The region known as the Cape West Coast stretches from just North of Cape Town as far as the border with the Northern Cape and inland following the Northern Cape border to Touws River, and including the Cederberg Range of mountains.
The main coastal town of the Cape West Coast is Saldanha which, together with the Bay of the same name, gets its name from the Portuguese admiral Antonio de Saldanha who anchored his fleet in what is now known as Table Bay in the year 1503, naming it after himself. It was not until 1601 that the name was transferred to its present location. Saldanha Bay played a very important role during the second World War as an assembly point for convoys because of its strategic position and safe anchorage. Today Saldanha Bay is an important iron ore export harbour as well as being an important fishing port. A brand new steel mill has recently been built in Saldanha and the bay houses the South African Military Academy and a naval training base.
Immediately to the South of Saldanha on the Cape West Coast lies Langebaan and the Langebaan Lagoon, home to the West Coast National Park. Here the still waters of the lagoon with its early morning mists shelter thousands of seabirds and vast concentrations of migrant waders that have flown here from the cold northern hemisphere winter. This 20000 hectare National Park includes the offshore islands of Schaapen, Malgas, Marcus and Jutten and the salt marsh and mud flats are home to tens of thousands of birds. Over one third of the world's population of Cape Gannet breed on Malgas Island.
To the East of the Cape West Coast and halfway to the Northern Cape border lie the Cederberg range of mountains along with the Cederberg Wilderness Area. This 71000 hectare area runs from the Pakhuis Pass and the Middleberg Pass. Visitors will need a permit to enter this area and these are issued by a forester at the Algeria Forest Station. These mountains were once covered with the rare Clanwilliam Cedar trees but many of these were either burnt or felled by early pioneers. The Cederberg are home to many natural rock formations, including a Maltese Cross, the Wolfberg Arch, Cathedral Rock and the Pulpit and Finger Rocks. The flora of the Cederberg are quite unique - the snow protea is found nowhere else on Earth.
The town of Wellington is in the extreme South of the Cape West Coast region lying in a valley known as Val du Charron, or Valley of the Wagon Makers after the trade of many of the early French Huguenots who settled in the area at the end of the 17th Century. There are several excellent wine cellars in the Wellington area where the visitor can enjoy wine tasting. Wellington offers the visitor a magical and captivating atmosphere and friendly people.
The town of Malmesbury, named after the first Earl of Malmesbury, is a few kilometers to the northwest of Wellington. Originally developed around a hot spring and drawing a huge number of visitors to its baths, these have fallen into disuse and are now part of a large shopping complex. The surrounding areas draw crowds of visitors from all over the world in Springtime to view the breathtaking sight of millions of wildflowers.
Think of fresh seafood, combine it with the Cape West Coast and you will be drawn to Lambert's Bay, a seafood mecca just a couple of hours' drive to the North of Cape Town. Lambert's Bay is a holiday venue set among some of the most breathtaking scenery of South Africa. Just off the coast here is Bird Island, home to seals, penguins and cormorants and bird watchers from all over the world.
One half of original farmhouse on property, built in 1916. Family heirlooms decorate rooms. Big private garden with braai. Large veranda with 2 entrances to house.
Abalone is a comfortable house with 3 bedrooms, each with own bathroom, full dstv, indoor and outdoor braai facilities, and full dstv. The house is fully equipped and you only have to bring your own beach towels. A secure lock-up garage will keep...
Approximately 90 minutes drive from Cape Town on the open West Coast road, Britannia Bay is only a heart throb away. Watch the sun rise over the calm, clear waters of the bay or sip a sun downer at sunset after a delightful day
Sea Urchin self catering apartment is a typical west coast style house, about 700 metres walk from the white sandy Golden Mile beach in Britannia Bay. It is the ideal place to relax and escape the city life's hustle and bustle.
From it's lofty position on top of the hill on the peninsula, The Lazy Daisies affords you the unique opportunity to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha is adjoined by a number of well designed, comfortable self-catering cottages where guests can enjoy even greater privacy
Starfish is a fully-equipped luxury self-catering beach cottage in the unique fisherman's village of Paternoster. It has 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6. The sundeck allows you to enjoy the tranquillity of Paternoster with 360 degrees views.
Ultimate in luxury & seaviews ! Upper level of homestead on beach.Private & serviced..2 bedrooms-main with double bed leading to sun deck..the other en-suite(shower)with king size bed(twins optional)..2nd full bathroom.Sleeps 4 adults..4 Star
The Cape West Coast village of Yzerfontein is only 50 minutes drive from Cape Town, where Gilbert's Gift has stunning views of the sea and of the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean. The house has three bedrooms, two en suite, and sleeps six...
Wake up to the peaceful sounds of waves breaking and song of wild birds at Perle of Paradise Self Catering Apartment, Paradise beach, Langebaan! There are 4 units to choose from.
On the beach front, close to restaurants and shops, Greystones Beach House provides luxury self-catering accommodation for eight people. Ideally situated for watersports, bird life and wild flowers of Langebaan Lagoon.
El Sueno de Helena self catering house situated in Paradise Beach, Langebaan offers 3 bedrooms with 2.5 bathrooms. Very safe double security gated village with entire private beach only for residents.
Each unit has..2 bedrooms/ bathrooms with showers only..main en-suite with king-size bed (twins optional) the other with twin beds..braai patio with sea views..2 TV's-SABC/E/M-Net/MM1/SS1&2..each sleeps 4 plus 2 extra in lounge..3 Star Grading
Friedse Plek@Lamberts' Bay is a 3 bedroomed self-catering house, which sleeps up to 6 persons comfortably.
Accommodates 1 to 4 people. Two double en-suite bedrooms, one with sea views, each containing two single beds. Fully equipped kitchen/dining. Outside patio with braai, beautiful sea and bay views. All linen & towels provided except for beach towels.
Tornyn Self Catering graded 4 star is a house sleeping 2 people only about 20m from the main beach of Paternoster. Tornyn is fully equipped with all luxuries you need for a weekend or that long sea holiday in our beautiful Paternoster
Sunbird View offers accommodation in the popular holiday town of Langebaan. There are 4 fully equipped self catering units situated on 3 levels with spectacular lagoon views.
Casa Bertella is a unique holiday experience situated in Yzerfontein, Western Cape. The accommodation consists of two sea-facing bedrooms (sleeping 4 persons) - each fitted with a queen-size bed, a modest stylish cupboard and a 42cm flat screen TV...