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Velddrif / St Helena Bay

Velddrif is situated on the northern bank of the Berg River, about 2km from its mouth. Together with the adjacent towns of Laaiplek and Port Owen, it offers a large variety of leisure activities and is a popular holiday destination. Bird hides offer superb bird-watching as flamingos, pelicans and many other species frequent the salt pans, river and surrounding coastal areas. Boat trips can be arranged along the river, while sailing is a popular pastime and anglers cast their lines all along this bountiful coast. Fishing is of course the mainstay of the area, and the particular speciality is bokkoms, the salted and dried fish you will see hanging up to dry in the sun all around here.

St Helena Bay is famous for being the place where Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama made landfall in 1497 and became the first European to meet the indigenous Khoi-Khoi. Nowadays renowned for its snoek run, plentiful fishing and agreeable climate, where dolphins and whales are regular visitors and the bird life is prolific. Pristine deserted beaches and the magnificent carpets of Spring wild flowers make this a nature loversí paradise. Its cobalt blue Atlantic waters are studded with granite boulders and it is reportedly the only bay in Southern Africa where one can watch the sun rise and set over the water. Busy fishing harbours support the local community and add to that typical West Coast flavour of bokkoms, salt, sea air and fynbos. (by: Helen West, Elm Tree Guest Farm, St Helena Bay)

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