Things in St Helena Bay to Britannia Bay

Shelley Point Country Club & Golf Course

The Shelley Point Country Club boasts one of the country’s finest 9-hole links golf courses, that winds its way through the lush peninsula. The course is challenging, not only due to its uneven fairways, thick rough and small deep bunkers, but also because of its coastal location, which not only affects the style of play required, but ensures you are always met with a worthwhile round of golf.

Tollies River and Boat Cruises

Tollies River & Boat Cruises in Velddrif offer fun and exciting cruises for all. Enjoy splendid sunset cruises and bird-watching cruises - just bring your snacks and refreshments along and you'll be treated to an unforgettable experience. This activity is child friendly with high safety standards.

Surfing

Surfers seek out ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ when the heavy Atlantic swells roll in.

http://www.wavescape.co.za/spots/spots-by-region/west-coast.html

Canoeing / Kayaking

Sailing
St. Helena Bay offers the finest sailing on the South African Coast. Many well-known sailing figures including John Martin, Dave Hudson and Bertie Reed have said so. Having Port Owen as a safe harbour to store your boat, as well as the destinations of Langebaan, Saldanha, Cape Town, Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay nearby this is a great place to come for sailing holidays

Windsurfing

Although you won’t get far if you try to windsurf in St Helena Bay, conditions at Britannia Bay, which is “just around the corner”, are excellent for wind surfing.

Scuba Diving

Wild Spring flowers
After good winter rains, the veld comes alive with the vibrant colours of spring flowers.

Bird watching

The southernmost point of the migratory route from Europe and the Steppes of Russia, it is a birding “hot spot” that is home to resident and endemic species. Five species of larks (red-capped, large-billed, Cape clapper, Karoo and Cape long-billed) are found here.

Whale watching

Southern right whales are seen from August to November, when they enter the bay to calve. Humpback whales and Haviside’s, dusky and common dolphins are locals. St Helena Bay is home to the endemic Humpback and Killer whales

Doplhin watching

St Helena Bay is home to the endemic Heaviside's dolphin, classified as Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List. Dusky and common dolphins visit the bay in search of food.

Animal and Marine life
St Helena Bay revolves around its thriving fishing industry. With beautiful rocky shores and rolling hills, the cold Benguela’s nutrient-rich waters are home to an incredible abundance of marine life, including crayfish and snoek.
Small animals like mice, tortoise, meerkat and others can also be seen.

Britannia Shipwreck
- Shelley Point
S32°42.533 E17°57.973
Shipwreck Series, tells the tale of the Britannia – a 460 ton cargo ship, filled to the brim with a cargo of copper, stone china crockery, pickled fish, cloth, preserves, ale, cognac and wine, she was commissioned to carry from England to India.In heavy seas on 22nd October 1826, she struck an uncharted reef (today known as Britannia reef), off St. Helena Bay.  Her captain succeeded in running her ashore on the stretch of beach today known as Britannia Bay.  Mostly the copper and liquor were salvaged and for more than a century the remainder of her valuable treasure laid buried under 4 metres of sand on the bottom of the ocean.  The wreck was rediscovered in 1998 with subsequent artefact recovery managed under supervision of the National Monuments council.

Sea Trader -
Britannia Bay
S32°43.047 E17°55.529
Another cache from the Shipwreck Series and tells the tale of the Sea Trader -  a Liberian motor vessel of 5,562 tons.  It was wrecked in thick fog, a little north of the Cape St Martin lighthouse on 3 June 1971 while on a voyage from Antwerp to Kuwait.

Vasco da Gama Nautical Museum

The Vasco Da Gama Nautical Museum, where one can view replica artefacts from a by gone era.

Vasco Da Gama Statue

The Vasco da Gama “statue” is proof that he was here in St Helena Bay, in the 14th Century.

Vasco Da Gama Monument

Vasco da Gama first set foot in St Helena Bay when he arrived in South Africa. Today on this site there is a monument to honour his discovery

Takgali Gifts and Décor
Takgali, meaning Place of Joy, is also my little piece of joy. Takgali brings you the very best gifts and décor the West Coast has to offer. Here you will find something to suit every taste and style! The items that I stock in Takgali come from a range of artists and crafters, sourced both locally and from all across the country. As my clients cover a broad spectrum of the market I have a gift for all, both small and large!

Hiking between Stompneusbaai and Paternoster

Enthusiastic hikers with strong legs and large calves will enjoy the hiking trail which starts at Stompneusbaai and runs past Shelley Point and Britannia Bay, ending at Paternoster. This 30km route is a challenge for strong legs.
 
Things to do in the surround of the West Coast

West Coast National Park
West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa surrounds the Langebaan Lagoon, a Ramsar site (wetland of international importance). The pristine wetlands and landscapes offer exceptional birdlife, spring flowers and white beaches edging azure waters, that stretch into the early morning mist. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands and brooding salt marshes host vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere.
During the spring in West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa, the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, and in the Postberg Reserve many antelopes can be viewed in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic. From August to November, whale watching is a popular activity from Tsaarsbank overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Interesting things to seek in the West Coast National Park include Eland, Red Hartebeest, Cape Grysbok, Caracal and Rock Hyrax. Bird watchers can spot Waders, Black Harrier and Flamingos amongst many others from 3 bird hides in the park, whilst history buffs search for Eve’s foot print.

Cape Columbine Lighthouse
The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, which includes Tietiesbaai, covers an area of 263ha along a rocky stretch of coastline with numerous inlets and coves. It was declared a nature reserve in December 1973. The entrance is about 5km from the fishing hamlet of Paternoster and the vegetation is typical of West Coast veld, ranging from the well-known West Coast fynbos to Karoo succulents. During spring, from August to September, the area is covered in a bright tapestry of wild flowers.
The name, Cape Columbine, originates from the name of the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa. This lighthouse, in turn, got its name from the British wooden ship ‘Columbine’, which was wrecked 1,5km north of the lighthouse in 1829. Built in 1936 on Castle Rock, it is usually the first South African lighthouse to be seen by ships sailing from Europe. Its light stands 80m above sea level and casts a beam, which is visible for about 50km.

!Khwa ttu
!Khwa ttu, the San Education and Culture Centre, 70 km north-west of Cape Town offers you the unique experience of being introduced to the world of  the descendants of the first indigenous people of southern Africa. The San themselves will take you on a journey into their history, traditional knowledge, skills, languages, customs and current affairs. This enjoyable and eye-opening event will stay with you for a long time.

Rocherpan Nature Reserve
Rocherpan Nature Reserve lies 25 km north of Velddrif on the Cape west coast, and comprises 914 ha. The reserve, which was established in 1967, consists largely of a seasonal vlei which is usually dry between March and June.

West Coast Fossil Park
Visit the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa. See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area some 5 million years ago.

Bokkom Laan
Bokkomlaan is in the spritual heart of Velddrif - Walk out of your front door and you are on the banks of the Berg river. In front of you the fishing boats lie tied to their jetties, birds wheel and cry, fish jump, this is the essence of the West coast. Breathe in the air, feel the sun on your back and the wind in your hair, Velddrif is like a balm to the soul.

 

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