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.
Ultimate in luxury & seaviews ! Upper level of homestead on beach.Private & serviced..2 bedrooms-main with double bed leading to sun deck..the other en-suite(shower)with king size bed(twins optional)..2nd full bathroom.Sleeps 4 adults..4 Star
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
Accommodates 1 to 4 people. Two double en-suite bedrooms, one with sea views, each containing two single beds. Fully equipped kitchen/dining. Outside patio with braai, beautiful sea and bay views. All linen & towels provided except for beach towels.
Ceol na Mara, right on the beach with superb views over Paternoster Bay, is a star-graded self catering house. It sleeps up to six and has garage parking, outside braai, fully equipped kitchen, and DSTV. The adjoining flat, Ceoleen sleeps up to 4.
Starfish is a fully-equipped luxury self-catering beach cottage in the unique fisherman's village of Paternoster. It has 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6. The sundeck allows you to enjoy the tranquillity of Paternoster with 360 degrees views.
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 ...
Farr Out (TGCSA 4 Star) provides both bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation just a few minutes drive from Paternoster. It's not what you would call far, but when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote.
Flagship 8 is less than 100m from the sandy white beach of the Golden Mile and offers 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6) all with sea views and 2 bathrooms (one en-suite to main bedroom). The modern kitchen is fully equipped, inside and outside braais, ample ...
Lewens-Essens B&B offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast. Looking to take a break from the rush of the city? Then come and relax in Yzerfontein - a jewel on the West Coast. At Lewens Essens B&B you can savor the unobstructe
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.
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.
J'aime la Mer (I Love the Sea), offers up to 4 guests the opportunity to stay right on the beach in the beautiful fisherman's village of Paternoster. Only fifteen meters from the high-water mark, this ideally situated free standing self-catering cottage..
Approximately 90 minutes drive from Cape Town on the open West Coast road, Britannia Bay is only a heart throb away. Watch the sun rise over the calm, clear waters of the bay or sip a sun downer at sunset after a delightful day
Baleine Vue is a self catering cottage situated on the beach front in the quaint and picturesque West Coast fishing village of Paternoster.
The endless sandy beaches invite you to go on long walks. Quite often one can spot dolphins, seals and whales. Bird life is rich and the sacred ibis can also be seen. Fresh seafood caught daily by local fisherman, can be enjoyed at a number of ...
Burgherspost Wine Estate offers self catering chalet accommodation in the Darling area, Cape West Coast. Burgherspost and Cloof Wine Estates are nestled into the Darling Wine route at the foot of the picturesque Dassenberg Granite mountain. Our designer,
Exquisite & Unique Self-catering Accommodation. Come and experience the West Coast at its best. Located in the picturesque seaside village of Britannia Bay...
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.
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.
WELCOME - You have arrived at ABSOLUTE BEACH, your destination on the most tranquil beach plum in the West Coast. Pure fresh air and views that stretch forever will open your mind to a new world of sounds, images and fantasy...