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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for the ultimate combination of luxury, tranquility, peacefulness, beach vibes and comfort? We have the holiday house you are looking for, situated in the beautiful sea side village of Yzerfontein, along the unspoiled West Coast.
Come and enjoy the tranquility of the West Coast in absolute sophistication and style in two self catering units that set every standard in elegance but more, offer you the opportunity to discover the silent secrets of a West Coast sunset and a ...
Pick a Rest is located in the northern Olifants River Valley of Vredendal. This guest house offers three individually decorated suites with many facilities which make it feel like home. Our home is suitable for business people, tourists and even South Afr
It is a 3 bedroom unit. There are 2 bedroom downstairs and a loft bedroom upstairs. Main bedroom downstairs has a queen size bed. The other bedrooms have twin beds. It has a seperate full bathroom including spa bath. The lounge opens onto a ...
In the lap of luxury' is the measure of what Cape Villas has to offer. Cape Villas is a fully furnished and equipped four bedroom villa tiled throughout (on the beach). Sleeps up to 8 guests, 3 bathrooms, one en suite and guest toilet, 2 lounges...
Each unit a comfortable and practical 5-sleeper flat with captivating ocean view. A literal stone's throw from the beach. Rocky cliffs meet the ocean to the South, between the Doringbay lighthouse and Strandfontein.
Free-standing beach-house, Self-catering with standard amenities.Open-plan, relaxed lounge seating - cosy fireplace for rainy days or winter evenings; Living area flows onto outdoor deck; simple CD system available...
Jubel n Juig is a self-catering unit and a special place of relaxation. This 68m² unit is part of my home and barely 200m from the beach. It is situated in the 3rd line from the beachfront and faces north.
Wentzel's Cove is an elegant double storey beachfront holiday home located in the upmarket Shelley Point golf estate. The large home offers 8 beds and 3 bathrooms. A swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, pool table and outdoor braai area makes...
In a radius of 40km you will find other picturesque places to visit like Jacobs Bay, St. Helena Bay, Shelley Point, Paternoster, Velddrif, as well as the Country Club Golf Course at Langebaan and the holiday resort and casino, Club Myconos.
You've discovered Paternoster - a paradise of miles of deserted white sand beach, whales and dolphins in the bay, spectacular sunsets, some of the best seafood on the West Coast, spring flowers, and the Cape Columbine nature reserve.
COTTAGE 1 bedroom..king-size bed(twins optional)..sleeps 2+1 extra in lounge .VILLA 2 bedrooms en-suite..main with bath, shower and king-size bed (twins optional)the other with shower only and twins..sleeps 4+2 extra in lounge..seaviews..both 3 Star
Sonvanger is a double storey building which has a two bedroom unit downstairs and a one bedroom unit upstairs.These can be let as two separate units or as a big single unit.To get to the beach is only a 50 meter walk down the path...
The endless sandy beaches invite you to go on long walks. Quite often one can spot dolphins, seals and whales. Bird life is rich and the sacred ibis can also be seen. Fresh seafood caught daily by local fisherman, can be enjoyed at a number of ...
Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha is adjoined by a number of well designed, comfortable self-catering cottages where guests can enjoy even greater privacy
Yzerfontein is an unspoiled and tranquil fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa. Isle de Yzer is a peaceful luxurious self-catering facility and will provide you with whatever you need. Stay as long as you want, be as active as you please.
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