The Western Cape is probably best known for the Cape Floral Kingdom, Winelands, Table Mountain, Cape Point and the popular tourist city of Cape Town. Although all these attractions are undeniably appealing, it is the remote, untouched destinations which are often overlooked that provide some of the more authentic travel experiences.
There is a wealth of fascinating culture, history, architecture and spellbinding beauty inherent to the rural villages, lush, secretive valleys and simple seaside hamlets in the Cape West Coast.
Rough sidetracks, winding switchback passes and long, thirsty distances are best explored at leisure and with the complete freedom of reliable Cape Town car hire. To really appreciate the inhabitants, magnificence and resounding silence of this unique region, its essential to set aside at least a fortnight.
With enchanting names such as Darling, Stompneusbaai, Biedouw Valley and Wuppertal, visitors to the West Coast can easily alternate between quintessential Cape fishing villages, Moravian mission stations and fertile valleys secreted in the heart of the Cederberg Mountains.
West Coast Highlights
Regional hotspots, way off the beaten track yet easily negotiated with the convenience of Cape Town airport car hire, include:
Darling nestling amongst the golden wheat fields of the Swartberg, only 75 km from Cape Town, is the charming farming village of Darling. Characterised by beautifully restored Victorian architecture and side splitting shows hosted by political satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Darling is a colourful week-end getaway in the midst of flower country.
Stompneusbaai sandwiched between St Helena Bay and Shelly Point on the rugged Atlantic coastline is the quaint fishing hamlet of Stompneusbaai. Named after the fish that populate the picturesque bay in numbers, the gastronomic centre of outstanding seafood including mussels and lobster is the ideal base from which to explore a number of West Coast nature reserves.
Cederberg inland, to the east, is the magnificent Cederberg Wilderness Area, a breathtaking assortment of weathered rock formations, spectacular view sites, challenging hiking trails and rare mountain fynbos. Once the exclusive domain of the San, who left samples of intricately etched rock art on the walls and overhangs of caves, the Cederberg is a natural, unspoilt haven of leopard, caracal, aardwolf, bat eared fox and over 100 bird species.
Biedouw Valley surrounded by the towering peaks of the Cederberg is a lush, fertile valley that bursts into a cacophony of colours each spring. Wild flowers, buchu and rooibos flourish in this obscure little dell that doubles as a pristine and secluded all-year hiking destination.
Wuppertal the timeless village of Wuppertal, in its picture perfect setting deep in the Tra-Tra mountains, is known and loved for its incomparable solitude, handmade veldskoene, roltabak and flourishing, self sustaining vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. A Moravian mission station since 1865 and featuring the original thatch cottages, Wuppertal is the ideal place to rest, relax and revive far from the bright lights of the city.
Where to Find Reliable Cape Town Car Hire Online
Affordable Cape Town car hire, good to go directly from the Cape Town International Airport, can be found online at the Reeds Car and Bakkie Rental website.
With 24/7 personalised service including roadside assistance, a comprehensive car rental fleet that varies from economical, compact hatchbacks to comfortable seven-seaters, and discounted rates, Reeds Car and Bakkie Rental is the value driven car rental alternative in Cape Town.