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Cape West Coast

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.

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Voëlvry (Free as a bird)

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Britannia Bay

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

Friday Island

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

We have 5 sea-facing rooms with epic uninterrupted views of the ocean and lagoon. These sleep 4 (2 in the loft). There are a further 7 side rooms. All rooms are self-catering. There is an office/reception, conference facility and restaurant/bar ...

Sleeps: 10

Golden Mile Boulevard 10

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Britannia Bay

Situated right on the beachfront the house offers the following four bedrooms, two en-suite one separate bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, outside braai area, fireplace, TV with DStv decoder (bring own card), sea view from all bedrooms as well as ...

From R 1 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Paternoster On The Rocks

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Paternoster

Architecturally designed by famous west coast architect Jaco Visser. Designed to blend in to west coast culture, with original west coast features of sash windows and large hearths .It is the Ideal get away location. Close enough to the sea to fal...

Sleeps: 28 in 8 units/rooms

114 On Main Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

The popular town of Langebaan is just over 100 km or 75 minutes drive north from Cape Town on the West Coast off the R27 next to Langebaan Lagoon. The white Caribbean like beaches surrounding the crystal clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are on...

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Ceol na Mara

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

Ceol na Mara, right on the beach with superb views over Paternoster Bay, is a 4 star self catering house. It sleeps up to six and has garage parking, outside braai, fully equipped kitchen, and DSTV. The adjoining flat, Ceoleen sleeps up to 4.

Shipwreck Self Catering Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Saldanha

We have 2 self-catering cottages. Each cottage has its own lock-up garage and own braai facilities. There is a pool table available for entertainment. There is also a upper deck with sleeper wood, table and chairs to enjoy the sea view of the West...

Sleeps: 34 in 5 units/rooms

Pampoen Fontein

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Porterville

Pampoen Fontein Farm is situated on a plateau high in the Olifants River Mountains two hours from Cape Town. We offer complete peace and quiet within a thousand acres of wild flowers, sandstone mountains, pristine dams and spectacular views.

Sleeps: 9

Sea Esta

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Britannia Bay

Come and enjoy a luxurious self-catering family holiday home. The house has the most spectacular unobstructed view of the beach. The beautiful sandy beach invites you to long walks and often dolphins, whales and seals can be spotted playing in the waves.

Sleeps: 41 in 10 units/rooms

Thornbay Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Doringbaai

Some units can accommodate between 2 to 8 people or you can combine the units for small groups. Each fully equipped unit has a fridge / microwave / kettle / toaster / hotplate or larger units a stove / cutlery / crockery / TV with channels 1, 2, 3,..

Sleeps: 4
From R 1 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Beach Haven Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Britannia Bay

Beach Haven cottage is ideally situated on the beach; looking out towards the horizon, unfettered by any distractions that may impede your relaxing escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Sleeps 4.


Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

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.

Heidedal Guest house

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Porterville

Heidedal Guest house just outside of Porterville. The house sleeps 10 persons in 5 double rooms

Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Walking On Water Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

Step into tranquility, adjacent to a green area and with panoramic views of Langebaan Lagoon. We offer3 fully equipped luxurious double rooms and gourmet South African Breakfasts at affordable tariffs. Tour guide on site.Internet and fax available.

Vineyard Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Darling

This beautiful cottage is set in an elevated position; a small vineyard to the front gives one the sense of being in the Winelands while the almond trees and olive grove add to that Country feel. The front stoep provides the perfect place for sundowners w

Sleeps: 12 in 2 units/rooms

Baywatch Lodge & Inn

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

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

Gouevallei Camping Villages

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Citrusdal

The Gouevallei Campsite has two separate campsites totally private from each other (100m apart), but also available together, the perfect campsite for small groups that would like to have a bonding weekend, come and explore what Gouevallei has to offer.

Abalone Self Catering Lamberts Bay

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lamberts Bay

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...

Mykonos Splendour

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

Nestled atop the hillside this sought after ground floor apartment has a picturesque 180 degree sea view. Keep the door open and hear the waves breaking. With unique patio the unit overlooks the harbour and lagoon area...

Sleeps: 8
From R 1 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Langebaan Beach Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Saldanha

The seaside town of Langebaan is situated on the banks of Langebaan lagoon, only 120 km north of Cape Town on the R27 West Coast road. The Lagoon is part of the magnificent West Coast National Park and is world renowned for its diverse fauna...