Lambert’s Bay

Lambert’s Bay is the ‘place to be’ on the West Coast. Located about a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town you will find this Diamond on the coast and the Mecca of Cancer in South Africa.

Lambert’s Bay with its characteristic harbor, the long white beaches and the exuberant sea life that takes place in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean are the crowd pullers of Lambert’s Bay. Especially when entire schools of pike swim by a few times a year, there is a lot of pressure on the water. Boats and birds then rush on the waves, while otherwise there is also plenty of surfing or just lazing around in the sun. If you want to go sea fishing or lobster fishing (Nov-April), get a fishing license at the post office!

This diamond by the sea once started as a small fishing village, but is now one of South Africa’s top attractions on the West Coast. That is certainly also due to the exuberant bird life such as the Jan van Gents and the Cormorants. In addition, this is the place for whales, seals and dolphins, because they are spotted here on a regular basis. There are several boat trips to do and the morning boat trips often give the best chance of spotting Heaviside’s dolphins. Southern right whales and the Dusky dolphin spot you here in the season between August and November.

Lambert’s Bay is also a wonderful place to stay during the Wild Flower season (in the months of August-September). A few steps away are numerous routes that will take you past the beautiful wild wild flowers. Then visit places like Clanwilliam, Van Rhynsdorp and Namaqualand. During a warm sunny day the area is a feast for the eyes and what is more wonderful to see the sun go down in the sea at the end of the day, enjoying a fish or lobster braai …

Lambert’s Bay has the Sandveld Museum where you can find out more about the mountain and leopard tortoise, who have also found a paradise on earth here. Your hunger for history will also be satisfied at the nearby Wadrift farm. You will also find shops, galleries, farm stalls and restaurants, because beach life makes you hungry. It is the place to eat seafood and if you are here you will understand why, it really can’t be fresher!

You will certainly have fun with the whole family if you go out with Quadbikes. And what about a 4×4 trip through the dunes, this requires some driver talent! You do need a permit for a trip through the dunes. You can also take a micro light flight over the beach or go sandboarding in the desert-like dunes.

The most popular day trip is probably the one to Bird Island where the largest Cape Gannet birds colony is located, but also cormorants, seagulls, penguins and sea seals feel at home among the more than 25,000 blue-eyed Cape Gannets. It is one of only six places in the world where the birds breed and the only one easily accessible to the public.

After the winter rain not only the wild flower carpets appear but you can also see the Flamingos at the mouth of the Jakkals River. A true bird enthusiast also visits the Panorama park and the Verlorenvlei (± 25 km), close to Elands Bay.
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