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Tea under the Bougainvillea at Melkboomsdrift in the west coast wine district

 

The boyfriend, canine companion, and I spent the majority of the long Easter weekend in the West Coast Wine District of the Western Cape. We stayed at a totes gorg wine farm called Melkboomsdrift, situated 10 -15 minutes outside of Vredendal. Now, if you know Vredendal, you know it’s pretty much a farm worker’s town with little to offer. However, it does boast an impressively modern shopping centre which allows for comfortable and convenient shopping when required…

Vredendal is 20 – 30 minutes away from beaches like Strandfontein and Doringbaai in one direction, and then 40 – 50 minutes away from waterfalls and rock pools in the other direction. This, along with the numerous wine farms offering multiple opportunity for wine tasting, is why Vredendal is the perfect base for a West Coast Wine District getaway you won’t soon forget.

Melkboomsdrift

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Melkboomsdrift grapes

 

Boyfriend admiring the vineyards.

Boyfriend admiring the vineyards

 

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Vineyards and Railways

 

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Afternoon stroll through the vineyards, hounds in tow

Waterval

Our first day trip was to Waterval, a campsite/resort 40 – 50 minutes inland from Vredendal. It boasts hikes to natural rock pools, as well as to incredible waterfalls – which happened to be dry when we visited! The rock pool was glorious though, and offered much needed cooling respite after a 20 minute walk in the incredible heat.

Waterval is open to day visitors at a cost of R20 per person. Generally no one is at reception so they put an old metal milk can outside and trust that you’ll pay.

NOTE: The dirt road into Waterval is probably best done in a bakkie or SUV with good clearance. Our sedan made it just fine but we had to be particularly cautious.

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Natural rock pool – Waterval

 

Rock pool wading - Waterval

Rock pool wading – Waterval

 

Nutella spotting dassies

Nutella spotting dassies

Doringbaai

Day two called for beach lazing, so we headed towards the coast, which is only a 20 minute drive away. You can hang out at Strandfontein which is the first beach you’ll come across, but we opted for Doringbaai a little further away. It’s a smaller, quainter town, offering a lot more peace. We got fish and chips for lunch, and picked up a tub of pickled fish from the same tannie.

Doringbaai

Doringbaai

 

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Doringbaai 2

After each day we got to come back to this incredible view. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and general being was made to take place right here!

Melkboomsdrift - view from our room door

Melkboomsdrift – view from our room door

Now you know, the west coast wine district makes for a unique little getaway…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by natasha

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