West Coast Way’s routes with a twist

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or enjoy a West Coast Holiday starting only 25 minutes from Cape Town’s central business district. Experience true South African hospitality on these fun routes: the West Coast Way Foodie Route, Culture Route, Wild Route, Scenic Route and Berg Route – each of which takes you to a selection of unique towns, locations, and attractions, off the main arteries – R27 and N7 highways – that feed the West Coast. Whether you are interested in discovering the culture and history of the region or prefer to eat your way through all the amazing restaurants and Farm Stalls, or you are an adrenaline junkie who would like to get your blood pumping – the West Coast Way has something for everyone. And the great thing is that you can design your very own #WestCoastTwist with these routes – which have so much to offer that you can visit again and again and see something new by taking a different twist every time.

A personal story of a trip to the West Coast by Graham Barnes, CTT Account Manager

The weekend away was organised by Colleen Nel of Jacobs Bay Backpackers AKA The Plot, in order for me to experience backpackers and laid back vibe of the this hidden West Coast Gem.

They were also keen to showcase their new Pixie & Fairy Village which is set to launched this winter and is an absolute must see for all who wish to be whisked away to a magical space.

The weekend soon became an open card for industry players in the tourism sector to attend, so as to further network between the various parties and create strategic relationships moving forward.

Nomad Africa came on board as our official Tour Operator for the weekend, providing all the guests with a return trip to Jacobs Bay in their Overland trucks, which was hosted and coordinated by Chelsey Hale who heads up the Sales & Marketing of Nomad Africa.

Our industry partners who joined for the weekend were African Eagle Tours (Premium Members), Cape Extreme (Classic Member), Baz Bus (Classic Member) and West Coast Tourism (Classic Member).

We all arrived on Friday afternoon at Jacobs Bay Backpackers, where we were accommodated in Stone House Rooms, Wooden Houses and A-Frame tented houses, which where all surrounded by an abundance of nature and wildlife surrounding the 2 hectare Plot.

We then proceeded to view the Pixie and Fairy village which was an excellent experience as exceptional attention to detail and skill has been put into creating this unique space over the last 2 years.

We were then treated to a lovely potjie for dinner which was sponsored by Nomad Africa, followed by a Drumming circle intended to teach all guests the art of Djembe drumming.

After a peaceful and relaxing sleep in the comfortable accommodation, we all boarded the bus for an educational trip on the Saturday to the West Coast Fossil Park to learn about all the fossil discoveries they have made at this site over the past 20 years. From the park we headed back into Jacobs Bay for lunch at Weskus Plek, which is great Seafood restaurant located right onto the edge of the beautiful bay.

We were then transported back to the backpackers where they gave us a delicious braai and Wine tasting for dinner.

On Sunday, we departed back to Cape Town, after first stopping off in Paternoster for a scenic lunch on the beach before being taken back safely to Cape Town by Nomad Africa.

It was truly a great industry weekend, which we dubbed Fossil’s and Fairies, and which is set to become an annual excursion for all involved.