Saldanha Bay

Saldanha Bay

The town of Saldanha Bay developed around the safest and deepest natural harbour in the country. The busy town is the industrial hub of the area and has several seafood-processing

industries and a large naval base nearby. It is also the base from which vast quantities of iron ore from the Sishen area in the Northern Cape are exported.

Adventure And Sport

Boat trips: Several operators offer boat trips that depart regularly from the harbour.

Crayfishing: The season for crayfishing is from November to April.

Hiking: Several trails criss-cross the area, including the SAS Saldanha and the Oranjevlei Hiking Trail.

Water-sport: Water-sport enthusiasts frequent the lagoon, which drains into Saldanha Bay. Many yacht races and regattas are held annually in the bay.

Fauna And Flora

Hoedjieskoppie Nature Reserve: The “Little Hat Hillock” reserve overlooks Saldanha Bay and Table Mountain can also be seen in the distance.

SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve: The reserve is a bird-watchers paradise and offers a display of wild flowers from July to September. Southern right whales visit the shores of the nature reserve from June to November.

History And Architecture

French Huguenot Memorial: The memorial in town commerates Saldanha’s Huguenot settlers.

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