Velddrif Accommodation

Velddrif is a small fishing village found along the West Coast of South Africa. It is located on an estuary, where the Berg River meets the sea at St Helena Bay. Having been considered a 'forgotten about' seaside town, it has, in recent years, become a popular holiday destination for those seeking refuge from the hubbub of Cape Town. While the area is predominantly rural, boasting very few shopping centres and business complexes, it is one of the few places in the country where time comes to a standstill and is seemingly irrelevant. Without the hustle and busy of commercial living, visitors are able to unwind and relax, paying attention to only the sounds of the crashing waves, the seascape and the howling wind.

The name of the village came into being after Theunis Smit; a local farmer took his stock through a drift in the veld in order to find grazing areas across the river. Cattle and other farm animals were expected to swim across the river, an inconvenience which resulted in unnecessary drownings. A 'pont' was constructed in 1899 as a preventative measure, and at the time, acted as the only crossing point. Today, the Carinus Bridge now grants the residents of Velddrif access to various areas in the Cape and vice versa.

Fishing, tourism and salt production are central to the village's economy. Two large salt deposits, which can be found nearby, produce much of the salt in the Western Cape. It is also home to a thriving fishing industry where species of galjoen, West Coast steenbras, shad and snoek are found in abundance.

Laaiplek, seemingly indistinguishable from Velddrif, lies on the outskirts of the village. It derives its name from the function it serves; it is a harbour where fishermen offload their daily catches. The heart of Laaiplek is a hum of activity, where fishermen dock their trawlers to have their stock weighed before it is sold to various markets and fish shops. Visitors can sample a taste of 'Bokkem', a salted, dried-out fish that is a delicacy of the West Coast Region.

Birdwatchers flock to Veldriff to spot many varietals that are indigenous to the area. Found midway between Laaiplek and Veldrif lies the Berg River Estuary. It is here where as many as many 200 species of bird are found, including the chestnut-banded plover, little stint, and the curlew sandpiper. While a bird-lovers haven, visitors will also be amazed at the biodiversity, with the estuary harbouring an array of diverse habitats.

Velddrif makes for a tranquil breakaway, where you're able to sample the local cuisine while enjoying the natural scenery. Scattered around the quaint village are several holiday accommodation establishments - from luxury hotels that provide you with all the pampering you need to self-catering units.

Travel further afield and you'll reach the West Coast National Park. While especially known for its bird life, visitors will be privy to the sights of numerous game and seasonal spring flowers. Wildlife includes large antelope such eland, bontebok, kudu and gemsbok. Furthermore, game-viewers are encouraged to keep their eyes' peeled for the shy away bat-eared fox. Between the months of August to October, the park will be transformed into a flower wonderland, where carpets upon carpets of vibrant Cape wildflowers can be seen from miles away.

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From R325 pps


Quay West is a self-catering upmarket4 star standard lock up and go home situated in Velddrif Quays. The Berg River (approx. 40 m away) gives your mind peace and tranquility. Watch Pelicans and Fla... Read More

From R650 pps

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Two luxury, self catering, air-conditioned guest houses, The Waterfront (5 bedrooms) and Dolphin Place (3 bedrooms), next to each other, on the waterfront, at Port Owen Marina on the Cape West Coast.... Read More

From R900* unit


Dwarskersbos is a quaint little village on the West Coast of the Western Cape Province. It boasts with the most beautiful sun kissed beaches, totally unspoilt and pollution free. It is 11km away from ... Read More

From R800 pps


Ride in your boat kilometers into the river while watching the bird life. Experience the quietness of this breathtaking view over the Bergriver and awesome sunsets while sitting on your own private... Read More

From R300 pps


Kuifkopvisvanger is situated on a working farm just 5km outside of Velddrif on the West Coast and offers 7 self-catering private cottages that can sleep from 2 to 6 people with a view over the Berg Ri... Read More

From R750* unit


The Laaiplek Hotel is situated in the harbour area on the banks of the Berg River. The hotel offers a view best described as tranquil, yet fascinating with an abundance of bird-life and fishing trawle... Read More

From R1800* unit

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Set on the banks of the Berg River in Velddrif, this 3-bedroom house, offers true West Coast accommodation for up to six (6) guests sharing in 3 bedrooms. Velddrif, which started off as a small fishi... Read More

From R350 pps


Mandoryn Nege is a double-storey, four-bedroom house situated on the marina in Port Owen. The house has its own private jetty and wonderful views across the lagoon. The self-catering house features fo... Read More

From R1000* unit


Welcome to the picturesque town of Velddrif, South Africa. This tranquil fisherman's village is the ideal destination for getting away from the hustle and bustle. Granny Mac Self-Catering Guest House... Read More

From R1200* unit


Pelican House is a newly built self-catering, holiday home that is situated on the canals of Admiral Island in Port Owen Marina in Velddrif, situated on the West Coast. Ideal for discerning guests loo... Read More

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Velddrif Reviews

Velddrif
Not much to do in this town but for sure allot to see in the surrounding areas
- Louis Van Wyk

Velddrif
I didn't do much exploring having been there for a specific event but loved the beach down by Sunset Villas and the friendliness of the locals. Would like to explore the area a bit better next time.
- Collette Petersen

Velddrif
Small town with very friendly people. Birdlife was abundant. Restaurant quality was very poor. Would recommend self catering. Very well stocked Spar Supermarket available in Laaiplek. Would recommend a boat trip on the river for bird viewing.
- Hugh Saunders

Velddrif
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- Martiens Janse

Velddrif
Velddrif has everything you need. Just enough shops to get what you need, has that small town feel that is peaceful and relaxing.
- Pauline Everts