Services

Froggy’s

‘Fusion’ cuisine might be considered last-season in trendy foodie circles, but the flavours that are fused in Froggy’s tiny kitchen sure pack a flavour punch. Be sure not to miss the fresh Saldanha Bay mussels in a creamy Pernod sauce, or one of the flavourful curry mains served with a selection of tasty home-made sambals. Open Noon-4pm Wed-Sun; 6.30-10pm Tue-Sat....

Die Strandloper Restaurant

Die Strandloper Restaurant Die Strandloper is still one of the most popular open-air restaurants in the area. Its reasons for success are easy to pinpoint – a spectacular location right on the lagoon, a seemingly endless West Coast-style spread with anything from bokkoms to braaivleis, and friendly local staff who complete the authentic experience with uninhibited character. Open Lunch Noon....

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...

Darling Olives

Masses of mission olives are processed into many guises at Darling Olives. Besides the obvious Calamata-style olives and extra virgin oil, products range from soap to jam and chutney to chocolate. The goat’s milk cheese is delicious and everything can be tasted (R5-R10) and bought along with the estate’s NJB wines. Open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm Sat. How to get here:...

Book League

Owner Anne Greenwell puts her experience as librarian and publishing agent to good use and together with partner Wendy McIlrae will endeavour to find any book on your wish list if it is not already in their interesting collection. Bring along the kids for a fun reading experience. Open 8.30am-5.15pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-2pm Sat.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers During the spring months, the usually monochromatic hills are covered in a vast array of colourful wildflowers. You can visit a number of wildflower reserves, like Tienie Versfeld, Oudepost or Contreberg to witness this spectacle. The annual Wild Flower Show and Duckitt Nurseries Orchid show are held in September (022 492 2606).

Evita se Perron

Evita se Perron The Tannie Evita’s A en C (Arts and Crafts) roof sign signals the political bantering that goes on in these old station buildings housing Evita Bezuidenhout’s queendom. There’s a theatre, restaurant (think classics like bobotie and milk tart), the Elsie Balt Gallery showcasing local artists’ work, Boerassic Park statue garden and the Nauseum (col-lection of Africana and...