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.
De Gunst is a working farm and is situated in the heart of the Swartland only 7km outside Malmesbury in the direction of Riebeek-Kasteel.We offer two spacious, stylish en-suite units, completely private outside in garden.
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...
Some units can accommodate between 2 to 8 people or you can combine the units for small groups. Each fully equipped unit has a fridge / microwave / kettle / toaster / hotplate or larger units a stove / cutlery / crockery / TV with channels 1, 2, 3,..
Alipad Self Catering Units is a multi-award winning establishment that offers luxury self catering accommodation in Lamberts Bay. The four units have fully equipped kitchens and include braai facilities and modern fittings throughout.
Baleine Vue is a self catering cottage situated on the beach front in the quaint and picturesque West Coast fishing village of Paternoster.
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...
Lugkasteel is situated on the peninsula of Yzerfontein (a small town within easy reach of Cape Town) where nature provides the entertainment. If you love seafood, it is worthwhile to obtain the necessary permit to collect white and black mussels, ...
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...
Accommodation consists of 34 fully equipped, self catering flats and chalets, as well as 10 well shaded, electrified caravan and camping stands. Residents have free use of the hot and cold swimming pools, a rock pool, and the private spa baths.
There are 4 en-suite chalets to choose from (2 with twin singles and 2 with double beds), individually furnished with brass beds and mosquito nets, refreshment facilities, fridge and TV. The Main House has 2 off-suite bedrooms (1 with twin singles...
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.
Valdi's Beach Cottage is situated on the beachfront in the Bay of St Helena Bay a popular tourist destination. The cottage consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The seaside town of Langebaan is situated on the banks of Langebaan lagoon, only 120 km north of Cape Town on the R27 West Coast road. The Lagoon is part of the magnificent West Coast National Park and is world renowned for its diverse fauna...
Welcome to the Cape Winelands - Riebeek Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated in the lush Riebeek Valley, situated only 1 hour from Cape Town, close to Tulbagh, Langebaan, Darling and Paternoster.
Pampoen Fontein Farm is situated on a plateau high in the Olifants River Mountains two hours from Cape Town. We offer complete peace and quiet within a thousand acres of wild flowers, sandstone mountains, pristine dams and spectacular views.
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