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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.

Nearby Listings

Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Lewens-Essens B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Yzerfontein

9.5km North of center of Dassen Island

Lewens-Essens B&B offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast. Looking to take a break from the rush of the city? Then come and relax in Yzerfontein - a jewel on the West Coast. At Lewens Essens B&B you can savor the unobstructe

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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 offers visitors to the seaside town of Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast, with self catering accommodation. Situated on the peninsula of Yzerfontein (a small town within easy reach of Cape Town) where nature provides the entertainment. Here you can

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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 provides self catering accommodation in the seaside town of Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast. 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

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Sleeps: 8

Rotsvas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

10.3km North of center of Dassen Island

Rotsvas provides beachfront self catering accommodation in Yzerfontein on the Cape West Coast. Situated in the small and charming harbour town of Yzerfontein where there are a few restaurants and shops, approximately 1km away. There is a small beach in fr

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Vineyard Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Darling

29.9km North East of center of Dassen Island

Vineyard Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Darling, Cape West Coast. 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

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Sleeps: 8

Sand Pipers

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Saldanha

33.1km North West of center of Dassen Island

Langebaan Beach Cottage offers wonderful self catering accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. 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

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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. Situated 1.5 km from the lagoon and 2km from the midtown and beach. Langebaan is

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Seagulls Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

33.3km North West of center of Dassen Island

Seagulls Guest House provides self catering flatlet accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. We provide affordable, fully-equipped and neat self-catering units, designed to cater for intimate couple's vacations or fun family getaways or large groups o

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Glenfinnan Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

33.4km North West of center of Dassen Island

Glenfinnan Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. Picturesque Langebaan... breath-taking... stunning panoramic sea, Bay and lagoon views of emerald green waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Glenfinnan offe

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Sleeps: 8
From R 2 400,00
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Greystones Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

34.2km North West of center of Dassen Island

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.

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