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More a seaside fishing village than a suburb, Kalk Bay on Cape Town’s south peninsula has retained its old world feel. The suburb’s elevated homes have views of the active working harbour and small sheltered swimming beach. A number of exceptional restaurants are located in Kalk Bay and shopping here is a trip down memory lane; timeless classics, antique bargains, boho-chic boutiques, fine art and rare books will keep any shopaholic captivated.
Prior to the construction of the harbour, kilns were placed here to burn mussel shells and produce lime, hence the Dutch name Kalk (lime) Bay. The lime was used for whitewashing the exterior of buildings. In the 1850s many Filipinos arrived, adding to the melting pot of South Africa’s rainbow nation.
The mountains above Kalk Bay have numerous hiking trails and an exciting cave system to explore.
Kalk Bay is in close proximity to Fish Hoek’s swimming beach, also Cape Point, the Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, the naval base at Simon’s Town, and safe surfing on Muizenberg beach.
Things to do
Travel Boyes Drive, a mountainside road above Kalk Bay, for views across False Bay extending from Pringle Bay to Cape Point. Stop at the shark spotter’s hut as they watch for the presence of great white sharks in the bay.
Participate in a fish auction at Kalk Bay harbour and the chatty ladies will gladly descale and clean your fish. Ask your host to prepare the freshly caught prize.
St James beach with its colourful changing booths and warm rock pool and Fish Hoek’s inviting swimming beach lie on either end of Kalk Bay.
Learn to surf on Muizenberg beach, known for its uniform waves that move gently along this lengthy beach.
Cape Point is the most south-western corner of Africa, in a spectacular nature reserve with an old lighthouse. While at Cape Point, stand in the waters at... Show more