|The West Coast is a region of extreme beauty and contrast. Stretching from the town of Mamre in the south to Rietpoort in the north, the region is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The abundance of seafood and the presence of thousands of seabirds are just a few of the attractions of this magnificent strecth of the beautiful Cape. In addition, every year migrating whales visit the coastal waters from July.
The eastern border of the West Coast region is formed by a belt of mountains with fascinating, often awe-inspiring rock formations. The Cedarberg Wilderness area offers visitors a face-to-face encounter with nature at its most unspoiled as well as rock paintings that dramatically pre-date the world as we know it.
Further north, visitors encounter the fertile Olifants River Valley and the vast plains of the Knersvlakte with its wealth of indigenous succulent plants. The Olifant's River Valley is cultivated intensively with an emphasis on citrus and other fruits, vegetables and vineyards as well as a health-giving herbal drink called rooibos tea. In spring, carpets of wild flowers cover the region from the coast to the mountains. Spring flowers and fynbos are a constantly changing wonder attracting hikers and nature-lovers throughout the year.