Elandsbaai

The seaside resort is a paradise for surfers, seafood connoisseurs and birdwatchers. The variety of soil types ensures prolific flora during spring. Caves in the vicinity of the town have produced valuable archaeological finds from its different inhabitants, over time. The magnificent Verlorenvlei, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Elands Bay, is a haven for over 180 bird species.


Eland’s Bay really is a wonderful spot for dolphin and whale watching, and freshwater and salt fishing is touted as one of the best pastimes, although townsfolk will not stop short of telling you about how the fish have left this part of the coast - putting paid to the locals’ livelihood. But it is close to heaven to stroll on the Elands Bay beach where there is little commercialisation and where the term ‘relaxation’ isn’t a euphemism for flashy entertainment.

 

It’s also a surfer’s paradise - known as e-bay to the surf fraternity, the sought after left-breaking waves mean it’s much like Jeffreys Bay only without the crowds - and in season one can dive for crayfish, provided you have a licence. The Baboon Point cliffs are a firm attraction, including the Bobbejaanberg Cave decorated with rock art and a shell midden (a deposit of shell). There is much debate about whether or not Baboon Point will be named a heritage site.



But it is the beauty of the Berg River, its accompanying vleis, cracked pans, big sky, veld, fynbos and old buildings that make the place so attractive. That and the fact that the sea is just down the road.