Doringbaai Lighthouse

Doringbaai Lighthouse

Doringbaai Harbour, Doringbaai, South Africa Doringbaai is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.Doringbaai, previously known as Thornbay, is a small fishing village. The main economic activity is the packaging and export of crayfish. In the past, the bay at Doringbaai was used as an anchorage for the trade route; provisions were deposited here and transported to Vanrhynsdorp by camel. The lighthouse, one of the local landmarks, was built in 1963. Doringbaai is located at one extreme of the beautiful West Coast. Peace and quiet are at the heart of this fishing village’s appeal. Outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, diving and whale watching will keep you busy until meal times arrive. Each one another marvellous West Coast experience.The original lighthouse in Doringbaai was an aluminium structure. Built in 1963, gale-force storms destroyed it in 1991. The current operational lighthouse is a concrete tower.In the small West Coast fishing village of Doringbaai, relaxation is the order of the day. About 300km west of Cape Town, it is fairly remote. So if you’re looking for a breakaway from the noisy urban centres, you will adore this West Coast town.Doringbaai’s outdoor activities are the best way to experience this part of South Africa. With plenty to do and see on land or in the water, this area is particularly well known for southern right whale watching. These marine mammals come to the shores of Doringbaai from late July until November every year.The surrounding mountain ranges and cliffs make for great hiking and mountain biking. There is some excellent birdwatching to do in the area and, in spring, the wild flowers are in bloom.You can also dive for crayfish or fish from the shore (only with the required licences). Other water sports include kayaking, windsurfing, bodyboarding and snorkelling. Nearby Bamboesbaai is known for its good surfing conditions. All-day sunbathing and swimming are on the menu too.Further afield, head to the Olifants River where you can kayak and birdwatch. If you know a thing or two about geology, you can examine the diamondiferous gravel along the West Coast and watch diamond vessels operate near the shore in good sea conditions.Wine tours and the opportunity to play a few rounds of golf will round off the full sightseeing itinerary. www.southafrica.net

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