29 April 2016

West Coast Again - Some easy walks

Jacobs Baai - West Coast

The magic of the West Coast lies purely in it's coastal villages as the road is rather boring getting there.

A favourite of mine is Jabobs Baai (Bay) - this tranquil spot offers some lovely walks along the coast that are not strenous but very scenic. Breathe in the pure sea air whilst meandering along the footpaths. The sound of the crashing waves on this rocky coastline is balm to my soul and has an amazing energising effect.

If you are feeling peckish either before or after your walk, pop in at the small restaurant for a coffee or some nourishment.

Another glorious spot for walking, at low tide, is the Langebaan Lagoon. One can walk from the main parking area, where all the beach restaurants are, right up to Friday Island, which is a beach bar and restaurant. After your walk, just sit and watch the waves, the fishermen, the surfers or the kids having fun on the beach!

After all the walking, maybe some bird watching is in order? Take a drive into the West Coast National Park where there are a number of bird hides. There were lots of beautiful flamingos this time - unfortunately, my lens is just not big enough to photograph these gorgeous birds.

The White Cottage on the hill is well worth the stop as this has now been restored and houses a very interesting collection, under glass, of the history of the area.

Kraal Bay is a must, if only to gaze longingly at the houseboats moored on the lagoon!

Geelbek Restaurant offers delicious teas and meals with friendly service.

There are many other villages to venture into - see a previous blog for further info.


© Judelle Drake

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