To do – Hike the five bays: #19 of 20 undiscovered things to do when you visit the West Coast

To do – Hike the five bays: #19 of 20 undiscovered things to do when you visit the West Coast

28 kilometres in 2 and a half days:

One of five trails developed in the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, the Five Bay Trail explores the coast between the fishing villages of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai.This theme is  for this trail is tracing human harvesting of the sea, and tracks several shell middens as well as contemporary life in fishing villages. You can stay in a choice of guest houses in Paternoster.

The trail starts with a very late afternoon stroll along the beaches of Paternoster as far as ‘Tweede Mosselbank’ (named such by local fishermen) and on to a dinner at a local restaurant. Day two takes one through the fishing village of Paternoster along the beach to Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and Tietiesbaai. During winter this stretch is quiet and wild, whilst in the summer months crayfish season brings a riot of festivity and an influx of campers, none of which interferes with your passage over the rocks and sand.

For most of both days you follow the rocky shoreline, swim in beautiful tidal pools and, during spring, take in the wealth of wild flowers that can be still evident even in November. Lunch is on the rocks overlooking the sea just beyond Tietiesbaai on day two. Make your own  way round Noordwesbaai to the Trekoskraal headland. Your day ends at Trekoskraal, whilst day three begins here.

Day three follows the tracks around the headland of Trekoskraal and onto the dunes and wave scoured beaches of Wesbaai. The cliff-face sand dunes are used as nests for swales. The final bay before Jacobsbaai is the little Hospitaalbaai, where ships use to drop the sick before reaching quarantined Cape Town. Jacobsbaai is where you lunch at the end of the trail.

The Five Bay Trail is a wonderful beach-filled hike where you might spot whales, dolphins and seals.

you can contact them at +27 0861 872 457.

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To do – Visit Weskusplek in Jacobsbaai: #17 of 20 undiscovered things to do when you visit the West Coast

To do – Visit Weskusplek in Jacobsbaai: #17 of 20 undiscovered things to do when you visit the West Coast

Jacobsbaai is a small seaside village on the West Coast of South Africa, still unspoiled with mostly dirt roads, no shopping malls or amenities and offers a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, its close enough to Vredenburg on the one side and Saldanha on the other, to provide easy and quick access to big town facilities.

A visit to Weskusplek with its picturesque restaurant offers a unique experience of the overwhelming beauty of the fynbos framed Atlantic Ocean, contrasted by barren land with a curious charm.

The deafening quietness soothes the soul .

Weskusplek is a holiday and conferencing resort, uniquely situated on a narrow peninsula between the secluded Jacobsbaai bay on the one side and the expansive white-sand beach of Hospital Bay on the other side.

It offers a amazing restaurant, conference center and a grand luxury guest accommodation.

Positioned on the high-tide mark, the 80-seater restaurant offers its guests marvelous views of Jacobsbaai.

The menu is designed to accentuate the hidden treasures of the West Coast in a perfect blend of home-cooking and the finest of gourmet cuisine.  The wine list is nothing but an honest tribute to the cellar masters of the district, presenting only four and five star wines at affordable prices.

They can be contacted at Tel: +27 22 715 3333

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