“The best thing about living in Cape Town, is that I have Africa on my doorstep” said a Kenyan friend who moved to South Africa from New York.
The west coast stretches an awe-inspiring 650km from Cape Town to Namibia, its white-sand beaches pummelled by the angry Atlantic all the way. Foiled by fog, the strong currents and rocky reefs, ships lie wrecked everywhere along it. German rock stars and English aristocracy, Hong Kong investment bankers and American film directors are now very much part of the fabric of Cape Town society.
The West Coast National Park is undoubtedly the jewel in this peninsula’s crown. It curves protectively around the magnificent Langebaan Lagoon, 5,700 watery hectares separated from the Atlantic by a fragile sand-dune barrier fronted by the dangerous but beautiful 16 Mile Beach. National Park accommodation is mostly limited to basic chalets, but those in the know head for…
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