[2] – Eland’s Bay

At the mouth of the Verlorenvlei (“lost marsh”) lies Eland’s Bay. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Baviaans Mountains.Copy (1) of IMG_0527_1

Verlorenvlei is a natural marsh, which stretches for almost 30 km from Redelinghuys in the Sandveld to Eland’s Bay.   The current name, Verlorenvlei, was first given in 1724. IMG_0544_1 It is an all season home to more than 240 bird species, including:  Pelicans, African Coots, Ducks, Egyptian geese and Flamingos.

Between July and December, the migrating Southern Right Whales and Heavyside Dolphins can be seen in large numbers from the bay.

IMG_2688 - Copy_1Bobbejaanberg (“baboon mountain”) on the southern bank of the estuary, runs into the sea.  Excavations at a large rock shelter, in the cliffs of the Bobbejaanberg, have shown that it was inhabited by man 15 000 years ago.   Eland’s Bay Cave is a rock art site, dating back 10 000 years.IMG_2662 - Copy_1

The Dingleton – Saldanha Railway Line negotiates the barrier of Bobbejaanberg through a tunnel.

The mild weather ensures year-round outdoor activities and between August and September the Wild Flowers burst into bloom.

IMG_2725_1Quaint fisherman’s houses form part of this small holiday village, with it’s pristine beaches and superb picnic spots.