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.
Berghoff fynbos farm in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville offers four fully equipped, self-catering chalets for breaks from city life.The chalets all have panoramic views over the mountains and are a short two hour drive from...
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.
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...
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...
Piccolo & Bella Villa is the ideal break-away for a couples or a family. These luxury self-catering units are situated close from the shore on the Western Coast of South Africa. Come and enjoy leisure time or get active - whatever works for you!
The cosy Lambert's Bay hotel combines traditional West Coast hospitality, excellent cuisine and an endless number of interesting excursions in and around the area to ensure an unforgettable stay.
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.
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...
Soli Deo Gloria Unit 2 is a beautiful beach front property. It consists of an en-suite bachelor pad with a wheelchair friendly shower. Folding-sliding doors open directly onto a deck and a board walk with direct access to the beach. The unit is fully kitt
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
Shell Bay Beach House is an immaculately presented holiday home with breathtaking beach front views of the ocean. The house is large, comfortable and beautifully furnished making it suitable for groups or families...
Situated in the tranquil Jacobsbaai on the beautiful West Coast, "Allview" consists of fully equipped, self catering holiday apartments
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
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...
Imagine full, uninterrupted sea views from the bed, bath, lounge, dining table. Enjoy a lazy, luxurious holiday in a modern, fully serviced fisherman's cottage. A unique experience awaits you at Nieuview.
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
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...
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.