Dassen Island

Three African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) on Dassen Island

Dassen Island

Dassen Island is a proclaimed nature reserve and is approximately 4km long and 2km wide, making it South Africa's second largest coastal island.

The island is flat with a granite base and huge round boulders along the coast. It is home to some 68000 African penguins, as well as the Angulate tortoise, Gronovi's dwarf burrowing skink, marbled leaf-toed gecko, feral cats, European rock rabbits and rock hyrax (dassies). Dassen Island provides a safe haven for many penguins, which in 2010 were moved from "Vulnerable" to "Endangered" status. The island is a birder's paradise, with a massive range different species of birds to find.

Although the island is not open to the public, tours around the island can be arranged (so remember to pack your binoculars and zoom lens).

Where: Dassen Island lies in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 55km north west of Cape Town and 9km off Yzerfontein.

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Lewens-Essens B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Yzerfontein

9.5km North of center of Dassen Island

If you want to break away from the rush of the city to relax in peace, privacy and tranquility, without traveling for more than an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the little village called Yzerfontein off the R27 - a jewel on the ...

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Sleeps: 5
From R 800,00
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Lugkasteel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

9.7km North of center of Dassen Island

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, ...

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Sleeps: 8
From R 2 500,00
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Bella Capensis

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

10.1km North East of center of Dassen Island

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...

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Sleeps: 8

Rotsvas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

10.3km North of center of Dassen Island

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.

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Vineyard Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Darling

29.9km North East of center of Dassen Island

This beautiful cottage is set in an elevated position; a small vineyard to the front gives one the sense of being in the Winelands while the almond trees and olive grove add to that Country feel. The front stoep provides the perfect place for sundowners w

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 495,00
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Emerald View

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

32.4km North West of center of Dassen Island

Our 4-Star Guest House Accommodation inLangebaan blends elegance with casual comfort

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Sleeps: 8

Hali-Kai - Langebaan

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Saldanha

33.1km North West of center of Dassen Island

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, famous for it’s stunning display of wild spring flowers in August & September, is adjacent to the

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Sleeps: 4

Sunbird View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

33.3km North West of center of Dassen Island

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.

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Seagulls Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Langebaan

33.3km North West of center of Dassen Island

Seagulls Guest House offers affordable, fully-equipped and neat self-catering units, designed to cater for intimate couple's vacations or fun family getaways or large groups of up to 19 adults and 10 children if booked as a whole.

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Glenfinnan Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

33.4km North West of center of Dassen Island

Glenfinnan Guest House overlooks the town and lagoon of Langebaan, only an hour and a half from Cape Town

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