The picturesque seaside town of Saldanha, part of the Cape West Coast Peninsula, is situated on the northern corner of the largest natural bay in South Africa. On a clear day Table Mountain can be seen from the Adam & Eve rock formation situated on the hill above Saldanha. There is a short walking trail at Hoedjieskop in the centre of the town to a vantage point, which provides a panoramic view of the bay. The bay's ideal location makes it a paradise for water-sport enthusiasts.

Its local economy is strongly dependent on fishing, mussels, seafood and the harbour trade, as well as the established steel industry. In the past, the natural deep sheltered harbour played an important role in the long and colourful history of the area, and today it still plays a central role in the export and import for the industries of the region. Every effort is being made to balance the industry in the region with the eco-fragility of the area.

Contrary to its name, Marcus Island is not really an island, as a breakwater was built between the land and the island in 1976. With strong historic military links, Saldanha is also host to a naval training base and the South Africa Military Academy. The popular SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve offers a display of wildflowers during late winter and spring framed against the blue seawater. Southern Right whales also visit the safe waters in and around the nature reserve.


Contact Information

Office Hours:

Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00

           Sat: 09:00 - 14:00

Emergency Numbers:

Ambulance -   022 713 4590 / 10177
Police -          022 714 8333
Sea Rescue -  082 990 5966


Cape Westcoast Peninsula Tourism

Old Station Building, Main Road, Vredenburg, 7380

Tel: 022 715 1142 | Fax: 022 715 1141

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Open: Mon-Fri

Contact Details

Tel: 022 715 1142
Fax: 022 715 1141


Towns in the Peninsula


Location Map: Saldanha