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.
Limestone House, Paternoster, is waiting to welcome you, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or wanting to enjoy a family holiday by the sea.
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 ...
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, ...
Aloe Halt offers up to 6 guests the opportunity to stay in a spacious, yet intimate cottage about 160m from the beach. Walkways ensure easy access to the beach. Relax on the patio and enjoy the birdlife attracted by the various indigenous aloes in the gar
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...
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...
Rusbiki (meaning rest-a-bit), is a three bedroom two-and-a-half-bathroom house in Britannia Bay, second row from a sheltered, unspoilt sandy beach.
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.
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.
Don de la Mer (Gift of the Sea) has the ocean on its door step. It is a property one with nature that refresh and restores the soul. Open plan Dining room, Living room and Kitchen with bigscreen TV, 4 double bedrooms with full on-suite bathrooms...
El Sueno de Helena self catering house situated in Paradise Beach, Langebaan offers 3 bedrooms with 2.5 bathrooms. Very safe double security gated village with entire private beach only for residents.
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.
Soli Deo Gloria Unit 2 is a beautiful beach front property. It consists of an en-suite bachelor pad with a wheelchair friendly shower. Folding-sliding doors open directly onto a deck and a board walk with direct access to the beach. The unit is fully kitt
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.
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..
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.