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Arniston is locally known as Waenhuiskrans and lies 25km's southeast of Bredasdorp. The caves are accessed through the CapeNature entrance. You can access the caves at low tide only. Most landscape photography is done from the cliff tops.

Picturesque Waenhuiskrans is best known for its 200-year old restored fishermen’s village, Kassiesbaai.  This village, a national heritage site in its entirety, with its whitewashed, thatched cottages, has stolen the hearts of many an artist and photographer.  The name Waenhuiskrans is derived from the big sea cave (waenhuis = wagon house).  The town is also called Arniston after the East Indiaman Arniston wrecked nearby in 1815 with a tragic loss of 372 lives.  A replica of the monument, erected by the wife of Col. Giels in memory of their four sons who died in the tragedy, is housed in the shipwreck museum.


Best Time to Photograph
Sunrise is the time for capturing this scenic stretch of coastline.
Type of Photography
  • Beachscapes
  • Seascapes
  • Birding
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
As you make your way around the cliff tops you will spot the best locations. Be sure that you recce the site beforehand if you intend getting setup before sunrise. These cliff edges are extremely dangerous and are prone to collapse. The weathered rock is also extremely sharp.
Recommended Gear
Tripod and cable release are essential landscape photography. Neutral density filters are also useful.


Site Highlights
Eroded coastal caves and stunning seascape photography opportunities. Breeding Crested Cormorants.


Other Activities
  • swimming
  • Birding


Closest Town
Getting There
Follow the R316 from Bredasdorp into Arniston.Turn right into Pratt Street, left into Cliff street and right into Harbour Street. Drive to the large parking lot. Leave your car here, unless you have a 4X4 in which case you can drive on a bit further and park closer. The walk is only a few hundred meters though.


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.