Recreation and Sports

Die Vonds Snake Park

If you’re not one to be creeped out by several sibilant serpents slithering about in plain sight, then this place is just the ticket. There are over 40 snake species to ogle, ranging from meek and mild house snakes to scary-as-hell spitting cobras and Burmese pythons. Open 8am-4.30pm daily. Admission R25 adults; R15 under-18s. No credit cards.

Butterfly World

Butterfly World Step into the recreated rainforest and watch a dazzling display of butterflies silently flutter by. Over 500 pupae are imported year round and it’s quite a sight to see the beauties slo-o-o-wly emerging from their cocoons and ironing out their creased wings. When you’ve had your fill of flitting insects, check out the creepy spider and iguana exhibits. Open 9am-5pm...

Breytenbach Cultural Centre

Breytenbach Cultural Centre Set in the erstwhile home of acclaimed South African poet Breyten Breytenbach, this centre is quite the cultural nucleus of Wellington. Apart from the live music performances, literary readings and book launches regularly hosted here, there’s also a strong community focus, offering free music, dance, drama and art classes. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. Admission Free....

The Nuy River Gorge Kloofing

The Nuy River Gorge Kloofing Folks in need of an adrenaline fix can go on a guided kloofing adventure through the Nuy River Gorge. The two-and-a-half or one-day trips are fully catered and promise thrills aplenty. Rates Kloofing From R500 guided; R100 self-guided. Abseiling R175. No credit cards are accepted. Contact phone: 023 614 1895

Montagu Tractor Rides

Montagu Tractor Rides One of Montagu’s must-do attractions, this trac-tor-driven trailer has been chugging visitors up the Langeberg Mountain since the ’80s. Bird’s-eye views of the Koo Valley and a much-welcomed glass of muscadel await at the top. Then it’s all the way down again for a potjiekos lunch. Open Trips 10am, 2pm Wed, Sat. Booking essential. Rates R80 adults; R40 high schoolers;...

De Bos Rock Climbing

De Bos Rock Climbing For rock climbers, Montagu induces that kid-in-a-candy-store feeling. The surrounding rock faces on the outskirts of town offer a pick of around 400 bolted routes. Hire your equipment at De Bos, or chalk up and learn the ropes on a guided climb. The farm offers affordable accommodation and camping spots for climbers keen on making a weekend of it. De Bos also hires out...

Pearl Valley Golf Course

Pearl Valley Golf Course The Jack Nicklaus-designed Pearl Valley was home to the 2009 SA Open, and is rated amongst the best courses in the country. The 18 holes of parkland have gentle water hazards and forgiving bunkers, but save some swing for the signature par-3 13th. Rates R1 095 for 18 holes, including golf cart hire.

Het Vlock Casteel

Het Vlock Casteel Johan and Ansie Vlok are your hosts – he’s the farmer of olives and fruit, while she is the food scientist and creator of dozens of products on sale. They also make wine and olive oil. Take the time for a tutored tasting. There is also a restaurant with a deck boasting fabulous views, as well as farm tours. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat.

West Coast National Park

Activities in West Coast National Park Nature lovers can explore the West Coast National Park’s rich diversity of fauna and flora through a range of exciting activities: hike in the unspoilt Postberg section of the park with its unique strandveld vegetation, cycle between the wild veld flowers, study flamingo on the shores of the lagoon, and in season, do some whale-...

Live2ride Mountain Bike Experience

Live2ride Mountain Bike Experience There’s hardly a better way to experience the West Coast’s natural beauty than on a biking safari – and with expert guidance, you won’t miss out on essential info about the unspoilt surrounds or take any wrong turns. For experienced riders (or thrill seekers) a four-day, fully catered bike tour, which circles from Langebaan through to Paternoster and St Helena Bay, is on...

Langebaan Country Estate (Golf & Leisure)

Langebaan Country Estate (Golf & Leisure) This course, designed by Gary Player, is suitable for real pros and aspiring Players alike. If you can’t tell your birdie from your eagle an on-site golf academy led by PGA-qualified professional Bob Parry will have you putting perfectly in no time. Done golfing around? Relax at Zest – the in-house spa – or enjoy a leisurely lunch at the clubhouse’s elegant Horizon...

Cape Sports Centre

Cape Sports Centre Situated right on the lagoon, the well-established Cape Sports Centre is any water sports fanatic’s dream. Whether it’s good old surfing, kayaking or kiteboarding – and now even stand-up paddling – Cape Sports Centre has what you need. Try or buy equipment, pick up a few new tricks, or get lessons if you’re a complete novice – the Langebaan Lagoon is beginner-friendly.,...

Bugaloo Adventures

Bugaloo Adventures Discover the history of the lagoon’s three islands – Schaapen, Vondeling and Jutten – while enjoying a thrilling rubber duck ride. If you feel like taking a splash, jump on a jetski to explore the pristine beauty of the Saldanha Bay coastline, or take up a ‘wet and wild’ challenge spiced up with sharp turns and speedy chases. Berth No.1, Club Mykonos Marina, or Protea...

Buffelsfontein

Buffelsfontein If you spot giraffe on the R27, however unlikely it seems, you know you’ve entered Buffelsfontein territory. Inside the park, a guided game drive will reveal anything from blue wildebeest, oryx and zebra, to lesser-spotted bat-eared foxes, honey badgers and aardvark. It’s a bush experience on the West Coast. Open 8am-5pm. Game drives 9am and 2pm. Rates R400; R200 under-...

Bushmanskloof

Bushmanskloof For sheer luxury nothing can beat this award-winning wildlife reserve and wellness retreat. Situated in the midst of a sprawling stretch of natural splendour, it has all the luxury amenities you could ask for, and loads of activities to boot – from guided rock art walks to nature drives, riverside spa treatments, archery, canoeing, yoga, hiking, fishing, fine dining and...