Western Cape

Flying South Barometer - Western Cape

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The West Coast of South Africa offers a completely different experience from the rest of the country. The region is famous for its friendly and inviting people and is a perfect choice to visit as an alternative from the garden route.

The N7 takes you up to into "Namakwaland" and during the flower season this is a must visit. the flowers can bloom from August to September, but is dependant on the winter rainfall. The West Coast National Park is spectacular and the nearby town of Langebaan forms a good area from where to explore the park and some of the floral region. The Postberg area of the Park has various game species and birding is extremely good, especially coastal and wetland birds that can be viewed from bird hides.

Just outside the town of Lambertsbay, you will find "Die Muisbosskerm". This outdoor restaurant offers a big selection of freshly caught fish prepared on the open fire, West Coast Crayfish, calamari, paella and everything the sea has to offer. You sit around the open fires, joining in on the festivities and watch as all the seafood is prepared. Home baked bread prepared in the clay oven followed by "boere" coffee.

The Cedarberg mountains offer some of the harshest mountain ranges in South Africa, until you start looking a little closer. A good friend of mine, then horticulturist at the prestigious Bushmanskloof, and I went on a walk in the mountains one day. He started laughing and said, "Man plants - God smiles". I asked him what he was talking about and showed me a plant, growing straight out of a rock. There he was planting seeds in the best possible conditions, battling to get results and here, exposed to the elements, no soil or fertilizer, a little plant was growing out of solid rock. The area has some of South Africa's best rock art and Bushmanskloof has a qualified team that will explain the sites in detail. Various species of animal could also be seen among them Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Smith's Red Rock Rabbit, Cape Fox and Aardvark. The lodge has exquisite cuisine and is also a member of Relais & Chateau. 

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