Papendorp, Cape West Coast

Near to the banks of the exquisite Olifants River, in the heart of the Cape West Coast of South Africa, is the small fishing village of Papendorp. This settlement is situated along the Atlantic Coast, the chilly water of which is brimming with fresh seafood and magnificent marine mammals for onlookers to enjoy.

Papendorp is situated at the Olifants River mouth, a short distance away from Ebenhaezer (which began as a Rhenish Mission Station, established in 1831). When the tide comes in and the waters rise, visitors can take a flat-bottomed boat up the river to Lutzville and its thriving vineyards. The natural splendour of the region is only enhanced by the history and culture imbued to it by generations of farmers and fishermen.

The Papendorp salt pans are used as commercial assets, and visitors are encouraged to visit them. Locals continue to thrive off the produce of the ocean, and fishermen are frequently seen making or mending their nets by hand. Fresh and salted fish is available for purchase, and tourists will surely enjoy the delicious flavours of South African seafood.

The wetlands of this village are an important natural commodity, as they attract an inordinate array of bird species, including migratory birds. This has earned it the status of being an official Important Bird Area (or IBA), which lends it even more in the way of its faunal and floral value.

Papendorp is characterised by its remote, tranquil beauty, and makes for an idyllic escape from the city life at just about any time of year.

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