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Elands Bay Snapshot

By some small miracle Elands Bay (220km from Cape Town) has managed to escape the rampant development common to most of the coastal towns and villages lying south of it. As such it’s still a relatively pristine part of the world, but with a certain lived-in edge – a mix of working past and picturesque nature. We also thinks it has the atmosphere of a seafaring port – the type of place where Blackbeard the Pirate might have stepped ashore for his annual groceries. The village has its diehard followers, most of them surfers who regularly flock into the place for the perfect breaks rolling in from the deep Atlantic. For others, the Verlorenvlei is the lure, a huge marshy reserve that stretches for miles and is twitcher heaven, with some 230 recorded bird species to date.

Things To Do

  • Elands Bay offers surfers one of the country’s most perfect left-hand breaks. Ditto for windsurfers – don’t forget the wetsuit because the freezing water is a ball-breaker. 
     
  • The expansive Verlorenvlei is among the most satisfying birding experiences around. The 230-odd species include both migrating and indigenous species. Bring or hire a canoe and combine your twitching with a leisurely paddle.
     
  • Overlooking the ocean, Elandsbaai cave contains a collection of handprints that reach back several thousand years. 
     
  • Elands Bay Hotel is a colourful local institution, popular among weather-beaten locals, visitors and surfers alike. A post-surf beer in the bar, followed by a fry-up in the casual restaurant is the standard ritual.
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Elands Bay Guesthouse

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Four spacious self-catering houses/units 200m from the ocean, offering a variety of options for both small and large groups - in Elands Bay

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Jigamanzi

Elands Bay, Western Cape

Self-catering house with separate apartment - in Elands Bay

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Elandsnes

Elands Bay, Western Cape

Self-catering surf house with separate flatlet - in Elands Bay

Elandsnes is a versatile getaway with a prime location and quality accommodation suited to surfers, birders and adventurers alike. Elandsnes offers clean, uncomplicated living with a laid-back vibe. ...

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Grace's Elands Bay

Elands Bay, Western Cape

Four-sleeper beach shack - in Elands Bay

Unsophisticated and down to earth, Grace's Elands Bay holds its own a few steps from the beach. The two bedrooms (one double and one twin) share a bathroom, and while it sleeps four with relative eas...

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