer Karma – a great drinks spot overlooking the beach.
Indulge your love of seafood at Die Strandloper
Die Strandloper is an institution in itself. This seaside restaurant is all about hearty sea food cooked and braai’d right in front of you as you enjoy a cold beverage. Ten courses of mussels, angel fish, cray fish and oysters will have you rolling out of Langebaan with the biggest grin. Remember to pace yourself with the delicious baked bread otherwise you won’t make it to course five! And at just R295 a head, it’s a steal.
Hop into Beach Buggie
Paternoster is pretty much untouched perfection. You can book a beach buggie tour for you and a friend and explore the stretches and stretches of beach. It is the perfect way to see the town, its people and sea animals that call it home.
Book with Farr Out Beach Buggie Tours. Deon, the tour guide has been living in Paternoster for many years and knows it inside and out. He’ll stop occasionally to give you some information around very special spots including the Paternoster Private Nature Reserve as well as the perfect spot to view the dolphins and the whales!
Treat Yourself to Lunch at Wolgat
Wolfgat is a new Paternoster eatery that offers a dining experience like no other. A 7-course sea-food tasting menu is my idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon lunch. Chef Kobus van der Merwe will delight your senses with dishes like Jacobsbaai abalone and split-fan kelp as well as mussels smoking over wild sage. Located right on the beach, overlooking the bay of Patenoster, you will feel like you have left this earth and landed up some place magical.
This foodie experience is all about showcasing the seasonal veldkos and seafood of the West Coast.