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Where The Two Oceans Meet

FISH HOEK:

Situated 33.5 km from central Cape Town and has an ancient history as it appears on the earliest maps of the Cape under the names Vissers Baay or Visch Hoek, for European Settlers occupied the bay from as early as 1652 who used it as a base for whaling and fishing.

The township was laid out only in 1918, but the first grant of Crown Land happened in 1818 a century before, after which it changed hands several times until bought by a Hester Sophia De Kock in 1883. She started offering accommodation to visitors to the bay and seeing the scope for development she left instructions in her will for her property to be surveyed and developed into building plots.

At first the town was a holiday destination for locals due to the railway offering easy access from Cape Town but it slowly developed to its current status of a major centre with municipal offices and a licensing centre. It is still a popular holiday destination for locals on account of the fishing, surfing and swimming and much more exiting outdoor activities along the 1.5 km long beach with its warm Monte Carlo-like waters. Life-savers and whale-spotters from the Fish Hoek Life Saving Club are on duty during peak seasons but in spite of their careful watching and warning Great White Sharks still sometimes attack humans sometimes due to ignoring the warning signals given by the coast guard.

The Villas at Le Franschhoek

CAPRI VILLAGE:

40 Km from Cape Town CBD using the magnificent scenic Chapmans Peak drive Capri village is situated between Kommetjie, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek on the Southern Perninsula. The town offers magnificent sea and mountain views and is in close proximity to attractions such as Silvermine Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Boulders Beach the home of the Jack Ass Penguins and more.

CLOVELLY:

33 km from Cape Town CBD between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay lays a long stretch of white beach with the village of Clovelly situated on the mountain slope creating magnificent views on the valley and beach below.

GLENCAIRN:

37 km from Cape Town CBD, a mountainous village with breath-taking sea views is actually a wetland conservation area with hiking trails where 2250 indigenous plant species are found. Bird watching as well as animals such as clawless otters, mongoose and buck is some of the interesting things encountered when walking in and around this scenic village. The wreck of the Glencairn Barge lies about 450 m offshore and makes for a wonderful experience for snorkelling around the subsequent coral reef formed around the wreck. For the not so adventurous lazing on the white beach and swimming in the tidal pool makes for a luxurious holiday destination.

KALK BAY:

(Meaning Lime Bay) is a fishing village on the coast of False Bay 29 km from Cape Town using either the scenic coastal Victoria Road or the Ou Kaapse Weg Road that winds inland over the mountain, or the scenic west coast route along Chapman’s Peak Drive . The village lays lodged between the sea and the mountain with many famous named caves (such as ‘Ronan’s Well’ named after the novel by Walter Scott) nestled in its cliffs of sandstone, which is a rare occurrence in this chemically uncreative type of rock stone.

KOMMETJIE:

The village is situated 41 km from Cape Town CBD with the neighbouring village of Ocean View to the east and Scarborough to the south. Famous for its milk wood trees where, under their shade, before houses were built in 1903 holiday makers camped throughout the Christmas season. With the acquisition of electricity and water from the Wemmershoek Dam more homes were built in the village from 1960 whereas before there were mostly holiday homes. The 7 km long pristine white sand beach is the most magnificent scene for painters and photographers for the contrast and exquisite beauty.

MUIZENBERG:

Is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town 25.7 km from the CBD when using the M5, situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves to the east of the False Bay Coast. Muizenberg is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and houses places of historic interest such as Rhodes cottage, the holiday home of Cecil John Rhodes where he died in 1902, and the site of the Battle of Muizenberg amongst others. The long white beach effectually stretches all the way to The Strand around the top of False Bay, a distance of 20 km and as the bay is renowned for its population of white sharks, the beach is closely monitored by a shark watch service that operates from Muizenberg, signalling to the bathers and surfers when sharks come into close proximity to them.
THINGS TO DO: A line of steep cliffs watch over the beach and is a popular destination for rock climbers except where birds nest on the ledges. One of the best spawning grounds for fish on the coastline is in the Zandvlei estuary where it enters the ocean at Muizenberg. This spot is also home to both the Peninsula Canoe Club and the Imperial Yacht club and is a popular water sport playground.
History: The Battle of Muizenberg took place in June 1795 when the British fought for possession of the Cape and were opposed by the Dutch, the brief skirmish ended after three months with the first British occupation of the Cape. A defensive fort was started by the Dutch in 1795 overlooking False Bay and was expanded by the British from 1796 onwards. Het Posthuys is one of the oldest remaining buildings in South Africa allegedly dating back to 1742 and has a picturesque history. It was originally erected by the Dutch East India Company as a Toll house to levy tax for the farmers on their way to the ships anchored in Simon’s Bay to sell their produce. One of the early tax collectors was called Sergeant Muys (meaning mouse) from whom the town derives its name, as the people called it Muys’ Mountain (Muys Zijn Bergh). After this it served as a police station, stables, brothel, hotel and private house before the building was restored with funds received from Anglo American Corporation.

NOORDHOEK:

Approximately 35 km from Cape Town driving along the most scenic coastal drive to be found anywhere in the world. Noordhoek is situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak from where you have breath-taking views of mountain and sea where the wreck of the famous steamer Kakapo lies exposed on the white sands of the 7 km stretch of beach. This is truly a magnificent place to visit where one can spend some refreshing days or weeks. This destination is Ideal for the keen photographer, artist and writer to capture the beauty and be inspired by the tranquillity and beauty surrounding it.
Activities: Hiking, golfing, walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, birding, surfing and more water sport.
History: Noordhoek was first occupied by the Khoi nomads evidenced by later excavation of skeletons. Its name, meaning northern corner was given in 1743 describing the northern corner of the farm Slangkop owned by Christina Diemer, the widow of Frederick Rousseau. Later, in 1857 the area was divided into six portions mostly bought by the De Villiers family. These farmers grew vegetables to supply to the ships harboured at Simon’s Town they used water from the mountain stream to water the crops

SCARBOROUGH:

About 47 km from Cape Town Scarborough was declared a conservation village in 1996, a residential area to a limited extent as it is surrounded by a conserved natural landscape with the view to reverse the damage done to the environment in the past, and to avoid further negative environmental impacts. The village is surrounded by nature reserve with the Baskloof Nature Reserve on the steep hills behind and the Cape Peninsula National Park to the south and the majestic Peak of Misty Cliffs to the north.
Things to do: Hiking trails meander through the milk-wood trees to the broad white sandy beach at one end turning to a long rocky point stretching out to sea. Crayfish diving (rock lobster) and mussel picking from the rich breeding waters is a must if you love seafood. Kite surfing and board surfing is also a popular sport amongst the holiday makers and locals alike.

SIMON’S TOWN:

37.7 km from Cape Town CBD on the shores of the Cape Peninsula, lays the Naval Base of South Africa. The statue of the famous Able Seaman Just Nuisance a Great Dane who obtained this title in the Royal Navy after soldiers requested that he be recruited.
HISTORY: SIMON’S TOWN derived its name from Simon van der Stel the last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony who surveyed the bay in 1687 and had it proclaimed a safe harbour between the months of May through September in 1741. The town became the Royal Naval Base during of the British Occupation in 1806 due to the large man-made breakwater. Over 300 ships were repaired here during World War II and the modern harbour was completed with the Selborne dry dock by 1910. In 1957 the Naval Base was finally handed over to the South African Government at least 125 ships had been sunk in close proximity to Simon’s Town.
Things to do: It will be worth visiting the museums and historical sites to see the display models of ships and other maritime events, also the Muslim Heritage Museum and lovely mosque. The False Bay Yacht club is worth a visit as Boat Charting and Kayaking, whale watching and deep sea fishing is some of the activities hosted by them.

ST JAMES:

One of the smaller beaches only 29 km from Cape Town City Bowl known for its colourful beach huts and large tidal pool is a popular destination for the traveller around False Bay, especially if you have children. The rock pools swarm with sea life worth exploring and a very interesting way to teach the little one’s about the exciting variety existing in the deep.

SUNNYDALE AND SUN VALLEY:

Are two small villages 34 km from Cape Town not far from each other and their main attractions are the state of the art Long Beach Mall and Sun Valley Mall with the best shopping and recreation experience you’ll ever have! Cape Town City Bowl Situated below the towering Table Mountain and the Port of Cape Town in Table Bay the City Bowl on our site comprises the Central Business District, Woodstock, Salt River, Bo Kaap, De Waterkant, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Schotsche Kloof, Tamboerskloof, University Estate, Vredehoek, Walmer Estate and Zonnebloem.

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