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Travel in South Africa - the Cape Peninsula - from Muizenberg to Cape Point

Martie Coetser is a freelance writer from South Africa. She has a keen interest in a variety of topics.

Cape Point, South Africa

Stunning aerial shot by Cape Town photographer Jean Tresfon

Stunning aerial shot by Cape Town photographer Jean Tresfon

Cape Peninsula

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Muizenberg

Monday morning, on our way to Sea Point (Seepunt) Cape Town, we decided to take the long road via Cape Point, the most southern head of the Cape Peninsula.

6000 years ago this rocky tail called The Cape Peninsula was an island. Read more about it HERE and HERE .

Driving down the east side of the tail to Cape Point, we start at Muizenberg, where Great Britain won the Battle of Muizenberg on August 7, 1795 and consequently ended the 140 years reign of the powerful Dutch_East_India_Company.

Muizenberg is also the place where Cecil John Rhodes, one of the wealthiest men in the world, died in 1902 at the age of 49. Read more about Cecil John Rhodes HERE.

Read more about Muizenberg HERE.

False Bay

BTW, the suburbs and towns on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula overlook False Bay. This bay got its name way back in the 15th century from the Portuguese seafarers who often confused it with Table Bay. Read more about False Bay HERE.

False Bay

False Bay, South Africa

False Bay, South Africa

From Muizenberg to Cape Point

After Muizenberg the following suburbs of Cape Town almost flow into each other -

St_James, a suburb squeezed between the very rocky shore of False Bay and the steep Table Mountain range.

Kalk_Bay - one of the 'birth spots' of the Southern_right_whale. ‘Kalk’ is the Afrikaans word for ‘lime’. Read more about Kalk Bay HERE.

Clovelly - a suburb easily missed by an overhasty traveller. Read my hub about Clovelly here: Travel-in-South-Africa-Clovelly-Cape-Town

Fish Hoek (Vishoek / Fish Hoek), a popular tourist and retirement resort. Read more about Fish Hoek HERE.

Simons Town – not a suburb of Cape Town, but independent town and home to the South African Navy. Read more about Simonstown HERE.

Boulders Beach – a popular swimming beach and since 1982 the home of a colony of African Penguins. Read more about Boulders Beach HERE.

Languages spoken -

Muizenberg: English 44.3%, Afrikaans 22.8%, Xhosa 15.3%, Zulu 1.4%, Other 16.2%

St James: English 87.1%, Afrikaans 6.1%, Xhosa 2.3%, Other 4.5%

Kalk Bay: English (86.%), Afrikaans (10.3%), Other (3.5%).

Fish Hoek: English 83%, Afrikaans 12.6%, Other 4.4%

Simonstown: English 68%, Afrikaans 18.5%, Xhosa 3.6%, Zulu 2.4%, Other 7.5%

Clovelly

Between Kalk Bay and Fish Hook is a suburb we have missed. We must have thought that it was part of either Kalk Bay or Fish Hook – a typical faux pas made by visitors from the northern provinces of South Africa.

Clovelly is the hometown of one of our fellow-Hubbers, Nadine May. Her hub, Human-Rights-day-in-South-Africa, contains beautiful pictures of Clovelly, Kalk Bay and Fish Hook, and also a superb video of Cape Town.

Read more about Clovelly at -

  1. Nadine’s hub,
  2. South Africa’s venues,
  3. Clovelly’s country club.

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Point

The warm Agulhas current (in the Indian Ocean) and the icy Benguela current (in the Atlantic Ocean) meet somewhere between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas

The warm Agulhas current (in the Indian Ocean) and the icy Benguela current (in the Atlantic Ocean) meet somewhere between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas

Table Mountain National Park (Cape Point). Aerial shot by Jean Tresfon

Table Mountain National Park (Cape Point). Aerial shot by Jean Tresfon

Cape Point

Cape Point is the extreme south-western tip of Africa. However, the southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas. Somewhere between these two points, nearer to Cape Agulhas and fluctuating seasonally, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Saying that the ‘Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet is a layman’s reference to the meeting of two of the world's most contrasting currents - the warm Agulhas current (the western current of the southwest Indian Ocean) and the icy cold Benguela current, which is a northward flowing ocean current in the eastern portion of the South Atlantic ocean gyre.

Cape mountain zebra

Cape mountain zebra

The Cape baboon

The Cape baboon

Cape Point is a world heritage site situated within the Table Mountain National Park. It hosts ±1200 plant species, mostly Fynbos, which is a unique vegetation occurring ONLY in South Africa and in particularly in a small belt of the Western Cape. More than 250 species of birds and animals live in this National Park. The most unique in this park are the Cape Mountain Zebra and the Cape baboon.

Read about the Cape mountain zebra HERE.

Southern Africa is the primary habitat of the Cape baboon, also known as the Chacma baboon. Spoiled by tourists feeding them, these baboons can be aggressive and dangerous, grabbing tourists’ handbags or whatever they think contains food. I am amazed by the fact that they had come to the conclusion that begging for food, or stealing it, is easier than hunting. I thought their behaviour was quite human-like. Or maybe this behaviour is vice versa? Read more about the Cape baboon HERE.


Cape baboon at Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape baboon at Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula

Google Maps

Google Maps

Lunch at Cape Point

After lunch we move on - (See map - 3 to 5) ~

From-Cape-Point-to-Sea-Point

Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Our tour of the Cape Province from the beginning

Buffelsfontein Visitor's Centre, Cape Point, South Africa

Buffelsfontein Visitor's Centre, Cape Point, South Africa

© 2014 Martie Coetser

Comments

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on October 10, 2015:

Hi, Nadine! Yes, I updated it just after you told me that I have missed Clovelly, and again today by adding a link to my hub about Clovelly. What a beautiful part of the country you are living in! Believe me, you will not like my hot and dry valley even while it does have its pockets of excellence :)

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 10, 2015:

Ha Ha I now see your updated this travel hub...Now Clovelly is on the MAP! Ive been sharing your Clovelly post with lots of friends!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on October 04, 2015:

Nadine, I have many travel hubs to write, but a lack of time and also of energy keep me from doing it. Thanks again for the lovely hike on Trappieskop. That was an unforgettable highlight.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 04, 2015:

Your travel articles are as usual outstanding. This morning you have reminded me to email you the photos that I promised to you from our hike over Trappies kop . Time just flies

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on March 01, 2015:

Hi aesta, I am so glad I brought back some of your good memories :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2015:

Once again, you brought back memories of Kalk's Bay and Simon's Town. We enjoyed the Penguins in Boulders Beach and had a wonderful lunch in Kalk's Bay.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on January 26, 2015:

Hi colorfulone - I am so glad you enjoyed this virtual tour. The Cape Peninsula is a beautiful part of our country.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on January 26, 2015:

Easy Exercise - Those penguins at Boulders Beach is a popular attraction. I am going to add these two links to more pictures and info about them -

http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Bould...

http://www.capepointroute.co.za/moreinfoOther.php?...

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on January 26, 2015:

Hi Peggy, yes, though lodging inside the park is design to ensure minimum environmental impact. Luxurious lodging is provided by guest houses and holiday apartments in all the towns situated in the peninsula. Have a look at the lodging available inside the park -

http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/table_mountain/tou...

I am so glad you enjoy this virtual tour.

Kelly A Burnett from United States on January 20, 2015:

Amazing. Beautiful! I had no idea Boulders Beach would have penguins! Wow!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 20, 2015:

It looks like a wonderful place to visit and explore. Thank you for such a lovely tour, Martie. I'm glad Peggy for sharing this.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2015:

Your pictures are truly stunning Martie. That national park with all of its rocky terrain must be something to hike and enjoy if one had the time. Is there any lodging within the park?

So happy to be able to see as much of this part of the world via your photos and descriptions as it is unlikely that I will ever visit in person. Thanks for showing us this part of your journey. Many up votes. Will be sharing and tweeting.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 05, 2014:

@ Sannel - good to know you are seeing a bit more of South Africa during this virtual tour. If flight tickets were not so expensive, I would have paid you a visit a long time ago... :)

@ Flourish - Sadly, the baboons are not the only bad boys down here. Our crime rate is of the highest in the world. Make sure you get yourself a reliable tour guide :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 04, 2014:

Hang on to your purse near those baboons! I would love to see the pesky devils up close. Bad boys! This is another beautiful hub. I am so ready to travel there.

Sannel Larson on December 04, 2014:

Martie, I'm truly enjoying this virtual tour of South Africa. As you know I've visited your beautiful country. However, I just saw a small portion of it. I wish I could go back. I really would love to visit Cape point some day. . . But knowing how expensive the flight ticket is, I'm more than thrilled to have gotten this free tour through your latest series of hubs. BTW, the pictures are gorgeous.

My love, hugs and blessings always,

Sannel

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 03, 2014:

poetryman, one may say that it's the ideal place for a poet to live.... :)

poetryman6969 on December 03, 2014:

Some nice photos. Looks like a nice tour.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 03, 2014:

Auuwww, Paula, I am truly so glad you are enjoying this virtual tour. But how I wish you and all our online friends could have been with me in real life! This is actually what motivates me to publish this picture tour. Cape Town and the West Coast will be published soon :)

Suzie from Carson City on December 03, 2014:

Martie.....How will I ever thank you for taking me on such a marvelous journey and allowing me the BEAUTY of your Country? I feel I'm on the most wonderful Holiday ever!!.....HUGS!! Paula UP++++

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 03, 2014:

Nadine - I have added Clovelly to this hub with links to your profile page and a relevant hub.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 01, 2014:

What a shame that you totally skipped Clovelly

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 30, 2014:

Hi, Alicia - I wanted to live in all the regions I have seen during this tour of the Cape Province. The one region was more beautiful than the other. Thanks for staying with us :) I have published our next phase late last night - From Cape Point to Sea Point - https://hubpages.com/travel/Travelling-in-South-Af...

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 30, 2014:

Good to see you "on the bus", Lady Guinevere :) Monkeys live mainly in the southern hemisphere, but not in Australia. I am going to include them during our travelling in the Eastern Cape, where we have spent some time in a monkey sanctuary. In the meantime, check this page to see a map of monkey habitats - https://www.google.co.za/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=...

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2014:

Your photos are beautiful, Martie! I would love to visit the area that you've described in this hub. It looks like such a fascinating place to explore. I am thoroughly enjoying learning about South Africa through your latest series of hubs. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Debra Allen from West By God on November 30, 2014:

Beautiful and full of life from humans to animals. I was asking my husband the other day if we were the only continent that did not have monkeys on it. Loved your pictures and your history!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 30, 2014:

Hi Genna, the fact that some people ignore the pleads of experts to not feed wild animals and birds, boggles my mind. What exactly can they not understand? This is actually such a controversial topic. In many cases we humans have taken away the hunting opportunities of animals. Then, obviously, we have made it our responsibility to feed them. However, the baboons in the Cape Province - and elsewhere - have more than enough space to gather their own food.

Cape Town. and actually most of the Cape Province, is breathtakingly beautiful. By the end of the week we'll travel to the Eastern Cape - totally different from the Western Cape, but gorgeous with its dense forests.

Good to have you on the bus, Genna :)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 30, 2014:

Martie, your lead photograph of the Cape Town “tail” peninsula really is stunning. Such beauty takes your breath away. Your other photos are also expertly and beautifully taken, and really bring us to that locale. It’s so interesting to see where the Atlantic and Indian oceans actually “meet” with their contrasting currents and temps.

Your photo of the Cape baboon is really up close and personal! I had heard that these little critters can be incredibly aggressive when it comes to their new method of “foraging” for food. What have we done? It reminds me of the ducks we have at a nearby park. I took my granddaughter to see them. There are signs asking that visitors do not feed these ducks as they are on a special diet. We did not, and respected these rules. The ducks came right up to us, and I picked up little Charlee as they seemed to be aggressive, snapping at our feet, looking for food. Sure enough, a few other visitors brought bags of bread with them and tossed bits of it at the ducks – both in and out of the water.

One of my fav photos is of what looks like the cliffs at Cape Point. What gorgeous country! Thank you, Martie for this great series.

Voted up +++ and shared. :-)

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 29, 2014:

@ MsDora - I believe that when we display pictures of landscapes without any detail, people will place it all over the world according to their memory of landscapes. The Caribbean islands are on my list of places I would love to see. Take care, MsDora :)

@ peasetio - So nice to have you with us on this picture tour of the Cape Province :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 29, 2014:

What a beautiful place. I love all pictures here. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. My vote always for you. Take care!

Prasetio

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 29, 2014:

Interesting tidbits about the places and their names of the cities in this phase. The photo of Fish Hoek resemble villages in the Caribbean islands between the mountain and the ocean. Thanks for the tour.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 29, 2014:

@ thougtforce – a picture-tour is the second best, and it will never spoil a personal tour. Keep in mind that the best time to visit SA is in spring (September to November) or in autumn (March to May). Our summers are too hot and our winters too sallow. I am glad you enjoy this virtual tour, Tina :)

@ always exploring – we actually spent an hour inside a monkey’s jungle (sanctuary). And all the time I was uncomfortable, expecting a monkey on my back. Fortunately they were not at all interested in us. Pet monkeys are very cute while they are babies, but then they become unbearable, naughty adults, very able to hurt humans. Baboons are more unpredictable and dangerous than monkeys. Being omnivorous, they will kill and eat monkeys (and evidently even human children and babies). Better be leery around them.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 29, 2014:

Martie, I am happy that you are in a warm beautiful place, while I'm in a cold, damp place with snow lingering all over. Do I sound jealous? I am! All kidding aside, your hubs on your journey to Cape Town are interesting and educational. I would love to visit. Do you think your pilot could swing by and pick me up? Your story about the Baboons reminded me of a time in the 80's when I was working in Texas. A friend had a pet monkey, he was in a cage in the back yard, I'd just been talking to him and turned around to talk to my friend, the monkey grabbed my long braid and held on pulling me backwards. My friend finally got him to turn loose but not before he got a handful of my hair, needless to say that I would be leery around baboons and monkeys. See you on your next excursion..Hugs...

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on November 29, 2014:

Thanks for this wonderful tour in your beautiful country Martie. SA is breathtaking and I so wish I could go there someday. I would love to see it in real life but I am thankful for the opportunity to see it through your photos and your words.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 29, 2014:

tillsontitan - I am trying to make this virtual tour as real as possible. Let readers feel they were here in person. I also want to explain why it would be difficult for me to yield to, and flee from, incompetent, greedy politicians and criminals. The bad and the ugly dissolve in the good and the beautiful.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 29, 2014:

Susan, I would love to be your tour guide :)

Mary Craig from New York on November 29, 2014:

After eight inches of snow the beauty of SA is even more appealing! Everything about it reeks of beauty! The countryside is really breathtaking and your sharing has taught me so much.

This is quite a journey and to go all the way to the Cape is amazing to me. Obviously something I will never see in real life which makes me appreciate this hub even more.

Voted up, useful, amazing, and interesting.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2014:

Oh Martie I so enjoyed your tour. Would love to visit some day!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 28, 2014:

@ marcoujor – oh, its so hard to know you are braving out another winter while I am enjoying a wonderful summer. Even South Africa’s winters are not as cold as yours. I am so glad you enjoy this series, Mar. I have many more of these kind of hubs in my pocket, but then I also have a novel to finish....

Love you lots!

@ Faith Reaper – I would have loved to be a tour guide. I am honestly so happy to know that you are enjoying this virtual tour. Thanks for sharing, tweeting and pinning :) You just reminded me that I have a lot of work to do in Pinterest.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on November 28, 2014:

@ bravewarrior – The Cape Peninsula is in particularly a retirement resort and for some reason it attracts retired English speaking businessmen. Perhaps because it reminds them of England, mostly surrounded by water. Never underestimate the power of genetic memory! English is also prominent in Johannesburg and Durban (and many other cities and towns). The English are well known for their business skills and their success in the establishment and management of large companies. This is quite an interesting topic, Sha: Specific races excel in specific occupations, and specific towns/suburbs/areas, and even occupations and hobbies, tend to attract specific races. It could be a popular thesis for an advanced academic degree. Good to have you on the bus!

@ DDE – You know SA has a variety of climates. I find all of them beautiful in their own way. Every time we visit a place, we see beauty we haven’t seen before. The more we look, the more we see.

@ billybuc – I am really so glad you enjoy this tour :)

@ suzettenaples – The west side of the peninsula is even more beautiful. You’ll need extra oxygen :)

@ mckbirdbks – Sadly, the majority people in SA has no sense for aesthetics. Let me compare them to locusts and myself and alike to bees. Or pigs versus horses. Perhaps poverty – and also intellectual poverty – blind humans to the extent that they can’t appreciate beauty and neatness.

@ Nell Rose – After this virtual holiday in South Africa, I bet you will grab an opportunity to have a real one. Better keep your passport ready :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 28, 2014:

Martie, this picture tour is breathtakingly beautiful! You sure are a wonderful tour guide and most generous to take us all along with you to

Cape Peninsula. I am learning so much from your tours.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hugs and blessings always

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 28, 2014:

"I am amazed by the fact that (the baboons) had come to the conclusion that begging for food, or stealing it, is easier than hunting. I thought their behaviour was quite human-like. Or maybe this behaviour is vice versa?"

I feel human in saying that I am ape-sheet about this series, dear Sista!

It is so darned cold here in PA that I'm coming over to hang out with the 'suits' on Boulders Beach...looks like a little piece of paradise for sure.

I hope this series never ends...Voted UP and UABI. Love and hugs, mar

Nell Rose from England on November 28, 2014:

Martie this is amazing! I am so jealous! lol! what wonderful scenery! you seem to be having a wonderful time, I never realised it could be so gorgeous over there! I am on my way....where's my passport? lol! voted up and shared! nell

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 28, 2014:

Hi Martie. You are a natural born travel writer. What a wonderful road trip adventure you have shared with us. Your country is beautiful. Too bad you have told us so much about the people who run the place and what a mess they have made of what looks like it could have been a paradise. Thanks for sharing all the images with us.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 28, 2014:

Martie: this is gorgeous. Each photo is more beAutiful than the one before it. This area of S Africa is stunning. I am like ready to jump on a plan and fly there. The coast is lovely and I am running out of adjectives to describe this breathtaking place. There are so many beautiful aces on this earth that I don't even know about and I have traveled some. Thanks for sharing your beautiful country with us.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 28, 2014:

Thanks to you, I know infinitely more about that area than I ever learned in school. Another excellent installment in this series, and I look forward to the next.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2014:

So beautiful! I have been there and really enjoyed my trip. I like all the photos and wouldn't mind going on that trip the second time around. SA is definitely one of the most beautiful countries around the world. Voted up, interesting and useful.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 28, 2014:

Martie, the terrain as you travel farther south is stunning! I also find it interesting that the farther south you go, English becomes the predominant language.

I have a friend who used to live near Cape Town. Every year she takes vacation there to visit old friends. Last year, she took her new husband (there were both widowed before meeting) on her annual excursion. She showed me many pictures of the baboons and monkeys that frequent roadside restaurants and people's homes. They certainly are bold, aren't they? She also showed me pix of her and her husband petting Manta rays in the ocean. Don't know if I'd like that, but it was cool to see.

Just say the word, and I'll be back on the bus for the next leg of your trip!

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