West Coast & Northern Cape Karoo

Look beyond the beaten path and discover a grand country of dramatic vistas, remote towns and stunningly unique landscapes. South Africa’s less visited west coast takes you away from the tourist trail and rewards you with unspoiled vistas, delicious cuisine and wide open roads. Stop at Blaauwberg Nature Reserve for a leisurely walk through the fynbos and a view back to both Table Mountain and Robben Island before heading to coastal Yzerfontien with its small harbour and long stretch of white sand. Enjoy fresh seafood from the white washed fishing village of Paternoster before heading inland to the dramatic Cederberg Mountains.


What you’ll love most about South Africa’s West Coast and Northern Cape Karoo region

  • Discover the natural beauty of the West Coast National Park, where stunning wildflower displays, azure lagoons, and abundant birdlife create a vibrant landscape. Enjoy water sports, relax on sandy beaches, and explore the scenic Langebaan Lagoon
  • Wander through the charming fishing village of Paternoster, known for its white-washed cottages and fresh seafood, and explore the nearby Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Then, head to Saldanha Bay for excellent fishing, boating, and birdwatching opportunities
  • Journey to Sutherland for unparalleled stargazing at the South African Astronomical Observatory, where clear skies offer a breathtaking view of the night sky. Continue to Augrabies Falls to witness the dramatic waterfall and explore the surrounding national park
  • Venture into the Cederberg Mountains to see dramatic rock formations, ancient San rock art, and scenic hiking trails. Then, explore the rugged beauty of Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, known for its unique desert landscapes and rich biodiversity
  • Learn about South Africa’s diamond mining history at the Kimberley Big Hole and visit the adjacent museum. In spring, travel to Namaqualand to witness the stunning wildflower displays that transform the arid landscape into a colourful floral spectacle

Where to Book

  • Springbok jumping in the Karoo landscape of Mountain Zebra National Park

  • Forest of aloe in the Karoo region of South Africa

  • Tankwa Karoo Desert

  • Meerkats in the Western Cape

  • Cederberg landscape

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