Arniston

Time needed: 1 Day(s) to 3 Day(s)

The quaint fishing village of Arniston, or Waenhuiskrans, is known for its unspoilt white beaches, rolling sand dunes and whitewashed fisherman's cottages along the beach. It's the ideal retreat for those wishing to relax and unwind in peaceful surroundings - which many writers and artists are known toe escape to Arniston to do.

The Afrikaans name for the village is Waenhuiskrans - named after a large tidal cavern which can be found along the shoreline. A marked pathway leads to the cave, however the entrance can easily be missed. The cavern is supposedly large enough inside to turn a wagon with a full team of oxen, hence its name.

Although it is quiet for most of the year, the December holidays bring the village to life with young people and families visiting. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the nearby De Hoop Nature Reserve for wonderful whale-watching (in season), bird watching and many species of Fynbos. The neighbouring town of Bredasdorp is also worth a visit and is home to the fascinating Shipwreck Museum. The Cape Agulhas stretch of coastline, along which Arniston is situated, was notoriously dangerous - and one of the many ships that ran aground was The Arniston in 1815.