Attractions and things to do in Velddrif
Velddrif is one of the post popular bird-watching sites in South Africa. The tidal mudflats and salt marshes present more than 200 species of birds to be viewed – including rare waders seldom seen elsewhere.
The town is perfectly located to offer a myriad of activities to water-sport enthusiasts, including skiing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, boating, stand-up paddling and more. Fishing enthusiasts will be rewarded as the river holds an abundance of fish species. Surf angling is also popular from the beaches alongside Velddrif.
Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a short drive from Velddrif, and the Fisheries Museum is well worth a visit to find out about the colourful history of the fishing industry along this coast. The area also offers horse-riding, hiking, and mountain biking trails.
For a more sedate pace, there are options such as gin and beer tasting, and retail therapy in the many interesting local shops and gift stores. A boat cruise up the river is a must-do experience, and Bokkomlaan – the oldest road in the town that snakes up the edge of the Berg River – is a great place to relax and watch the tide come in while sipping freshly roasted artisanal coffee. Or sit on a jetty with a cocktail. Also visit the art gallery and eclectic shops dotted along the road.
On the Bergrivier
- Stand up paddling
At Dwarskersbos Beach
- Kite Surfing
Nature & Outdoor
At Bokkomlaan you can park your vehicle and stroll along looking at Greats White Pelicans, African Marsh Harrier, Kingfishers, Grey Heron and many more different species
One can be surprised by unexpected waders at low tide at Rooibaai. Also experience the more than 100 000 Cape Cormorants flying past Rooibaai just before sunset.
There is a number of easily accessible viewing points such as Laaiplek Harbour. expect to see Kelp, Hartlaub’s and Grey Headed Gulls.
- Fishing at harbour
Culture and Heritage
- The heart of the traditional preserved fish industry still operating as it did over 200 years ago.