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Way Down Africa Adventure Centre

Way Down Africa Adventure Centre If a sunset cruise on a hydrofoil-supported catamaran (on two oceans) sounds like your cup of tea, visit Cape Agulhas Backpackers and speak to owners Erin and Malan Conradie who also run the town’s adventure centre. Malan, a boat designer by trade, will help you spot whales (in season), dolphins, hammerhead sharks, seals and stingrays. The centre also offers sea...

Kimilili Cheese Farm

Kimilili Cheese Farm Visit the estate cheesery to see happy cows being milked, experience the cheese-making process and taste award-winning hand-crafted cheeses in the Swiss and French traditions. Small groups and children are welcome but booking is essential. The best time to visit is on a weekday morning. Open 10am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-1pm Sat, Sun. No credit cards are accepted.

Ceres Transport Ryders’ Museum

This quaint museum pays homage to the transport riders who played an important role in the development of Ceres, which was relatively inaccessible before the completion of Michell’s Pass. Later transport became a major industry, and wagons were used by farmers well into the 20th century. Here you can learn more about the natural history of the area, as well as the early...

Vine Hopper

Why spoil the fun for a designated driver when you can hop on or off a merry bus while sampling some of the finest vino? The bus service is divided into two routes (north and south) and each stops at six different wineries. Ask for ad-vice on which stop is good for some grub on one of the estates. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat. Rates R170 (1 day); R300 (2 days).

Drakenstein Lion Park

Drakenstein Lion Park Before you get all excited, this isn’t the kind of place where you can rough and tumble with cubs or stroke a jungle king’s mane. This is a rehabilitation centre for lions that’ve been bred in captivity and often times suffered abuse at the hands of circus bosses and zoo keepers. Nonetheless, you’ll be more than content watching these majestic predators from the safe...

Franschhoek Wine Bus

Franschhoek Wine Bus A new way to wander between wineries, the off-road ‘wine bus’ whisks you through vineyards and over mountains, tasting some of the valley’s best wines and meeting winemakers along the way. Booking is essential, as each tour can only accommodate 10 people. Departs from Rickety Bridge Wine Estate . Tours Weekends 11am. Winter 10am, 2pm Mon-Fri. Season 9.30am, 2.30pm Mon-...

Grootvlei Guest Farm

Grootvlei Guest Farm Grootvlei offers friendly four-star accommodation in a beautifully restored homestead just outside of Lambert’s Bay. Opt for a sea-facing room and let the tempestuous Atlantic lull you to sleep. The additional three-star seashell cottages, situated right on the dunes, offer cosy accommodation for four couples in the traditional West Coast matjieshuis style. How to get...

Draaihoek Lodge

Draaihoek Lodge Bordering the untamed Atlantic West Coast and situated within a private nature reserve, Draaihoek Lodge is a perfect blend between a seaside retreat and a country escape. Unwind in your luxury West Coast-style cottage – complete with fireplace – while listening to the thumping waves metres away. The on-site à-la-carte restaurant offers modern South African cuisine and a...

Crayfish Hiking Trail

This fascinating five-day hike between Elandsbaai and Lambert’s Bay is a great experience. Led by a local guide, meander deserted beaches, wetlands, dune fields, river beds and mountain ranges while discovering a world of indigenous flora and fauna – not least of which the endemic Heaviside’s dolphin. Meals and authentic rural accommodation included. Rates R3 400-R4 100...

Bird Island Nature Reserve

Try your best to brave the guano stench as no trip to Lambert’s Bay is complete without visiting Bird Island. As one of only six sites in the world where Cape gannets breed, it’s a must-visit for birders and nature enthusiasts. Study the massive flock from a custom-built lookout point and observe behaviour such as beak scissoring and unique mating dances. Also be on the...

Isabella’s Coffee Shop

This cosy, fishnet-clad eatery is situated in Lambert’s Bay’s working harbour, amongst bursts of steam and hooting boats – part of the rustic charm. Seafood? Sure. And plenty of it; from crayfish to line fish, and everything in between. But it’s the generous pizzas that keep regulars coming back for more. Open 8am-10pm daily. Main courses R65.

Elands Bay Hotel

Elands Bay Hotel Hotel: It’s not your average sea-facing hotel, but it has plenty of quirky, small-town appeal nonetheless. The interior is far from up-to-date – but that’s part of the charm. The hotel also manages the campsite right on the beach – a good option if you’re keen on hitting the surf at first light. Rates R150-R245 Restaurant: It’s not the most inspired menu on the West Coast...

Trinity Guest Lodge & Restaurant

Trinity Guest Lodge & Restaurant This beautifully renovated Victorian house has been decorated in elegant country style. Each of the en-suite double rooms in this four-star graded spot is individually decorated indicating the personalised touch offered here. Lounge by the pool or in the lush garden if you’re willing to leave your Victorian bath behind. Rates R400.

Ivy’s Homestay

Darling’s railway track still divides the town, but you can experience life on the other side at this homestay. Supported by the Dreamcatcher charity, owner Ivy Johnson’s motto is that her guests should receive the best, but don’t expect any bells and whistles, as this is the way she normally lives. Ivy’s conversation and the optional traditional meals are a treat. Rates...

Burgherspost Self-Catering Cottages

Situated on a private nature reserve, these two cottages overlooking fields, dams and hills, are air-conditioned, spacious and elegantly decorated. A game drive as well as two bottles of Cloof wine are included in the price. Other activities include hiking or 4x4 trails in the reserve. Burgherspost Wine Estate, 8km off Darling Cellars turn-off from R315 Rates starts from...