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1. Duiker Island (Seal Island)

Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, is a Seal and bird inhabited island off the coast of Hout Bay in Cape Town. Known for its excellent marine life it is visited daily by tourists and photographers. Duiker Island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and a huge variety of sea birds. For this reason, Hout Bay has now become well known as the port of departure for scenic day trips to the Island, home to these amazing animals. Breeding time for Cape Fur Seals generally takes place during November and December each year however at Duiker Island you mainly find young male seals waiting to “come of age” before breeding. Duiker Island is not a breeding colony as the island is surrounded by very rough waters which could wash the pups away. Bulls can grow up to 2.5 m in length and can…

2. Fish Hoek

Welcome, you are now entering Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek is a charming seaside village located along the False Bay coast surrounded by mountains and has one of the safest swimming beaches in the Cape area. This tranquil and relaxed fishing village is central to most of Cape Town’s attractions and neighbouring towns like Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg offer plenty of activities if you don’t feel like travelling into the city centre. It is one of the few villages along the Cape coast that has retained its original character, and it is host to a variety of small and interesting businesses. Fish Hoek is a small village and is thus easy to explore on foot, so enjoy a relaxed day browsing through the main street…

3. Hout Bay

The spectacular Hout Bay coastline

The Republic of Hout Bay Hout Bay, or “Republic of Hout Bay” as it is affectionately referred to by its residents, lies just 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. It has a unique and timeless beauty that makes it attractive to one and all and is surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains that seem to majestically guard over its calm indigo bay. Hout Bay offers an exceptional holiday experience with an emphasis on nature, sun, sea and sand! It is central to all Cape Town attractions however this popular tourist spot provides more than enough attractions of its own. The surrounding mountains offer hiking and cycling trails and with the sea on your doorstep a full menu of water sports…

4. Kommetjie

The pretty village of Kommetjie

A Place for Picnics & Holidays Kommetjie is a rustic seaside village, nestled between the Slangkop Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Essentially a seaside village, the residents here regard themselves as living outside of Cape Town and prefer to commute the 35 km’s in and out of the city in exchange for the relaxed and more rural lifestyle. Kommetjie lies in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt settings in the Cape and boasts a peaceful beach, even during peak season, that offers over 5 kms of white sand and stunning views. It is known for being one of Cape Town’s surfing & kite surfing hot spots and has world class windsurfing with one of the biggest drops in the Cape…

5. Muizenberg

Muizenberg's colourful landmark

The seaside village of Muizenberg lies on the north-eastern side of False bay, about 25 km from Cape Town. Muizenberg lies up against the mountain of the same name, en route from Lakeside to Kalk Bay. This colourful suburb is a wonderous mix of history, culture, architecture and white sand beaches. The beaches are synonymous with surfing and many of the legends would have started out here at this “birthplace of surfing”. The famous colourful change rooms are photographed and pictured by everyone who visits and this landmark look graces many a postcard! The coastal walk from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay, which includes the historical mile, is a must as it passes some wonderful historical…

6. Noordhoek

Noordhoek's beach area

Sleepy Hollow Noorhoek is situated at the southern foot of Chapmans Peak. It remains Cape Town’s rural treasure, surrounded by sea, mountains and vast prized wetlands. This charming coastal suburb is reached by driving some of the most spectacular roads in the Western Cape – via Chapman’s Peak Drive or over Ou Kaapse Weg. Noordhoek has a distinct farm atmosphere and the lifestyle of its residents is tranquil, relaxed and unhurried. Here you will find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks, geese and rabbits roaming around in gardens and open public spaces. Famed for its long white sandy beach, it is also not surprising that Noordhoek is often called “Cape Country by the Beach”.…

7. Scarborough

The beautiful coastline at Scarborough. Photo : Paul Cowie

Scarborough is situated within the Table Mountain National Park area, just beyond Kommetjie and Misty Cliffs. It is a rather eclectic village of a random scattering of houses that lie embedded between the towering mountains of Slangkop and Red Hill. The sleepy village at the mouth of the Schusters River is a fisherman’s dream and, provided you get your permit, Scarborough is a perfect spot to go “musselling”! Remember to adhere to how many mussels can be taken each day and a god tip is to bring along your gardening gloves and a plastic bag to carry your dinner home in. Apart from the wonderful fishing opportunities, Scarborough beach is without a doubt one of the loveliest beaches…

8. Simon's Town

Memorial to

Home to the South African Navy Simon’s Town lies on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, only 45 km outside of Cape Town. It is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and Naval Base and one of the most delightful little village, steeped in nautical history. Simon’s Town is an attractive little coastal town with cobbled streets, alive with restored cottages and homes while St Georges Street, the towns historical mile, has 21 buildings over 150 years old which includes the local museum, the navy museum and the toy museum. This stretch also includes the Church of St. Francis, the oldest Anglican church in the country. We can also suggest passing by the…

9. Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain, natures wonder

Table Mountain National Park is not a single continuous area but consists of undeveloped mountainous areas interupted by developed urban areas on shallower terrain, thus forming three distinctive sections : Table Mountain Silvermine Tokai Cape Point The Park was proclaimed on 29 May 1998 for the purpose of protecting the natural environment of the Table Mountain chain and particularly the rare and endangered fynbos vegetation. It is managed by South African National Parks (SANP) and envelops two world-renowned landmarks namely Table Mountain, from whence it gets its name and the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern-most point of Africa. The park starts at Signal Hill in the north,…