Adventure & Attactions
Viswater Mountain Bike Route

The Viswater Mountain Bike Route is a circular route of approximately 30km that starts at Doringbaai and meanders to Papendorp and back again. It spans a wide variety of surfaces and diverse vegetation. At certain places, you will be as close as 50m from the ocean. At the start, you will experience incredible single-track paths up to Papendorp and then you will take on an open gravel road back to Doringbaai.

Viswater MTB Route

LCN Events: Fryer’s Cove Challenge / Strandfontein Fun Enduro

The Fryer’s Cove Challenge takes place each year in December. The fun run is 9km and the MTB ride is 40km starting in Strandfontein and ending at Fryer’s Cove winery in Doringbaai. Enjoy the prize-giving ceremony afterward with a glass of local wine and a platter at the Jetty Restaurant. Fundraising for a small local school, Hansie en Grietjie Kleuterskool, Lutzville.

Strandfontein Fun Enduro is a family event for young and old, beginners and pros, quads, bikes & side x sides.

Contact: Oubaas Kersop – 083 230 4801
okersop@gmail.com

 

Papendorp Estuary

Visit Papendorp and explore the Olifantsriver Estuary.

The Olifants Estuary has been classified as the fourth most important South African Estuary in terms of Estuarine Conservation. The estuary is permanently open, thereby creating a unique ecosystem for birds, fish, and botanical importance. It is 36km long to the low water bridge of Lutzville.

The greatest concentration of birds can be found within the Olifants River estuary, an important habitat for thousands of migratory birds. More than 200 bird species have been recorded here, and in summer the estuary’s bird population can swell to over 15 000 individuals.

Lesser and greater flamingos, African marsh harriers, African black oystercatchers, Caspian and swift terns, Hartlaub’s gull, and Curlew sandpipers can all be seen in significant numbers. Rare migratory waders such as common redshank, pectoral and broad-billed sandpipers, red-necked phalarope, and dunlin also frequent the estuary.

Download the Papendorp Estuary Brochure HERE.

 

Sishen-Saldanha Railway Bridge

Take a selfie at the Sishen-Saldanha Railway Bridge

This impressive bridge over the Olifants River is worth a brief stop on your journey. Completed in 1975, the bridge is 1035m in length, supported by 22 pillars that each extend 45m into the riverbed.

Gifberg Mountain

Head out on the 4×4, 80km circle route that takes you over the Gifberg mountain. Experience magical views, interesting rock formations, farm life, hiking trails, San Rock Art, seasonal Waterfalls, and winding gravel roads. 

Please contact 082 608 7554, our 24h line for directions and more information. 

Explore Vanrhynsdorp

Explore Vanrhynsdorp and Go back in time. Visit the world-famous nurseries,         

Van Rhyn museum, Old Jail & War graves. Take an easy stroll around town and discover buildings dating back as far as the 1700s.

Wandering Whale Labyrinth

Take a short hike from Strandfontein to the Wandering Whale Labyrinth.  Built on a clifftop at the edge of the ocean, from here you will find trails to explore with dramatic sea views up and down the coast. Come wintertime these cliffs serves as an excellent lookout point for whales.

Sunset Picnics & Beach Walks

Stock up at local farmstalls with farm-style preserves and nuggets of sweet “skuinskoek” to complete your Weskus picnic basket.

Roosterkoek

We love our Roosterkoek-tannies! Have you tried one?

You will find that every town in the region does have its own tannie, making roosterkoek for many years. For many families, it is a Saturday morning tradition to buy warm and fresh roosterkoek with smoor and wors.

Roosterkoek = (bread dough that is cooked on a grid on an open fire)

Go Beyond our Borders

Surrounding our area, we have a wealth of experiences and hospitality to enjoy. The splendor of the Cederberg mountains – the desolate yet enthralling Boesmanland and the vast stretches of the Great Karoo are but a few of these gems.

Wild Camping

Where the Hardeveld meets the ocean is an expansive, wild and desolate coastline. The raw beauty of the landscapes attracts a particular kind of traveler who enjoys camping in the rough and the solitude of going off-road. It’s here that you’ll find soul-replenishing hideaways like Brand-se-Baai and Skaapvlei among the many remote bays and inlets.

 

Some points to ponder:

  • Please note that there are no official camping spots and they cannot be booked. First come first serve. 
  • There are no facilities, so you must be 100% self-efficient. 
  • What you take with you, you must take back with you (that includes all your garbage!) 
  • 4×4 recommended. (sandy dirt roads)
  • Once you reach the northern border of the west coast you will need a permit to enter Groenriver – Namaqua National Park – contact them beforehand for details: 027 672 1948
VREDENDAL (& Vanrhynsdorp) NAMAQUA WEST COAST TOURISM OFFICE

P.O. Box 1000,
3 Church Street, Vredendal, 8160

+27 (0) 27 201 3376
wine@visitnwc.com
www.visitnwc.com

24-hour line: 082 608 7554