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Christmas at Swartriet
Beach and Site seeing
We invite you to exchange the agitating city life for the tranquility of Swartriet - where nature conspires with man to provide the perfect setting for life. Obtain a crayfish permit and collect your own seafood. Mountain bikers can explore interesting fishing villages and cycle through tranquil wheat fields.
Birdwatching
Swartriet is a paradise for sea lovers and bird watchers. European Bee-Eaters visit in September. The rare Black Oystercatcher is often seen along this stretch of coastline. Penquins also visit our coastline.
Animals
The coastal fynbos supports a variety of wildlife including jackal, duiker, steenbok, porcupine, meerkat and tortoise. Some of these can be seen at Swartriet.
Wild Flower season
Each year from August to September the barren semi-desert landscape erupts into a sea of colour! During this time nature lovers will be joined by visiting European Bee-eaters. Swartriet is situated centrally between the Saldanha Nature Reserve, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and the West Coast National Park where you can witness the best flower displays
5 Bay Trail

The Five Bay Trail is a scenic, 2.5 day, 28km coast hugging hike between the West Coast Fishing villages of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai. It is made up of three legs connected through a series of transfers and marvellous interactions with local folk over meals. Guests are accommodated in a 3-4 star comfortable lodge in Paternoster for 2 nights.

The route follows the beach and existing tracks adjoining a series of five scenic bays between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai. The first leg on Day 1 is a gentle sunset walk along Paternoster beach. The second leg on Day 2 is a 15km hike from Paternoster to Trekoskraal. The third leg on Day 3 is a 13km hike from Trekoskraal to Jacobsbaai.

For more information visit the website by clicking on the Five Bay Trail logo below

Sea Kayaking

Mornings are generally calm at Swartriet and ideal for sea kayaking. The coast is full of rocky outcrops, small bays and unspoilt beaches. Take care as whales are often stumbled upon (June-November). Other visitors include dolphins (Heavyside, Dusky and Common dolphins), penguins and seals.

Warning

Paddle at your own risk. Only experienced kayakers should venture out into this ocean. Inexperienced paddlers must be joined by an experienced and qualified guide. Dangers include hidden reefs with unexpected breakers, fog or strong Southerly winds. In summer the Southerly wind generally picks up gradually throughout the day, reaching a maximum late afternoon

Windsurfing

Swartriet is the wavesailor's paradise, with affordable accomodation 30m from one of the best wavesailing spots in the world! Each November, the German Surf Magazine tests the latest equipment at Swartriet.

Swartriet Weather Station
A new weather station has been installed at Swartriet. Call 022 715 4044 to enquire about the wind speed.

Weather Conditions
Swartriet is situated on a 600m wide bay with rocky points on either end. The predominant southerly wind is cross-offshore. Deep sea reefs refract the ocean swells resulting in two amplified peaking waves in the bay. Waves here are generally twice the size compared to Cape Town, Sunset Beach. The rocky points on either end prevent longshore currents that flow with the wind (ie. no reduction in apparent wind), allowing for excellent jumping conditions! The wind is channelled to blow strongest in the impact zone (similar to Cape Point). Even in strong winds with big swells, the wave faces remain smooth and do not close-out, allowing for unparalled wave-riding conditions! Intermediate wave sailors can sail on the windward side of the bay where the waves are small, and break on a sandy bed. Experts can sail the main peaks, but must take care of the treacherous rocks on the downwind side of the bay and the shallow reefs on the inside. On massive days it is still possible to get out on the windward side of the bay, ride a few ¾ mast high waves, and then maybe one 1 ½ mast high main peak wave!
When the wind is light (early mornings), Swartriet is an excellent surfspot with consistent peaking beachbreak waves.

Ideal Conditions for Swartriet
Just after passing cold fronts, the wind turns South East at Swartriet while it is still blowing South West in Cape Town.
Whenever the surf in Cape Town is flat, and the South Easter is blowing along the West Coast, there is always a wave at Swartriet. Swartriet also gets a strong North wind before approaching cold fronts. The wind starts blowing here a day before the NW starts blowing in Cape Town.

Ideal West Coast base
Swartriet is the ideal West Coast base. The best flat water sailing in the country is nearby at Langebaan, while the best Cape surfspot is nearby at Elandsbay (good windsurfing here too). Other attractions include the West Coast National Park and the Cedarberg mountain range.

Costs
Costs for day visitors are R10 per car and R5 per person. Overnight self-catering accommodation are available at Swartriet at very reasonable prices. Avoid dissapointment and book now.


Warning

Sail at your own risk. Avoid the rocks on the Northern side of the bay.
Take care of the shallow reefs on the inside. The southerly winds are cross-offshore ie. if something breaks you will tend to drift away from land! Waves break hard (top to bottom), even on days with small swell.

Whale-watching
Southern Right Whales visit from July to November.

 

 

 

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