Pringle Bay in Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa



Dreams self catering holiday home is situated only 100m - 3 minutes walk - from the beautiful Pringle Bay beach. Click to see a short video of the beach.


The quiet village of Pringle Bay is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere. Less than one hours drive from Cape Town International Airport.


This is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in the Western Cape - the Cape Overberg and Whale Coast! The surroundings are unspoilt and stunningly beautiful with mountains, sandy beach and fynbos. Click to see a short video of the drive.



The most beautiful coastal drive in South Africa! 




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) offers magnificent views across False Bay and follows the natural curve of the rocky sea cliffs on the coast. During June through November it offers great opportunities to sight the Southern Right Whales from one of the many scenic places to stop.


Relax, enjoy and discover Pringle Bay and the surrounding area.  

Clarence Marine Drive along the Whale Coast 


Beautiful Mountain Views in Pringle Bay Pringle Bays pristine beach


Pringle Bay's Beautiful Beach



Pringle Bay’s main swimming beach is approximately 2 kilometers long and only 100m - less than 3 minutes walk from Dreams. The beautiful white sandy beach is surrounded by sand dunes on the one side and the ocean on the other. It is set against a backdrop of mountains covered by our unique and beautiful fynbos. For a short video of the beach click here


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


Surfers and body borders come to the bay when conditions suit. Snorkeling is possible around the many rock pools and crevices at the far sides of the beach, as is fishing. Towards the north one can a clear day see the Cape Peninsular on the far side of False Bay


Beach and Hangklip viewPringle Bay Beach and Table Mountain viewRiver mouth in Pringle Bay - ideal for children  


Pringle Bays beautiful beach only 100 m from Dreams



Pringle Bay Town


 Butterfly and FlowerPlant BeautyIndigenous plantsIndigenous fynbos


Sand_dune_plantsThe 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 Pringle Bay is a small cozy village it hosts a variety of places to savour food: restaurants, coffee shops and deli’s. There are also some gift shops, a local biscuit factory,  pub, internet café, a laundromat and even a "theatre". There are 3 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 hours drive) and vine farms.



AloeIndigenous plants all aroundBeautiful!Indigenous Fynbos Enjoy the Fynbos!


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. The Italian prisoners-of-war who were used to build the Clarence Drive were held prisoners in Pringle Bay.


Beautiful Pringle Bay

Things to do / Activities in Pringle Bay



 In Pringle Bay you can:


  • Swim, snorkel, surf
  • Stroll along the beach, collect seashells, tan 
  • Build sand castle, paddle, splash and explore tidal pools 
  • Go fishing, angling or dive for crayfish (seasonal) 
  • Go hiking, climbing, diving or mountain biking 
  • Visit the local gym or relax with a massage (discounts given to guests staying at Dreams)
  • Engage in photography, sketching and painting 
  • Dine at one of the many restaurants
  • Watch sunsets over the sea 


Some businesses in Pringle Bay and other towns offer special discounts to guests staying at Dreams. To learn more about these specials click here.


Fish from the beach in Pringle Bay   Pringle Bay beach


Sunset over the sea



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Dates for Cray Fishing in Pringle Bay, South Africa 2015 and 2016