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Saldanha

Saldanha, South Africa’s largest natural harbour, is situated approximately 140km from Cape Town.

 

It was built upon one of the largest natural bays on the African coast, but development only truly got underway once a pipeline providing fresh water from the Berg River was laid to the town.

 

Saldanha is a hotspot for water sports lovers and is popular for regattas and sailors to test their skills.  The Saldanha Yacht Club hosts several annual regattas.

 

The harbour is renowned for its ability to handle among other commodities, the shipping of iron ore for which a dedicated railway line was built to transport iron ore from Sishen in the Northern Cape.

 

Saldanha is home to major industries, including companies like Namakwa Sands and Sea Harvest.

 

It is widely known for its naval training base and the South African Military Academy.

 

The SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve is a ‘must see’ during late winter and early spring for the beautiful spring flowers and Southern Right Whales that visit the bay. Don’t miss the Hoedjieskop Reserve, a hill in the middle of the town offering magnificent photo opportunities with 360 degree views of the town and the ocean.

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