Vredenburg is located 12km inland from the coast at Saldanha Bay on the Cape Columbine Peninsula and 138km north of Cape Town. It is the West Coast’s commercial hub for the surrounding rural communities of wheat, sheep and dairy farmers, and also has a number of fish factories and outlets.
Just about 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, the town is ideally situated as a base for day trips to the surrounding West Coast towns and attractions.
Within 20 km of Vredenburg are both the West Coast Fossil Park, the long, white beaches of Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Also in striking distance are Langebaan and the West Coast National Park for fauna and flora, as well as Jacobsbaai and St Helena Bay.
Vredenburg means “Peaceful Town” and the settlement was originally established around a spring, the source of many a water dispute, which originally consecutively earned it the names Twisfontein (“Quarrel Spring” and ) Prosesfontein (“Lawsuite Spring”). Fortunately, peace finally reigned with the establishment of the imposing Dutch Reformed Church in 1875 to serve surrounding communities.
The town offers modern facilities and amenities, including the region’s biggest shopping centre, the West Coast Mall, boasting many shops, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as speciality stores selling everything from craft materials to sports equipment.
Things to see
Visit in spring to marvel at the daisies and other wildflowers transforming the landscape around Vredenburg into a colourful wonderland after the winter rains.
Things to do
- Go golfing at the Vredenburg Golf Club outside town
- Stock up on essentials at the West Coast Mall
- Go horse riding or hiking in the countryside