In the 'hood, St Helena Bay as a destination

St Helena Bay was "discovered" by the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama on 7 Nov. 1497, during his pioneer voyage from Europe to India. He named the bay after Saint Helena, a devout, influential Christian and mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. It was on the shores of this bay that the first encounter between a European explorer and the indigenous Khoikhoi (nomadic herders of sheep ... cont.

1st Avenue, Shelley Point, St Helena Bay, Cape West Coast

Directions to Oystercatcher Lodge

From Stellenbosch / Somerset West
Take the R304/302 via Malmesbury joining the N7.
From the N7 turn left onto the R45 (via Hopefield)
At the R27 (West Coast Road) crossroad, turn right (left takes one back to Cape Town). About 5km on turn left onto a 4km stretch of untarred road (sign says to “St. Helena Bay”). This will bring you to the R399 cross Road (right takes one to Velddrif and left takes you back to Vredenburg). Cross over the intersection and follow the road to Stompneus Bay via st. Helena Bay.

This route bypasses Vredenburg saving 20 km. However, if you need to go into Vredenburg itself or prefer a tar road, then cross over the intersection and travel 9 km to the town. Turn right at the first set of robots(i.e. the route to Velddrif) and approximately 9 km on, take a left turn to St Helena Bay.

Travel 17km (in a westerly direction) passing the following landmarks:
Laingville, St. Helena Hotel, Police Station, St. Helena Shopping Centre/Total petrol pumps, Da Gama Monument, gravel road to Paternoster/Vredenburg.

Bypass the Stompneus Bay fishing village on the left (affectionately know as “Smartie town”, because of the brightly-painted roofs). At the end of this settlement turn left (signboards say Britannia Bay and Shelley Point, After 200 metres, turn right (big Shelley Point boards just in front of the road) travel along this road, until you arrive at the Shelley Point Gates on your right. Sign in at the gate and then pass through, continue on this road, passing the new club house on your left. After the four way stop, continue on straight until you reach the fountain, pass half way around the fountain and continue straight there will be thatch roof cottages on your left. Continue on until you see the Oystercatcher Lodge on your right. We are the last house before the Cattle Baron Restaurant.

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