Cape West Coast

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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.

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Witbaai Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St. Helena Bay

Witbaai Beach House with it's uninterrupted sea views provides self catering accommodation in Britannia Bay, St Helena Bay, Cape West Coast. A child-friendly beachfront house with magnificent sea views, on what is locally known as 'the private beach'.

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Die Opstal @ Paternoster

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Paternoster

Die Opstal,self catering accommodation is a simple but functional architectural style house based on the historical West Coast Fisherman's cottages as seen all around Paternoster. The house is designed with 5 cottages around the swimming pool.

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Pampoen Fontein

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Porterville

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

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Baywatch Villa Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Paternoster

... 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...

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
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Absolute Beach Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St. Helena Bay

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...

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Tortoise Trail Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

Every holiday starts with the perfect place to stay...Tortoise Trail lodge is in Langebaan and there is 8 rooms and two lounge/sitting areas. Also lots of wild life.

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Flagship 8

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St. Helena Bay

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 ...

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