A West Coast Weekend in Vredendal

When you think of the West Coast, probably the last little place that comes to mind is the beautiful town of Vredendal.

Legend has it that the town got its name from a peace settlement between two fighting parties in the 17th century. “Vrede” is an Afrikaans (of Dutch origin) word and translates to “peace”. Furthermore, the town is located on part of the old Vreedensdaal farm that dates back to 1748. So it all kind of makes sense, right?

Vredendal is also known as the “valley of peace” – and I can assure you that harmony is exactly what you will experience when you wander about the town.

 

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Things to do?

Vredendal and surrounds are home to a number of wonderful boutique wineries, hiking trails, flower spots (during spring) and restaurants.

Wine Farms

Teubes Family Wines is situated just outside Vredendal. The Teubes family have been producing wines for over three decades and recently launched a tasting room in Lambert’s Bay.

The farm produces a variety of wine ranges, including Teubes Wines, Malkopbaai, Sir Lambert and Karoobossie. Find them on the R363.

The farm is open on weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00and 09:30 to 17:00 on Saturdays.

There are a few wine tasting options available.

R20 for 4 wines.

R40 for 6 wines.

R60 for 10 wines.

Their menu compromises fantastic platters like the platteland platter or cold meat platter for only R150 for two people. (Think fresh bread, cheeses, pates and “droeëwors”.)

You can also indulge in their pizzas and they cater for kiddies.

 

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Cape Rock Wines is situated between the towns of Vredendal and Klawer, on Vergelegen Farm. The 11 hectare farm grows a variety of red and white grapes – including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Colombard.

All their grapes are harvested by hand and the entire winemaking process revolves around simplicity.

 

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The Vredendal Parkrun

This free 5-kilometer course that starts at the Parc de Lausanne grounds (Lausanne Rd, 8160) every Saturday, is run entirely on trail paths and is open to runners of all standards. In the summer the run starts at 07:00 and in wintertime at 08:00.

Where to eat?

Thi Art | Coffee | Restau

Situated in the Maskam Mall, Thi Art is a modern, yet familiar, stop that offers wonderful food and drink options.

Think woodfired pizzas – and also wonderful vegan and gluten free options. You’ll also find a great selection of alcoholic beverages, including some beers on tap and Cape gins.

I can highly recommend either the café or the restaurant depending on your dining preference and the time of day.

 

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Die Keldery

On Goedgemeen Plaas, just outside Vredendal, you’ll find Die Keldery restaurant. This farm is also home to Namaqua wines.

Die Keldery offers stunning views of the Maskam Mountain. The menu includes traditional dishes and some of the best quality wines.

The restaurant’s special offers are available on their website – so take a peek – this one is definitely a worthy stop.

 

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Maskam Brewing Company

Maskam Brewing Company is an offbeat little place (just outside Vredendal on the Botha family farm) that does not only serve great craft beers and easy family meals to visitors – it is also home to animals such as an Ostrich, springbuck and birds.

They also offer a hiking and biking trail on the farm – so take your active gear (especially during flower season).

The staff is very friendly and the place is a big hit, especially among people with little kiddies that want to play outside (or on a jumping castle).

 

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Where to find flowers?

Vredendal is possibly best known for its wildflowers in spring when the mountains metamorphose into a carpet of colour.

Vredendal Lutzville Location of flowers:

R362 on the road from Lutzville to Strandfontein and Doringbaai R362 from Vredendal to Lutzville R362 in Vredendal area.

You’ll mostly find white and orange daisies.

Remember to take your camera to capture this botanical wonderland.

 

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Best time to visit?

During September through November the daily high temperatures generally range between 25°C and 32°C.

These months are especially popular among tourists due to the weather, which feels lovely given the humidity and wind in the area. Spring time is best to catch the madeliefie flowers in bloom while summer is perfect for lazy beach days.

Where to stay?

Guesthouses, Airbnb options, bed and breakfasts and self-catering units are easy to find and in abundance in and around the area. (This is where you search in Google / Airbnb app)

It all depends on what you want from your getaway.

I would suggest that you go for centrally located lodging that is equipped with all the necessities for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Read up about the different options and choose the one that is perfect to experience that “home away from home” feeling.

How to get there from Cape Town?

Situated along the fertile banks of The Olifants River Valley that borders the southern tip of little Namaqualand and the northern part of the Boland, this modern little  West Coast treasure is not too hard to find.

The town is situated somewhat 300 kilometers north of Cape Town – and is a lovely leisurely drive on the N7.

Directions (Google maps is your friend).

Don’t you just love the “underdog” little places in South Africa?

The West Coast is such a diamond in the rough, waiting to be polished.

There is so much more to explore and experience in the area – I’d love to know if you have any favourite moments?

 

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