THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND VELDDRIF
Beautiful views of the Berg River estuary. Experience the splendor of the countryside as it explodes in a floral display of indigenous spring flowers from middle July to end September
HeronsRest has an abundance of birds and is the ideal spot for bird lovers. Many artists have found inspiration in the spectacular sunsets and riverine scenes and a number of small galleries in the town, attest to this.
BOKKOMS, FRESH FISH AND MARINE PRODUCTS
Velddrif is known for its unique character, wetlands with abundant birdlife and fishing industry.
Contact the following Fish Houses next to the Berg River for Bokkoms
Die Bakkieriem – 0724333346 / 022 7830229
Mappie Visserye – 022 7830335 / 073 261 2626
S A Fisheries Museum – 022 7832531 / 0828499251, entrance from De Villiers Street,
Laaiplek Hotel, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 10:00 – 13:00.
BOAT TRIPS AND FISHING
You are visiting a proposed RAMSAR area and you are therefore not allowed any water sport in the river directly in front of the property. De Plaat Bird Sanctuary is rated as an extremely sensitive area, and no entry is allowed. Should you wish to use a boat, you need to enter the river from Bokkom Lane or Port Owen Marina. Jet skis are not permitted anywhere on the river. Pumping of prawns, use of throw nets, fishing and bait-taking are also prohibited since De Plaat is a no-take area. We suggest you fish either from the Carinus Bridge, Bokkom Lane or the Sishen-Saldanha bridge which can be accessed from the Hopefield/Velddrif Road, or the breakwater at the Laaiplek Harbour.
Fishing permits are available at the Post office in voortrekker Road
A point of interest for most people is the outlet of the Berg River into the sea. The breakwater and the entrance to the harbour is a popular sightseeing spot. You can watch the fishing boats, outgoing yachts and the beautiful Bay of St Helena. Watching whales playing in the bay is a rewarding sight as well as sunset and bird watching
Fishing spot – 022 7830818 / 083 7597075
Berg River Boat Trips – 082 9510447
John Wayne River Cruises – 083 7802222
Tollie’s River Cruises – 0797636966
Velddrif Yacht Club – 022 7831821
BIRD WATCHING, FOSSILS AND NATURE RESERVES
West Coast Fossil Park – 022 7661606
Tour of the Fossil Park, Mountain Bike-Trails, Coffee and Curio Shops, Bird Watching, Horse Riding
Rocher Pan Nature Reserve – 084 3810726
Only 25kms north from Velddrif – there are two bird hides on the seasonal pan and the reserve is home to the black oystercatcher
The West Coast is also an important part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom and 80 species are endemic to the West Coast.
Experience the splendor of the countryside as it explodes in a floral display of indigenous spring flowers from middle July to end September.
Berg River Golf Club – 022 7830535
Windstone Horse Riding – 022 7661645 / 083 4771756
Salt Pans and the harvesting of salt is part of life in Velddrif.
Tours to the salt factory are available on a Thursday morning, 10:00 for 10h30.
For an appointment, please phone 022 7831133.
Also visit Khoisan Trading – 022 7831520 where you can purchase hand harvested salt and spice products.
“Flippen lekka Spice” can be purchased at Nossab Fisheries in the main road.
ART AND ANTIQUES
Carolus Heydenrych - 022 7830889 – landscapes in oil
Daan Samuels – 084 3948106 – wooden sculptures
Marina Clunie - 022 7832685 / 0834159542 – paintings
Juli Olivier – 082 8997047 – paintings
Leon Terblance – 072 4157997 – writer of “Deli Trieks”, courses in cheese making
Simply Art & Gallery – 083 9761127 – Amazing paintings by Iris! Book a class and do your own painting!
Laaiplek Super Spar - 0227830541
Nielas Bakery – 022 7830456 – breads, bokkom bread, ice cream
HEALTH AND SKINCARE
Salon Belinda – 083 4123070
Douglas Wood Hair Design, Colour etc. – 083 7928711 By appointment only
Aurora – 50kms tarred
Elands Bay – 67 kms tarred
Lamberts Bay – 27kms not tarred, tollgate costs R20
Piketberg – 64kms tarred
Langebaan – 39 kms tarred
Vredenburg – 26 kms tarred
Saldanha – 37 kms tarred
Paternoster – 42 kms tarred
St Helena Bay – 29kms tarred
Hopefield – 44 kms tarred
Darling - 82 kms tarred
RESTAURANTS AND COFFEE SHOPS
Riviera Hotel – 022 7831137
Laaiplek Hotel – 022 7831116
Oupa se Koffiekuierplek – 022 7831653
Weskus Spens – 022 7154400
Doepies Diner – 022 7832112 Voortrekker Road
Vishuis Restaurant - 022 7831183
Soët Sjiek - 081 784 6644