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Arniston


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Arniston is a quiet little fishing village located just northeast of Cape Agulhas and about 100 km from Gansbaai. Arniston with its rocky coastline, rolling sand dunes, golden beaches and intensely blue water, is a real gem and one of the best kept secrets along the coast in the Overberg.

Here you can enjoy long walks along the beautiful coastline and visit the over 200 year old quaint, whitewashed fishermen's cottages in Kassiesbaai which has also become a national monument. During whale season you will also have great opportunities to view these magnificent animals up close.

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Arniston was called Waenhuiskrans but was later renamed to Arniston after a ship of the same name ran aground just off the coast in 1815. On board were no less than 378 passengers, mostly wounded English soldiers who were transported from Ceylon to England, where only 6 of them survived. This is one of the worst maritime accidents that have hit South Africa throughout history.

Arniston borders two nature reserves, De Hoop Nature Reserve and De Mond Nature Reserve. De Hoop was created to conserve a large wetland area that is home to nearly 100 different species of waterfowl. De Mond Nature Reserve is located at the mouth of Heuningnes River, between Struisbaai and Arniston. Here you can find a number of smaller mammals including cape grysbok, steenbok and gray duiker but also the very shy caracal. De Mond is also an ideal destination for bird watchers.
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