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West Coast | From the Cape to the Orange River

The West Coast of South Africa is a place of stunning coastal villages, down-to-earth people and a rugged natural beauty. Along this coastline you'll also discover the wildlife that inhabit this unique ecosystem, spectacular campsites and much loved local delicacies like snoek, bokkoms and...

tour duration 10 Days
from R15,450
next trip 16 Mar 2021
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The West Coast of South Africa is a place of stunning coastal villages, down-to-earth people and a rugged natural beauty. Along this coastline you'll also discover the wildlife that inhabit this unique ecosystem, spectacular campsites and much loved local delicacies like snoek, bokkoms and kreefstert.

On this adventure with the Bhejane 4x4 Adventures team you'll have the full Weskus experience since you'll be travelling the entire length of the West Coast. Starting from just outside Cape Town we stick as close to the coastline as possible until we reach the Namibian border, making sure to discover many of the coastline’s hidden gems along the way. As always, our tours are conducted in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.

Included

All camp fees & park entrance fees
All meals
Professional guide
Tea & coffee
Tented Accommodation
Two-way radio communication

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

16 Mar 2021 - 25 Mar 2021 - R15,450.00
15 Apr 2021 - 24 Apr 2021 - R15,450.00

Day 1

Ganzekraal

The tour group meet at Ganzekraal, a beautiful campsite next to the beach about 70km from Cape Town. Here you'll find your tent and the camp kitchen already set up, a salty ocean scent in the air and the sound of crashing waves in the background. A crackling campfire provides the perfect setting to meet the Bhejane crew and your fellow travellers.

Each vehicle must ensure that all final logistical details (filling of fuel tanks, Jerry cans and water containers, etc.) are done before arrival. At dinner time we'll discuss the route itinerary and what to expect on our first day on the road.

Day 2 & 3

Paternoster

After a hearty breakfast and a radio check, we start our journey north. Our first stop is a visit to a San heritage centre for some insight on the first inhabitants of the West Coast. By mid-morning we make our way to the West Coast National Park, renowned for its annual flower display and excellent birding. 

In the afternoon we arrive at one of the most picturesque villages in the country, Paternoster. We spend two nights here to fully soak up the quintessential West Coast atmosphere.

Day 4

Lambert's Bay

Today we continue our journey north via a number of charming coastal villages. We travel through St. Helena Bay, the place where the famous explorer Vasco Da Gama first set foot on South Afican soil.

We travel onwards to Velddrift, the home of a dried fish delicacy known as a bokkom. Here we take a boat cruise to explore the Berg River and its rich birdlife. Lunch is served at the Rocher Pan Nature Reserve, another excellent birding destination.

The journey continues on to Elands Bay, a beach town much loved by surfers for its waves. We visit a rock art site before moving on to our destination for the evening, Lambert's Bay.

A visit to Lamberts would not be complete without a visit to the famous Muisbosskerm restaurant. Here a grand seafood buffet awaits us!

Day 5

Coastal Wilderness Camp

After an early breakfast we head to the Bird Island reserve in Lambert's Bay. Once a guano collection site, the island is now home to a massive Cape Gannet breeding colony as well as crowned cormorants and even nesting penguins. Bird Island is one of only six places on earth where Cape Gannets breed and a neat bird hide provides an up-close view of these beautiful sea birds.

We continue past the villages of Doring Bay, Strandfontein and Papendorp before refuelling in Lutzville. This will be your last chance to stock up on padkos, from here we travel to a wild stretch of coastline. We deflate our tyres for the sandy tracks along the coast and arrive at the remotest camp site of the tour.

Day 6 & 7

Namaqua National Park

Today you wake up on a stunning beach far away from civilisation. After breakfast we keep the ocean on our left hand side once again as we continue north, soon reaching the Groen River Mouth. We cross the river and enter the Namaqua National Park's coastal section. We journey at a leisurely pace to our campsite in the northern part while sight-seeing on the way.

The Namaqua National Park is world renowned for its stunning spring flower display, but the park is also home to over 120 bird and 73 mammal species. We spend two nights in the park to fully explore all of its treasures.

Day 8

Hondeklip Bay

We make an early start, so we'll have ample time to explore the northern section of the Namaqua National Park. In flower season this part of the park is truly spectacular. We travel along a 4x4 trail through remote sections of the park past abandoned farmhouses, up the winding Wildeperdehoek Pass and finally exit the park at Soebatsfontein. From here we make our way to the tiny fishing village of Hondeklip Bay where we spend the night.

Day 9

Orange River

On our final day on the road, we set our sights on the northern end point of the West Coast, the Orange River Mouth. After breakfast we travel via Koingnaas to Kleinzee. Here we meet a local guide to learn more about the diamond mining industry and the people who inhabit this remote part of the coastline.

After lunchtime we reach Port Nolloth from where it is a short push to Alexander Bay. We visit the river mouth where celebrations are in order because we have now travelled the entire length of the West Coast!

Our final camp site is near the Orange River a short drive outside of town. As always, the campfire and one of our signature dishes await you one last time.

Day 10

Home

After our final breakfast together the guide and crew bid you a fond farewell. From here you may continue to the nearby Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, or head back to Port Nolloth for the connection to the N7 highway.

Answer

● West Coast National Park
● Namaqua National Park
● Superb coastal birding
● Picturesque West Coast villages
● Coastal campsites
● Unique coastal ecosystem
● SA's Diamond Coast
● Excellent seafood

Answer

● You will need a four-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance. Low range and differential locks are not essential
● The tyres on your vehicle cannot be low profile road tyres but must be high profile floating tyres with off road capabilities
● You do not need any previous sand or rock driving experience

Answer

● A qualified and experienced guide
● A qualified and experienced support crew and chef
● Two-way radios to all vehicles
● Wind shelter, shower & toilet facilities
● 3 Meals per day
● All cutlery and crockery (we also do the washing up!)
● Water (for kitchen use only)
● All tents and camping equipment. We pitch, carry and break down your tent and the camp every day
● Entry fees to all inclusive parks, tours and activities

Answer

● Sufficient on-board fuel to cover approx. 550km (Lutzville to Koingnaas). After fuelling in Lutzville we will cover a minimum of 400km (excluding sightseeing outings) before the next fuel station in Koingnaas
● As a guideline, you can calculate fuel consumption as follows:
Petrol vehicles: 2.5 - 3km per liter
Diesel vehicles: 4km per liter

Answer

● You must drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle with good ground clearance. Low range and a rear differential lock is recommended, but not essential
● The tyres on your vehicle cannot be low profile road tyres. Ensure it is fitted with high profile floating tyres with good off-road capabilities
● You do not need any previous sand or rock driving experience
● Make sure that your 4x4 is mechanically fit before you leave home
● Pack a compressor (pump) and a pressure gauge
● Bring all necessary emergency gear, tools and spare parts for your vehicle
● Recovery points must be fitted on both the front and the rear of the vehicle

Answer

● Mattress, sleeping bag, bedding, camp chairs, folding table (small)
● One bag of wood per vehicle
● Water for showering/washing (minimum 20ltrs) on the three evenings where we are camping without facilities. After Lutzville, drinking water (for sale) and brackish shower water is only available again at the entrance to the Namaqua National Park
● Shade items such as an awning, gazebo, beach umbrella, etc. Shade is very sparse on the West Coast and daytime temperatures can get high
● Beverages, alcoholic drinks & snacks
● Strong garbage bags. Each vehicle carries its own waste, no exception
● Your own fishing tackle, bait and permit if you plan to fish
● Personal items such as medication, sunblock, torch, binoculars, camera, batteries, etc.

Answer

Absolutely no trailers on this tour

Answer

You need to arrange for your own travel insurance and medical evacuation service in case of a medical emergency. Ask our office for recommendations if your medical aid does not provide this as part of your plan!