Exploring the West Coast in Cape Town

May 28, 2024
Kite surfing in Langebaan

West Coast National Park, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, is a scenic and ecologically rich destination offering a variety of attractions and activities.

Here are some of the highlights you can find at the park:

Langebaan Lagoon:

A stunning saltwater lagoon that is the park’s centerpiece. It is ideal for bird watching, water sports, and enjoying the serene beaches.

Unspoilt beach in West Coast National Park

Bird Watching:

The park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 250 bird species. Key bird-watching spots include the Geelbek Hide and the Abrahamskraal Hide. You will see many birds of prey, eagles, hawks, and falcons.  But you will also be blown away by their birdlife in the water.  Seagulls, herons, and pelicans.  And so many more!

Seagulls at the West Coast National Park


During the spring months (August to September), the park’s Postberg section is famous for its spectacular wildflower displays, where fields are covered in vibrant blooms. Visiting the West Coast National Park during wildflower season is a breathtaking experience, offering a vibrant display of nature’s beauty and a unique opportunity to see the region’s diverse flora in full bloom.

Wild Flower in the West Coast National Parks


Apart from birdlife, the park is home to many mammals such as eland, kudu, bontebok, and Cape Mountain zebra. The Postberg section is exceptional for game viewing. You will also enjoy the troops of Chacma Baboons.

Kudu at the West Coast National Park

Hiking and Biking Trails:

Several from easy to moderate, offering stunning views of the landscape and the lagoon. Popular trails include the Strandveld Trail and the Bakoor Trail.

Geelbek Visitor Centre:

This historical Cape Dutch building houses a restaurant and provides information about the park’s flora and fauna. It’s a good starting point for visitors. You can get so much information at this visitor center.  I highly recommend you get as much information as possible while visiting the West Coast National Park.


A picturesque bay within the lagoon, perfect for swimming, kayaking, and picnicking. Houseboats can be rented here for a unique stay on the water.

Walkway to Kraalbaai

Historic Sites:

The park contains several historical and cultural sites, including the West Coast Fossil Park nearby, which offers a glimpse into the prehistoric past of the region.

Eve’s Footprints:

Near the park, you can find an archaeological site where the oldest known footprints of a modern human, dating back approximately 117,000 years, were discovered.


The lagoon is popular for a variety of watersports, including kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing.

Kite surfing in Langebaan

West Coast National Park offers a blend of natural beauty, recreational activities, and rich biodiversity, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The West Coast near Cape Town offers several excellent dining options, each with its unique charm and specialties.

Here are my personal favourites that you must try when you go to that side of beautiful Cape Town :

Restaurants to visit on the West Coast of Cape Town.

Die Strandloper


Situated in Langebaan, Die Strandloper is right on the beach, providing stunning sea views and a relaxed, authentic West Coast atmosphere.


Specializes in traditional West Coast seafood dishes. The menu includes an array of fresh seafood such as mussels, snoek, crayfish, and line fish, often cooked on open fires.

Grilled Crayfish Tails on the Braai

Dining Experience:

The restaurant offers a unique and rustic dining experience with a multi-course seafood feast served over several hours. Guests dine at picnic-style tables on the sand, creating a laid-back and convivial setting.


Known for its informal, beachy vibe. The setting is ideal for long, leisurely meals where guests can enjoy the scenery and the sound of the ocean. It’s the perfect spot on the West Coast in Cape Town.

Special Features:

Live traditional music often accompanies the dining experience, enhancing the local flavour and ambiance. If you are looking for a fine-dining restaurant this is not the place for you! You are given a muscle shell to eat with.  The food is divine, but it’s very rustic!

Another notable mention for those who want to tick off an Award-winning Top Restaurant in the world!


Wolfgat Delicious


Also in Paternoster, Wolfgat is internationally acclaimed and recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world.


Focuses on innovative dishes using local ingredients, many foraged from the surrounding area.


Intimate and exclusive, with a limited number of diners, ensuring a personalized experience.

Are you ready to explore the West Coast in Cape Town?

Each of these restaurants offers something unique, whether it’s the casual beachside charm of Die Strandloper or the fine dining experiences of Wolfgat. Depending on your preferences for ambiance, cuisine, and location, you can find a dining experience that perfectly complements your visit to the West Coast.

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  • Michael Taylor
    June 11, 2024

    It looks absolutely amazing!

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