People obviously like to visit gorgeous places however are often disappointed when they discover that those places are rather touristy. South Africa still manages to offer an authentic travel experience but if you specifically appreciate taking a trip along the unbeaten path, then the west coast can be an excellent option for you.
Since the East Coast has warm seas whereas the West Coast has a colder ocean, the West Coastline is less touristy than the East Coastline. The East Coast is well known for its Garden Route and vineyards, whereas the West coastline has traditional farms with vegetables and fruit.
What the West coastline has to offer though can be especially pleasurable in September and October, when it is Springtime in South Africa. During this season the arid semi-desert location of Namaqualand, likewise called “the South African Outback”, goes into bloom and you will find kilometers on end of amazing vibrant blooms. The Namaqualand Flower Route begins in the West Coastline National Park near Langebaan and runs along the N7, through towns like Garies, Kamieskroon, Port Nolloth, and Springbok.
Two of the gems of the west coast are the Cedaberg Mountains and the Cedaberg Wilderness; 710 000 hectares of rugged beauty where it is still possible to discover old rock art and go hiking and abseiling. The West Coastline ends on the North border of the nation and running into Namibia further north and the Kalahari desert to the East. There are stunning coastal towns to go to along the way, such as Lambert’s Bay, Saldanha Bay and Paternoster.
There are numerous ways to appreciate your holidays in South Africa. People who enjoy seafood will enjoy navigating the Route 27 and stopping off at the numerous seashore dining establishments available. Here the crayfish is exquisitely succulent as without a doubt, are all the fish, which is caught fresh every single day. The value for money is excellent and most of the fish is actually cooked on open fires as you sip a sun-downer at one of the outdoors tables. Here you will discover the perfect balance between nature, luxury and culture.
The whole of the Olifant’s River valley is fantastic for its old world charm and worth. You will meet numerous descendants of the original Dutch settlers that have been working this land for over four centuries. Citrusdal can be especially beautiful when the oranges are ripe on the trees and contrast with the dark green foliage and the deep blue-green sky.
Do not confuse the Oliphant’s River Valley with the Oliphant’s River which offers cruises to see hippos and crocodiles. That Oliphant’s River is on the other side of the country near the Kruger National Park.
If you begin your vacation in Cape Town, we suggest that you head straight for the Namaqualand experience, from there you can take a flight to the Kruger National Park if you want a Safari, otherwise you can invest a few days in Cape Town and see the botanical Gardens called Kirstenbosch, the City Center, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Table Mountain. After that you can move off towards Cape Point and then possibly drive along the Garden Route if you want.
On the East Coastline you will be able to appreciate Ocean Safaris. In the winter season you can take a boat ride and get within 50 meters of the whales. In the summertime you can get “up close and personal” with the dolphins. Possibly stop off one night or 2 in Wilderness, which is the ideal lazy spot with a great beach to get some rest before you make your way back home.
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