What you need to know about Velddrif…
Velddrif is a small fishing village located on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay on the West Coast. It is about a 90 minute drive from Cape Town. Coming from Cape Town you have to cross the Berg River to enter Velddrift where you will be greeted by a wide variety of birds.
The river’s estuary is a “wader hotspot” and home to ±30 000 birds, such as flamingos, pelicans, spoonbill and the list goes on. Some of the rarest birds can be spotted at Kuifkopvisvanger, one of the farms up the Berg River.
Take a stroll down the famous Bokkomlaan, which was the first road to be built in Velddrift and is a heritage site. Along the road you will find friendly fishermen eager to share their knowledge and will introduce you to the iconic West Coast delicacy Bokkoms – salted Mullet. You will also find the River Studio, Kokerboom Kaas, Ek & Djy Fishery, Le Bokkom Cafê, Columbine Co, and Die Vishuis restaurant here. Buy some braai fish and cheese or have lunch at Die Vishuis or maybe some homemade lemon meringue or cheesecake at Le Bokkom Cafê. This is also where you will catch the fairy for the river cruise. So pack a picnic and your binoculars for a sunset cruise along the Berg River.
Laaiplek is situated right at the mouth of the Berg River and is used as port to transport goods to Cape Town. It is also host to the South African Sea Fisheries Museum. A visit to this museum is a unique experience, visitors can participate in lively and informative presentations of local history as well as learning about the pioneering of the fishing industry.
A little further up the river the river curls inland to form Port Owen. The network of canals gives boat’s access to both the sea and river. The sheltered waterways of the 3.5km canal is ideal for kayaking. Due it its close proximity to St Helena Bay it is the ideal anchorage spot for yachtsmen. The bay is the largest on the West Coast and offers the finest sailing conditions on the South African coastline. After a day of sailing, pop in for a drink at the Port Owen Yacht Club. Port Owen was the first manmade deep-sea residential marina developed in South Africa. It took 15 years to construct the 7km embankment. Enjoy a lovely dinner at Russells on Port.
Here are a few places that we recommend you visit while you’re in Velddrif: