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Small Towns Of The Western Cape That We Love To Visit

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Small Towns Of The Western Cape That We Love To Visit

 

ALBERTINIA

Albertinia is located on the N2 highway between Cape Town and Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape.  It is a quiet country town which has retained its old-style atmosphere and architectural beauty over the years.

Nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain range, Albertinia has a lot to offer visitors - from exciting hikes and walks to the amazing Alcare Aloe and Aloe Ferox factories.

The area surrounding Albertinia is known for its profusion of aloes which has resulted in the two factories being built here, providing the country with some remarkable Aloe products.  Not only is the area known for its Aloes, but also has some of the greatest collections of species of Cape Fynbos in South Africa.

Albertinia offers a slow-pace and a real charm that visitors will thoroughly enjoy – perfect for a peaceful family holiday.


VLEESBAAI

Vleesbaai is a beautiful seaside holiday village hidden between the bays of Mossel Bay and Still Bay in the Western Cape. 

Vleesbaai is small and tranquil even during peak holiday seasons due to its size and location.  Nestled between unspoilt nature and the nearby vibrancy of Mossel Bay, it offers tourists the best of both worlds.

Surfers love Vleesbaai where the waves offer excellent surfing conditions, whilst the picturesque landscape is filled with the brilliance of varied and unique flora.  The rocky surrounds allows for some first-rate hiking showing great views over the sea and village - perhaps even spotting a whale or dolphin frolicking in the waves.

Even though Vleesbaai is small and remote, it provides visitors with boundless activities and attractions from snorkelling and fishing to kite surfing and sailing.

Accommodation is limited in Vleesbaai with many returning visitors booking well in advance.  This  little village is a really a diamond in the rough, and well worth a visit!


LITTLE BRAK RIVER

Little Brak River, known in Afrikaans as Klein Brak Rivier, is a small village located near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.  Known for its lovely seaside atmosphere, superb beach and welcoming locals, Little Brak is a popular holiday destination with holiday makers returning every year. 

Sitting at the mouth of the Little Brak River, this area offers many things to do and see, from fishing and water sports to bird watching and quad biking. 

Little Brak has a spectacular and varied birdlife, providing bird watchers with endless hours of pleasure.  During whale migration season (June to November), visitors are also treated to some amazing sightings of whales.

There are many accommodation options around Little Brak including excellent game lodges.  


GREAT BRAK RIVER

The historical village of Great Brak, is situated around the lagoon of the Great Brak River near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.  The river, which snakes its way next to the N2 highway from Mossel Bay provides endless fun for holidaymakers and locals alike. 

Founded by the English Searle Family in the 1800’s, Great Brak is today mainly a holiday destination; with beaches, the lagoon and The Island it is well worth a visit.  Great Brak Island located near the mouth of the estuary, is joined to the mainland by a single lane bridge.

Great Brak has many activities and attractions to offer tourists including a local history museum, varied historical buildings, safe swimming conditions, excellent fishing opportunities and not to mention the true peace and tranquillity of the area.

 

HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg is situated on the banks of the Duivenhoks River, between the striking Langeberg Mountains and the majestic Indian Ocean. 

This quiet and charming town is known to be one of the most scenically preserved towns in the Western Cape.  Beautiful Cape-style and old Gothic buildings pepper the area, giving Heidelberg an old-style charm.  Filled with history this town has an interesting story to tell.

With the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area located nearby, tourists can enjoy some great hikes and walks, even spotting a buck or two.  There are amazing secluded bird hides scattered about which offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

Heidelberg is the perfect holiday destination for the eco-tourist interested in history, fynbos, forests, birding, rivers and mountains.  There is nothing strenuous about holidaying in Heidelberg, it is ideal for those wanting time some peace and quiet with time in nature.

 

STILL BAY

Still Bay or Stilbaai, either or, this town has an unrivalled natural beauty that visitors absolutely fall in love with.  With its unspoiled surrounding nature and clean beaches, complemented by the pleasant peaceful community, Still Bay is one of the best tourist destinations along the Garden Route.

Situated at the mouth of the Goukou River, Still Bay becomes a hive of activity in holiday season.  Springtime gives the dunes and town vibrant colour as thousands of flowers come to bloom.

The river offers a safe swimming environment along with excellent water sport activities.  Other things to appreciate in Stilbaai includes golfing and bowling, with excellent hikes and mountain biking being enjoyed in beautiful nature.

Still Bay lies on the Cape Whale Route giving visitors a real treat seeing whales in their season, usually July to November.

 

GOURITSMOND

Gouritsmond is a small quiet seaside village located at the mouth of the Gourits River in the Western Cape.  Where the river meets the sea, beauty abounds.

Gouritsmond is popular with visitors all-year round as there is so much to do and see, however it is in Spring and Summer in particular that the area is alive with tourists from all over the world. 

Various water sport activities is high on the list of things to do with everything on offer from paddling, kite surfing, windsurfing, boating and water skiing.  Fishing is also a popular past-time here with good catches recorded.

There are quite a few accommodation options available, however it is the camping that is the most popular and especially busy in season.  With its long stretches of beach and river, beautiful hikes and scenery, small game viewing; Gouritsmond has it all.  

 

WITSAND

Witsand is a beautiful friendly sea-side village located at the mouth of the Breede River, leading into the expansive Indian Ocean.  Offering visitors long stretches of clean pure beaches coupled with beautiful displays of Cape Fynbos, this little place is a small piece of heaven.

The Breede River is one of the largest most navigable rivers in South Africa, with plenty of water sporting opportunities and a safe swimming environment.  Witsand and surrounds gives avid bird watchers an up close experience of some of South Africa’s most unique birds including our national bird, the Blue Crane.

Witsand is known as the whale nursery of South Africa due to the record number of Southern Right Whales found calving here during July to November.  This area is the best land-based advantage point from which to view these magnificent creatures in their most natural – a true sight to behold.

There are so many things to do and see around Witsand to keep all ages of tourists entertained for days on end.  From hiking, walking, quad biking to kite surfing, spear fishing and sailing, to name but a few.  Witsand is truly a spectacular holiday experience.


RIVERSDALE

Riversdale is a small town tucked at the base of the Langeberg mountain range at the “Sleeping Beauty” peak, a landmark well-known to locals.  Offering a quiet, relaxed and welcoming charm, Riversdale has plenty to offer visitors wanting a break from city life.

The area is known for its lavishness of indigenous fynbos which is found everywhere and is in full bloom throughout winter and spring.  Riversdale is filled with history and culture which tourists love and enjoy visiting the historical landmarks dotted around town. 

The mountains and peak have great hiking trails which gives wonderful views over the town and area.  Other things to do are 4x4 routes, horseback safaris and town tours, all of which keep the whole family happy and entertained.  Not forgetting the Korentepoort Dam which is a beautiful area and a firm favourite for those holidaying in Riversdale.

 

GLENTANA

Glentana is a small village almost halfway between Mossel Bay and George situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean.  To the east of the village there are many picturesque caves that have formed over years of thundering surf.

Busy and vibrant during holiday season Glentana offers a beautiful expanse of clean sandy beach, while the rocky outcrops are covered with wonderfully scented fynbos. 

Visitors can be entertained by superb scenic walks, rock fishing, surfing or simply just sitting back and enjoying the views from the beach.  The famous Pansy Shell has been known to crop up here, so be on the lookout for this remarkable shell.

There are many accommodation options available in this area, but book early to avoid disappointment.


HARTENBOS

Hartenbos is a small seaside resort village located next to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.  An extremely popular holiday destination Hartenbos has a lot to offer visitors to this area.

Activities abound in season with many tourists returning every year for sun-washed beaches, cool seas and a safe swimming environment in the Hartenbos River.  The river mouth provides a beautiful array of birdlife and is known to be an active breeding ground for sea birds.

The Hartenbos Resort on the banks of the river holds many attractions and activities for the whole family from tennis courts, bowling, an amusement centre and an indoor pool, to name but a few. 

The amphitheatre comes alive with festivals and concerts and for those that enjoy a bit of history there is the Hartenbos Museum which has some extraordinary displays of the various stages of the “Great Trek”. 

Whether you are a returning visitor or a new one to the area, Hartenbos will fulfil everyone’s holiday desire.

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