Lambert's Bay is a small fishing town in the Western Cape province of South Africa situated 280 kilometres north of Cape Town. It is part of the Cederberg Municipality.
The coast town has been proclaimed 'the Diamond of the West Coast' because of its white beaches, wildlife and crayfish. Although primarily a fishing town it has become a significant tourist attraction on the West Coast due to its moderate all-year climate.
Lambert's Bay is also jam-packed with plentiful birdlife. Some of the more popular species on the list include gannets and Cormorants. Dolphins, whales and the ever entertaining seals at the internationally acclaimed Bird Island attract tourist from all over. Heavyside dolphins are frequently spotted from the beach. Lamberts Bay is also a great place to view the lush stretches of wild field flowers that are most beautiful during spring.
In the town many small restaurants and also open air restaurants have sprung up where one can enjoy the freshest and most delicious seafoods available. Being on the west coast, one of the drier areas in South Africa one would imagine that temperatures would be high during the day. This is in fact not the case. When we visited the area a week ago the temperature in Clanwilliam about 60 kilometres from Lamberts Bay was 42 degrees celsius while the temperature on the coast was a cool 21 degrees.
This is one of the main factors why Lambert's Bay is so popular. For visitors it is advisable to make an overnight booking as it takes about three hours to get there through some of the most beautiful scenery one can imagine. Without an overnight stay you will not have enough time to explore the area and to enjoy some of the seafood delicacies available in the town.
The west coast of the Cape is steeped in history. Many of the small towns along its shores began when the Dutch and the British surveyed the area and found safe anchorages and harbours for their ships.
Lambert’s Bay originally known as Otterdam was first surveyed by the the Royal Navy between 1826 and 1840. The town was later named after Sir Robert Lambert who was in charge of the survey of the area.
Nothing much happened in the area and then during the Anglo Boer War British ships started visiting the bay.
The result of these visits was that the one and only ship to be lost by the British during the war was wrecked on Steenboksfontein near the present day Lamberts bay. The propeller of the Sybille is on display at the local museum.
The cosy Lambert’s Bay hotel combines traditional West Coast hospitality, excellent cuisine and an endless number of interesting excursions in and around the area to ensure an unforgettable stay.
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