Trip to Elands Bay.

I had heard such bad reports about the camp-site at Elands Bay, which proved to be true, that I decided it would be best to take a day trip, look around and come back to Lamberts Bay for the night.

Welcome to Elands Bay.
Welcome to Elands Bay.

To be honest I think that out of all the places I have visited on this trip, with the exception of Kleinzee, Elands Bay has the most potential to become a great place to live and a great place as a holiday destination. At the moment there are only 20 permanent residents in the town itself and close to a thousand non white residents who stray 1km from town at a place referred to as the camp.

My previous post included the caravan park and unfortunately the village does not fare much better. There is a hotel, which did not look too bad, and I saw one restaurant and two small general dealers and that’s about it.

The Elands Bay Hotel.
The Elands Bay Hotel.
The      Restaurant.
The Talm Langer Restaurant.

I stopped for a bite to eat at the restaurant and had a chat to the new owner, Frans, about what was going on in Elands Bay and why it is so run down. He told me that they have now established a committee to try and get things moving and to upgrade the town. They had a meeting and most of the role players in the area are pro doing something positive but there are one or two who are more than happy to keep things as they are. They just want their own little bit of paradise and to hell with everyone else. It is tailor made for them??

There were 7 working fish factories but now there are just 2 that still operate.
There were 7 working fish factories but there are now just 2 that still operate.
There are some pretty good looking holiday homes.
There are some pretty good looking holiday homes.

Elands Bay is renowned as a paradise for surfers – unfortunately there was not much happening on the surfing front that day – seafood, and birdwatching in the nearby Verlorenvlei which boasts over 180 bird species. Caves in the vicinity of the town have produced valuable archaeological finds from the different inhabitants over time.

Footprints in the sand.
Footprints in the sand.
One of the caves acessable to the public.
A cave that is accessible to the public.
Ancient hand prints visable on the cave wall.
Ancient hand prints visible on the cave wall.

Frans told me that there are other caves that are far better and they want to appoint an official tour guide to take people up to have a look.

Just below the cave is an old radar tower and barracks from World War 2.
An old radar tower and barracks just below the cave.

One of the pritine beaches just south of the town,

One of the pristine beaches just south of the town.

That was about all there was to see at Elands Bay so I headed back to Lamberts Bay on a different road and about 6 km’s from Lamberts came across this.

This is the original open air sea food resaurant and has been operating for over 23 years.

This is the original open air sea food restaurant and has been operating for over 23 years.

It was nearly 3pm by the time I got there but there were still plenty of people finishing off their lunch and it look delicious,

Eat as much as you want!!

It was nearly 3pm by the time I got there but there were still plenty of people finishing off their lunch and it look delicious,

It was nearly 3pm by the time I got there but there were still plenty of people finishing off their lunch and it looked delicious.

6 Comments

  1. Hanlie on August 31st, 2009

    I would love to eat there!

  2. Chris M on August 31st, 2009

    Elands Bay brings back some amazing memories! Wonderful photographs as per usual and I agree, those holiday homes do look fantastic!

  3. Parag on May 3rd, 2010

    Elands bay cave is about an 2 hour drive up the west coast from Cape Town and is a very sleepy town indeed. Famous for its left handed surf break which is a near mirror image of Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay.

  4. Matt Stritch on July 6th, 2010

    can anyone give me directions to these caves please i really want to see the rock art there but cant work out how to get there. Thanks
    Matt

  5. pbdphoto on July 7th, 2010

    Hi Matt, I would speak to the owner of the restaurant, next to the hotel. He could put yo in contact with a guide who could take you to some of the other caves in the area. The one I went to is just passed all the fishing factories on the side of the mountain near those old army structures.

  6. Matt Stritch on July 7th, 2010

    Thanks only been there once about a year ago but i think i know where you mean. Will take a trip up there in a few weeks to have a look.
    thanks again
    Matt



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