ARNISTON / WAENHUISKRANS
Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans Not every town can pride itself in two names, but this small town nested on the eastern coastline of the Overberg, not only have two names but also one of the Overberg best preserved towns.
The Name Arniston comes from a British transport ship that got wrecked on the sharp rocks of Marcus Bay in 1815. Tragically it was not only soldier that’s lives were lost but women and children as well. Only six survived this horrible ordeal. read more....
The name Waenhuiskrans originated from the local cave and well known icon of the Cape Agulhas area. According to the early settlers of the area this cave is big enough to serve as a coach-house (known as waenhuis) and can accommodate several wagons with their spans of oxen.
If you are looking for an electrifying night life and exhilarating activities you won’t find them in this village, when making your travel arrangements to visit Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans you can count on a quiet relaxed time, peacefulness, serenity, nature, the ideal breakaway from you hectic urban life.
The area is very popular to photographers, artist and writers they believe Arniston has some charm to it that gives them the inspiration needed. There are many painting hanging in living rooms all over of the beautiful Kasssies bay with it’s prettily thatched and lime washed cottages all clustered around the shoreline many still inhabited by local fishermen. The entire area has been declared a national monument.
Arniston is also known for its prehistoric stone fish traps which were build by the “Strandlopers” many years ago. Arniston further offers some lovely bays. Beaches walk and drive. Tours of the Village can be arranged via the Arniston Hotel.