At first the only obvious attractions to the town is surfing, it is well-known as a surfing destination much like Jeffreys Bay, and eating crayfish, it is also well-known for its delicious seafood! However, close by on the road to Redelinghuys, is where the magniﬁcent Verlorenvlei, a natural marsh and sanctuary for 240 bird species including Flamingos and Pelicans, lies on the approach to Elands Bay.
Elands Bay is also a wonderful spot for dolphin and whale watching and freshwater and salt fishing one of the locals’ favourite pastime.
Elands Bay is the ideal place to relax and unwind, and this is where the real beauty of the village lies – where the only real decisions to make are whether it is a day for the beach, a day to bird watch or time to enjoy an afternoon lunch at the open air restaurant.
There are a range of excellent accommodation options in and around Elands Bay, including a well-equipped caravan and camping site.
Things to do and see
- Elands Bay / Bobbejaanberg Cave
- Elands Bay Beach
- Boegoeberg 4X4 Trail
- West Coast Way Wild Route
- Sir Lambert Wines, 24 Km
Elands Bay receives approximately 218 mm of rain annually with most of its’ rainfall during winter, June seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C.
Before the surfers found Elands Bay, it was just a small fishing harbour at the foot of the Bobbejaansberg Mountains. Rock Art here when cave exploring is said to date back 10 000 years and the red handprints on the cave walls have been interpreted as the artist’s wish to enter the spiritual world.
Excavations at a rock shelter in the cliffs indicate habitation by man 15 000 years ago.
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