Much is spoken about the Atlantic Seaboard coastline of Cape Town with the glamourous villages of Clifton and Camps Bay attracting the attentions of the rich and famous, but what of the warmer Indian Ocean seaside?
Beginning in Muizenberg, the coastline forms one side of the Cape Point peninsula with many small villages linking along the railway to the naval port of Simons Town.
Take the train from the central Cape Town railway station for one of the most scenic trips in South Africa with the train running right along the seashore. The train at first runs through the Cape Flats area of the city, which I have to confess is not the most interesting or attractive parts of your journey, but if you are patient you will be rewarded with sweeping views of False Bay and the golden sands of Muizenberg.
Muizenberg is best known for its surfing. Once the grand dame of Victorian society where people flocked for the weekend to take the air, the town has rather fallen on hard times and has a rather shabby air to it.
But Muizenberg hides it light under a bushel! The surfing community is alive and kicking due to the softly shelving sands and gentle waves which have encouraged a number of surf schools to pop up over recent years. Perfect for learning in safe conditions or to perfect your skills in warm waters before tackling the more challenging waves in others bays such as Kommejtie on the Atlantic coast.
The train continues it’s way along the coast passing through St James. Perched almost on the railway line, this historic hamlet houses Cecil Rhodes seaside home which is now a museum. Built in the Cape Dutch style with polished wood floors and soaring ceilings with sparkling chandeliers, it offers a glimpse into the past and the sophisticated lifestyle enjoyed by the burgers of the city of Cape Town. Why not hop off the train and explore, before heading onto your destination?
All these small villages have a friendly, easy-going atmosphere with a multitude of craft and antique shops where it is fun to stop and browse, possibly picking out that special present to take home. Pottery is particularly popular and often features the iconic fauna and birds of South Africa, such as the Protea and Guinea Fowl.
On the train trundles, progressing through Fish Hoek, all the while passing tiny, sandy bays edged with colourful huts that house all the paraphernalia of the best beach holidays – deck chairs, buckets and spades! Rock pools provide endless hours of fun, discovering what the seashore can present for you to uncover.
At last, the naval base of Simon’s Town comes into view. Basking in the warm sunshine, you could be walking back in time with the pretty Victorian balconies edged by the lace-like qualities of the iron fretwork. Cafe’s spill out onto the sidewalk, enticing you in with aromas you won’t want to miss. Craft shops abound.
For naval buffs, the SA Naval Museum is a must! Charting the country’s naval history and it’s role in guarding the oceans of Southern Africa, you can indulge yourself in history, even learning about how one special dog became a mascot and hero of the hour.
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