Voted year after year as “The Best City in the World” by the UK Telegraph, Cape Town is a city that needs no introduction

But there is more to the Mother City than that which meets the eye, with a few hidden gems nestled on the coastline which shares an ocean with the pristine West Coast National Park.

The West Coast stretches from the town of Blaauwberg to St Helena Bay and forms the perfect road trip, boasting quaint villages, pristine beaches and delectable food at restaurants and cafes along the way.

Here are six spots you must see on your trip from Cape Town to the West Coast National Park:

1. Blaauwberg Nature Reserve on the West Coast

Blaauwberg Nature Reserve is the first destination in South Africa to receive a WESSA Green Coast award because of conservation efforts to protect endangered fauna and flora species.

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The reserve is one of very few destinations in South Africa where there are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in sight – Table Mountain and Robben Island.

The fynbos slopes and sandy coastline are home to a number of animal species, including 49 different land and ocean mammals, 162 bird species, and as many as 559 plant species.

Popular attractions include the Derdesteen and Haakgat beaches which are a favourite among surfers and kite surfers, whilst Holbaai is a great place for those keen fisherman.

 

2. Melkbosstrand

Melkbosstrand is a beautiful coastal village and beach that is known for its water sports. The Main Beach is great for long walks and there are several dining spots along the main road.

The nearby Koeberg Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for nature walks, with an opportunity to see animals like grysbok, steenbok, duiker, bontebok and springbok. You may also catch a glimpse of the more elusive African wild cat, grey mongoose, and genet. It is a fantastic birdwatching destination with as many as 153 bird species recorded.

Other activities on offer in this region of the West Coast include hiking trails, horse riding and golfing.

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