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Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

The Overberg Coast is home to a charming fishing village called Arniston. The town was originally named Waenhuiskrans before being renamed to Arniston to commemorate the ship that was wrecked here in 1867. A large part of the areas coastline falls within the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, an almost 264 hectare reserve that is teeming with bird and aquatic life and is a popular Southern Right Whale watching destination between May and November. A highlight of the reserve is the vast and enchanting Waenhuiskrans Cave, a massive structure arching crookedly into the ocean that can be reached only at low tide. The name Waenhuiskrans loosely translates to wagon house krag and makes reference to this Cave. The cave is supposed to be wide and deep enough to easily fit an ox wagon and its entire team of oxen inside, rather than actually housing wagons since it is very wet at high tide.

The Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve is known for its incredible views of the ocean which are presented in uninterrupted vistas. It also has many ecological, historical and archaeological treasures, which CapeNature undertake to protect for future generations. The reserve preserves the historical fish traps (visvyfers), Waenhuiskrans cave, beacon, archaeological shell middens and the fauna and flora on the reserve. The Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve is also an important breeding site for black oystercatchers and crowned cormorants.

Many fish traps are found within the inter-tidal zone of the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. The local community maintains these traps, which yield good catches of fish at certain times of the year, has they have done over the years. These traps are a good provider of protein during the winter months, when bad weather dictates that boats cannot go out to sea. All of the Waenhuiskrans fish traps are older than 60 years and thus are protected by SAHRA (South African Heritage Resources Agency).

The beacon which was erected on 28 September 1871, was built due to the number of ships striking Saxon Reef just off Struis Point. This beacon used to have a large copper ball on top that reflected the rays of the sun to the ships at sea. During November 2003 Portnet has installed light, on top of the existing beacon as a navigational tool for sea users. Due to its great historical importance as being the only known one of its kind ever erected there is a good possibility that the copper ball on top of the beacon may be reconstructed.


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Arniston Seaside Cottages
Graded:
Sleeps 56 in 13 units
From R 460
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Arniston Seaside Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Arniston

Overberg / Whale Coast

1 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Arniston Seaside Cottages provide self catering accommodation in Arniston on the Overberg / Whale Coast in the Western Cape. The picturesque fishing village of Arniston is a popular subject for artists and movie-makers. It is here that the southern right

The Boardwalk 6
Guest Rating: 9.4
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 1675
Per unit, per night
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The Boardwalk 6

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Struisbaai

Overberg / Whale Coast

21.1 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

The Boardwalk 6 offers self catering apartment accommodation in Struisbaai (Struis Bay) near Cape Agulhas area in the Cape's Overberg / Whale Coast. This idyllic town is a mere two hour drive from Cape Town. The Boardwalk is a modern complex (sleeps 6) an

Seesig House & Apartment
Sleeps 13 in 2 units
From R 1300
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Seesig House & Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Struisbaai

Overberg / Whale Coast

21.2 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Seesig offers 2 self catering accommodation options (sleeps up to 13) in Struisbaai (Struis Bay) near Cape Agulhas in the Overberg / Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. Seesig accommodation is a spacious holiday home in the street, directly adjacent t

South Point Self Catering
Graded:
Sleeps 16 in 6 units
From R 1200
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

South Point Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Agulhas

Overberg / Whale Coast

25.9 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

South Point offers self catering apartment accommodation in L'Agulhas, in the Overberg / Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. South Point is a small, personal, 3 star graded, highly recommended group of 6 apartments, (sleeping options from 2 to 5 peopl

The Southern Beach House
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 14 in 2 units
From R 300
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

The Southern Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Suiderstrand

Overberg / Whale Coast

30.1 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

The Southern Beach House provides self catering accommodation in Suiderstrand near Cape Agulhas in the Overberg / Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. This self catering house and flat (sleeps 8 + 5 = 13 total) is situated in the tranquil little villag

Tides River Lodge
Sleeps 30 in 5 units
From R 750
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Tides River Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Malgas

Overberg / Whale Coast

53 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Tides River Lodge (sleeps up to 27) offers multiple self catering accommodation options in Malgas, on the banks of the Breede River in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only half

Lovell's Guesthouse
From R 360
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Lovell's Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Riviersonderend

Overberg / Whale Coast

61.4 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Lovell's Guesthouse offers both bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering accommodation in Riviersonderend in the Western Cape's Overberg and Whale Coast region. We offer relaxing peaceful accommodation in 4 en-suite units tucked away in a seclude

Waterkloof Guest House
From R 500
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Waterkloof Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Witsand

Garden Route

62.2 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Waterkloof Guest House offers bed and breakfast on a working ostrich farm near Witsand in the Garden Route. Our free range ostrich farm, home to over 2000 ostriches, is situated in the scenic vastness of the Southern Cape, near Swellendam and Heidelberg.

Witsand Self Catering Cottage
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 1200
Per unit, per night
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Witsand Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Witsand

Garden Route

65.8 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Witsand Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Witsand in the Garden Route. This gracious 3-bedroomed home (sleeps 6) is situated on the Northern bank of the Breede River at Port Beaufort. It is 1km upstream from the mouth at Witsand. The Breede Ri

Skipskop
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
From R 2480
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Skipskop

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pearly Beach

Overberg / Whale Coast

72.6 Km from Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

Skipskop offers beachfront self catering accommodation in Pearly Beach near Gansbaai in the Western Cape's Overberg / Whale Coast region. This brand new self catering beach house accommodates: (Sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms). Two bedrooms are furnis

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