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Address: Main Rd, St. Helena Bay, South Africa
Phone Number:
351 269 630 600

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A notable landing site

A replica monument commemmorating Da Gama's landing in 1497. Best visited in spring flower season (late July - mid-September) when the veld bursts with myriad colours of... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Lucille B
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

In 1497, Vasco Da Gama anchored at the current St Helena Bay and planted the first Christian cross in the Southern Hemisphere. It is humbling to visit this spot. Sadly, it is not kept clean and neat, and the statue has been defaced and vandalised. There are broken beer bottles all over, which indicates the possibility that it has only... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

A replica monument commemmorating Da Gama's landing in 1497. Best visited in spring flower season (late July - mid-September) when the veld bursts with myriad colours of indigenous blooms.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is just a plain monument commemorating Vasco de Gama's arrival here. Worth turning 100 metres off the road if you are interested.

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Thank Susamsok
cape town
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

we visited this site on our recent trip and where well enlightened to the history of the region.A quick history lesson

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St. Helena Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

An interesting spot for a photo opportunity both for historical purposes and for the magnificent sea views. However, in flower season, this spot is not to be missed and definitely worth a stop if you are driving past.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We have so much history in our country and this particular monument should be of particular importance, but sadly it seems to be a bit neglected. There are broken glass bottles all over the surrounding ground. At least it seems to be fairly free of graffiti, but I can only assume that it must be a constant effort as the... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

They could do so much more with this place and history. We were disappointed as it is merely a marble cast with illegible writing carved out. Wish they'd do more it could really be a worthwhile attraction.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

This unfortunately is so typical of what happens to statues and monuments in South Africa. If you want to see one that is not strewn with rubbish etc and completely intaked, go to the secure community of Shelley Point, just down the road from the Bon Hotel.

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St. Helena Bay, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Yes, I agree there is sometimes litter and it is a few standing blocks and you may be disappointed if this in your only stop in St. Helena Bay - but the significance of Da Gama arriving here is 1497 is worth the visit. A nice stop on a slow drive from Paternoster (follow the Stompneusbaai signs just outside Paternoster).... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

being in the area, we drove over to have a look, following the signs, but what a disappointment when we reached the left over of the statue - none. dirt littered around and a desperate location all in all no need to go here, this meant for this month of this year, changes might come!

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