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.
Architecturally designed by famous west coast architect Jaco Visser. Designed to blend in to west coast culture, with original west coast features of sash windows and large hearths .It is the Ideal get away location. Close enough to the sea to fal...
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 ...
Glenfinnan Guest House overlooks the town and lagoon of Langebaan, only an hour and a half from Cape Town
We offer luxury, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation, that sleeps 4 (reduced price for 2 people sharing a room), own private braai area, access to the canal (via jetty)
The Boat House is a romantic spot for two. Open plan living in an apartment attached to the owner's holiday home. Situated inJacobsbaaion the Cape West Coast of SA.Stroll down to the beach, 50m from your doorstep...
Crystal Lagoon Lodge is situated right on the edge of the desirable location of Langebaan lagoon.
You will be delighted by this beautiful house, situated right on the 800 m long beach of Agterbaai in Britannia Bay!
Harrison's House is a boutique guesthouse which offers individual, luxurious B&B accommodation in a tranquil, stylish setting. Here you will always receive a warm West Coast welcome, and excellent, attentive service that's not intrusive.
The Waterfront is a luxury, self catering, air-conditioned guest house, on the waterfront, at Port Owen Marina on the Cape West Coast. A gym; 5 bedrooms: 2 main bedrooms with king size beds and bathrooms en-suite with Jacuzzi/ spa baths...
Burgherspost and Cloof Wine Estates are nestled into the Darling Wine route at the foot of the picturesque Dassenberg Granite mountain. Our designer, self-catering chalets are equipped with:Air-conditioning, King sized bed, Fully equipped kitchen...
Located on a beautiful farm overlooked by the austere 946m high solitary rock sentinel of the Kasteelberg, is the quaint self-catering Della Vigna Cottage. Della Vigna Cottage is well equipped and has two bedrooms sleeping a total of four.
Abalone is a comfortable house with 3 bedrooms, each with own bathroom, full dstv, indoor and outdoor braai facilities, and full dstv. The house is fully equipped and you only have to bring your own beach towels. A secure lock-up garage will keep...
The Abalone Guest House is the perfect place to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and to experience the luxuries of peace and serenity.
These 3 completely private self catering cottages each has an private Jacuzzi and braai area on the veranda and inside fire place. Each cottage overlooks the Oliphants river valley and is situated at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain range each...
Situated in the up market golf estate of Shelly Point this large family home (sleeps 10) is 150m from the beach overlooking the golf course. It is 150km west of Cape Town. Shelley Place is in a 24hr security estate which has 3 pristine beaches...
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
Situated on a smallholding at Nieuwerust on the Trekoskraal Road between Vredenburg and Paternoster is Atlantic Breeze Self Catering Cottages. Here visitors can enjoy the serenity of country life without compromising on comfort and convenience.
The elegantly gabled Blue Bay Lodge is built only meters above the wide, sandy beaches of Saldanha Bay; a tranquil South African fishing village lying approximately 120 kilometers North of the legendarily beautiful Cape Town.
This is an old fisherman's house located in an area called Fisherman's Village in Velddrif where you still hear the churchbell counting the hour. It is located 120 meters from the Bergriver and can be seen when lying on the bed in the flat. Sleeps 14 peo
Upmarket Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Saldanha with panoramic sea views.