Arniston is a small and quaint fishing village that is located in the Overberg area of the Western Cape of South Africa. This village was founded in 1815 after the HMS Arniston, a British transport ship, sank. This small town is also referred to as Waenhuiskrans. Roughly translated, this word means ‘wagon shelter cliff’.
There is also a large cave located in the area there large wagons were once housed and sheltered from the weather. An interesting fact about the cave is that it can only be accessed during low tide for no more than two hours a day.
This town is about two-hours away from Cape Town by vehicle. During this drive, the road meanders through the gorgeous rolling hills the region is famous for. You will also see nature reserves and pristine beaches during the ride.
Fortunately, Arniston has remained fairly untouched and the entire town is considered a national monument. Anglers still travel by boat to the sea much in the same manner as fishermen would have done during the early part of the 19th century. The only difference is that now most of the fishing that occurs in the area is a part of bigger commercial enterprises.
So, besides fishing, what are some of the top attractions in Arniston?
Do you have your beach towel? Do you have plenty of sunscreen? If so, the clear, white, sandy beaches are waiting for you.
Known for their clear, crystal blue water, the beaches around Arniston can easily compete with any Caribbean beaches.
The tropical backdrop is within reach for those who are in Cape Town. In less than 3 hours, you can enjoy your own little piece of paradise as the azure water and sandy beaches wink at you while you stand in the African sun.
Warmed by the ocean current, the breathtaking water allows for lots of fun and relaxation. You can enjoy several hours of surfing, snorkeling and swimming.
The two most popular beaches in the area are Roman Beach and Arniston Beach.
Are you ready to travel back in time? All you need to do is let the rock pools along the shoreline navigate you to a hidden gem that was sculpted perfectly by the sea.
Partially named after the town itself, the cave is a natural wonder that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
It was carved from the relentlessness of the tides and the ocean, and it is a huge cave that appears to hold both wisdom and wonder. There is an old saying, ‘if the walls could talk’, and it is not anymore appropriate than when speaking of Waenhuiskrans Cave.
We would all by amazed at what information would be unmasked and unearthed by the cave’s textured walls. We would also be amazed and perplexed by the sight of the different creatures from the sea who have and are still seeking shelter under the cave’s salt covered roof.
Come and visit this enchanting cave. It is said that once you are inside of the cave, the burst of color that emits from the outside gives visitors a new appreciation for the colorful world in which we live in.
This is the home of the thatch roof, white-washed cottages that are hidden quietly behind the sand dunes. These are some of the most picturesque and beautiful heritage sites in South Africa.
The descendants of the families who founded this area have been able to maintain and preserve the very essence that makes up this two century old village. As a result, it is only right that visitors take time during their visit to Arniston to visit this village.
The owners of these cottages are ready to welcome all of their visitors with open arms to their homes, their town and their hearts.
These are just a few of the many attractions you can enjoy in Arniston, South Africa. You can travel the world over and never visit another community that is as unique and historic as this one.