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.
Set on South Africa's wild West Coast, in the authentic fishing village of Paternoster, LekkeBly is a new establishment offering luxury accommodation at affordable rates. It is approximately 300m from the main beach Mosselbank.
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.
Langebaan Beach Cottage offers wonderful self catering accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. Experience the splendor of Langebaan, situated 122km from Cape Town on the banks of the lagoon, alongside the West Coast National Park. The Posberg Reserve
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.
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
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.
Pampoen Fontein farm offers self catering accommodation in the Porterville area, Cape West Coast. 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 thous
... Baywatch Villa Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Mosselbank, Paternoster on the Cape West Coast. The Guest House only 50m from the beach offers stunning accommodation and facilities with the interiors, soft furnishings and...
Hocus Pocus self catering townhouse is a simple but functional architectural style house based on the historical West Coast Fisherman's cottages as seen all around 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 ...
La Mer is a flatlet offering self catering accommodation in Voorstrand, Paternoster on the Cape West Coast. The name La Mer means 'the sea' offers guests the opportunity to stay right on the beach in the peaceful fisherman's village of Paternoster.
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
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.
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.
Bella Capensis provides self catering accommodation in the seaside town of Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast. Bella Capensis is situated close to the quiet beaches of Yzerfontein yet high enough for panoramic views of the ocean and the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a
The Abalone Guest House offers both bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in Jacobs Bay. Known locally as Jacobsbaai, it is the perfect place to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and to experience the luxuries of peace and se
Lugkasteel offers visitors to the seaside town of Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast, with self catering accommodation. Situated on the peninsula of Yzerfontein (a small town within easy reach of Cape Town) where nature provides the entertainment. Here you can
2 on Linaria in Britannia Bay is a 4 bedroomed house is situated across the road from the beach with beautiful sea views. This is the perfect home for family getaways or just a breakaway
Glenfinnan Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. Picturesque Langebaan... breath-taking... stunning panoramic sea, Bay and lagoon views of emerald green waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Glenfinnan offe
Sunbird View offers accommodation in the popular holiday town of Langebaan. There are 4 fully equipped self catering units situated on 3 levels with spectacular lagoon views. Situated 1.5 km from the lagoon and 2km from the midtown and beach. Langebaan is