West Coast Way - Take the Road less Travelled

The end of a long year has arrived and holidays are on everyone’s minds.

With more and more families opting for “staycations” the good news is that the Cape West Coast, which is right on Cape Town’s doorstep, has so much to do you won’t know where to start. Added to this, there are several brand new and exciting activities and developments which are available these holidays.

For the perfect family friendly daycation, visit the award winning Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort, which recently reopened all 7 zip-lining platforms.

The Cape West Coast is perfect for last minute holiday bookings, with many options available at Club Mykonos, The Lodge at Atlantic Beach and Russells on the Port. For lovers of farm stalls be sure to pull over at the farm stalls of Vygevallei on the R27, the Moose Farmstall on the and Kardoesie Countrystop on the N7.

!Khwa ttu, the San Culture and Education Centre, has launched their special kids holiday programme which offers daily fun activities for kids up to the age of 12 – with things such as mountain biking, animal tracking, building a bow and arrow and more on offer. 

Wine lovers will enjoy a visit Ormonde Private Wine Cellar in Darling for some wine tasting and a supplied artisanal food platter to be enjoyed on this picturesque wine farm. If picnics aren’t your thing then head to the Flying Pig restaurant in Darling’s Station Road – this renowned charcuterie delicatessen has just launched their exciting new summer menu and pop-up restaurant concept – one of which will be located at Darling Brew. For those with a sweet tooth, Darling Sweet is a must for your road trip route. Situated in new premises in Darling’s Long Street, Darling Sweet produces hand-made gourmet toffees.

While in the town of Darling be sure to pop in at the award winning craft brewery, Darling Brew, to sample their beers. Find the new Tasteroom & Brewery on 48 Caledon Street in Darling.

Tori Oso Restaurant in Mamre is offering donation based (no set fee but donations appreciated) guided Heritage Walks on Tuesdays from 11am to 12:30am. Donations for the walk go back into developing more tourism experiences at Mamre Werf. After building up an appetite on the walk stay for lunch or some cake and coffee at Tori Oso.

Thali Thali Game Reserve near Langebaan has launched three new self-guided nature trails which offers the opportunity for guests to get close to nature and focus on the fynbos, flowers and grasses as well as the smaller creatures like birds and insects.

Step back in time with a visit to the West Coast Fossil Park, which is a national heritage site. Situated on Langebaan Weg the Fossil Park offers a holiday programme as well as a mock dig-site for children. Guided tours to the dig site, which exposes fossils from 5 million years ago, is a must-do for all ages.

For lovers of good food be sure to try the newly opened Russells on the Port restaurant in Port Owen. Launched and owned by a restaurateur with global reach, and located on the Marina, Russells on the Port has amazing views of the sunset from the verandah and an interesting and varied menu which is prepared by a top chef who has worked for world-renowned wine estates.

All of these attractions and activities are situated on the West Coast Way self-drive routes, which include the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route as well as the West Coast Way Cultural Route.

Embrace the good life and visit Ormonde Private Wine Cellar in Darling for some wine tasting and an artisanal food platter. 

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