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The tiny village of Britannia Bay on the west coast of South Africa spans no more than 1.5km across a beautiful, sheltered bay. It’s the domain of the wealthy, where plush homes straddle the sea dunes, their gardens practically on the beach.
Britannia Bay is named after a British vessel that ran aground after hitting an unchartered reef in 1826. No lives were lost. The ship lay buried for over 170 years before being discovered in 1998, near to the low water mark and under 4 meters of sand.
The west coast has some of the richest fishing areas in the world and Britannia Bay regularly sees whales and dolphins visiting her shores. The bay has a launch site for boats and good surfing spots.
Britannia Bay can be visited all year round, however, the best time is in winter when the summer winds abate and the seas are calm. The bay is active with... Show more