Hondeklip Bay is a popular holiday destination on the West Coast. Formerly a favored holiday destination for farmers, fishermen, and divers, Hondeklip Bay is separated from Springbok by 104km of gravel road, the Messelpad Pass and Soebatsfontein, a quaint village built next to a spring at the foot of the escarpment.
In 1846, a small natural harbor was discovered by Thomas Grace, a ship’s captain who immediately established a trading station. By 1852 the first eleven tons of copper ore was shipped from this harbor. It was later surpassed by Port Nolloth, which had a safer harbor as well as a railway line. Hondeklip Bay’s harbor now serves fishing and diamond-mining boats.
The name can be literally translated as “Dog Rock Bay”. Some believe that the town was named after a 5-m-high rock next to the police station that resembles a sitting dog. Another theory is that a pack of wild dogs, which had done a lot of damage to local flocks, were finally killed near this rock.
Many 4×4 enthusiasts, fishermen, and divers would nominate this town as their favorite holiday destination. The village harbor serves fishing and diamond boats. Hondeklip Bay is an excellent venue for catching rock lobster and even houses a rock lobster processing plant.
Attractions in Hondeklipbaai include:
– Fishing for crayfish and rock lobster. Permits for diving for crayfish and rock lobster can be obtained at the towns of Springbok and Garies.
– 4×4 Routes: Explore the scenic coastline and fields of flowers. Hondeklip Bay offers a vast, unspoiled coastline to explore.
– The Dog Stone near the police station, from which the village derives its name, keeps watch over the graves of long-forgotten sailors.
– The wreck of the Aristea is evidence of the dangers of the coast and its hidden rocks, where many a ship has come to its end.
– Circular routes back to the N7 make for spectacular scenic drives during the flower season.
– The mouth of the Spoeg River is located about 18 km SSE down the coast from Hondeklip Bay. There are caves of archaeological interest there.
|Country name||South Africa|