While taking a stroll around the idyllic coastal village of Arniston, travellers will be forgiven for being a tad confused by the signage. This town actually goes by many names: Arniston (after the ship that wrecked off its coastline in 1815), Waenhuiskrans (after the freshwater caves near the ocean), and Kassiesbaai (in reference to the fishing village it encompasses).
Known for its distinctive white-washed walls and thatched-roof fishing cottages - a style that has since been adopted by many of the guesthouses in the area – the hamlet is now a flourishing tourist spot. Plus: it’s ideally located two-and-a-half hours from Cape Town. Travellers can have a traditional dinner in Kassiesbaai in the home of a local fisherman or grab a freshly-caught bite at restaurants in town.
Visitors can also spend their days on the beach: swimming, fishing, snorkelling, and Surfing or enjoying nature trails to the Waenhuiskrans caves. Whale and bird-watching are prolific here at the right time of year, while Hiking and sandboarding on the nearby dunes are increasingly popular. Attractions nearby include the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas and the town of Bredasdorp featuring a 9-hole golf course. Arniston is the perfect getaway from the city and an ideal stopover along the Whale Route.
- Arniston is located a 2.5hr-drive from Cape Town, making it an ideal stopover on the Cape Whale Route
- The peaceful fishing village offers an array of attractions and is located close to Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas—the southern-most tip of Africa
- Arniston will be loved by outdoor and nature enthusiasts alike
- This part of the coast is known for shipwrecks and its full history can be explored in the Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum