30 January 2016

Muizenburg to Kalk Bay Meander

The walk starts in Muizenburg
Do you feel like some sea breezes, ocean views, great photo opportunities, exchanging smiles with the locals and getting exercise at the same time?

Then there is nothing better that a stroll, jog or run along the coastline from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay.

It's best to get to Muizenburg early in order to secure a parking spot! This beach is hugely popular with surfers and families so parking is always at a premium.

Walking right next to the ocean means you can get wet!

If you want to start the day with an early breakfast, there are a few places in Muizenburg that serve delicious fare although usually only from about 08.00 am. If you prefer to do this before breakfast, there are many places in Kalk Bay for either breakfast or lunch.

Muizenburg is not the most glamorous of our seaside villages, in fact it struggles to maintain an air of modern times. Although there are some huge mansions on the slopes of the mountain, the village has struggled to re-invent it's charm of yesteryear, Yet the beaches are always packed as surfers and families take to the warmer waters of False Bay.

Beautiful homes along the mountain slopes

When we did the walk there were some art pieces displayed on the sea wall - these are temporary so it was just luck that we were able to view them.
Art works on the seawall

 Locals are friendly and a smile goes a long way to add to a happy experience along this meander.

St James boasts a lovely sea pool which is ever popular and the beach huts provide a burst of colour.

Kalk Bay remains one of our favourite villages in Cape Town,
It's myriad of galleries, antique shops, restaurants and the beautiful harbour, all just beg to be explored. This is one spot that you really need to take time out to visit!
Beach Huts at St James

View forever along the walk to Kalk Bay

A great seaside pool along the walk to Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Harbour

The following information is supplied courtesy of Cape Town Tourism:
"This laid-back seaside town on the shores of False Bay comes alive in season, with holiday-makers crowding its streets as they make their way down to what is perhaps Cape Town’s nicest swimming beach.
Although Muizenberg beach lacks the dazzling turquoise ocean and dramatic boulders of beaches like Clifton and Llandudno, it is much warmer to swim here than at the beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is flat, wide, and the water is generally calm – so is very child-friendly. It’s also a popular surfing spot, although the waves aren’t enormous. It is ideal for long boarding and novices.

things to do in muizenberg

Muizenberg is the ideal beach to learn to surf
There are a variety of surf and adventure operators, restaurants, coffee shops and apartments located along the main beach. Contact Cape Town Tourism’s Muizenberg Visitor Information Centre, conveniently located at the Pavillion on the main beach, to assist you to book accommodation, activities and transport. The friendly team will provide you with all the local knowledge, maps, brochures and what’s on information for any time of year. They’ll also make bookings for you at no cost.
Look out for the brightly coloured Victorian beach houses, a visual echo of a time when this was Cape Town’s premier swimming beach, and which always provide a good photo opportunity. Muizenberg is the start of a vast white sand beach that stretches all the way to Gordon’s Bay – a distance of about 40km (25mi), curving around False Bay, so named because sailors in centuries gone by often mistook the large bay for Table Bay, home to Cape Town’s harbour and V&A Waterfront on the Atlantic seaboard.

shark safety

Although there have been some shark attacks in the area that have received a lot of coverage, these incidents are statistically tiny – one or two out of hundreds of thousands of people who swim and surf here each year. The sharkspotter programme that has been rolled out at a number of beaches along False Bay had its humble beginnings at Muizenberg. Shark spotters positioned high up on the side of the mountain raise the alarm when sharks are spotted, so visitors know when it’s not safe to go in the water.

historical attractions

Behind the beach, the historic town of Muizenberg boasts the oldest building on the False Bay coast – Het Posthuys in Main Road, dating to the 1600s. Nearby, the public is invited to visit the Battle of Muizenberg site, where the British captured the Dutch colony in 1795 – a significant marker in the history of Cape Town and South Africa (call +27 21 788 5542 for more details).
Other heritage attractions in the area include Rhodes Cottage, the house overlooking False Bay where mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes lived and died in 1902 (246 Main Rd, Muizenberg; +27 21 788 1816), and which presents displays on this larger-than-life icon.
It is also worth having a look at the Edwardian-era Muizenberg Railway Station (177 Main Rd, Muizenberg). The train journey, know as “The Southern Line”, from Cape Town to Simon’s Town is highly recommended. Find out more information by contacting the Cape Town Tourism Muizenberg Visitor Information Centre or the Muizenberg Historical Society (+ 27 21 788 5542) for more historical information on the area."

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