Saldanha Bay & Surrounds
Tour starts and ends in Cape Town
|PRICE of this 5 day fully inclusive tour is R9,480 per person sharing and R11,200 Single|
Day 1: Friday 29th December
We take our leave of the city at the start of this extended long-weekend! How about a group of Old Fossils visiting the Fossil Park outside Langebaan and enjoying a light lunch (own account) & guided tour (included) before we travel to Saldanha and check into the Blue Bay Lodge? The West Coast Fossil Park is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal dating back about 5.2 million years.
Dinner in house
Day 2: Saturday 30th December
After a leisurely breakfast, we will go with John Wayne from Bokkom Laan on a 1 ½ hour long boat cruise down the Berg River. (Jokes aside his name is really John Wayne but we hear he doesn’t operate his boat in cowboy pants and boots!) Following the boat ride, you will probably be hungry. There is a new kid-on-the-block called Russells on the Port – a restaurant on the Marina in Port Owen where we will enjoy a late lunch. (Included). Their chefs produce contemporary and seasonal dishes with global influence. Port Owen lies between Laaiplek and Velddrif and has an almost ‘luxury feel’ about it! After lunch, we’ll do a bit of exploring in the Velddrif area! We meander back to Blue Bay Lodge where if you wish you can order a light dinner (for your account).
Breakfast / Lunch
Day 3: Sunday 31st December
Enjoy your breakfast and we will head to the St Helena/ Shelley Point area, meandering and looking at the little towns in this area, followed by lunch at the Alegria Restaurant, well known for their Meze Platters (own account). Perhaps you might like an afternoon zzzz before you get up and ‘glam up’ for the party at Blue Bay Lodge, where local entertainment will make sure you dance-until-you-drop!
Breakfast / Dinner
Day 4: Monday 1st January 2018
Today we’re not planning very much –After all, in 2017, we couldn’t find a restaurant open?! So, today we propose a late breakfast – a lie at the pool, a relax on their veranda, or if you have the energy take a beach walk! If you get ‘bored’ with sitting around I can always take you for a drive to Draaihoek Lodge where they do lovely coffee and cream scones (own account). Draaihoek Lodge is on the road between Velddrif and Elands Bay – a road well known for it’s ‘draai’s’ – ‘bends’ in the road – they have their own 3km beach in front of the hotel. Followed by an early dinner – at the hotel. (Included).
Breakfast / Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday 2nd January
Breakfast followed by check out and one cannot come up the West Coast without stopping in Paternoster, (meaning ‘our father’). Paternoster is watched over by the stoic Cape Columbine lighthouse. It stands tall and white in the nature reserve with the same name, and which extends all the way along the rocky coastline to include quirkily named Tietiesbaai. The reserve is a favourite camping ground for summer holiday makers who want to be close to nature and the water’s edge.
Time to browse the little shops / sit at the Paternoster Hotel and watch the passing parade / or browse the art galleries in town! Lunch (own account) in Paternoster. Don’t forget to look into their ‘panty bar’.
We will need to be on the road again in the early afternoon to cover the 145km back to Cape Town, where, on arrival you will be taken back to your homes.