Package Tour - West Coast & the Cederberg Mountains
Categories: Archaeology / Birdwatching / Photographic
We will travel up the Atlantic Coast, visiting the West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon. The lagoon is an internationally recognized reserve for migrant waders. We will be taking the coastal route up to Bird Island at Lamberts Bay, visiting the wetlands of the lower Berg River, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Verlorenvlei wetland & Wadrif salt pan en route. We then travel inland to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which was once the hunting ground of the San people (Bushmen). Though the San no longer live in the area, they recorded their exploits in the form of remarkable rock paintings. We can visit these paintings whilst on a walk through the dramatic red sandstone rock formations that characterise the Cederberg Mountains.
At a Glance
Day 1: Cape Town to Langebaan
We will drive out of Cape Town to Langebaan Lagoon and the West Coast National Park. The Park has a number of habitats, which includes the largest salt marsh in South Africa. The terrestrial section of the park is dominated by well-developed strandveld and restionaceous fynbos. Waders, along with any of the other 253 recorded bird species can be seen from one of the three bird hides.
Day 2: Langebaan to Clanwilliam
The drive up to Clanwilliam will take us first to the lower Berg River at Velddrif, where there are saltpans, sedge marshes and reedbeds. There is always plenty to see in this area. The drive to Lambert's Bay, via the Rocherpan Bird Reserve, will take us past beautiful bays and little fishing villages. Lamberts Bay has African Penguins, Terns, Cormorants, Gulls and a large Cape Gannet colony, one of only six breeding colonies for the endemic Cape Gannet. We then travel inland to the town of Clanwilliam.
Day 3: Clanwilliam
The Cedarberg Mountains were once the hunting ground of the San people (Bushmen). Though the San no longer live in the area, they recorded their exploits in the form of remarkable rock paintings. We can visit these paintings whilst on a walk through the dramatic red sandstone rock formations that characterise the Cedarberg Mountains. After a picnic lunch we will drive further into the Cedarberg Mountains to the Small village of Wupperthal.
Day 4: Clanwilliam to Cape Town
We will start the day at the Ramskop Wild Flower Garden in Clanwilliam. These gardens contain a variety of more than 350 species of cultivated wild flowers. The walks on the laid-out paths through the garden also offer a beautiful view over the Clanwilliam Dam and of the Cederberg Mountains. After lunch we will be heading back to Cape Town via the wheat fields of the Swartland. The Swartland is affectionately known as ‘the bread basket of South Africa’, as this is where most of our wheat is grown. We will be looking out for the majestic Blue Crane - South Africa's National bird.