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Doring Bay, Ebenhaeser, Elands Bay, Lamberts Bay, Papendorp, Vanrhynsdorp

Other Routes:
Diamond Coast Route
Richtersveld Route
Kamieskroon Mountain Route
Hardeveld Route
Nama Route

Tourist info:

Lambertsbaai tourism bureau
Tel 027 432 1000


Elandsbaai is one of the few places on the West Coast with mountains, rivers and wetlands; long beaches and snow white dunes. It is also the mecca of Western Cape surfing - nearby Baboon Point hosts what is internationally recognised as one of the best surfing waves in the world.

Overlooking the surf, the caves at Bobbejaanberg have produced valuable archeological finds. Excavations found evidence of human habitation as much as 15000 years ago. There are numerous rock paintings here - apart from the remains of a large painting of an eland and a fat-tailed sheep, the rock surface is covered with many red hand prints

At the foot of the mountain, Verlorenvlei joins the sea. Verlorenvlei is regarded as one of the most rewarding birding destinations in the Western Cape, especially during summer when waders from the northern hemisphere emigrate to the warmer climate of this region. Besides the many exotic species that migrate here, the reserve is also home to numerous indigenous bird species. No less than 232 kinds of bird have been recorded. The vlei itself is narrow, but stretches almost 30km - all the way from the sea to Redelinghuys. A road runs alongside the vlei for most of its length. Local rarities recently recorded here include Black Egret, Goliath Heron and Palmnut Vulture.

Elandsbay is also a good place to see one of the longest trains in the southern hemisphere. The Saldanha-Sishen railway runs through a tunnel under Bobbejaanberg and if one were to stand at the mouth of the tunnel on a clear day, the front of the train will have disappeared in distant haze before the rear emerges.


Follow R27 north from Milnerton, past Ysterfontein and Langebaan, to Velddrif. From here follow signs to the newly tarred coastal road to Elandsbaai. The last 2km is dirt.

Otherwise, from the N7, turn onto the R366 at Piketberg and follow the road down to the sea (95kms of dirt road). A 27km gravel toll road (R20/day) connects Elandsbay to Lambertsbay.


A community enterprise runs the Vleihuisie Guesthouse, a beautiful old clay farmhouse that has been renovated. Nearby, the Hotel Eland directly overlooks the ocean. The hotel operates a small annex (informally referred to as a backpackers) for budget accommodation. Next door, practically on the beach, is the municipal caravan park. Other popular options include Emmas, Bottergat fisherman's cottage and E’bay apartments.