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Lamberts Bay walk about.

Lamberts Bay is situated 260km’s north of Cape Town on the West Coast. It is well known for its sea food and  is in the heart of crayfish country.  It attracts holiday makers, week-enders and day trippers almost all year round. Crayfish season is from November to April and every year in April the masses descend on Lamberts Bay for the  Crayfish Festival. There are plenty of things to do and see in Lamberts Bay. Apart from  white beaches and blue waters there is  a 9 hole golf course, 4×4 and hiking trails, fishing, surfing, bird watching and, in season, there are good whale watching opportunities.

I decided the best way to get a feel of the place was to go walk about and talk to some of the locals.

Lamberts Bay Harbour.
Lamberts Bay Harbour.

There is no doubt that central to Lamberts Bay is the harbour area. The fish factories, Bird Island, diamond divers boats and the well known Dolphin and Seal Island boat trips launch from here.

One of the many resaurants in Lamberts Bay.
One of the many restaurants in Lamberts Bay.
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Another.
And another. This one was in the harbour area so really nice atmosphere.
And another. This one was in the harbour area so had a really great atmosphere.

Diamond diver Jakes Viljoen.
Diamond diver Jakes Viljoen.

Bumped into Jakes taking his dogs for a walk – the black dog on the left is called “Thandi” and Jakes jokingly refers to her as a Khoisan Hunting Hound, and the other,  a very beautiful Golden Retriever, is called Rupert. Jakes knows George from McDougalls Bay and we had a long chat about the future of diamond divers on the West Coast.  Jakes seemed a bit more positive about it all compared to others I have spoken to.

TJ Gifts.
RT Gifts.

Jakes and his wife Adele have just recently taken over RT Gifts so I popped in to have a look around.

Some of the good for sale at RT Gifts.
Some of the good for sale at RT Gifts.
Sandveld Winkel.
Sandveld Winkel.
The lady in the shp described the goods for sale as "iets van alles" - a bit of everything.
The owner of the shop described the goods for sale as “iets van alles” – a bit of everything.

Room to rent.
Room to rent.

One thing for sure is that if you wanted to stay overnight or longer you would have no problem finding accommodation. Apart from the Lamberts Bay Hotel and many self service flats available it looked as if every second house had accommodation available.

Found this on th beach front but have no idea what it is. I just liked the shape.
Found this on th beach front but have no idea what it is. I just liked the shape.

Well maintained baai and picknik area.

Well maintained braai (barbecue) area at the beach front.

Thought of my daughter when I saw this as I know it's her dream is to have a place right on the sea front.

Thought of my daughter when I saw this as I know it's her dream to have a place right on the sea front.

The one negative thing  about Lamberts Bay are the number of street sellers and beggars that are allowed to hassle and badger one in quite an aggressive way. I find it very off putting and am sure that something could be done about it.

There is plenty more to see and do in Lamberts Bay so I am going to do a second post showing  the attractions such as Bird Island, Seal Island, a boat trip to see the dolphins and the museum which had some really interesting displays.