THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN – PART I
One day, after a short detour through Bo-Kaap to pop to Avoova, we headed to the east of the Cape and drove to Muizenberg, Boulder’s Beach and Simon’s Town. It was such a colourful and beautiful day filled with sunshine, beaches and a few hundred furry friends…
Next to Signal Hill and the business district, Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the Malay Quarter and is very close to Bree Street. You can read my post as to the best places to eat on Bree Street here. Bo-Kaap in the sun is simply glorious as you can see!
This area, with its beautifully bright houses, is steeped in history. Many of its residents descend from the Malaysian and Indonesian slaves brought to the Cape by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can visit the Bo-Kaap museum at 71 Wale Street whist you’re there to learn more.
From Ba-Kaap it’s a 30 minute drive to Muizenberg. This town is a surfer’s paradise (there must have been about 50 in the water) and its beach with its coloured huts is picture perfect too. We spent a very nice hour walking along the promenade.
Boulder’s Beach is a 45 minutes south of Muizenberg. The drive takes you along the coast and through the very pretty towns of Kalk and Glencairn. It is also south of Simon’s Town which was to be our fourth stop of the day. However, I could not delay myself from seeing its main attraction any longer and put Simon’s Town on the back burner for a couple of hours…
Boulder’s Beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is home to about two thousand endangered African Penguins. Happily, we saw lots of eggs and nests whilst we were there and you can see SANparks puts a lot of effort into create a secure breeding area for these creatures (there are penguin protection fences and dotted around the surrounding areas are hundreds of, what look like very large sunken plastic bottles but are, in fact, penguin nesting dens).
If you’re on the look out for even more penguins then you can head to the nearby Foxy Beach. However, after two very quick hours, we needed to go to p-p-pick up some food.
Only a couple of kilometres up from Boulder’s Beach is Simon’s Town a Victorian styled, quaint seaside town on the coast. We popped in for a spot of (very late) lunch post penguins at The Pantry.
The buildings, as you can see, are exquisite:
As the sun was thinking about setting, worn out but very happy, we headed back to Cape Town. This time up the west coast and along the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive.
It was a jam packed and brilliant day.