West Coast Inspirations

A recent 5,500 kilometer road trip to the West Coast of South Africa was a first time destination for me. I had briefly visited Southern parts, but never the Namaqua National Park which straddles a hilly interior and a gritty, beautiful coastline.  The most special part of it, apart from its natural, undisturbed flora, rolling hills and craggy rocky shore, is the complete lack of people.  It's quiet, in places deafeningly so.  Its' beaches are often formed in little private bays and each inlet is free of people and exploitation of its bounty.  For miles and miles, just coastline, incredible vegetation, the odd seal colony and endless beauty.

Augrabies National Park is spectacular and arid and dry and rocky.  Dotted with Kokerbooms (Quiver trees) and a bright blue river that plunges through the rocks.  It is a must see destination.  The Namaqua National Park only has 4 chalets making the peace and privacy of the place extra special.  The park has a 4x4 trail called the Caracal trail which takes you to the ocean.  Although we did not complete the full trail, the parts we saw displayed beautiful valleys and flowers. 

Tankwa Karoo National Park, Lambert's Bay and surrounds are absolute gems.   The Northern Cape West Coast is blessed with excellent wine makers, fresh fish and enough to see and do to fill weeks of holiday.