Adventure BeckonsTime to get active! For adrenaline-seekers, Namaqua West Coast offers the combination of clean air, singular landscapes and challenging activities. From mountain climbing to hiking; 4x4 to mountain biking - it’s all here.
The region has an abundance of wild MTB routes with more in the pipeline:
The Viswater Mountain Bike Route Is a circular route of approximately 30 km that starts at Doring Bay 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 50 m from the ocean where the cool sea breeze is very welcome on those warm summer days! 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 Doring Bay, just as your legs are getting tired and the southern wind moves around. Afterwards you can enjoy an ice cold beer or local wine at the Jetty Restaurant. The 4x4 coastal route north of the Olifants River estuary is a magnet for divers, fishermen and off-road motorcyclists.
Maskam Brewing Company Mountain Bike Route The mountain bike trail stretches over 9 km, it takes you over and through sandy and rocky terrain. En route you will enjoy beautiful views of vineyards and the Maskam mountain. Afterwards you can relax on the lawn enjoying the family friendly atmosphere at their restaurant.
The Flamingo Birding Route The route stretches from Langebaan in the south of the Weskus to the northern borders of Vanrhynsdorp and Knersvlakte. Detailed descriptions are regularly updated on the Birding Routes section of the Flamingo Birding Route pages of www.westerncapebirding.co.za
The brochure places strong emphasis on the West Coast National Park as the flagship birding destination of the region, and then describes birding opportunities in the five local municipal areas. These descriptions are aimed at assisting visiting birders to gain easier access to birding sites in each municipal area, even though some birders will prefer to travel along either the coast or the N7 freeway.
For more information please follow the link. www.westerncapebirding.co.za
Some of the most popular camping spots are at Strandfontein, Jurg-se-kaya, Malkopbaai and Gert du Toit-se-baai and Brand-se-baai, one of the last true wild camps on the Cape West Coast.
Try the signposted hiking trail between Doringbaai and Papendorp, which includes two labyrinths along the way:
Walk the Wandering Whale Labyrinth, Strandfontein Built on a cliff top at the edge of the ocean, from the Wandering Whale Labyrinth there are dramatic sea views up and down the coast. Lined with blue mussel shells that crush gently underfoot, at the centre of the labyrinth is a bench surrounded by rose quartz - so you are surrounded by a circle of pink, a bigger circle of blue shells and the vast ocean beyond. In winter you can even whale watch while walking this uniquely situated labyrinth that has already seen over a thousand pairs of feet.
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Labyrinth of Memories, Papendorp This Labyrinth was built with stones from the original “Viswater House” of Lady Fryer and surrounding area. The path of pebbles laid is from diamondiferous gravel that travelled down the Kimberlite pipes to the Atlantic shores surrounding the Olifants River of the Matzikama. The topographical pattern resembles our Namaqua Daisy, the outer petals planted is the “Euphorbia Schoelandi”, a red data species unique to this area. This Labyrinth was built by hand with gratitude for the past and our ancestors, hope for the future and our children.
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027 215 1685
More rugged, mountain hiking can be done on the eastern perimeter of the southern Namaqualand, where holiday farms can serve as a convenient base.
For watersports, the Olifants River provides swimming and canoeing opportunities while the mouth is especially popular with kayakers. If it’s river rafting you’re after, try the Doring River near Klawer. Different companies do tours and river rafting.
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