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About Thorn Bay

Total Relaxation, situated on the West Coast is a small coastal town named Doringbaai, to the north is the Olifants River and to the South is Lamberts Bay. Thorn Bay is approximately 3 hours from Cape Town either travel the N7 or the R27 along the coast past Veldrif, Elands baai, Lamberts Baai.

The West Coast is known for fishing, whale watching, wild flowers all seasonal, wine tours and crayfish diving, unique to this coast is the diamond diving vessels on flat sea days. On the Olifants river is 70 different species of birds.

There are various activities, swimming, fishing, walk trails along the cliffs, Quad bike trails, 4x4 trails or take a drive to the various wineries, restaurants. There is a cave restaurant Kliphuis and an open air, on the beach, restaurant Muisbosskerm. On flat sea days you can see the diamond vessels in action.

Each self-catering Unit is seafront and has been named after a fish, and the unit has been designed around a sea theme. Each unit consists of a fully equipped kitchen, TV, linen, towels and own braai area overlooking the harbour, lighthouse and unlimited sea view's. There are the open plan and one bedroom unit’s ideal for two adults and two children under 12 and the two bedrooms units’ ideal for two couples plus two to four children under 12.

On the premises, at the back of the units is a well-stocked fisheries for all your seafood meals/braai’s, trampoline/swimming pool/pool games room/mini gym and mini library. At the end of the day relax and watch the unforgettable sunsets with a sundowner.

Doringbaai has two shops, two bottle stores, fuel pumps, sports pub, fisheries for all your seafood needs and an 'a-la-carta' restaurant The Cabin for breakfast, lunch or evening meal.

Beach: Thornbay is 50m from the sea, there is a small beach in the front of Thornbay otherwise rocky for crayfish diving. The apartments also overlook the working lighthouse / Fryer's Cove Winery and Restaurant on the jetty.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 4 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 45
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 45 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Thorn Bay Rooms

Reviews for Thorn Bay

45 guest reviews Reviews of

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Sonja Kubin Van Tonder
11 January 2018

Great stay for us and our doggy. Relaxing and always a beautiful view.

Jeanette Bilson
11 October 2017

Absolutely LOVED our stay and will go back at the first opportunity. The unit was clean, neat and very well equipped.

Charles Pretorius
26 September 2017

Comfortable and well positioned, this accommodation is the perfect get away for solitude, rest, quietness and "chillaxing".With a kitchen stocked with all the utensils you need to cook a gourmet meal, one need never leave the accommodation. Lying in bed between quality linen and listening to the waves breaking against the rocks is heaven. A self service establishment so remember to take your own toiletries as the only guest amenity is hand soap.I will be returning and recommend this accommodation without reservation. Thanks Peter and Michelle

Dolf Geyser
04 September 2017

Not enough decent towels

Ronél Groenewald
23 August 2017

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! The view was so special. Very neat and cosy. Definitely visit again.

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Thorn Bay Map

Thorn Bay is 0.6km from the centre of Doringbaai , the nearest airport 242.8km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Doringbaai

Doringbaai Beach

(0.5 km from Doringbaai)

1 review

This quaint little bay boasts a beautiful lighthouse and a crayfish factory that sup[ports most of the town's folk. Doringbaai offers beautiful, scenic views, and a rich ecosystem great for avid birders and nature lovers.

Elands Bay Beach

(55.8 km from Doringbaai)

3 reviews

Elands Bay beach is well known as a great surfing spot, particularly for the legendary left break. The pristine white sandy beach is seemingly endless, perfect for long walks and sun tanning. There are plenty of beach-based things to do and see...

Strandfontein Beach

(7.4 km from Doringbaai)

The windswept beach at Strandfontein is typical of most West Coast beaches with the addition of an impressive fringe of stark ochre cliffs. Sea temperatures rarely get above 12˚C and the exposed coastline is often storm lashed in winter. It’s a...

Bergkraal 4x4

(34.4 km from Doringbaai)

Bergkraal 4x4 is situated on a farm between Vredendal and Klawer. The exact coordinates are unknown so it is essential that you call beforehand. This route is not an accredited 4x4 route but safety rules and precautions are enforced. This day...