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3 Days Safari and Guided Tour of West Coast Wild Flower Route in Western Cape, South Africa
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Windtown Lagoon Hotel, Bree Street 9, 7357 Langebaan, Saldanha Bay Local Municipality, West Coast District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Safari in South Africa

The West Coast flower region is part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom and boasts more than 1,200 species of flowering plants. About 80 of these are endemic to the West Coast. This is a sought‐after experience with its superb lagoon views, floral displays, and sightings of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, black‐backed jackal, and other animals. It can only be seen during a visit to Postberg which is only open to the public from August to September. When you book this tour, Azul Coastal Tours & Transfers will personally guide you through the most amazing landscapes and make sure you experience a lot more than just flowers.

Overview

  • Minimum / maximum group size: 2 / 10
  • Vaccines needed: South Africa is a malaria-free zone.
  • Children policy: no children under 8 years of age may travel on the scheduled tours.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: wildebeest, black‐backed jackal, Cape mountain zebra, antelope (springbok, eland, bontebok, red hartebeest, steenbok, and common duiker), Cape porcupine, Cape dune mole-rat, striped mouse, rock dassie, Karoo bush rat, ostriches, and marine mammals (Bryde's whale, southern right whale, humpback whale, dusky dolphin, Heaviside's and long-beaked common dolphin, Cape fur seal, and Cape clawless otter (during different times of the year))

Meet the guides

Karin
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Highlights

  • 1 guided hiking in West Coast National Park
  • Immersing yourself amongst the West Coast wildflowers, birds, and wildlife
  • Visiting several nature reserves en route to Langebaan and wine tasting in Darling
  • A trip to the wheat capital of the Swartland and Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg
  • A picnic lunch during the hike and bottled water on board
  • Transport in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Return airport transfers

Styles


3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Windtown Lagoon Hotel in Langebaan. Windtown is much more than a hotel, it is a lifestyle - natural, healthy, and trendy. The spa is part of this lifestyle. Windtown has an on-site restaurant offering delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It also has a swimming pool and deck where sundowners can be enjoyed. The sunset from the roof terrace will take your breath away.

Their double deluxe room is modernly decorated with some classy South African touches and is located on the first floor. It contains a double bed, a safe, a hairdryer, a mini fridge, an electric kettle, a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning / heating. The private bathroom has a hot shower, a toilet, towels, and free toiletries. The room size is 21 square meters and the maximum capacity is two people.

Windtown Lagoon Hotel also offers a conference and events space in Langebaan. Unique and trendy, it’s a perfect set-up for your business meetings, product presentations, team building, weddings, outdoor parties or theme dinners. They can easily cater up 100 people. The conference and event room can host up to 35 people, but including the restaurant, inner lounge, and bar area, they can easily extend this up to 100 people.

You don’t need to worry about finding a separate caterer during your event as Windtown’s will prepare your brunch / lunch and dinner with great care and professionality. You can choose any custom menu on demand. Let them create an activity day for the team building. They also have a team available to organize a custom activity day for team building. Think of activities like SUP, kite initiation, trekking and hikes, survival coaching, sundown trips, kayaking, and sailing.

Program

Day 1: Cape Town - Darling - Langebaan

  • Early morning collection from your hotel in Cape Town and travel along the R27 toward the West Coast
  • Visiting a few special nature reserves en route to your first destination (the best viewing time is between 10:00 and 15:00 when the sun is out)
  • You will definitely taste some wine too - Darling is after all the Swartland's favorite wine country.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation in Langebaan.

Day 2: West Coast National Park

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Transfer to the West Coast National Park
  • Guided hiking commenced at 09:00 (you need to be hiking fit with a relatively good physical ability and the hiking trail is a full‐day guided hike through the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park and takes about six hours to complete and is approximately 13.9 kilometers)
  • Picnic lunch at a secret destination amongst the beloved West Coast wildflowers, birds, and wildlife (so pack those binoculars and insect repellent)
  • Dinner and overnight in Langebaan

Day 3: Langebaan - Hopefield - Cape Town

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Visit the Sandveld region of Hopefield and experience how bees create their magic in this magical flower display.
  • Travel through green and lime colored canola and wheat fields and enjoy the fresh country air along the road.
  • Visit the wheat capital of the Swartland and the only Wheat Industry Museum in South Africa located in Moorreesburg.
  • Transfer back to Cape Town via N7

Notes: This tour is tailor‐made to suit your exact requirements. It is Azul Coastal Tours & Transfers' aim to provide a concierge‐type service where all your needs will be met (within reasonable limits) and your safety and enjoyment is their top priority.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting in Darling can be enjoyed at Groote Post, Darling Cellars or Cloof Wine Estate. It all depends on how much time you have during the flower season and if the guests are interested in wine tasting. It also depends on the day of the tour as some of these wine estates don't open for business on a Sunday.

Guides

Karin Belo

Location

This safari and guided tour will take place in Western Cape, South Africa. You will stay in Langebaan and visit Darling, West Coast National Park, Hopefield, and Moorreesburg. The nature reserves you are going to visit en route to Langebaan are wildflower reserves dedicated to the conservation of the many different spring flowers that are only blooming during August and September each year. It includes:

  • Waylands Wildflower Reserve
  • Renosterveld Wildflower Reserve
  • Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve

Western Cape is the only place in South Africa where you can stand at one lookout point in the West Coast National Park and spot Table Mountain towering over 140 kilometers away in another national park, the Table Mountain National Park. During August and September, the dry and semi-desert like landscape turns into a tapestry of flowers. The Cape floral kingdom is the smallest floral kingdom, covering an area of 90,000 square kilometers and yet is the most diverse of all the plant kingdoms.

Langebaan hosts over 250 bird species - over a quarter of South Africa's total. Bird hides can be found at Abrahamskraal, Geelbek or Seeberg. Some of the earliest evidence, found anywhere in the world, of the appearance of cultural traditions has been discovered in caves and rock shelters along the south and the west coast of the Western Cape, which makes the West Coast National Park a very important protected area.

Human footprints left in dune sands, and subsequently preserved when the sand was cemented into limestone, show that anatomically modern humans were wondering the locality of the West Coast National Park about 111,000 years ago. Approximately 30% of the world's population of African black oystercatchers breed on the five islands located within the lagoon. The five islands of Saldanha Bay located in the lagoon provide a home for nearly a quarter of a million seabirds.

West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park and more importantly the Langebaan Lagoon was registered as an important non-breeding site for hundreds of thousands of Palaearctic migrant waders during the austral summer. It is also registered as a wetland of international importance (Ramsar 1990) with about 32% of South Africa's salt marshes. The five islands of Saldanha Bay to the north of the Langebaan Lagoon provide a home for nearly a quarter of a million seabirds, many of which are endemic to the nearshore regions of South Africa and Namibia. The lagoon has a rich diversity of marine invertebrates which supports approximately 10% of the coastal wader population in South Africa.

Hopefield

Hopefield is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality and is situated on the R45 between Malmesbury and Vredenburg. The town is east of Saldanha Bay and Langebaan, 40 kilometers southeast of Vredenburg and 120 kilometers north of Cape Town. Its claim to fame is that it is the oldest town on the West Coast and here you will enjoy an informative bee talk at the Simply Bee Observation Centre which will enhance the important role of bees and bee-keeping, the fynbos found in the area and the types of honey that are produced in this particular area.

The Wheat Industry Museum

The Wheat Industry Museum situated in Moorreesburg is in the heart of the Swartland which is the main wheat growing area in the Western Cape. This is not only an excellent display of the history of the area but is also dedicated to the history of wheat farming, the many uses of wheat and how this industry has grown and shaped the local economy. Moorreesburg is surrounded by lime green wheat and canola fields and is an awesome sight to behold during the winter months of June, July, and August.

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Health Club
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with bottled water on board as well as a packed picnic lunch during the hike through the West Coast National Park. Please note that lunches, dinners, other meals, and refreshments are excluded and for the guest’s own account. Azul Coastal Tours & Transfers will endeavor to accommodate the special dietary requests. Please alert them of any food allergies or intolerance you might experience.

Breeze offers a large breakfast buffet during the weekend and an a lá carte breakfast during the week. It comprises delicacies like blueberry and buttermilk flapjacks and eggs benedict, besides fruit juices, cheeses, and cereals. For lunch and dinner, there is a choice of local, seasonal delicacies, like light salads or wraps, meats and curry’s and other mouthwatering plates, prepared with great care by our chef and his kitchen staff.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Water activities

If you are looking for a kite school in Langebaan, Windtown Lagoon Hotel has a fully equipped one just a few hundred meters from Langebaan Lagoon. The small town of Langebaan on the West Coast of South Africa is known for its reliable wind from October to May, and its butter flat water. It’s one of the best places in the world to learn kitesurfing and a paradise for freestyle freaks. If you like the idea of kiteboarding with sea lions and flamingoes around you, this is your spot.

The complete infrastructure of the Kite school Windtown Langebaan is at your disposal - from private kite lockers to good quality kite equipment rental (North) and sale, from private lessons and accompanied downwinders to a rescue boat service. If there is no wind, no stress! In Langebaan, there are a large choice of other (water) activities, like SUP and kayaking. The staff at the kite school is happy to help you to fill your non-wind days.

Spa

Integrate your mind, body, and spirit at Windtown, your spa in Langebaan. You can treat yourself to a calming body massage with oils and scents to increase the blood circulation after a kite session on the lagoon. You can also have a relaxing moment in the sauna after a breathtaking ride through the West Coast National Park. It is on the main road leading to Langebaan's main beach.

The spa lady Maria has been working with them for many years. Guests (and Langebaan locals) love her and always come back. She has a degree in skin care therapy and a medical background. Maria works with Esse, an organic South African beauty brand, which she tries to use in most of her treatments.

Besides the many different body therapies (like the Bellabaci full body massage, the Russian and the sportsman massage) and facials (try the 60-minute detoxifying facial - Maria’s signature treatment), Windtown Lagoon Hotel's spa also offers eyelash extensions and all kinds of manicures, pedicures, and waxing treatments. Just let them know what you would like to do and they will arrange it for you.

Other activities

  • SUP
  • Trekking and hikes
  • Survival coaching
  • Sundown trips
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing

What's included

  • 1 guided hiking in West Coast National Park
  • Visiting Waylands Wildflower Reserve, Renosterveld Wildflower Reserve, and Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve en route to Langebaan
  • Wine tasting in Darling
  • A trip to the wheat capital of the Swartland and Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg
  • A visit to the Sandveld region of Hopefield
  • Services of a professional, accredited, and registered Western Cape tourist guide and driver
  • A picnic lunch during the hike through West Coast National Park
  • Bottled water on board
  • Transport in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle (including fuel, road taxes, insurance, toll fees, and passenger liability insurance)
  • Return airport transfers or any drop off point within a radius of 140 kilometers from Langebaan (if you would like to stay longer at a hotel in Cape Town)
  • 2 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Additional entrance fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional airport transfers or dinner transfers while in Cape Town
  • Kitesurfing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Sailing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Kayaking

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Azul Coastal Tours & Transfers will pick you up from the airport.

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the closest airport to Langebaan in the West Coast, which is a 150-kilometer drive away. There is none closer. The return airport transfer or Cape Town transfer is included in the price provided that the Cape Town accommodation distance does not exceed 150 kilometers from Langebaan, i.e. George Airport (GRJ) or Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ).

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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