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.
If you want to break away from the rush of the city to relax in peace, privacy and tranquility, without traveling for more than an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the little village called Yzerfontein off the R27 - a jewel on the ...
Private home with spacious simplistic living areas located in the sought after Shelley Point Golf Estate. Only 150m from the beach, short walk to the Lighthouse.
Kalimera is built around the swimming pool, which offers you a nice chilling during the hot summer months. Near the pool you will find several patios to relax while enjoying the stunning views. There is a large covered patio with built-in braai...
Baleine Vue is a self catering cottage situated on the beach front in the quaint and picturesque West Coast fishing village of Paternoster.
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.
Hardeveld Lodge is a small lodge managed by the owners Kobus and Fey Van Heerden. This Lodge is ideally situatedon the N7 route between Cape Town and Namibia , 360 km north of Cape Town in a village called Nuwerus.
The Kloovenburg Pastorie is the Riebeek Valley's most luxurious overnight accommodation. Pieter and Annalene du Toit have lovingly restored this beautiful home to offer overnight guests to Riebeek Valley four sumptuous air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms
Tucked away in the beautiful bay of Cape Columbine, lays the peaceful fisherman's village of Paternoster. Situated a mere 90 minutes from Cape Town, this West Coast gem offers the ideal weekend getaway.
This quaint guesthouse offers 7 en-suite bedrooms and 2 self catering units each with private entrance and a well stocked bar fridge. A scrumptious breakfast is served in the guesthouse. Dinner and picnic baskets are available on request. Unwind ...
Situated in the tranquil Jacobsbaai on the beautiful West Coast, "Allview" consists of fully equipped, self catering holiday apartments
This self catering cottage is only 20m from the beach and consists of main bedroom (with a sea view) with double bed and a 2nd room with a bunker bed. It has a separate bathroom with a rock shower. The lounge opens onto an outside patio with braai.
Standalone Sea view beach house in Yzerfontein with 3 bedrooms and a separate 1 bedroom flat.
Elands Bay guesthouse, which has been in operation since 2001, is located 250km north of Cape Town on the West Coast and is easily accessed on tar all the way driving the R27.
Hear, see and smell the sea from our holiday home (De Oude Muragie) "The little Jewel of Paternoster" in the Western Cape
The Baywatch Villa Guest House is situated in PATERNOSTER a small unspoilt fishing village halfway between everywhere on West Coast ±150 kms north of Cape Town on coastal R27 via Vredenburg on R45.
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 place to find peace, surrounded by good energy and homegrown quality food. In COUVALOUP we would love our guests to feel welcome and relaxed, and to create special moments that may bring joy to people's hearts....
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...
Duinepos Chalets is a retreat for bird and nature lovers. The charming chalets are situated inside the West Coast National Park, located 15 km from the Langebaan lagoon and 17 km from the Langebaan town centre. The camp is based inland amongst...