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Lamberts Bay Annual Crayfish Festival

Approximately two and a half hours drive from Cape Town lies the picturesque seaside village of Lamberts Bay. Lamberts bay affords a glimpse of the past that is firmly entrenched within the charms that the fishing village has to offer the modern-day visitor.

In Lamberts Bay it is called the “Kreeffees”. This is in the local language, Afrikaans. To give you an idea – kreef means crayfish, and fees can mean both festival or feast. This ‘kreeffees’ is held every March in this little West Coast town. You can feast on fresh crayfish and get festive at rock concerts by some of South Africa’s favourite musicians.

There is also so much more to do, such as bungee jumping, aerial displays, a half-marathon, beer tents and the list goes on. You definitely will not be caught bored at this festival!

But it is the crayfish (and all it represents) which defines Lamberts Bay, and that is why we call it the Annual Crayfish Festival. This festival is merely another homegrown excuse to return each year, and who could blame us!

Have a peak at Sandveld Museum on the farm Steenbokfontein. Here you can find interesting facts and salvaged items from a British warship, the HMS Sybille, which was wrecking 8km south of the harbour on the shores of the farm Steenbokfontein during a storm on 16 January 1901. Steenbokfontein’s Doorspring Sandveld Museum reveals significant 3500-year grave diggings.

But there is so much more to do in and around the town of Lamberts Bay, including, microlighting, 4x4nig, Quad biking, Golfing, Rock art and game viewing. Surfing, Angling, crayfishing (of course!), Wild Flower photography, walking tours to view endangered mountain tortoises, the annual half marathon. The choice is your, whether you prefer to venture on foot, by air or by sea. You could take a boat trip to the only freely accessible Cape gannet-breeding colony. Get up close and personal with a penguin, cuddle a Cape fur seal and view Cormorants. The prevalent Heaviside’s dolphins frolic in the waves alongside Southern Right whales, which are best viewed between August and October, though in fact they are spotted travelling the West Coast coastline for up to 10 months of the year.

The first festival was held in March 202, but it was soon decided that it should be an annual event. All funds are ploughed back into the community to enable certain identified organisations, institutions and programmes to be funded to improve the lives of under privileged residents in the community.

So come along and support the community here. Wash it all down with a swig of excellent local wines! You are guaranteed to enjoy yourself, no matter what your age or preferences!

 

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