Cape to Namibia – Defining Route N7
Cape to Namibia – We all need a special place in our lives that inspire us and allow us to restore our mind, body and soul, and so become the defining essence of our wellbeing. For some it may be the cities with its pulsating nightlife which make them feel alive. Others find that the majestic mountains with rambling rivers, beautiful campsites close to nature, bring about the restoration they require. Personally I love the West Coast with the familiar sights and sounds of small fishing villages, people that live from the sea and that are sincere in their love for the ocean, people and their surroundings.
No matter which of the above appeals to you, the N7 Cape to Namibia route is the one that will address all your needs as you enjoy the places, each one unique in character, style and atmosphere. The secret though is to allow yourself new experiences along the route, enjoy going off the main N7 route and explore routes R27, R45, R364. All along you will find incredible places to visit and only a few are highlighted. In saying this let us start with Riebeek Kasteel, a quant village nestled among mountains and canola fields, where it seems time stood still. Further along the winding road from Malmesbury to Moorreesburg, stop off and enjoy the wines on the Swartland route all the way into Darling. A quaint town Darling, the home of renowned Pieter Dirk Uys and Evita’s Perron where you can take in a show by this very talented artist. It is also home to the Trading Post a little shop filled with all sorts of things and the best cappuccino in Darling, served by the owner who still make real Sjambok or whips as some people prefer to call them.
Further a definite stop off at Yzerfontein, where the little town follows the bay and you drive windingly along the coast to admire the beautiful white beaches. The nature reserves which lie between Yzerfontein and Langebaan make for extraordinary visits, do take a picnic basket for the day or make sure you stop off at Langebaan and enjoy fresh fish at the little restaurant to the left of Mykonos called Lekka by die see. Sit and watch the gulls as they keep Giulietta (the mermaid) company while she waits patiently for Neptune to lure her into the depths of the ocean. For the more daring of culinary delights, visit Velddrif and enjoy the bokkoms, or go diving for your own crayfish off the bay of St Helena. Enjoy the feel of the West Coast at little towns such as Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Britannia Bay, Doringbaai, Dwarskersbos, Strandfontein to name but a few.
On route to Namibia, you pass through interesting towns such as Klawer, Vanrhynsdorp. You will not regret visiting Ratelgat, the Griekwa development trust which is approximately 30km north of Vanrhynsdorp. Arrange with the Griekwa development trust for a whole weekend where you will be catered for in Chalets or real Nama “matjies hutte”, be treated to the “Riel dans” experience the culture and traditions of the Griekwa, I assure you it will leave you humble. A word of warning though, take along enough food and drinks as the closest town is Vredendal or VanRhynsdorp.
This route is the most scenic route and a must for the traveler who would like to experience unknown, off the beaten track routes and remote places. Take time visit Clanwilliam, Citrusdal , and Piketberg when the oranges are ready to be picked, the flowers in full bloom or visit the rock art sites which will start you off on a whole new journey of discovery. Whichever route you decide to travel, always be vigilant of small animals such as small buck, tortoises, meercat as well as little monkeys along these roads, especially if you are driving at night. Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!
West Coast, AccommodationAccommodation in Langebaan
West Coast, Accommodation
- Aant Dorpseind
- Heldervue Selfcatering
- Griekwa Ratelgat
- Riverside Palms
- Lankverwacht Guest Farm
- Talk of The Town B & &
West Coast, Accommodation
- Weskusplek Accommodation & Restaurant
- Artists Retreat
- Jacobsbaai Self Catering Accommodation