September 25, 2013
#lovecapetown: A day on the False Bay coast
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
Fancy a spot of whale watching? Maybe a couple of hours of seal spotting? How about a leisurely afternoon with playful penguins? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then a day out along the False Bay coastline, into Kalk Bay, Boulders Beach and Cape Point is just what you’re looking for. Give yourself a full day, because you won’t want to rush through this experience.
We spent a day with our international #lovecapetown blogger, Abi King from the UK’s Inside The Travel Lab and local South African blogging lass, Meruschka Govender from Mzansi Girl, showing them the highlights of the gorgeous False Bay coast, stopping off to view the variety of incredible sights along the way.
Just thirty minutes from Cape Town CBD, past sufer's paradice Muizenberg Beach, the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay is the ideal place to spend a Saturday morning. Grab yourself a frothy latte and a chocolate croissant at Olympia Café and take a walk along the harbour wall, where you’ll find the local seals frolicking in the turquoise waters for your enjoyment.
You could easily spend the entire day in Kalk Bay, with its art galleries, book stores, fashion boutiques, coffee shops and antique stores to keep you busy for hours on end. By lunch time, you might want to find a table at local institution, The Brass Bell, where you can tuck into pizzas, burgers and excellent seafood with a view of the Atlantic on the side.
If you do plan on spending the day in Kalk Bay, it’s a fun idea to take the train from the city – tickets are just ZAR24 return and the train stops right outside Brass Bell. On a hot summer’s day, you might have to fight the urge to jump into the tidal pool adjacent to the lunch deck. After lunch, I recommend you pop over the road for an ice cream at The Ice Café on the main road.
If you’re spending the day exploring the coast line, your next port of call should be Boulders Beach. Just past the historically interesting naval town of Simon's Town, famous for the colony of African penguins who call this little bay home, Boulders has grown from just one breeding pair to over 3000 penguins since 1982! Enjoy the view of the blue waters and spend some time soaking up the sun with these little tuxedo-clad locals.
Next up, a drive through the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve to the funicular, which will ferry up to the light house on the Point. The views from the top are unparalleled, and on a clear day you can see right across False Bay all the way out to Hermanus and the Overberg. Cape Point is home to wild mountain zebra, buck, baboons and over 200 species of birds, not to mention the indigenous fynbos (local flora). If you find your tummy rumbling, I highly recommend the Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point, where you can tuck into delicious sushi seafood.
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