5 Days surfing along the coast of the Weskus

Cape Town and the Western Cape is a surfer’s paradise. Offering surfers great conditions in every direction, virtually all year round, the Western Cape has point breaks and beach breaks, even giant reef breaks. It would take month to explore the options available to surfers on a road trip. Take a look at this five-day journey down the Cape West Coast to get you started and for the non-surfers in the family, never fear, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Day One – Cape Town

Named by Surf Magazine as one of the world’s best surf cities, Cape Town is your first port of call on this trip. In truth, one day may not be enough with numerous spots around this great surf city to explore. There is something for everybody on this portion of the trip – from beginners to experts – with Muizenberg a great beach to learn the tricks of the trade with a number of surf schools lining the beachfront and beaches like Llandudno and Dungeons great options for the more experienced surfers. Get a taste of the West Coast with a session out at Blouberg. The water can be chilly 

For the non-surfers: 

Cape Town is a city that caters to all sports lovers, with so many things to choose from. The Mother City has some of the best golf courses in the world, boasting world class facilities, and is also home to two of the most iconic sports stadiums on the globe – Newlands Rugby Stadium and Newlands Cricket Stadium – where the provincial and national teams are often in action. The annual IRB Sevens Series is held at the Cape Town Stadium in December and it has been hugely successful. 

Outside of sport:

A foodie city and cultural hot spot, there is plenty to offer visitors outside of the sporting realm. Cape Town and surrounds boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, with the likes of The Test Kitchen and Chef’s Warehouse frequently topping the awards, while the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront has firmly established the city a cultural heavy-hitter.

Day Two – Melkbosstrand

Just 31-minutes outside of Cape Town, the little town of Melkbosstrand is close to other West Coast surf spots like Silverstroom and Yzerfontein and has some great waves to test yourself on, with some awesome little corners and nooks to explore. Waves come on all winds and tides and it really is a little slice of heaven. A great entry point to the greater West Coast.

For the non-surfers: 

Hiking is a big deal in Melkbos and for good reason – there are some epic trail to explore. The Grotto Bay Trails range from 3km to 15km, providing for a variety of fitness levels, while hikes in the Koeberg Nature Reserve are a perfect way to explore nature in this natural wonderland. It’s a top spot for bird watchers as well. If you’re looking for something a little bit more up-tempo, check our Ridge Riders Sandboarding – hit the dunes and get your surf on – just without the water.

Outside of sport: 

There are some seriously great restaurants in Melkbos, while the Melkbosch Food Fair is an absolute must. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month, if you’re in town stop in for some fresh, organic fare – you won’t regret it! For the history buffs, the South African Air Force Museum is a great option with an impressive range of airplanes and helicopters form bygone eras. 

Day Three – Yzerfontein

An exposed beach and reef break with reliable conditions all-year round, Yzerfontein’s break is sometimes referred to as Schaap Eiland Surfing here was pioneered by legends like John Whitmore in the 50’s with the Atlantic Ocean’s powerful Westerly swells making it a prime location for the sport. 

For the non-surfers:

If surfing is not your vibe, there are some great trails – both for hikers and mountain bikers – to explore. The Darling Stagger is a two-day slackpacking trail in the Cape West Coast Biosphere and has a focus on food and wine, with a walk and a cycle allowing for the exploration of the nearby town of Darling. The Wheels of Time is a 4-day back road cycling trip from Mamre to Darling, Elandsfontein Farm, the West Coast National Park and !Khwa Ttu. Aimed at recreational cyclists, it’s a great way to explore the area.  

Outside of sport: 

There is plenty to do for those looking for something outside of the physical and more for the brain or the tummy. Beaches restaurant overlooks the beautiful 16 Mile Beach and you can enjoy the view while snacking on some seriously great dishes, with everything from calamari to samoosas on the menu. On the outskirts of town you can enjoy the Blombosch 4x4 Nature Trail where you can experience everything the Sandveld Region has to offer. Other must-visit locations are the Dassen Island Lighthouse and the !Kwha ttu experience, which explores the culture and heritage of the San people. 

Day Four – Paternoster

Paternoster is an idyllic West Coast town with sandy white beaches and epic surf when the conditions are right. A light-offshore break – ranging between 5 - 8 feet – with some good barrels. The wave can be heavy and the currents can be tricky when the swell is big.  

Outside of surfing:

The West Coast has some epic trails and Paternoster is no different. The Five Bay Trail covers 28km over two days, while there are a number of smaller trails to explore if you can’t commit to the time. If you want to explore the waters, but don’t surf, there are guided kayaking tours on offer, with all the necessary gear provided. Drikus Horse Riding offers beach and cart rides and is based just 8km away from town on the Swartrug farm.

Outside of sport:

Paternoster has some seriously great restaurants with the seafood dishes something of a speciality here. The Noisy Oyster is a favourite spot that serves South African cuisine and the menu change daily. The seafood, as you would expect, is excellent here. Reuben’s is located in Abalone House and is wonderful fine dining option with a seasonal menu. Simple, yet elegant, it’s a must while you are in town. Paternoster is one of the oldest villages on the West Coast and there are a number of quaint shops and restaurants to visit while in town. The Paternoster Art Route, launched in 2018, is a growing and dynamic platform for local creatives to showcase their skills. Including a number of galleries, studios and shops, the route is 2,5km long and makes for a great stroll through the village. 

Day Five – Lambert’s Bay

The final stop on your trip, Lambert’s Bay is an exposed river break that has some great, reliable surf conditions. Summer can be a bit flat, with ideal winds coming from the east. Most of the swells comes from groundswells with the ideal swell direction from west – southwest. 

Outside of surfing:

Lambert’s Bay is your quintessential fishing village and most people come for the surf or to get off the grid and put their feet up. We would suggest you do the same, but if you’re looking for something to do when the surf conditions aren’t great, the Boegoeberg 4x4 trail in nearby Graafwater is a great way to explore.

Outside of sport:

From August to October, Southern Right whales visit Lambert’s Bay and Lambert’s Bay Boat Charters give you the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close. There are a number of restaurants to enjoy, including the Bosduifklip Open Air Restaurant, Isabella’s and the Muisbosskerm Open Air restaurant. Sir Lambert Wine is just 3km from the sea at Lambert’s Bay and produces a Shiraz and a Sauvignon Blanc with the sea and the cool breeze coming off it influencing the flavours of both, making them truly unique. 

Named by Surf Magazine as one of the world’s best surf cities, Cape Town is your first port of call on this trip.

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