The West Coast takes travellers into another world- one of rugged, semi-desert countryside. Those taking a drive to the West Coast from the city will pass the Atlantic Ocean with its icy waters.
Its stunning blue colour marks the intersection of sky and sea, offering vistas worthy of the best photographs.
One of the most popular spots to see is the lagoon at a small town called Langebaan. Perfect for wind-surfing and kite-surfing, or a peaceful trip on a yacht, this is a spot for whale-watching during the winter months (August to October are best) and some wonderful views of nature at its best.
The nearby town of Saldanha, a drive of under two hours from the city, is a good place for a stayover and a quality fish meal. Try the Mussel Cracker Restaurant at the Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay For a truly unique South African experience, the outdoor barbecued crayfish at Die Strandloper, an outdoor beach restaurant in Langebaan, is a must.
Make sure you pop into Darling on your way back to the cit. The museum, theatre and restaurant at Evita se Perron, established by the famous comedian, Pieter-Dirk Uys, is a rare treat. And, down the road, you’ll find Darling Brew, where you can taste a range of fine craft beers.
And, if you’re visiting in August or September, the area is a must for flower-lovers. Each year, indigenous spring flowers pop up on their own after the winter rains, turning the fields into huge spreads of colour.