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Saldanha is celebrated for its fresh sea air, and thriving sea life, indicative of the amazing seafood on offer in wonderful and family friendly seaside restaurants, where you can sample mussels, yellowtail and in winter the local delicacy snoek is available.
The town is a mecca for yachting and game fishing enthusiasts, The Saldanha Yatch club is a family friendly club that hosts yacht racing in different classes and a cruise around the lagoon, to Paternoster or even out to sea can be organised dependant on wind direction.
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Tuna and Yellowtail fish are easy catches for the game fisherman, or for the more extreme deep sea diving is also available. Winter time is the best time to spot whales in the bay. Saldanha has five islands and for watersport enthusiasts becomes a holiday hotspot in Summer. Kite Surfers, SUP surfers and water skiers amongst the visitors to the area.
Close to the town of Saldanha is the Darling flower Reserve, a much recommended visit as it is host to over 1200 species of incredibly beautiful flowering plants, although not dictated to by nature and the flowers could be seen year round the best time is known to be September when the Wild Flower and Orchid Show are held together with the showcasing of locally produced wines
Saldanha is also home to the South Africa’s largest training unit for the navy. The SAS Saldanha resides along the Lagoon in Saldanha Bay, enabling the Navy Unit to also maintain a 900 hectare nature reserve that doubles as a training area for the cadets.
This Nature reserve has horse riding opportunities with an incredible two hour eco tour through the nature reserve; the route is limited to experienced riders only.
Accommodation is available to meet every budget, Self Catering to exclusive Guest Houses and Hotels, catering for Families, Business corporates and Honeymooners.
The peculiar name ‘Saldanha Bay’ is originally applied to the present Table Bay, where Antonio de Saldanha, a Portuguese admiral anchored his fleet in 1503. Ironically he never saw the bay that was named after him, since by some navigational error, the name Saldanha Bay was applied to its present position by Joris von Spilbergen. During the Second World War Saldanha Bay was very important because of its strategic location and safe anchorage as a convoy assembly point. Today Saldanha has a huge iron ore quay and is home to a large variety of astonishing fishing vessels.