3. Western Cape, Arniston
The fishing village of Aniston, or Waenhuiskrans as the locals know it, must be one of the most magical and unspoilt spots on the Cape south coast. A leisurely two-hour drive from Cape Town along the N2, Arniston lies at the end of the turn-off from Bredasdorp, so there is no through traffic.
Over the years we have stayed in just about every house and B&B, but you can’t beat Arniston Seaside Cottages for superb location and the magnificent views of the endless sand dunes and turquoise seas.
From here it’s an easy stroll to Roman Beach, the main swimming beach, and tidal pools where you can catch your own fish (and even octopus if you know how to prepare it) to cook over a braai in the privacy of your own thatched lapa.
If the fish aren’t biting, take a walk across to the slipway in front of the Arniston Hotel where you can bargain for fresh fish with local fishermen from Kassiesbaai. The hotel’s pub is a great place to meet some of the locals and for a special treat have a meal at Kassie’s Kove in the restored fishing village of Kassiesbaai,a national monument in its entirety. At low tide be sure to visit the incredible tidal cave for which Waenhuiskrans is named.
The cottages sleep up to eight and are fully equipped and serviced daily, which is an extra bonus when you are on holiday. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.