Pringle Bay


Pringle Bay in Cape Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

The quiet village of Pringle Bay is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere just under one hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport. This is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in the Western Cape along the Whale Coast in Cape Overberg! The surroundings areas are unspoilt and stunningly beautiful with mountains, sandy beaches and fynbos. Click to see a short video of the drive.

Pringle Bay Location - 67 km from Cape Town International Airport

To reach Pringle Bay from Cape Town you will drive along one of the world’s most spectacular marine drive; the scenic Clarence Drive (R44) which offers magnificent views across False Bay and follows the natural curve of the rocky sea cliffs on the coast. In addition to the spectacular views you will, during June through to November, be able to sight the Southern Right Whales from one of the many scenic viewpoints.

Relax, enjoy and discover Pringle Bay in Cape Overberg, Kogelberg Biosphere and the surrounding areas

Pringle Bay's Beautiful Beach

Pringle Bay’s main swimming beach is approximately 2 kilometres long and only 100m – less than 3 minutes’ walk – from Dreams. The beautiful white sandy beach is surrounded by sand dunes and set against a backdrop of mountains covered by our unique and diverse fynbos. On a clear day you can see the Cape Peninsular on the far side of False Bay.

Our beautiful Pringle Bay beach is popular with families, surfers and body borders and offers snorkeling opportunities in some rock pools. Also fishermen enjoy the beach for angling from the  rocks on the far sides of the beach.

The water temperature in the sea is usually cool along the Cape Coast but much more pleasant in the river mouth of Buffel’s River. The shallow water here is also the ideal place for younger and older children to swim, paddle and play – and only a short walk from Dreams.

Pringle Bay Town

The indigenous fynbos is everywhere to enjoy: in the gardens, along the roads, on the sand dunes, on the mountains and in the nature reserves where several hiking trails are available.

Most of Pringle Bay’s roads are gravel roads which add to the relaxed holiday feel. There are no street lights to cause light pollution during night so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the African star sky.

Even though this is a small cosy village it hosts a variety of places to savour food: restaurants, coffee shops and delis. There are also some gift shops, a local biscuit factory, pubs and a laundromat. There are some grocery shops with basic stock where you during weekends can buy freshly baked breads and treats.

From Pringle Bay you can easily reach the hustle and bustle of city life as it is situated less than one hours drive (67 km) from Cape Town International Airport, shopping malls (the large Somerset Mall about half an hour’s drive) and vine farms.

Pringle Bay History

Pringle Bay was named after Rear Admiral Thomas Pringle and it was originally meant to be a port for shipping farm produce across False Bay to Simon’s Town. During the 18th century the area, especially the Drostersgat cave, was a hide away haven for many army deserters, prisoners and runaway slaves. During the Second World War a radar station was built and the Italian prisoners-of-war who were used to build the Clarence Drive were held prisoners in Pringle Bay.

Things to do / Activities in Pringle Bay

Swim, snorkel, surf.

Stroll along the beach, collect seashells, tan.
Build a sand castle, paddle, splash and explore tidal pools.
Fishing/angling or diving for crayfish (seasonal).
Hiking, climbing, diving or mountain biking.
Visit the local gym or relax with a massage.
Watch birds, baboons and whales (whale watching mostly June-November).
Engage in photography, sketching and painting.
Enjoy unspoilt and unique fynbos nature.
Dine at one of the many restaurants.
Watch the sun set over the sea.

Find out activities and places to visit in the surrounding areas. 

Kogelberg Biosphere

Pringle Bay is part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere designated by UNESCO. Click in the link to find out more about the fauna and flora in this unique area. 

Catarina Chemaly

+27 76 390 0047

+27 76 390 0047

+27 76 390 0047


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