Photos of South Africa / Western Cape

Arniston Photographs

Updated Wednesday, 9 January 2019

View Photographs of Arnistion – This picturesque little fishing village on the shores of Marcus Bay is also known as Waenhuiskrans (‘wagon shelter cliff’).  The name comes from a large sea-cave, which although only visible during low-tide resembles the structures used by settlers to house their wagons and cattle.

The village itself got the name ‘Arniston’ from the Arniston ship which wrecked off the in 1815.  After cutting away three of its anchors the vessel ran ashore and broke up on the sharp rocks off the Arniston Reef.  Sadly, only six of the 378 passengers survived to tell the tale.


Arniston however is a pretty village, with sparkling blue water and gorgeous beaches, perfect for lazing away sunny summer days.  Artists and photographers are attracted to the seaside location; the white-washed cottages, rolling sand dunes, steep cliffs and blue ocean make for picture perfect photographs and paintings!  The cottages are Kassiebaai are more than 200 years old and are a National Monument.

De Hoop and De Mond Nature Reserves neighbour Arniston; a bird watcher and hikers delight.

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