Stretching from Cape Town to the Touws River in the north, the West Coast of South Africa is abundant in history, nature, and unmatched hospitality. Covering an area famous for its colourful wildflowers, the West Coast includes quaint towns and fishing villages along Route 27, where open-air restaurants serve up fresh seafood straight to your plate.

With unspoilt beaches, stunning mountain ranges, and a breathtaking carpet of wildflowers in spring, the West Coast of South Africa is an unforgettable must-visit destination. Located on Route 27 and the N7 out of Cape Town, the West Coast stretches north to the border with the Northern Cape and east past the Cederberg Conservancy, famous for its ancient rock art. Quant little towns and fishing villages such as Darling, Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan are worth the stop when exploring the area.

Highlights

Make a stop at a charming West Coast fishing village to enjoy fresh seafood.
Witness the unimaginable opulence of the area’s wildflowers in spring.
Visit one of the famous open-air beach restaurants on Route 27.
Pay a visit to the little town of Darling during its Wildflower and Orchid show in September.
Explore Fossil Park and its variety of fossils of over 200 different species of animals.
Hike around the Cederberg Wilderness, a 71.000 ha conservancy known for its rugged and beautiful mountainous landscape.

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Best time to go to West Coast

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The lowest temperatures along the coast are between June and September, while rainfall peaks between April and October; the Cederberg gets most of its rain between April and September. Temperature-wise, the months between December and March are extremely hot. Keep in mind that the wildflowers the area is known for only bloom at the start of spring in August and September.

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