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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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...
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
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 sun downer on the balcony overlooking the ocean where you can spot whales and dolphins in the mon...
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.
3 on Elf is a 4 bedroom self catering house situated in the Langebaan Country Club right on the very popular Mashie Course. Only 2km away from the famous Langebaan Lagoon, restaurants and shops.