Cape West Coast

The West Coast offers picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches, immense bird colonies and delightful alfresco seafood restaurants on the beach. As well as carpets of flowers in spring…

Overview

The Cape West Coast is a distinctive and unusual region which starts only one hours' drive north from Cape Town. It offers unique sandveld vegetation, picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches and huge bird colonies. Its unique brand of hospitality is typified by its rustic open-air seafood restaurants, summing up the refreshing charm of the West Coast of South Africa.

One of the delights of the West Coast is that it is little visited compared to busier Hermanus and the Garden Route. So you can find kilometres of empty beach for evening strolls. We recommend basing yourself either at the quietly beguiling little fishing village of Paternoster, if you are seeking utter tranquility, or the lagoon town of Langebaan. (Langebaan has become one of the best places for kite-surfing in the Cape.)

Features

Why you may love it

  • Birding and flowers in the West Coast National Park
  • Turquoise waters of Langebaan Lagoon
  • Learn to kite-surf or stand-up-paddleboard at Langebaan
  • Vast sandy beaches all along the coast
  • Alfresco restaurants on the beach
  • Spring flower displays from mid August to early September
  • Whale and seal watching boat cruises from Langebaan
  • !Khwa ttu San Heritage Museum
  • West Coast Fossil Park

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When to visit Cape West Coast

Mid-November to mid-March

Summer in the West Coast

The West Coast shares the dry Mediterranean climate of Cape Town so it’s a popular destination for sun-seekers aiming to escape the northern hemisphere winter. But being open to the Atlantic Ocean, it is on average cooler than Cape Town. It rarely gets very hot, so you can stay active throughout the summer. So the kite-surfers love it! This is not my favourite time to visit as the vegetation is very dry. But if you are combining it with the Cederberg, it makes for a dramatic change in climate within 1-2 hours drive!
AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

Mid-March to mid-August

Autumn and winter

We have changed up the seasons a little for the West Coast. This is autumn and winter on the West Coast. As you would expect, temperatures gradually get cooler and there is some chance of rain. But it is pretty dry (just over 200mm annual rain) and so rain is pretty infrequent.
AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

Mid-August to mid-September

Wild flowers on the West Coast

This is one of the nicest times of year to be on the West Coast. Depending on the timing and duration of the rains (which varies from year to year) mid August sees the start of amazing wild flower displays in the fields of farms and in the West Coast National Park and Columbine Reserve. It’s well worth a visit, especially if combining with the Cederberg and/or Namqualand. As the temperatures start to increase, the delicate flowers fade away.
AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

Mid-September to mid-November

Lovely weather on the West Coast

Though the fields of spring flowers start to fade, this is a lovely time to be on the West Coast. The coastal fynbos is flowering and at its best. The days are getting warmer so that eating out at one of the famous beach restaurants is a real drawcard.
AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

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Did you know
  • FossilsWell-preserved remains of fossil fauna dating back 5.2 million years
  • SaldanhaThe only natural harbour on the Cape West Coast

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