Hondeklip Bay, Namaqualand

Enjoy the ultimate in untouched peace and tranquillity when you visit the little village of Hondeklip Bay. This coastal town, (also spelt Honeklipbaai) is secluded on the Northern Cape shoreline, in the picturesque Namakwa District of South Africa. The serenity transcends every part of this community and the gorgeous natural surrounds, making this quiet little town a real escape from city life.

What sets Hondeklip Bay apart is the happy hospitality of the locals, despite having very little in the way of material possessions. Smiles and warm welcomes are the order of the day, making visitors reluctant to leave.

The shoreline extends for some 14 kilometres and boasts stunning views as well as many tidal pools and rocks pools that are full of exciting marine life. This can be admired by young and old alike, and those with a licence can collect some of the sea animals for lunch. The marine birds do the same sans a licence and are a delight to watch and photograph. The bracing sea air and the crisp, clear sunshine translate to near-perfect conditions for a holiday, honeymoon or weekend retreat.

While Hondeklipbaai is not a major tourist attraction, there are a number of things to do and see in the area. The Dog Stone, after which the village was named, remains despite having lost a ‘nose’ and ‘ear’ over the years, while the Aristea Shipwreck of 1945 is a haunting remnant of yesteryear. Spitfire Rock creates a breath-taking and dramatic backdrop to photographs as the water sprays powerfully when it hits the rock face. These attractions are very special, and contribute to the overall appeal of the sleepy village.

Indeed, Hondeklip Bay is a lovely holiday destination for friends and families that want to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the untainted people of this multifaceted nation.

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