Lambert’s Bay is a small ‘fishing’ village, located on the West Coast of South Africa ±250km or 3-hours’ drive north from Cape Town. To the east, the northern gateway to the Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam, is a 30-minute drive away.
The town features a small harbour, miles of white-sand beaches and rich birdlife. These days the harbour is frequented more by ‘diamond boats’, which explore the seafloor for the precious gems, than fishing vessels. Probably the best-known attraction ‘in’ town is Bird Island, about 100m off-shore and accessed via a short boat hop or via a breakwater (weather dependent). The hide on the island has recently been upgraded and offers up-close views of thousands of Cape Gannet and Cormorant that breed on the island.
Another favourite is the Muisbosskerm open-air seafood restaurant right on the beach a couple of kilometres south of Lambert’s Bay. Delicious seafood - including local crayfish - and other dishes are prepared over open fires in a laid-back friendly environment.
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the Cape Winelands, taste some of our best estate wines and experience the special kind of West Coast hospitality and cuisine. Visit two factories at Clanwilliam producing two quintessential South African products: velskoene and rooibos tea. Overnight at the quaint Paternoster. Visit Saldanha Bay harbour and the West Coast National Park. In season you might enjoy vast expanses of indigenous flowers.
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Bird Island Nature Reserve .
Clanwilliam is a town in the Western Cape situated in the Olifants River Valley. The town lies between the Cederberg Mountains to the east and the Clanwilliam Dam to the west. It is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa and the town centre contains no less than 7 National Monuments.
South Africa’s western seaboard or The West Coast stretches from the outskirts of Cape Town the Namibian border in the north, along the way gradually changing from semi-arid vegetation to desert. The most popular section is the West Coast Peninsula (West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Saldanha, Paternoster, etc.).
Bird Island Nature Reserve lies offshore from Lambert’s Bay ±241 north of Cape Town. Visitors access the island either via the breakwater or a short boat hop. It is home to thousands of seabirds that breed there. The Island’s bird hide allows close-up observations of the birds.