Eland’s Bay: Sand, surf, a stickified sign board and a window rock

Although I’ve visited Eland’s Bay before and stayed in the adjacent towns of Redelinghuys and Lambert’s Bay, I’ve never spent any significant amount of time in the small West Coast surfer town. For that reason, when I saw an online deal to stay at Vensterklip, about 4kms out of Eland’s Bay, I jumped at the opportunity.

From the south of town you're afforded some great views just past the fish factory, head up there for some great pics :)

From the south of town you’re afforded some great views near the fishing factory, head up there for some great pics 🙂

It had been a while since I tackled the stretch of R27 beyond Langebaan (you can also get there via the N7 if you so choose) and it was a refreshing drive on a Friday afternoon, with some good tunes blaring, the sun crisp through the winter air and the road open and inviting. Past Langebaan you’ll head straight through Velddrif, then on towards Dwarskersbos and eventually wend your way to Eland’s.

Just after Dwarskersbos you'll hit this stickified sign. You're about 40k's out from Eland's and a great little slice of the West Coast dream...

Just after Dwarskersbos you’ll hit this stickified sign. You’re about 40k’s out from Eland’s and a great little slice of the West Coast dream…

Crossing the vlei, you have a choice to go scout out the town, or head right, in the direction of Redelinghuys, where our accommodation waited for us on the nature reserve a few kilometres away. Eland’s Bay is tiny but worth a quick drive-through to familiarise yourself with what they have to offer, which comes pretty much in the form of a pristine stretch of beach, some holiday homes, the Eland’s Bay Hotel, a few cafés and a nifty little surfer’s corner restaurant and backpackers, the Wit Mossel Pot, all conveniently splayed around a type of “town square” – something like the old mid-west.

Enjoying some West Coast craft at the Wit Mossel Pot

Enjoying some West Coast craft at the Wit Mossel Pot

The town itself is sleepy and even though winter is peak season for waves, it’s still quiet enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and at 220km from Cape Town, it’s not too far away to eat into the petrol reserves or break the time bank.

On to our accommodation…

Vensterklip (so named after the rock formation in the reserve – I never saw it but was alerted to it on the drive home), lies slap-bang on the edge of the Verlorenvlei and, as the name may suggest, it is the perfect place to lose yourself for a few days. Just thinking of the enormous fireplace in their restaurant, the cosy bar (Dirkie’s Pub), the quaintly restored rooms (the farm dates back around 220 years and some of the original buildings are still in use, refurbished slightly but keeping their rustic character) and neatly maintained grounds will give you that warm, fuzzy, farmly (is that a word?) feel and the staff there are full of stories and very welcoming. Jan will pick out the perfect wine to your taste and whips up the best cappuccinos for your breakfasts and Elmarie, the quirky, ultra-friendly front office manager will have you cracking a smile with the stories of some of the patrons that frequent Vensterklip. Lady Jane, the miniature whippet, will more than likely try to snuggle up next to you on a couch (she’s not allowed!). You should be able to paint the kind of picture I mean when I say it’s a welcoming place…

At one point, once the other patrons had left, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. The giant fireplace was a treat!

At one point, once the other patrons had left, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. The giant fireplace was a treat!

We spent our Saturday roaming around. There’s rock art in the caves to the south of town, some picturesque dirt roads that lead out along the railway lines, awesome views overlooking the bay, craft beer at the Wit Mossel as well as boards for rent should you feel like going for a surf, a pub at the hotel where you can catch the rugby and so on. In general, though, the area pretty much just calls for you to kick back with a good book (or a game of Scrabble in the garden – yes we did…) and give yourself some proper R & R in pure West Coast style, which, after having done just that, comes highly recommended…

Near the rooms, you can head out through the farm gate and out onto the vlei and conservation area...

Near the rooms, you can head out through the farm gate and out onto the vlei and conservation area…

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About Baywatch Bergemann

Baywatch Bergemann is a wayward, transient academic who would rather spend his time on the beach or on a hillside than in the classroom. We're thankful for that and that he chooses to spread his wisdom here rather than anywhere else.

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One Response to Eland’s Bay: Sand, surf, a stickified sign board and a window rock

  1. Gareth July 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Lekker read bud and some great photos

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