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.
Rotsvas is a beachfront 4 bedroomed double-storey self catering house with spectacular sea views. It is a mere 15-20m from a small beach in Yzerfontein, a small and charming harbour town. The main beach of Yzerfontein is only 1km away.
Located in the lovely Club Mykonos Resort on the West Coast, this freestanding house is perched on the hillside. The picturesque views from the balconies are stunning. Breathtaking and tranquil surroundings overlook the Harbour where yachts are...
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
Come replenish your soul in a fully equipped holiday home in idyllic Jacobsbaai. Whimseagull offers a stylishly decorated self catering option with extra amenities that include a television, full DSTV bouquet, DVD player, dishwasher, washing machin..
Each unit has..2 bedrooms/ bathrooms with showers only..main en-suite with king-size bed (twins optional) the other with twin beds..braai patio with sea views..2 TV's-SABC/E/M-Net/MM1/SS1&2..each sleeps 4 plus 2 extra in lounge..3 Star Grading
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 ...
Exquisite & Unique Luxury Self-catering Accommodation. Come and experience the West Coast at its best. Located in the picturesque seaside village of Britannia Bay...
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!
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
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...
Imagine full uninterrupted sea views from the bed, bath, lounge, dining table. Enjoy a lazy, luxurious holiday in a modern, fully serviced fisherman's cottage.
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.
The few minutes drive from Paternoster to Farr Out (TGCSA 4 Star) is not what you would exactly call far. But when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote. Crunching up the glinting shell pathway you can see ...
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.
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.
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