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.

Authentic Experiences

Khoisan Natural Unrefined Sea Salt factory

  • Factory tours available

Tel: 022 783 1520


Kokerboom Kaas
Artisanal Cheese
Contact David for a tasting of Weskus cheese.

5 Waterkant St, Velddrif, 7365
Tel:082 572 1822
david@kokerboomkaas.co.za /  carolyn@kokerboomkaas.co.za          


Die Vishoekie
Art studio in Bokkomlaan
Tel: 083 225 8184

Elton Jagels
Book to view his artwork
Tel: 083 737 3386 

Marina Clunie Riverstudio
Tel:083 415 9524
Email: marina@riverstudio.co.za

Simply Art – Gallery & Framing
Kerk straat, Velddrif
Tel:078 323 5861
Email: simplyart125@gmail.com

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
Email: jvhuffel@capenature.co.za




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

Dwarskersbos Beach

  • Angling


  • 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.

Bergrivier, 4800
Tel: 082 920 1265
Web: www.draaihoek.com 



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

Private Reserve Aurora
Tel: Danie- 082 779 9333 / Office – 022 952 1740
Email: danielshoogte@dgtwines.co.za


  • Hiking trails on farm, watch milk-and farm activities:

Tel: 022 783 0856


Bergrivier Golf Club


Vygie Street, Velddrif, 7365
Tel:078 606 1614 / 022 783 0535
Email: bergriviergolfklub@telkomsa.net

Driving Range

  • Velddrif Golf Club

Tel: 072 658 2307

4 X 4

Klein Tafelberg 4 x 4

  • Camping, hiking, 4×4 routes:  (Access by 4×4 only)                                                                                  

45km from Velddrif, Elandsbaai Road, Redelinghuys 
Tel: 082 558 4575 / 021 982 3000 / 021 981 2850
Email: kruispad120@gmail.com

Boat Trips & Fishing

Tollie’s River Cruises

  • Fun function and leisure cruises
  • Sunset cruises
  • Birdwatching cruises
  • Morning cruise
  • Sunset cruise
  • Professional Skipper
  • Child friendly
  • High safety standards
  • Reasonable rates

Departing from Port Owen Marina slipway

Tel: 079 763 6966
Email: tolliebez@gmail.com


Cracklin’ Rosie River Tours

  • Boat trips on the Bergrivier.
  • Small functions
  • Birding tours
  • Workshops
  • Environmental education

Departing from Port Owen Marina slipway

Tel:071 897 9611 / 073 627 4908
Email: trekduiker@gmail.com

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.

Laaiplek Hotel Grounds, De Villiers Street
Tel:+27 83 439 1030
Email: knotxtreme@gmail.com

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

Die Vishoekie
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.

Laaiplek Hotel Grounds, De Villiers Street
Tel:082 572 1822
Web: www.safisheriesmuseum.co.za 
Email: seaquiz@mweb.co.za


Dr. Nico Vermeulen 

Tel: 022 783 0027 / 083 658 4056
Email: dr.nico@mweb.co.za

Bergrivier Squash court

Tel: 083 658 4056
Email: dr.nico@mweb.co.za

Village Fitness

Tel: 022 783 0253
Email: ross@villagefitness.co.za

Real Estate Agents

Admiral Island  & Port Owen Estates

  • Gail Stuyk

Tel: 022 783 2974 /084 515 7504
Email: gail@portowen.com
Web: www.portowen.com

Era Carit Estates

  • All your property needs

Tel: 022 783 1523
Email: annaretha@eravelddrif.co.za

Pretkor Properties

  • Lettie

Tel: 071 609 8762
Web: www.pretkorproperties.com

Pawson Properties

  • Marietjie

Tel: 084 556 5448
Web: http://www.chaseverittvelddrif.co.za


Bergrivier Apd- Bethesda

  • woodwork, weaving, recycling, laundry, sandblasting

Tel: 022 783 0019
Email: berg.apd@telkomsa.net

Amanda’s Photo Journeys

  • Woodwork, weaving, recycling, laundry, sandblasting

Tel: 082 363 0903
Email: aphotoj@gmail.com

Koeks Laundry

  • situated in Velddrif

Tel: 076 319 6728
Email: koekslaundry@gmail.com

Shopping and Businesses

Lighthouse Gifts & Décor

  • Arts & Crafts @ Laaiplek Harbour

Tel: 082 070 8651