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 has..2 bedrooms/ bathrooms with showers only..main en-suite with king-size bed (twins optional) the other with twin beds..braai patio with sea views..2 TV's-SABC/E/M-Net/MM1/SS1&2..each sleeps 4 plus 2 extra in lounge..3 Star Grading
From it's lofty position on top of the hill on the peninsula, The Lazy Daisies affords you the unique opportunity to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
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
On the beach front, close to restaurants and shops, Greystones Beach House provides luxury self-catering accommodation for eight people. Ideally situated for watersports, bird life and wild flowers of Langebaan Lagoon.
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.
Enjoy a lazy, luxurious holiday in a modern, fully serviced fisherman's cottage.
The Waterfront is a luxury 5-star, five bedroomed, self-catering, air-conditioned guest house, on the waterfront, at Port Owen Marina on the Cape West Coast.
Welcome to Anchor self - catering apartment a "home away from home." We are situated in Britannia Bay on the West Coast in a horse shoe with the sea in front and the bay less than 100 m at the back.
Set on the northern point of Britannia Bay and less than 50m from the curling waves, Mangochi is a typical West Coast timber beach house - that rare breed of place where crayfish diving, mussel hunting and fishing is the order of the day.
Seester accommodation is situated in the picturesque seaside village of Lamberts bay, which is also the seafood Mecca of the Cape.
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
2 on Linaria, Britannia Bay. This house is situated across the road from the beach with beautiful sea views. Long unspoiled white sand beaches is part of the surroundings, tranquility rules here. This is the perfect home for for family getaways or just a
Come and spoil yourself in this brand new, modern state of the art and very spacious 4-bedroom home, completed in December 2013 only. It is elevated on the water's edge barely an arm's length from the calm sheltered Bay of Whispers, or Fluister...
Rotsvas is a beachfront 4 bedroomed double-storey self catering house with spectacular sea views. It is a mere 15-20m from a small beach in Yzerfontein, a small and charming harbour town. The main beach of Yzerfontein is only 1km away.
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.
This unique Self Catering beach house is situated on the beachfront of Lamberts Bay and has much to offer for the discerning guest.
Step into tranquility, adjacent to a green area and with panoramic views of Langebaan Lagoon. We offer3 fully equipped luxurious double rooms and gourmet South African Breakfasts at affordable tariffs. Tour guide on site.Internet and fax available.
Shell Bay Beach House is an immaculately presented holiday home with breathtaking beach front views of the ocean. The house is large, comfortable and beautifully furnished making it suitable for groups or families...
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.