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

Game Drives

Thali Thali

Contact 0823728637

John Wayne River Cruises

0837802222

Horse riding

Catherine 0722614907 Appointments only