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.
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.
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)
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.
Situated right on the beachfront the house offers the following four bedrooms, two en-suite one separate bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, outside braai area, fireplace, TV with DStv decoder (bring own card), sea view from all bedrooms as well as ...
Situated in the scenic town of Langebaan, Albatross Guest House offers comfortable accommodation to guests visiting this coastal part of the Western Cape.
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.
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...
This 4 bed house is situated across the road from the beach with beautiful sea views.
This unique Self Catering beach house is situated on the beachfront of Lamberts Bay and has much to offer for the discerning guest.
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...
We have 2 self-catering cottages. Each cottage has its own lock-up garage and own braai facilities. There is a pool table available for entertainment. There is also a upper deck with sleeper wood, table and chairs to enjoy the sea view of the West...
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.
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.
Nestled atop the hillside this sought after ground floor apartment has a picturesque 180 degree sea view. Keep the door open and hear the waves breaking. With unique patio the unit overlooks the harbour and lagoon area...
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.
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...
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.
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...
These Private Mountain Cottages is situated on a 270 Ha fynbos, Citrus farm in the Citrusdal valley in the Oliphants River Mountains which neighbours the Cederberg Wilderness area.