Things to do on the Namaqua Coastal Route
There are kilometers of pristine coastline to explore, nature reserves, slow-living guest farms, retreats, 4×4 routes, specialist photographic and botanical tours, museums, local cuisine to be enjoyed, remote hiking trails, fantastic birding spots, surfing, angling, boat excursions and much, much more to experience.
Eat & Sleep
The Namaqua Coastal Route will offer you a wide variety of culinary delights. For the adventurous diner, order a traditional meal like roast “Skaapkop” (Sheep head – and often referred to as a Smiley) For the less brave, there are other wonderful treats such as straight-off-the-coals “Roosterkoek” (bread baked over an open fire). Along the coast, do try the catch of the day or even some oysters fresh from the sea from the oyster farm in Kleinzee. Crayfish is an enormous treat during season but be sure to familiarize yourself with the legislation regarding the catching and purchasing of crayfish. Venison is also often an option on the menu.Several establishments offer a real fine-dining experience. Because of the distances to fresh markets, be sure to alert your host of any special dietary requirements ahead of time so that they can give you the best possible experience
Culture & Leisure
Stargazers, history boffins and soul searchers will all feel welcome here. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide or hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo- Boer War history. Visit the Blue Mine along the Kleinzee Road or look out for the traditional Matjieshuisies (directly translated to Houses of Mats) of the Nama people and book a stay in one of these unique homes.
Adventure & Adrenaline
Mountain bikes, hiking boots, binoculars, trail shoes, GPS, power kites and celestial scopes. You had better bring all your toys, because you will need them in this incredible outdoor arena. Hike the Silver Sands Trail on the edge of the icy Atlantic or pedal among oryx within the Goegap Nature Reserve. Just get out there and clear your mind!