Western Cape DestinationsElands Bay, Cape West Coast
The quaint fishing village of Elandís Bay (Elandsbaai) might be only two hours from the city of Cape Town, but it is about as far off the beaten track as you can get, with so little travelling time.
Elandís Bay is one of those gems that have managed to elude the rush of development and city dwellers to stake their claim on a piece of the coast - this is sand and sea with little else to lure the average holiday maker. The modest seaside town is worth the rather arduous journey (roads tend to be quite dilapidated as you head closer to Elandís Bay with a dirt road detour to contend with), particularly as Verlorenvlei (lost natural wetland) - one of the biggest estuaries on the Cape West Coast region with thousands of birds including flamingos and pelicans - lies on the approach to Elandís Bay. Verlorenvlei is the site of no fewer than 232 types of birds.
Itís also a surferís paradise - known as e-bay to the surf fraternity, the sought after left-breaking waves mean itís 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.