Waenhuiskrans, Western Cape, South Africa

Cave in Waenhuiskrans.

This pretty little coastal town goes by 2 names. The one is Waenhuiskrans, which is short for Waenhuiskransgrot, which means wagon-house cave. This referred to the deeply eroded sea-cave which is big enough to house an ox wagon. The cave faces the sea and can be easily reached at low tide. However, it is cut off at high tide, so remember this when visiting.

The other name is Arniston, referring to the ship of the same name which was wrecked in 1815. A total of 372 people lost their lives, with only 6 hardy souls managing to struggle their way to shore. Despite this sad association, Waenhuiskrans is an charming and tranquil place, probably best known for its well preserved, often photographed, white washed thatched cottages that line the bay and across the dunes.

This town has a very active fishing community, offering a selection of fresh fish and not to mention - oysters. This town is close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of African and where 2 oceans meet. The town is best accessed by turning off the N2 at Caledon and following the R316 through Bredasdorp for 100 kilometres. The nearest airport is in Cape Town, situated approximately 220 kilometres away.

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