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North of Cape Town is the West Coast region renowned for its vibrant display of wild flowers in Spring, coastal fishing villages and small holiday resorts. Further inland are the majestic Cedarberg mountains and the undulating wheatfields of the Swartland district. Seaside towns worth visiting include Langebaan, Lambert's Bay, Elands Bay, Yzerfontein and Paternoster and inland - Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Darling.
Langebaan - 1 hours drive from Cape Town
Just an hour from Cape Town, Langebaan and its lagoon are a favourite amongst locals and holidaymakers presenting ideal opportunities for watersports, windsurfing and sailing. The nearby West Coast National Park is a world renowned wetland and is a birdlovers paradise. A variety of birds as well as wildlife and spectacular flowers and scenery can be seen here. Accommodation from camping to guesthouses is available, as well as the popular Greek style Club Mykonos resort.
Lambert's Bay - 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town
Located at the mouth of the Jakkals River, Lambert's Bay has developed from a small fishing village into a popular seaside resort attracting many visitors with its white sandy beaches and azure blue sea. The nearby Bird Island is a breeding ground for Jackass Penguins, Cape cormorants and other birds and is worth a visit.
Dolphin and whale watching in Spring, fishing and other water sports are also possible, as well as hiking and 4x4 trails. The area is also well known for its fresh sea fare including fresh fish, crayfish and mussels.
Darling - 1 hours drive from Cape Town
Set amongst wheatfields and vineyards, the picture perfect town of Darling is also part of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve. This historical town with its Victorian architecture, museums and flower shows is also a convenient base from which to explore the West Coast area. South African comedian and playright Pieter Dirk Uys or 'Evita Bezuidenhout' as he is better known is based here and dinner and a live show can be enjoyed at Evita se Peron. Wine tasting, the Butter Museum and wild flowers in Spring can all be enjoyed.
Citrusdal - 2 hours from Cape Town
Nestled at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, Citrusdal is a large citrus producing region. Spectacular scenery, including snowcapped mountains in winter, hiking and walking can all be enjoyed. The nearby hot springs offers indoor and outdoor pools for year-round relaxation. The surrounding Cederberg Wilderness Area is renowned for its spectacular rock formations, flora and fauna and is popular amongst hikers and climbers. The area is particularly well known for the dazzling displays of wild flowers and fynbos which bloom in spring each year.
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> Spring flowers are usually in season in late August and early September dependant on the weather. Pay a visit to the Postberg Section of the West Coast National Park near Langebaan for lovely displays of flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink and purple.
> For a fresh seafood experience, try one of the beach restaurants - where a seafood feast is served in a makeshift restaurant on the beach