Arniston holidays

Arniston is a small, unspoilt fishing village. The pretty thatched fishermen houses of Kassiesbaai, the oldest part of Arniston, were declared a South African National Monument. Its inhabitants are probably the most painted and photographed subjects in South Africa. The area is also known as “Waenhuiskrans”. Literally translated it means ‘ox-wagon cave’ and takes its name from the famous low-tide cave which resembles the structures used by settlers to house their oxen and wagons.

The jagged coastline with its countless wrecks is a chilling tribute to past seafarers. Arniston derives its name from one of these wrecks, namely the British ‘Arniston’ which sank here in 1815. The vessel was loaded with wounded soldiers to take them from Ceylon via Cape Town back to England. Heavy winds had destroyed all the sails and it was eventually decided to cut away the three anchors and run the ship ashore. The Arniston broke up on the needle-sharp rocks of the Arniston Reef. Of the 378 passengers only 6 survived, rendering this disaster one of the most serious in the history of South Africa.

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