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.

Man next to bike looking out at ocean




  • Mountain bike trails, hiking, rock art, rock climbing, birding, cave camping

Private Reserve Aurora
Tel: Danie- 082 779 9333 / Office – 022 952 1740


  • Hiking trails on the farm, watch milk-and farm activities.

Tel: 022 783 0856

Klien Tafelberg

  • 3-5 hour hiking trail up the Klien Tafelberg.

Private Reserve Aurora
Tel: 067 106 6549


In Velddrif

  • There are fun routes to cycle around Velddrif. For some inspiration take a look at these tracks others have done here!
At Rocherpan Nature reserve
  • The jeep track in the reserve makes for an adventurous cycle exploring it. More details can be found here!


On the Bergrivier

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand up paddling
  • Boating

At Dwarskersbos Beach

  • Surfing
  • Kite Surfing


Klien Tafelberg

  • Off-roading and a 3-5 hour hiking trail up the Klien Tafelberg.

Private Reserve Aurora
Tel: 067 106 6549

Nature & Outdoor

Bird Watching


 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.

Laaiplek Harbour

There is a number of easily accessible viewing points such as Laaiplek Harbour. expect to see Kelp, Hartlaub’s and Grey Headed Gulls.

Only 25km north from Velddrif. There are two bird hides on the seasonal pan. Braai facilities. Picnic area overlooking the ocean. The nature reserve is also home to the Black Oystercatcher (Swarttobie). 

  • Entrance 08h00-18h00

Tel: 087 284 3519

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. 

Bergrivier, 4800
Tel: 082 920 1265



  • Kuifkopvisvanger –  entrance fee required – 083 759 7075
  • Knorvarkie – entrance fee required – 082 460 7810 
  • Carinus Bridge

Dwarskersbos Beach

  • Angling


  • Fishing at harbour


Bergrivier Golf Club
Vygie Street, Velddrif, 7365
Tel:078 606 1614 / 022 783 0535

Driving Range at Velddrif Golf Club
Vygie Street, Velddrif, 7365
Tel: 072 658 2307

Boat Tours

Cracklin’ Rosie River Tours

  • Boat trips on the Bergrivier.
  • Birding tours, environmental education, small functions, workshops
  • Departing from Bokkomlaan

Tel:071 897 9611 / 073 627 4908

Knot Xtreme Bergrivier Boat Cruise

  • Customized trips from Sunrises to Sunsets, Bird Watching, Team Building, Parties, Small functions, Romantic Cruises etc.
  • Minimum of 5 people with a maximum of 10 people.

Tel:+27 83 439 1030

Canoe & Kayak World

  • Rent a kayak or be part of a tour
  • Rent a small boat

Robbert Herreveld
Tel: 083 290 6602

Port Owen Sailing Charter
  • Maximum of 12 people per trip.
  • Port Owen, Velddrif

Tel: 082 985 5593

Port Owen Yacht Club

Port Owen, Velddrif, 7365
Tel: 082 830 7987

Culture and Heritage


  • The heart of the traditional preserved fish industry still operating as it did over 200 years ago.

Khoisan Natural Unrefined Sea Salt factory

  • Factory tours available

Tel: 022 783 1520

Salt pans Velddrif


Die Vishoekie

  • Art studio in Bokkomlaan

Tel: 083 225 8184

Marina Clunie Riverstudio

Tel:083 415 9524

Elton Jagels

  • Book to view his artwork

Tel: 083 737 3386 

Simply Art – Gallery & Framing

Kerk straat, Velddrif
Tel:078 323 5861