- Pringle Bay
Whales, Penguins, Surfing & Beach Picnics
Pringle Bay, a charming seaside village, can be found only an hour outside Cape Town along South Africa’s famous Whale Route. It is situated at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain and a fair distance from the main coastal road, the R44 , ensuring that the town is beautifully secluded and unspoilt.
Pringle Bay is an interesting mix of both young and old, South African and foreign residents, but one thing is for certain, the village is jealously guarded by its residents. The reason is that the little seaside village lies within the natural beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere, South Africa’s only reserve to be proclaimed by UNESCO, which supports over 1600 species of fynbos of which 150 are endemic. Residents frown upon unnecessary developments, even tarred roads and street lights! That said, Pringle Bay has grown over the last twenty years from a few houses with no tarred roads and electricity to a vibey holiday destination for all ages.
The resort town is naturally scenic with mountains on three sides, overlooking the ocean with Cape Point in the distance. It is home to a wide variety of birdlife and animals offering an idyllic outdoor lifestyle where more and more people are choosing to stay permanently rather than just holiday in. The town is also known for its copious seas life and here visitors can enjoy some excellent fishing, however, remember to obtain a permit as Pringle Bay falls within a protected area.
The beaches are pristine with safe swimming areas, snorkeling and sunbathing. The lagoon provides safe swimming for young children while surfers choose the waves of False Bay. The bay is also one of the best spots for diving and on during season, there are many divers in the bay catching their quota of crayfish.
Other activities in the area include hiking and whale watching and the towns of Betty’s Bay, Hermanus and Swellendam are all close enough to visit with their own attractions and activities for holiday makers.
Pringle Bay has a great collection of private holiday house rentals, guest houses and B&B’s to suit all budgets. There is also the Hangklip Hotel offering luxury accommodation for visitors to the area.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Kogelberg Nature Reserve
- Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
- Pringle Bay Beach
- Stoney Point Penguin Colony
- Chadoka Art Studio
- Lemon & Lime Deli
- Walker Bay Whale Watching
- Arabella Golf Course
The area receives most of its rainfall during June and July, the Cape’s winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 15˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Cape Town International Airport . Car rental companies are located at the Airport.
March – Pringle Bay Village Festival: A festival with many activities and loads of entertainment – live music, Caljoen Derby, beach activities, sand castle building, fun runs and walks and cycling.
Pringle Bay’s history includes the early inhabitants of the Khoi Khoi and archeological evidence can still be found today of their life in the area.
In the late eighteenth century the plan was to develop the bay as a port in order to ship farm produce across the bay to Simons Town . The town was named after Sir Thomas Pringle, the Royal Navy Commander-in-Chief of the Simons Town Naval Base.
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