Laaiplek, being centrally situated, offers the perfect base to
explore the unique and stunningly beautiful West Coast of South Africa
The West Coast Way road-trips include a potpourri of exciting places to visit and experiences to lift your spirit. It’s opt to you to explore the scenic West Coast from Flaminkevlei Waterfront as your base - or stay in our sunny village to enjoy its amazing diversity of natural beauty and many things to see and do.
See one of the richest fossil exhibits at West Coast Fossil Park
Five million years ago sabre-toothed cats roamed this land, with four-tusked elephants and strange, three-toed horses. The West Coast then looked exotically different — green and well-watered. Then the Berg Rivier came down in a mighty flood. The flood demolished all before it and left behind only fossilized bones, washed up along the river banks.
Experience the gourmet mystery of Khoisan sea salt
Khoisan salt comes from a pristine underground seawater lake at the Velddrif Salt Works, on the shores of St. Helena Bay. The sea water filters through beds of shell giving the salt a distinct sweet salty taste and a roundness of flavor. Visit the Khoisan Salt factory shop in Velddrif and be delighted with a large variety of products.
Highlights of the West Coast National Park
- Seeklip, a massive rock jutting from the landscape with views up to Table Mountain
- Plankies Bay where whales visit anytime from July to October
- Breathtaking display of wild flowers of different shades and hues
- Approximately 250 bird varieties to be found - both resident and migratory
Observation of a live beehive at Simply Bee in Hopefield
The hive has been opened on one side to observe the intricate workings of the colony from behind glass. The back is open for the bees to come and go as they please.
Fascinating look into the history of fishing on the West Coast
The exhibits in the South African Fisheries Museum celebrates local history, nostalgically interweaving fishing from the past to the present. Exhibits include a unique collection of artifacts, photo exhibits, processing methods, models of trawlers, as well as interesting tales of the sea and the fearless seamen who sailed them.
Wine tasting and Picnicking at Org de Rac
Org de Rac Organic Wine Estate is a 100% organic wine farm. The scenic beauty of the estate is enhanced by fields of lavender, rosemary and olive groves. You see the estate when you cross the Berg Rivier towards Piketberg, inviting you to fine wine, good clean country air and a lust for life.
An experiential tour about "Africa's first people”
The !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre and Nature Reserve tour is much more than just sightseeing. All your senses will be engaged during the 2 to 3 hour guided bush experience with authentic San guides.
The centre has an excellent restaurant and photo exhibition hall.
Flaminkevlei Waterfront is a wonderful holiday haven, offering tranquility or fun on the mostly sunny West Coast days
The meandering Bergrivier reflects the vibe of Laaiplek — an absolute birder and photographer's mecca.
Beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue seas, great for snorkelling or scuba diving, are found from Laaiplek all along St Helena Bay.
The bay is a deep water marina and is part of the West Coast whale route — an added attraction for visitors.
Russels on the Port, an excellent 5 star restaurant is within walking distance from us. The restaurant overlooks the yacht club at Port Owen and has a lovely atmosphere.
Beach Outings @Laaiplek @Dwarskerbos @Shelly Point
Bird Watching at Swartjiesbaai
Jan Kotze 0837597075
Fishing and Picnicking Jan or Melanie Kotze 0227830818 / 0837597075
Bergrivier Golf Club Open 7 days a week Bar available 0227830535
Snorkeling Shelly Point St Helena Bay Contact:
Velddrif Bowling Club
Annette vd Sandt 0829506941
Tollie`s River & Boat Cruises
0797636966 / 0842066219
John Wayne River Cruises
Catherine 0722614907 Appointments only