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Where to stay, Cape Whale Coast

On The Cape Whale Coast you will find a host of affordable, comfortable and luxurious accommodation establishments run by friendly owners / managers.

There is something for everyone's needs from excellent camping facilities to luxurious hotels and everything in between. One thing is for sure - you'll get excellent value for money because of the attention to detail and the extraordinary hospitality of the various establishments.

For more information, contact:

Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism, www.kleinmondtourism.co.za
Hermanus Tourism, www.hermanustourism.info
Stanford Info, www.stanfordinfo.co.za
Gansbaai Tourism, www.gansbaaiinfo.com

Hermanus, in the heart of the Whale Route, is just 127km from Cape Town on the Cape south coast. It has developed from a rustic whaling and fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites (via land or boat) from June to November. It’s also home to the world’s only Whale Crier, who signals whale locations using a kelp horn.
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Stanford, a small village on the Klein River at the foot of the Kleinriviersberg, is known for its architecture, birds, flowers and tranquillity. Many of its buildings date back between 100 and 300 years and most of the village exudes a charm of yesteryear. The original market square dating back to 1785 is still undeveloped in the centre of the village.
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The Gansbaai coast is known as the "Coast of Contrasts" and the town of Gansbaai as "Big 2 Town" as you can see both the Southern Right Whale AND the Great White Shark here. The Byeneskrans Hiking Trail gives beautiful views of the sea and the landscape and leads hikers through fynbos, milkwoods and Khoisan caves.
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Not very long ago the whole of Pearly Beach was made up by a few houses. Pearly Beach grew rapidly recently, but is still a sleepy and mellow coastal town. Many houses are holiday houses and only used over the holidays and during the weekends. The beach of Pearly Beach is famous. It starts with some rocky outcrops where one can always spot a solitary fisherman.
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Kleinmond lies at a small lagoon at the foot of the Palmietberg. It began as a favoured holiday destination for farmers from the Elgin and Caledon districts with luxurious homes, holiday cottages and several camping and caravan sites clustered around Sandown Bay. It is the most developed town in the Hanklip-Kleinmond area and has a good infrastructure providing most conveniences.
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Betty's Bay, named after the daughter of a property developer, was originally the site of a whaling station that operated until 1930. Part of the stations jetty as well as the ramp on which carcasses were winched ashore can be seen from Stony Point. Stony Point is home to a colony of Jackass Penguins, one of two shore based breeding colonies in Southern Africa.
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Pringle Bay is situated between the mouth of the Buffels River and a small peninsula called the The Point. This little village was meant to be developed as a port so that farm produce could be shipped across False Bay to Simons Town. Famous for the cave "Drostersgat" - Deserters Cave, Pringle Bay still basks in its isolation. Here nature and tranquility are enjoyed and nurtured by its many creative inhabitants.
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Rooiels is a picturesque area with a rocky shoreline and small beaches offering dramatic views across False Bay to the Cape Peninsula. This is a real getaway-from-it-all spot with a cosy beach for swimming, rocks for fishing from and walks and trails through rich, natural beauty. Evidence of settlements by the Khoekhoe people and runaway slaves who took refuge in caves are still visible in caves on the nearby mountain slopes.
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