Geography and History
Arniston was founded in 1815 after a British transport ship HMS Arniston sank. This town is also known as Waenhuiskraans, which roughly translated means "Wagon shelter cliff", as a large cave in the area reminded farmers of the large shelters wagons were kept in. The cave is only accessible at low tide for an hour or two.
Arniston is roughtly two-hour drive from Cape Town. The drive meanders through the beautiful rolling hills of this region. Arniston is set in one of the Cape`s most exquisite locations, next to an old fishing village, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves.
Arniston remains an unspoiled town and has been declared a national monument in its entirety. Fishermen still go to sea in boats of the style that would have been familiar to locals in the early nineteenth century, although now under contract to larger commercial enterprises.
Arniston has a variety of accommodation options available from Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts to Self-catering units.
There is a diverse range of activities to do in and around Arniston. The number one being whale-watching. Please see our Acitivities Directory for more information on ideas on what to do in this area.
There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget. There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!
Arniston has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents as well as surrounding communities.
For more information, please visit www.overberg-info.co.za.
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