Attractions IN/AROUND Laaiplek

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Berg River Estuary

Rated as one of three top estuaries in South Africa, in terms of conservation, the Berg River Estuary starts 69 km upstream of its mouth in Velddrif on the West Coast. It is one of only four perennial estuaries on this dry coast and its lower reaches ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Although often referred to as lying in Paternoster, the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, more often referred to by locals as Tietiesbaai, lies just south west of the popular weekend town, its manual lighthouse - the last of its kind - a draw card to many ...

Beaches / Natural Wonders / Nature Reserves

Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

Stretching all the way from Diep River in Milnerton, to the Berg River close to Velddrif on the West Coast, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was designated as such by UNESCO in 2000. The beautiful area of the Cape Floristic Region is deemed ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Activities

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails – slackpacker trails on the West Coast! The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of only 6 in South Africa and just over 600 world-wide. It extends from Diep River in ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Flamingo Birding Route

The West Coast stretches from Cape Town's northerly Atlantic suburbs to the coastal wetlands of the Olifants River. Whilst spring flowers have received the focus of tourism to this part of the coastline, it is birding that is now slowly coming to the ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Postberg Flower Reserve

The Postberg Flower Reserve is not always available for you to visit. Even though it forms part of the West Coast National Park, this part of it is disturbed as little as possible so that, when spring comes, great swathes of flowers can erupt in ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

West Coast National Park

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the ...

Activities / Miscellaneous / Whale Route

Whale Watching in Cape West Coast

The West Coast is not only esteemed for its seafood. You are also more likely to spot whales north of Cape Town, than in and around the city. The West Coast gets its fair share of the southern right whale, particularly at Melkbosstrand, Bok Point, ...

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Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Berg River Region

North of the Berg River lie the little towns of Piketberg, Porterville, Wittewater, Goedverwacht, Veddrif, Aurora, Eendekuil and Redelinghuys. Known collectively as the Berg River region, the towns fall into an area that moves from the icy waters of the ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Bird Island Nature Reserve

The world’s most accessible Cape gannet colony can be found on an island, linked to Lambert’s Bay by a breakwater wall. Bird Island also gives shelter to thousands of cormorants and penguins, whilst Cape fur seals can still be found on the rocks on the ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Penguin Route / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bird Island Penguin Colony

Bird Island is the third largest African penguin colony and, in terms of numbers, important for the survival of the penguin - there were 2 600 pairs when counted in 2011. It forms the other half of the paired fishing exclusion experiment (with St Croix) ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Darling Wind Farm

On the hills just outside Darling, roughly 70 kilometres from Cape Town, stand four wind-generated mills. It's known as an Eskom demonstrator site, which means it's something of a learning platform for the development of the wind energy industry in South ...

Wine Estates

Darling Wine Estates

The Darling Wine Route continues to delight more and more tourists every year. The wines produced here are of a fabulous quality, thanks to the beautiful weather and soils. Local labels include Tukulu, Darling Cellars and Groote Post. Many of the wine ...

Wine Routes

Darling Wine Route

Although traditionally part of the Swartland, Darling is now a demarcated wine district and home to her own wine route, including five wine cellars all of which benefit from the cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and the long, hot summers to produce ...

Penguin Route / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Popular Tourist Routes

Dassen Island Penguin Colony

Shaped like a flattened whale, its fins viewable on either side, when seen from the air, Dassen Island lies off the Cape West Coast region near Yzerfontein. Just a century ago Dassen Island was home to over a million African penguins and the largest ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Donkergat Whaling Station

Saldanha is one of the charming towns perched along the Cape West Coast of South Africa, known for its gorgeous coastline and unique vegetation. But, it was once also an epicentre for whaling or whale hunting; long ...

Game Farms / Game Parks / Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Elandsfontein Private Reserve

One is not even aware that there is a private game reserve on the far side of the West Coast National Park (to the right, roughly speaking, of the R27, 30 kilometres past the Yzerfontein turnoff, as opposed to the park on the right) from Cape Town. But ...

Mountain Passes

Gifberg Pass

The Gifberg Pass connects Vanrhynsdorp to the top of the Matsikamma Mountain, roughly 20 km south of Vanrhynsdorp. The pass breasts a flat-topped mountain called Maskam that forms part of the Matzikamma mountain range (Maskam lies at its ...

Laaiplek as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Britannia Bay, Darling, Doringbaai, Dwarskersbos, Elands Bay, Grotto Bay, Hopefield, Jacobsbaai, Kraalbaai, Lamberts Bay, Langebaan, Lutzville, Mamre, Nuwerus, Paternoster, Philadelphia, Port Owen, Redelinghuys, Saldanha, Shelley Point, St Helena Bay, Stompneusbaai, Strandfontein, Vanrhynsdorp, Velddrif, Vredenburg, Vredendal, Yzerfontein

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