Individuals undoubtedly like to check out beautiful places but are occasionally disappointed when they discover that those places are rather touristy. South Africa still manages to offer a genuine travel experience however if you especially enjoy taking a trip along the unbeaten path, then the west coast might be an outstanding choice for you.
Since the East Coastline has warm seas whereas the West Coastline has a colder ocean, the West Coast is less touristy than the East Coast. The East Coastline is known for its Garden Route and vineyards, whereas the West coast has well established farms with vegetables and fruit.
Exactly what the West coast has to offer though can be particularly delightful in September and October, when it is Springtime in SA. During this season the dry semi-desert area of Namaqualand, likewise known as “the South African Wilderness”, goes into bloom and you will find kilometers on end of extraordinary colourful flowers. The Namaqualand Flower Route begins in the West Coastline National Park near Langebaan and runs along the N7, through towns like Garies, Kamieskroon, Port Nolloth, and Springbok.
2 of the gems of the west coast are the Cedaberg Mountains and the Cedaberg Wilderness; 710 000 hectares of dazzling beauty where it is still possible to find old rock art and go hiking and abseiling. The West Coast ends on the Northern border of the nation and running into Namibia further north and the Kalahari desert to the East. There are lovely coastal towns to see along the way, such as Lambert’s Bay, Saldanha Bay and Paternoster.
There are many methods to enjoy your holidays in South Africa. The value for money is outstanding and most of the fish is in fact prepared on open fires as you drink a sun-downer at one of the open air tables.
The whole of the Olifant’s River valley is fantastic for its old world appeal and worth. You will meet many descendants of the original Dutch inhabitants that have been working this land for over 4 centuries. Citrusdal can be specifically excellent when the oranges are ripe on the trees and contrast with the dark green foliage and the deep blue-green sky.
Do not mix up the Oliphant’s River Valley with the Oliphant’s River which offers cruises to see crocodiles and hippos. That Oliphant’s River is on the opposite side of the country near the Kruger National Park.
If you start your holiday in Cape Town, we recommend that you go straight for the Namaqualand experience, from there you can take a flight to the Kruger National Park if you want a Safari, otherwise you can spend a couple of days in Cape Town and see the botanical Gardens called Kirstenbosch, the City Center, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. After that you can head for Cape Point and then maybe drive along the Garden Route if you want.
On the East Coast you will be able to enjoy Ocean Safaris. In the winter season you can take a boat ride and get within 50 meters of the whales. In the summertime you can get “up close and personal” with the dolphins. Maybe stop off a night or 2 in Wilderness, which is the ideal lazy spot with a superb beach to get some rest before you make your way back home.
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