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.
Groenfontein Farm is situated between Philadelphia and Malmesbury in the Swartland, at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg. The farm is within 20 minutes drive of Melkbosstrand and 45 minutes from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport...
Seagulls Guest House offers Self Catering Flatlets in Langebaan
The 4 metre wide glass doors of the large living area open onto a patio with a built-in braai (barbeque). From here (or from the living room) there are unsurpassed views of the beach & sea - ideal for whale & dolphin watching! In the living room ...
Ensconced in the magical Oliphant's River Valley, Clanwilliam Hotel is situated off the beaten track. Only two hours drive from Cape Town, the hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool and secure parking.
31 on Seaview is a cosy fully equipped self-catering pet friendly apartment nestled in the heart of Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein. A mere 99km from Cape Town International Airport or the V & A Waterfront allows you to experience and enjoy what the West Coast has
Come and spoil yourself in this brand new, modern state of the art and very spacious 4-bedroom home, completed in December 2013 only. It is elevated on the water's edge barely an arm's length from the calm sheltered Bay of Whispers, or Fluister...
Situated in the tranquil Jacobsbaai on the beautiful West Coast, "Allview" consists of fully equipped, self catering holiday apartments
Bella Capensis is situated close to the quiet beaches of Yzerfontein yet high enough for panoramic views of the ocean and the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a sun downer on the balcony overlooking the ocean where you can spot whales and dolphins in the mon...
We would like to welcome you to our well beloved family home located on the sea front of Saldanha Bay, with it's exquisite views of the bay and the harbour.
Accommodation consists of 34 fully equipped, self catering flats and chalets, as well as 10 well shaded, electrified caravan and camping stands. Residents have free use of the hot and cold swimming pools, a rock pool, and the private spa baths.
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.
Wake up to the peaceful sounds of waves breaking and song of wild birds at Perle of Paradise Self Catering Apartment, Paradise beach, Langebaan!
Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha is adjoined by a number of well designed, comfortable self-catering cottages where guests can enjoy even greater privacy
The original farmhouse, dating since 1704, and situated on the bank of the Bergriver, was renovated into 4 spacious, fully equipped self-catering units, each with their own TV, bathroom & kitchen.
Sit back on the stoep with a sundowner and enjoy the most spectacular view to be seen. Surrounded by the orange groves and the dam, this luxury fully equipped cottage, a home away from home, has two bedrooms (mes) sleeping four ...
This unique Self Catering beach house is situated on the beachfront of Lamberts Bay and has much to offer for the discerning guest.
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 ...
The Sunny Rock is a luxurious 4 sleeper self catering holiday home situated in the heart of Velddrif, where you will be surrounded by breath taking yacht club and river views.