West Coast and Cederberg Route
Crayfish, Flowers, Citrus, Rock Art, Rooibos tea and Wine. The West Coast is a drier area bordering on the cold Atlantic Ocean where whales and dolphins can often be seen. During the months of August and September the landscape emerges in a riot of colour as the spring flowers bloom after the winter rains. Leaving Cape Town, take the R27 to Velddrif.
Stop off at the popular Langebaan Lagoon (a popular summer resort) and West Coast National Park where 50 000 migratory birds can be seen in the summer.The National Park contains 40% of the earth’s remaining sandveld fynbos.
From Langebaan and Velddrif drive west to the small fishing villages of Paternoster Stompneus Bay and St Helena Bay – one of the world’s principal fishing areas. These small bays have become popular haunts for summer visitors wishing to relax in this scenic and peaceful environment.
On the return take the R364 inland to Clanwilliam at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains and continue over the Pakhuis Pass, where the Afrikaans poet Louis Leipoldt is buried. Enjoy the strange rock formations and well-known hiking trails before continuing back on the N7.
Once past Citrusdal you turn off onto the R46 to RiebeekWest/Kasteel from where you can continue on the R46 to the historic Cape Dutch town of Tulbagh situated in the charming Witzenberg Mountain valley and Ceres, the centre of the deciduous fruit industry.
The West Coast has two official wine routes – the Swartland Wine Route with its scenic Riebeek Valley and the Oliphant’s River Wine Region. The West Coast seas provide a bounty of quality seafood to accompany the fruit and wine of the area.
Naries Namakwa Retreat is a beautiful & romantic hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee. It offers a unique experience amid spectacular scenery.
Naries is well positioned for exploring the greater Namakwa Region from the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks in the west, and during the wild-flower season, we are right where the action is. Three accommodation options offer everything from exotic and romantic settings, to classic rooms and self-catering cottages. Naries caters for all dietary preferences if notified in advance. No pets allowed.
Functions for up to 30 people (sit-down) can be held in our Gemsbok Lapa which offers amazing views and all the facilities for a unique event. An alcohol license enables us to provide guests with wine, beer, sparkling wine and soft drinks as required.