Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Waenhuiskrans is the alternative name for Arniston - the town with two names - a beautiful little seaside village that functions as one of the only places between the village of Stanford and De Hoop nature reserve with a real hotel.
Formerly known as Waenhuiskrans until a ship by the name of Arniston was wrecked here, the village is a much sought after holiday residence because of its sea views and stands on a hill overlooking the harbour, approximately 190 kilometres from Cape Town and close enough to Cape Agulhas to claim a share as the southern-most tip of Africa. The name also serves as the title for the nature reserve lying but a short distance from the village where one can view the tidal cave for which it is named a cave so large that an ox wagon and its span of oxen could make a comfortable about turn whilst still in the cave.
The Waenhuiskrans Grot!, or wagon house cliff cave is the main attraction of the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, which is an extended area of sand dunes and some superlative views of the coastline. There are lovely walks through the reserve, and, as 4x4 vehicles are no longer allowed on the dunes, the reserve is at once restful and peaceful.
For a first hand account and more details of the hike to Waenhuiskrans Cave, see our article at "Wading out to Waenhuiskrans Cave - All its cut out to be".
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