The Namaqua West Coast, a region you enter some 2 hours North of Cape Town, is a place of iconic beauty and home of the rieldans, of skuit-bakkies on the beach and bokkoms drying under the eaves.
Its botanical heritage ranges from the drama of the blooming vygieveld in spring, to the most eccentric succulents. Fascinating human history stretches beyond San rock art sites, while its mission station tourist route and early 19th century war forts attract visitors from across the world.
Namaqua West Coast Tourism has put together a Heritage programme (Thursday 24 September to Sunday 27 September) of events and activities that gives you a taste of the region and its hospitality through intimate and meaningful experiences, with the focus on small groups.
The special selection of foodie activities include a hands-on re-discovery of the art of pickling onions and gherkins and various ways of preparing snoek, followed by a wine tasting and snoek-and-sweet potato supper at the Fryer’s Cove cellar in the Doringbaai harbour. Or explore the various award-winning wines of the area (and while the adults sip their wines, the kiddies can give their own ratings on a tasting line-up of jelly tots and grape juice). Watch a true Blue Bulls rugby player bake his famous cheesecake or be brave and try the meaty treats served by the Skaapkop Guild.
Nature lovers and culture vultures will revel in the Papendorp birding outing with a local field guide, an ocean fishing trip or the rieldansers in action. Learn how to start your own herb garden or discover Vanrhynsdorp and its myriad of medicinal plants and ancient quiver trees, and more …
Book accommodation and specific activities no later than 9 September on tel: 027 201 3376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Costs vary according to your particular chosen programme.