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Arniston / Waenhuiskrans
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Travel Hints

Arniston lies about 190 km from Cape Town. Leave the N2 near Caledon and take the tarred road to Arniston via Bredasdorp. If you are coming from George, turn off the N2 at Swellendam. That road is untarred.

Bredasdorp is the commercial centre of the southern tip of Africa. The town has some nice coffee shops and restaurants to offer and a very cheap golf course. The Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum in Independent Street exhibits the remains of the "Arniston" that sunk in 1815.

Arniston's unofficial centre is the Arniston Hotel. It lies directly on the beachfront and boasts not only beautiful rooms with stunning seaviews, but also an excellent restaurant and pub with a maritime flair. There is also self-contained accommodation and camping available in Arniston.

Kassiesbaai MealThe hotel also looks after the livelihoods of the little fishing village Kassiesbaai. This village lies 50 metres away from the hotel on a hill behind the harbour. It provides the hotel with fresh fish daily. The quaint thatched fishermen's houses of Kassiesbaai (the bay of the little boxes) are a part of Arniston's history and today are National Monuments. The houses and their inhabitants belong to the most photographed and painted motifs in the country. Artists, photographers and other visitors are always welcome in the village.
Waenhuiskrans Nature ReserveArniston has superb beaches, ideal for walking and for swimming. The water is intriguingly turquoise and warm. One must have seen the caves in the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. They are only accessible at low tide. A 1.5 kilometre long hiking trail leads over the dunes and cliffs down to the spectacular caves. Longer trails go to Struis Point, Galjoengat and to De Mond Nature Reserve.

Accommodation / Rooms

The Arniston Hotel
Great getaway; luxury rooms en-suite; panoramic ocean views; excellent restaurant; pool; bar; Tel: +27 (0)28 4459000; eMail

Etna's SC Accommodation
Great selection of self-catering holiday homes in Arniston; some with beautiful sea views. Tel +27 (0)28 4459657. eMail


Recommended Accommodation in Arniston: The Arniston Spa Hotel
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