the cape west coast - saldanha

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atlantis
blaaubergstrand
darling
hopefield
langebaan
mamre
melkbosstrand
milnerton
paternoster
saldanha
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velddrif
vredenburg
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yzerfontein
HOW TO GET THERE
(GPS: 33 01S 17 57E)
Off the R27, past Langebaan, 140km from Cape Town.

TOURISM OFFICE
Saldanha Office, Oorlogsvlei, Van Riebeeck Street ·  Tel: 022 714 2088
·  e-Mail

PLACES OF INTEREST
◊  Saldanha Steel
◊  Sishen-Saldanha Railway line
◊  Naval base
◊  Fishing industry

WHAT TO DO AND SEE
•  Water sports
•  Fishing
•  Sailing
•  Whale and dolphin watching charters
•  Island cruises
•  Hiking
•  Birding
•  4x4 trails
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
The Portueguese name, "Aguanda de Saldanha", meaning 'watering place of Saldanha' was first given to the present Table Bay (1503), in honour of Admiral Antonio de Saldanha who was wounded by Khoikhoi while taking in water. In 1603 one Joris van Spilbergen sailed past and under the impression that he reached Aguanda de Saldanha, applied the name.

The bay is still known as Saldanha Bay and the town takes its name from there.

POPULATION
4000

HISTORY
Saldanha Bay was a popular shelter for shipping against the Storms off the Cape coast. Many vessels called on this harbour, amongst other from the Portuguese, French, Dutch, Brittish, Germans and also the American Alabama.

Today it is known as a fishing harbour, holiday destination and naval base.
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