Velddrif is a hidden treasure, a small quiet village where the pace of life is leisurely. The West Coast galleries display artwork from over 100 artists of the surrounding area, including pieces from local fishermen. Rich in birdlife and fynbos, the village acquired its name in years gone by when a local farmer used a drift to allow his stock to cross the river to find new grazing.
Just 90 minutes from Cape Town North along the R27 at the mouth of the Berg River lays the tranquil village Velddrif, the gateway to the “Bokkom Republic”. The town is situated 2 km upstream from where the Berg River flows into the Atlantic Ocean at St Helena Bay. It came into existence as a fishing village during the 1800s and early 1900s. Today Velddrif is a hotspot for the tourist with a taste for the simple pleasures of life, the town’s appeal being its old world charm and heritage, sincerity of its inhabitants, birdlife, wild flowers and beautiful waterways.
Berg River Bridge, salt, Flamingos, bokkoms, fishermen and beautiful beaches … yes, that is Velddrif! It is an almost forgotten spot on the West Coast but you will be surprised how much life is out there.
Peace, silence and West Coast tranquility will greet you along with lots of space to explore. The Berg River Estuary is home to a huge variety of water birds including the little Blue Heron. Otters and water mongoose are a common sight. Flocks of flamingos and pelicans use this area as a base.
The fairly gentle climate is Mediterranean and from the end of January through to May the Velddrif area is the nicest place to be. Velddrif has the least wind of any West Coast towns from Cape Point to the Orange River. Even in winter: although there are a few really rousing Northerly storms, there are week-longs gaps of summer weather.