kraalbaai lagoon west coast national park

West Coast Road Trip

It’s starting to feel very summery here in South Africa, so we decided last weekend to take a last-minute mini road trip up the West Coast of South Africa with a few ideas for stops along the way.

We started the day driving through the wine town of Darling,  and stopped at the Marmalade Cat Cafe, where we, indeed, met Marmalade the cat.


It was then on to the West Coast National Park, which we visited back in September for its wildflowers. This time, we swam, snorkeled and bird watched. The latter two, rather unsuccessfully.


Kraalbaai Lagoon

Kraalbaai Lagoon is impossibly blue with white sand beaches. When we went, it was beautiful, warm and empty. We had the whole beach and waters to ourselves.

kraalbaai lagoon west coast national park

kraalbaai lagoon west coast national park


Birdwatching from a bird hut in Geelbek.



We spent the night in the town of Langebaan before driving further up the coast to Elands Bay, which is a tiny surf town that seems to be suffering from a jelly fish invasion.


Jelly fish as far as the eye can see—is it always like this?

Elands Bay is one of the best places on the West Coast for surfing. Since we’re beginners and fans of 3-5 foot waves, we only watched. The surfers were incredible.


Elands Bay also has dogs of the six-legged variety.

Driving back, we stopped at another random beach to take a nap before making the last of our leg to Cape Town.

It’s one of my favorite things about this country. We were feeling tired, so we pulled off to take a quick nap on an empty, picturesque beach in the middle of nowhere. Where else can you do something like that?



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