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West Coast: Why it is perfect for female travellers


The ‘girlfriend getaway market’ is on the rise. In fact, surveys and growing statistics show that women travel more than men. And, 80% of all travel decisions are made by women, with 64% of global travellers being female. It’s a sign: The future of travel is female.

What do women want?

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Carmen Lerm from West Coast Way says: “We have seen that female travellers are looking for immersive getaways. They want to experience diverse cultures, cuisines and customs. They prioritise happiness and are looking for beach escapes ,unique shopping opportunities, sightseeing experiences and adventures that leave them with rich memories.”

She says that women are often travelling together with friends and family, and that the number of women-only travel companies have grown by well over 200% over the past few years. This is dude to the fact that nearly two thirds of travellers are women. Also, women travel solo and with their partners and children from family getaways.

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Why is the West Coast ideal for female travellers?

South Africa’s West Coast ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to female travellers. In fact, it delivers on all the above-mentioned criteria. It is known for its friendly locals and vibrant culture, there is a plethora of activities to engage in, various events take place on the West Coast, there are numerous delightful eateries and attractions to explore and more. Let’s also not forget the incredible natural scenery of the West Coast.

Furthermore, it’s an all-year destination. But, summer is certainly spectacular, which is why you might want to save these West Coast-themed routes for your next girls trip:

Culture Route

The West Coast boasts a friendly culture and a deep love for nature. There is no shortage in sights to see here – from the beautiful shores of Bloubergstrand to the incredible landscapes of the Cederberg Mountains.


Be sure to stop at Studio 46 – a fine art, jewellery and handcraft studio in Bloubergstrand. It is located on the historic Stadler Road and features a range of stunning pieces. If you’re keen to explore the area a little further, book accommodation at The Lodge at Atlantic Beach, which boasts affordable, yet luxurious accommodation in Melkbosstrand – a mere 25-minute drive from Cape Town. In addition to the comfortable accommodation, there’s also an 18-hole links-style golf course at the lodge, perfect for gals who want to improve their handicap while indulging in Table Mountain views.

If you’re a keen wine enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know that Groote Post is also based in the area and it is the gateway to the charming town of Darling. Hence, taste a few wines at Groote Post and then head down to Darling Brew, which is a top-notch brewery with a restaurant where you can sit back and relax. If you’re planning on stayig over in Darling, Disa Lodge offers a cosy and comfy place to lay your head down after a day filled with drinks.

In addition to these activities, also check out West Coast National Park, !Khwa ttu Heritage Centre, Evita se Perron and various nature experience and restaurants dotted throughout the area.

West Coast National Park

Foodie Route

Speaking of restaurants, if you’re a foodie, a food and culture experience along the Cape West Coast is a given. The region is known for its unique flavours and delicious cuisine, with Thali Thali Game Lodge being one place to experience a culinary journey. Stay here and enjoy delightful meals served up by their restaurant. In addition to the cuisine, you can also go on game drives here.

Venture out from here and explore the small towns of the West Coast. You can take a circular route, stopping in Langebaan, Paternoster, St Helena Bay, Saldanha and Jacobsbaai and discover their culinary gems too.

Tractor Route

Just like the wheels of a tractor, this route takes roadtrippers all around the West Coast on a journey through stunning landscapes and charming towns. From the blue waters of the ocean to the golden fields of wheat, you will pass through purple olive groves and green vineyards on this route. Be sure to stop in towns like Yzerfontein, Darling, Riebeek Valley, Malmesbury, Moorreesburg and Koringberg, where you can get a taste of their local cuisine, meet the friendly locals and take some beautiful pictures.

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Berg Route

The Berg River flows through Bokkomlaan, a heritage site rich in biodiversity. This area is also the heart of Velddrif, with historical fishing cottages that have been converted into quirky restaurants, stores and cafes for visitors to enjoy. Ek en Djy Vissery is a must-visit, where you can enjoy a delicious local meal. They are known for their full-flavoured dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Also, take a cruise along the Berg River with Cracklin’ Rosie River Tours, after which a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Columbine Co. comes highly recommended.

Located just outside of Velddrif and Dwarskersbos, Wamakersvlei Beach Farm boasts a private beach with five individual self-catering cottages. It’s the perfect family escape along the West Coast, with unmatched natural beauty.

Kersefontein Guest Farm is also located in the area, right on the Berg River. It’s a historic gem, with some of the most spectacular vistas we’ve ever come across and the accommodation is bound to take you back in time.

Wild Route

The West Coast Way Wild Route is divided into two halves – the Sustainable Seafood Track and the People Rocking Nature Track. The Sustainable Seafood Track showcases the West Coast’s commitment to sustainability, while the People Rocking Nature Track is all about celebrating locals who make the region special.

For accommodation, take a look at Lambert’s Bay Tourism for seaside accommodation options, or West Coast Wonders for farm and town stays in Lambert’s Bay.

While roadtripping, keep an eye out for venues like Bosduifklip (the most wonderful and unique wedding venue) and Kookfontein where you can taste Sauvignon Blanc from the region. Of course, the ‘valley of flowers’ is also a must. If you happen to travel in the area in flower season, Citrusdal’s Piekenierskloof Mountain Lodge offers exceptional accommodation.

Flower season west coast south africa

No matter the reason for travelling to the West Coast, there’s something for everyone and every heart. One thing is certain, though: You will return rejuvenated, filled with flavour and with a love for local.

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