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.
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.
Piccolo & Bella Villa is the ideal break-away for a couples or a family. These luxury self-catering units are situated close from the shore on the Western Coast of South Africa. Come and enjoy leisure time or get active - whatever works for you!
This beautiful cottage is set in an elevated position; a small vineyard to the front gives one the sense of being in the Winelands while the almond trees and olive grove add to that Country feel. The front stoep provides the perfect place for sundowners w
White Sands is a self-catering boutique holiday house situated next to a permanent green belt with direct access (only a few steps) to the Golden Mile beach, a 4.5 km uninterrupted stretch of beautiful white sandy coastline in St Helena Bay.
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.
It is a 3 bedroom unit. There are 2 bedroom downstairs and a loft bedroom upstairs. Main bedroom downstairs has a queen size bed. The other bedrooms have twin beds. It has a seperate full bathroom including spa bath. The lounge opens onto a ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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
Jubel n Juig is a self-catering unit and a special place of relaxation. This 68m² unit is part of my home and barely 200m from the beach. It is situated in the 3rd line from the beachfront and faces north.
Situated on an enormous equestrian estate overlooking the north side of Saldanha Bay, privately owned Masada Guest House offers the greatest accommodation in Langebaan in a laid back country style atmosphere...
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.
La Mer, (the sea) offers guests the opportunity to stay right on the beach in the peaceful fisherman's village of Paternoster
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, ...
Sea Urchin self catering apartment is a typical west coast style house, about 700 metres walk from the white sandy Golden Mile beach in Britannia Bay. It is the ideal place to relax and escape the city life's hustle and bustle.
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.
Come and enjoy our Self Catering beach front Cottage at Britannia Bay and explore the West Coast. The Beach Cottage offers a relaxing breakaway from it all with easy access to the beach. The endless sandy beaches invites you to go on long walks...
Baleine Vue is a self catering cottage situated on the beach front in the quaint and picturesque West Coast fishing village of Paternoster.