Vredenburg Local Customs
Like most South Africans, the West Coast people are extremely friendly and they will when meeting you most probably invite you for a "Braai". This is a BBQ and it could be anything on the BBQ from seafood to meat.
Vredenburg Off The Beaten Path
Sea Bamboo grave?
Walking along the beach we came across this pile of sea bamboo, which looked like a little grave to me. Very interesting little rock this one.
Situated on the road between Saldanha & Vredenburg you will find the turn-off for Swartriet. It is more like a farm you are staying on, belonging to private people and it has approx 20 homes that they rent out. It is a wonderfull place to go to when you want to get away from it all - no mobile phone reception, TV reception, radio reception, but a wonderfull beach to enjoy with nice walks.
St Helena Bay
Another of the famous West Coast fishing villages. When you arrive at St Helena Bay you are welcomed by white rocks, a cobalt blue sea and a heavy fishy smell which can be extremely offputting to say the least. The fresh fish, crayfish etc however that you will find here, however makes up for the terrible odour that has welcomed you. It is however also a bird watchers paradise and home to whales and dolphins all year round.
Favorite thing: If you're an internet junkie and need to know where you can get some web access - as you drive into Vredenburg on the turn from the main highway, keep your eyes open in the town centre for a bigginh car park type square on the right hand side. One floor up facing the car park is an I.T. type place that has an internet cafe