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.
Flagship is less than 100m from the sandy white beach of the Golden Mile and offers 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6) all with sea views and 2 bathrooms (one en-suite to main bedroom). The modern kitchen is fully equipped, inside and outside braais, ample ...
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 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.
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.
La Mer offers guests the opportunity to stay right on the beach in the peaceful fisherman's village of Paternoster. 15m from the high-water mark, this ideally situated self-catering unit offers the best views of breathtaking sunsets and endless beaches...
Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha is adjoined by a number of well designed, comfortable self-catering cottages where guests can enjoy even greater privacy
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
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.
The few minutes drive from Paternoster to Farr Out (TGCSA 4 Star) is not what you would exactly call far. But when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote. Crunching up the glinting shell pathway you can see ...
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
The Ark is a self catering cottage 26km outside Piketberg on the mountain. This 3 bedroom fairytale cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 guests. The cottage is set in a beautiful garden with a braai for those lovely warm Boland evenings and an indoor...
Hocus Pocus self catering townhouse is a simple but functional architectural style house based on the historical West Coast Fisherman's cottages as seen all around Paternoster.
Hear, see and smell the sea from our holiday home (De Oude Muragie) "The little Jewel of Paternoster" in the Western Cape
Rusoord Saldanha is a large house situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of the beach. Ideal for the extended family or friends looking for a great time.
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.
Experience one of the West Coast's best kept secrets at Blueberry Hill Apartments set high on Blueberry Hill, St. Helena Bay, only 180 kms from Cape Town along the R27 -take a weekend break or an entire leisurely week - you won't want to leave!
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.
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.