Nature’s Valley is a feast of forest, sea and lagoon scapes. Situated at the mouth of the Salt River it has a sheltered lagoon for those unpleasant windy days but you still want to take out your canoe. This beach haven lies within the De Vasselot Nature Reserve, which forms part of SANParks, and has a shady campsite under indigenous tree frequented by a lot of birds. There is only one access road that brings the visitors to this sleepy village. To appreciate Nature’s you need to appreciate the bush, the sea and be able to entertain yourself.
The fossilised sand dunes are what makes Sedgefield so special. For centuries already they keep guard over the residents and visitors of this “slow town.” Beach walks and Saturday markets – my favourite is the Wild Oats market – bring this town alive over weekends and holidays.
You can read more about the “slow town” concept and the mosaic project in a post called “Going Slow” – just follow the link – http://travelbucket.co.za/go-slow/
The village of Paternoster has become a favourite weekend mecca for Capetonians who wants to escape city life. The long sandy and boulder beaches edged with whitewashed cottages of friendly locals has a real West Coast feel about it. After long beach walks you can feast on some good food in a small, but sophisticated restaurant or enjoy some freshly baked fish and chips from the street vendor near the harbour. Please do not promote the illegal crayfish trade by supporting the fishmongers roaming the streets of Paternoster.