How to experience the West Coast.

The West Coast of Southern Africa is something of a spiritual escape for me and my better half. We always tend to visit at least a few times a year, however always going to more or less the same areas…until recently. West Coast Way invited me along to a media day of road-tripping around the West Coast to see, taste and explore.

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Starting at The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, situated in Melkbosstrand, a 25 minute drive out from Cape Town. Chantal generously hosted us for a quick brekkie to meet-and-greet our fellow bloggers and media. Thereafter gave us a tour of The Lodge and it’s facilities. We had a quick tour of the fully equipped leisure centre, with Yoga class in session we had to keep the noise to a minimum in the area, to respect the space of those who use the leisure centre as an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. From there we had a sneak peak at the trails for those who like to go walking in nature and even came across a golfer ready to tee off. From there we popped in to the restaurant with delicious weekly specials not to be missed! For those looking for a venue for weddings, parties or even conferences, The Lodge has a magnificent space that can fit up to 200 people at a time with spectacular views of Table Mountain, and also a quaint little arch should you choose to hold your wedding ceremony right there. There is an amazing special currently running for accommodation at The Lodge, for only R1095 for a deluxe room and R895 for single occupancy(includes a continental breakfast). This special ends 30th April. Book now to avoid the disappointment and FOMO of not having to wake up and watch springboks and other local wildlife graze right outside your doorstep! Visit their website for more details and to book: The Lodge at Atlantic Beach

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A drive north on the R27 took us to our next destination, the R27 Roosterkoek pad stall stop. At just a a few months old, their roosterkoek is already making waves (I’m sorry, just couldn’t resist that one) along the west coast, so much so that theirs was voted the best in the West Coast! The other highlight of our pit-stop there was being welcomed oh so warmly with a piping hot cuppa Moerkoffie with a caffeine kick to boot. The Roosterkoek is made fresh daily and while you wait you can see it being made right there on the coals! With so many styles, flavours and fillings to choose from, you can’t go wrong by taking a shot left at the R27 Roosterkoek pad stall.

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Our next stop? Langebaan. More specifically the infamous Club Mykonos resort. A serene, Greek-inspired paradise of holiday-makers young and old. Our first stop was at the Marina, waiting to board a chariot that we would have lunch and drinks on, provided by Elite Charters. We had a quick tour of the new modern development that is their apartments that one can hire for a long weekend or two, fully furnished with top of the range furnishings, overlooking the moody marina. Entertainment for every member of the family can be found in every nook and corner. From a thrilling night at the casino to live music on the marina. If luck is on your side, why not play some Bingo by the seaside.

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Having only ever experienced Club Mykonos through epic stories of holidaying in the peak of summer, by friends, I certainly cannot wait to experience Club Mykonos myself and make my own memories! Visit their website for more information on how to book: Club Mykonos

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The padkos as pictured above is from the Kardoesie pad stal, was presented to us as something of a “West Coast Everyday kit” A loaf of bread, a packet of Bokkoms(is it even a survival kit without bokkoms?) vis kaaings, fat, jam and a pocket knife. The story told was of making a sandwich with all of the ingredients and then of course washing it down with an ice cold one. The story was told in Afrikaans, if told any other way, would lose its spark and humour. Kardoesie N7 Countrystop is only a 80 minute drive out from Cape Town. They offer Camping and self-accommodation facilities. Visit their site for more details: Kardoesie

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Thali Thali was another highlight of the day. Their hospitality and accommodation is definitely something that will draw me back there again. The game drive lasted about 1 hour and a bit. With some time to spare to tour the accommodation and get one last coffee in before we hit the long road back. The Farm house has a grand old charm about it. I particularly loved the old farm style kitchen, of course! The accommodation we got to view were cozy farm style cottages with one or two modern touches here and there but staying true to it’s farm/bush spirit. Stop by their website and book a stay in the farm house: Thali ThaliWest Coast Way Trip 2 332-2West Coast Way Trip 2 318West Coast Way Trip 2 297West Coast Way Trip 2 306-2West Coast Way Trip 2 255

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My experience was a pleasant and intriguing one, so much so that, the very next weekend, my partner and I got into our car and drove to the West Coast to taste some of that infamous Roosterkoek I couldn’t stop talking about! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is something magical and mysterious about the West Coast. There is so much soul in the coastal towns that surround the West Coast, so many stories to tell, food to taste, beautiful people to meet and memories to create.  I certainly cannot wait to get back into the car, pack some padkos and take a drive out to the West Coast.

 

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