What to do
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.
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
Draaihoek Private Nature Reserve
The private Nature Reserve reaches from the Atlantic ocean inland to Sandveld’s mountain range and across to the Verlorenvlei, a RAMSAR classified site, south of Elands Bay. The coastal border of the Reserve stretches along an undisturbed sandy beach, hugged by rugged dunes and favoured by flocks of birds typical to the West Coast. The uninhabited bay area is frequented by whales, seals and playing Heaviside dolphins.
- Velddrif Golf Club
Tel: 072 658 2307
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Boat Trips & Fishing
Knot Xtreme Bergrivier Boat Cruise
Customized Boat Cruises ideal for bird watching, sunrises, sunsets and small functions
Our “K”not Xtreme Berg River cruise is an eco-friendly cruise up and down the beautiful Berg River which is rated as one of three top estuaries in South Africa, in terms of conservation. The Berg River Estuary starts 69km upstream of its mouth in Velddrif on the Cape West Coast. It is one of only four perennial estuaries on this dry coast and its lower reaches are an Important Birding Area (IBA) – it supports 210 species of bird, 25 of which are nationally important, whilst up to 80% of the fish in the estuary use it as a nursery.
Our ‘K”not Extreme boat will be based at Riviera Hotel and fully operational under new management as from the 1st December 2020.
Customized trips from Sunrises to Sunsets, Bird Watching, Team Building, Parties, Small functions, Romantic Cruises etc
Talk to us and let’s customize the trip to your special requirements.
Minimum of 5 people with a maximum of 10 people.
Port Owen Sailing Charter
3 Bronwen St, Port Owen, Velddrif, 7365
Tel: 082 985 5593
Port Owen Yacht Club
Port Owen, Velddrif, 7365
Tel: 082 830 7987
Culture and Heritage
Visit the Vishoekie and experience how locals turn the Haarders(Mullet) into bokkoms which are salted fish. the locals still use the same traditional methods that have been employed for more than 200 years.
Tel: 083 225 8184
SA Fisheries Museum
The SA Fisheries Museum Velddrif is unique in that it demonstrates the history of the Fishing Industry: the resources, the harvesting of the resource and fish processing methods, as well as giving recognition to all pioneers and subsidiary stakeholders in the fishing industry.
Additional information is that the Museum is located in the grounds of the well-known Laaiplek Hotel adjacent to the busy fishing harbour in Laaiplek. The museum itself is housed in an old historic building, previously a residential dwelling dating from the time of Carel Stephan, the famous trader who began trading with the grain farmers along the Berg River in latter half of the 1800’s. New in the Museum is an ongoing exhibit depicting the history of Velddrif and surroundings which is inextricably connected to fishing since the earliest time.
Just as in the Fishing industry, where a fine balance between natural resource, harvesting the resource, marketing, consumption and all important sustainability of the resource is imperative, so this Museum promotes a balance between Conservation, Education and Information.