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Arniston Travel Guide

This rather schizophrenic town is officially known as Waenhuiskrans but everyone calls it Arniston. The official name, which means “Wagon House Cave”, refers to an enormous sea cave that is big enough to park an ox wagon (and a team of oxen) in. It’s a beautiful cave and it’s a lovely walk to get to it but watch the tides. You absolutely do not want to get caught there at high tide! The more familiar name refers to the wreck of the Arniston, which ran aground in 1815, with the loss of 372 lives – only 6 hardy souls managing to struggle ashore. There is a small monument near the beach.

Although Arniston is a pretty beach destination, with excellent surf, great sun tanning, swimming and fishing, one of the main attractions is the lovely fishing village. Thatched, white-washed cottages dotted amongst the dunes stand out against the clear blue sky and attract photographers and painters from miles around. Here’s a challenge – take a photograph or do a painting of an Arniston cottage that isn’t kitsch. It can be done.
Arniston is also close to Cape Agulhas, which is the most southerly point of Africa and the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

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Accommodation near Arniston

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R570
1 night, 2 adults

Rietfontein Cottage

Sleeps 6 Bredasdorp Self-catering in Bredasdorp
15.30km from Arniston

This is a beautifully appointed self-catering cottage situated on a working farm, about 15 km from B...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Nacht Wacht Self-catering Cottages

Sleeps 8 Bredasdorp Self-catering in Bredasdorp
16.11km from Arniston

Nacht Wacht Self-catering Cottages is situated in the heart of the magical Overberg region, 8 km fro...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Staandakkie Guest Cottage

Sleeps 2 Bredasdorp Self-catering in Bredasdorp
21.79km from Arniston

Staandakkie Guest Cottage is a quaint self-catering cottage located on a working farm, just 15 km fr...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Seagulls Seasong

Sleeps 8 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
23.83km from Arniston

Seagulls Seasong is a lovely self-catering seafront beach house with lovely views ideally situated i...

from R3,500
1 night, 2 adults

Struisbaai Harbour Lights

Sleeps 14 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
23.92km from Arniston

Harbour Lights is a large self-catering house situated in the beautiful seaside town of Struisbaai, ...

from R3,500
1 night, 2 adults

Erf 2943 Struisbaai

Sleeps 8 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
24.16km from Arniston

This stunning fisherman's cottage is only a two-minute walk from the longest stretch of white sand c...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Seagulls Nest

Sleeps 17 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
24.22km from Arniston

Seagulls Nest offers three self-catering accommodation in Struisbaai. The double-storey house is se...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Seagulls Haven

Sleeps 14 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
24.23km from Arniston

Seagulls Haven offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in Struisbaai. The double-storey house...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Tirzah's B&B and Self-catering

Sleeps 9 Bredasdorp Bed and Breakfast in Bredasdorp
24.24km from Arniston

Tirzah's B&B is situated in the lovely Overberg District with its wide rolling hills and green wavin...

from R940
1 night, 2 adults

Zuidste Huisie Fisherman's Cottage

Sleeps 6 Struisbaai Self-catering in Struisbaai
24.25km from Arniston

Zuidste Huisie is accredited with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and is a self-c...

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