west coast at its best
Verlorenvlei is one of the largest natural wetlands along the west coast of South Africa and one of the few coastal fresh water lakes in the country, stretching between the village of Elands Bay and Redelinghuys.
The main body of the lake is 13.5 km long and 1.4 km wide with an area of 1 500 ha. and is a proclaimed Ramsar site. The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is a treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation of wetlands.
Verlorenvlei is not only one of the largest lakes but one of the few coastal freshwater lakes that is one of the most important estuarine systems in the Western Cape, and one of the largest natural wetlands on the Cape west coast. It is a significant coastal lake, supporting over a thousand wading birds, and providing a nest and a rest of over 75 species of water birds. It supports over 5 000 birds most of the time, and occasionally as many as 20 000.
Elands Bay is a laid back authentic Weskus seaside town, known locally as Elandsbaai, which offers a delightful combination of surfing, swimming and seafood; it is regarded as the ‘lobster larder’ of the West Coast.
It has managed to maintain the laid-back lifestyle for which the West Coast is so well known. Only 200 km from Cape Town, Elands Bay is the perfect place to unwind with peaceful surroundings and an endless beach. It is also a great place to enjoy activities like rowing, sailing, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, whale watching and fishing, to name a few.
Elands Bay is only two and a half hours drive from Cape Town, and the Bobbejaan Mountains above the town offer walks and a wealth of San paintings in various accessible caves.