|!Khwa ttu - San Spirit Discovered|
!Khwa ttu takes you on an exciting journey of discovery into the world of Southern Africa's San or Bushman people. www.khwattu.org Tel: 022 492 2998
Because of its rural nature the West Coast is an agricultiral node where the main activities are: * Wheat - this is the oldest wheat growing area in South Africa. * Livestock * Grapes and deciduous fruit * Potatoes * Olives *Rooibos tea
Explore twelve of the greatest spots for Bird Watching scattered around the West Coast. Locations include the West Coast National Park, Bird Island at Lambert's Bay and the Darling Bird Route.
|Cape Columbine Nature Reserve|
This nature reserve near Paternoster sports typical West Coast fynbos and also succulent Karoo scrub and in August to September/October the area is adorned by a bright tapestry of wild flowers.
|Cederberg Wilderness Area|
Proteaceae, such as, the sugarbush, cone bush, pincushion, spiderhead and endemic snow protea all adorn this lanscape. The leopard, black eagle, rock kestrel and jackal buzzard all call this mountain wilderness home, too.
|Coastal and Marine Conservation|
Coastal and marine conservation plays a vital role in maintaining the beauty and sustainability of the West Coast. For that reason, permits are issued to regulate fishing and harvesting from the ocean.
|Ganzekraal Coastal Resort|
A comfotable base from which to explore the West Coast, Ganzekraal is a popular holiday resort and conference venue.
|Marine Mammals - Whales and Dolphins|
A number of different species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) move through the nutrient-rich waters of the West Coast, fed by the Benguela current. Check out the West Coast whale report on this link: www.awhaleofaheritageroute.co.za/westcoast_whalesightingsreport.pdf
There are many MTB Trails on the Cape West Coast where families and beginners to experts will find a mountain bike trail to suit them.
Rooibos tea, a popular South African herbal tea, which is free of tannin and high in Vitamin C, is exclusively grown in the Cederberg and Matzikama regions. www.rooibos-route.co.za
|The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve|
The Cape Wet Coast Biosphere Reserve is a region with beautiful landscapes, a considerable abundance of fauna and flora, unique cultures, where a balance between development and the natural surroundings are promoted. There are five slackpacking trails, guided and fully catered for, comfortable and safe. * The Darling Stagger - 2.5 days, 25 km (hiking or cycling cultural experience). * Eve's Trail - 2,5 days, 30 km (hiking). * Five Bay Trail - 2,5 days, 28km. * Wheels of Time (106 off-road mountain bike trail.) * Bergrivier Canooze - 2,5 days, 40km (paddling).
|The Mission Stations|
There are ten Mission Station villages on the Cape West Coast, namely: Ebenhaezer; Elandskloof; Goedverwacht; Mamre; Papendorp; Troe-Troe in Vanrhynsdorp; Rietpoort; Vergenoeg in Vredendal; Wittewater and Wupperthal.
|West Coast Bikers|
Welcome to Wild Dog Adventure Riding Follow the link to an interactive site for biking, do not that it is forum and that you need to register. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=tlqrm5i0s8babcc0vvs3rajvr5&action=help
|West Coast Fossil Park|
Littered with bones of small mammals and avifauna, the park also boasts remains of the sabre-toothed tiger and the short-necked giraffe and the first bear to be found south of the Sahara Desert.
|West Coast Veld Flowers|
The Western Cape, Northern Cape and Namaqualand are known for their beautiful flowers and have an enigmatic pull that draws people from across the globe to the West Coast.