Arniston

Arniston

Overview

Arniston is a small seaside settlement on the Cape South Coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. It shares both rich cultural history and untouched natural beauty. This is the perfect hide hideaway if you enjoy peace and quiet. It is tucked away behind rolling hills of sparkling sea sand and deep blue oceans very much favoured by both artists and tourists.

Officially it is the only town in South Africa with two names, Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. Its original name, Waenhuiskrans, is derived from the Waenhuiskrans Cave that skirts the town. The legend goes that this cave was big enough for a wagon with a full span of oxen to turn around in it! The cave can only be accessed during low tide and is said to be the largest coastal cave with no supporting roof pillar.

The other name was given after the Arniston shipwreck. This particular incident is noted as one of the worst tragedies in South africa’s history, but managed to put this little town on the map.

The locals are tradition bound fisherman, who manage a sustainable lifestyle from the sea and they keep the small village going while they use materials washed up by the tides to maintain they’re houses. Arniston is the largest single settlement of its kind that are still inhabited by the original descendents of the fishing community. The adjacent fishing hamlet of Kassiesbaai, along with the dunes of Dollas Downs have been declared a Grade 1 Nation heritage Site.

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