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Hopefield

Hopefield, a 160-year-old heritage town which is the oldest Cape West Coast town, situated along the eastern bank of the creek which turns into a river in winter. The area is always attractive with rolling wheat fields wrapping Hopefield in beautiful colours – green patchwork in the winter, golden fields in the summer and fynbos that attracts large numbers of tourists each year. Absolutely a must to add to your ‘places to visit’ list, especially during spring near the Berg River Station and Langebaan Road, where delicate daisies flourish into a multicoloured tapestry of wildflower displays - truly the heart of the Sandveld. Founded on the banks of...

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Langebaan

Langebaan, the picturesque town known as the 'Jewel of the West Coast'. Just off the R27 route, a little more than 100 km north of Cape Town, Langebaan hugs the shores of the 17 km long Langebaan Lagoon, showcasing visitors with vast open landscapes, a fascinating array of fauna and flora, breathtaking azure-blue waters bordered by white sandy beaches and a rich historical heritage.  Langebaan enjoys a moderate climate with cool air and long sunlit days. In winter, it is never very cold and the long summer days are never unbearably hot. Almost year-round sunshine, safe water conditions can be enjoyed by kayakers, fishermen and yachtsmen and the reliable winds make...

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Paternoster

Paternoster- The “Father” of fishing villages Paternoster is situated in the Western Cape’s West Coast and is one of the oldest fishing villages in the area. The lifestyle of its inhabitants is intricately intertwined with the sea, and this allows for old and new worlds to come together. Meaning “Our Father” in Latin, Paternoster is 145 km north of Cape Town (90-minute drive) and 15km north-west of Vredenburg. The town covers a total of 194.8 hectares and lies between Saldanha Bay and St Helena Bay.  It is renowned for its abundance of crayfish and world-class tourist attractions. White-washed fisherman's cottages are strewn...

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Saldanha

From Cape Town, follow the R27 north for approximately 140km and take in the changing scenery as you leave behind the stresses of city life. There is simply nothing to beat the warmth and hospitality of the West Coast and its friendly people in this beautiful harbour town called Saldanha Bay.  From breath taking sunsets, crisp morning beach walks, bokkoms, home baked bread, deliciously fresh snoek & preserves, the finest accommodation & cuisine and you have a recipe for the best experience our Cape West Coast has to offer. Saldanha Bay is known for its contrasts and natural beauty. Its location makes it a paradise for the water sport enthusiast, making it a...

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St Helena Bay

St Helena Bay is a small little fishing town on the West Coast in the Western Cape. Nicknamed by the locals as Agterbaai, the town is located on the shore of the bay, from which it derives its name and is approximately 150 km north of Cape Town. It surrounds the towns of Vredenburg and Paternoster, and is located across the bay from Laaiplek. Historically, St Helena Bay is the location where Vasco da Gama first set foot in South Africa. The date of this event was recorded as November 7, 1497. This location was also the first setting of a battle between the indigenous Khoikhoi people and a European explorer took place. St Helena Bay is a major fishing town. It is home...

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Velddrif

Velddrif with its old age traditions is a coastal fishing town on the West Coast of the Western Cape. It is located on the estuary where the Berg river flows into St. Helena Bay. Peace, silence, tranquility and lots of space to explore are only some of the terms to describe the beautiful little fishing town. And if you throw in the bokkoms, flamingos, fisherfolk and stunning long pristine beaches, then you know you're in Velddrif! The name Velddrif comes from a local farmer, Theunis Smit, who took his stock through a drift in the field grazing across the river. In 1899, a pont (pontoon ferry) was built to cross the Berg River. The main industries of Velddrif are...

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Vredenburg

Vredenburg is a town of the West Coast in the Western Cape. "Vrede" is Afrikaans for peace. It is the transportation and commercial hub of the West Coast area and administrative center of the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality. It is located 12 km inland from the coast at Saldanha Bay and 138km north of Cape Town. The town was established in 1875 initially as a Dutch Reformed Church congregation to serve the surrounding communities, as the closest church was in Hopefield. The town's original name was "Twisfontein", which from Afrikaans can be translated as "troubled fountain". This name came about when two competing farmers fought over the only available freshwater...

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Yzerfontein

Cast your eye out over the Atlantic Ocean and soak up the views of a town that is known for its warm west coast charm, rugged coast line, prolific fynbos, wild flowers and uninterrupted horizons in every direction.   Yzerfontein is a small fishing village with about 1200 inhabitants, situated about 90 km north of Cape Town, only a short 45 minutes’ drive.  The town started out when the farm 'Yzerfontein' was bought by the Katz-family in the 1930s and was later divided into plots. The main sources of income are tourism (especially during the wildflower season from August to October), fishing & mining and the upmarket accommodation provides the perfect location...

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