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Visit The West Coast In South Africa - You Shall Not Be Disappointed!

Date Added: September 13, 2012 07:40:35 AM
Author: Cathryn Pollock
Category: World
The West Coast is certainly one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa, however surprisingly it's the least visited by International Travelers. Probably this is what precisely the locals want! The West Coast is a region of varied landscapes where by heritage is intertwined with modern-day residing. The West Coast features a novel range of scenery, activities and adventures. Living in tranquility with nature is really a way of existence on this scenically interesting location of the Western Cape, where the wonder unfolds above every endless stretch of pristine shoreline, breathtaking azure-coloured lagoon, blooming orchard, undulating wheat fields and rolling vineyards. From the world's 6 floral kingdoms, the Floral Kingdom of the Cape has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is the smallest floral kingdom, but incorporates the most vast species of flora. From July to September, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world takes place in South Africa, when carpets of flowers bloom around the West Coastline as well as in Namaqualand. THE PENINSULA The delight of the eco-conscious West Coast could be the interesting West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon. The park abounds with birdlife and small game, but it is from August to September annually, that the West Coast wears its technicolour coat of wildflowers, and attracts visitors from far and wide. The park is undoubtedly an historic treasure chest, cemented by the discovery of two perfect, 117 000 - year-old footprints, dubbed 'Eve's footprints'. From Ganzekraal in the south to Papendorp in the north, the mighty Southern Right whales may be spotted inside the bay in which they spend their 'summer holidays' and fascinate onlookers using their 'water gymnastics'. The magic of witnessing a newborn calf being raised above the water to gasp its 1st breath of air, is a sight to behold. A visit at the seaside cities of Velddrif and Paternoster and climb for the top of the Cape Columbine lighthouse to view the multi-coloured fishing boats bobbing up and down amongst the waves is actually a must. Elands Bay at the mouth of the Verlorenvlei provides old school attraction and continues to be unspoiled. Verlorenvlei is really a wetland of incredible significance, which abounds with birdlife, and it is a recognised Ramsar location. THE CEDERBERG & MATZIKAMA The Cederberg area delivers a abundant wild heritage, fruit-filled valleys and towering mountains. The attractive Olifants River Valley, with its snaking irrigation canals, sustains a sizeable citrus industry which can be a hive of activity during winter harvest time. This is also Rooibos tea country and the only place on the globe where the bush producing this healthy beverage is grown. Have a look around the Cederberg Mountains and 71 000 hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area and get up close and personal with nature herself while admiring mystical, ancient San rock paintings, or standing in reverence of the skyscraping Groot Winterhoek Mountains. Set off to Matzikama, "place of water", a great destination out of which to explore the Southern Namaqualand. Here you'll discover vast unspoilt beaches, whales in season, rugged mountains and waterfalls, unlimited horizons, clear skies with bright stars, great invigorating air, globally praised wines, traditional food and - 'Riel' dancing in addition to a kaleidoscope of veld flowers in season. Titillate your palate on a feast of crayfish and snoek, or try a glass of wine at one of the outstanding West Coast cellars: Cape West Coast Wine Route (North and South), Swartland Wine & Olive Route and Darling Wine & Art Experience. Year round mild weather and countless summery days promotes "the great outdoors" activities, such as festivals and land and sea-based sporting events. If you are you looking for more on south african holidays look at www.capetours.co.uk
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