Here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – South Africa & Lesotho & Swaziland chapter ‘Cape Town’ about the communities along Cape Point:
“The communities hugging the coastal strip of the Cape Peninsula around False Bay – Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town – are villages compared to Cape Town proper.
A popular holiday resort in the early-20th century, Muizenberg, 25km south of the City Bowl, is on the up again after a period in the economic doldrums.
Next along the coast is Kalk Bay, where the attractive fishing harbour is at its most picturesque in the late morning when the community’s few remaining fishing boats pitch up with their daily catch, and a lively quayside market ensues. Kalk Bay is packed with interesting craft shops and galleries as well lovely places to eat and drink.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
After five nights at the Best Western Cape Suites located in the City Bowl area of Cape Town, we moved closer to the beaches at Sea Point and spent two nights at the lovely Sweet Orange Guesthouse. We checked out on the morning of February 6th after making a booking for an additional week for when we returned to the Cape Town, We were setting off to explore the Western Cape province for two weeks.
We picked up our rental car and unfortunately, we did not get the car we requested. There wasn’t much we could do about it because it was the only car available that morning, and if we wanted a newer car with lower mileage, we would have had to wait till the afternoon. The person who rented the car did not return it on time and we were at their mercy. Once it showed up, we would have to wait while it was checked over, cleaning and refuelled.
Our plan was to drive south to explore Cape Point and check into the guesthouse we’d booked at Kalk Bay, in the eastern side of Cape Point, north of Simon’s Town. We’d be in a good position to visit the Jackass penguins and explore the region around the Cape of Good Hope, before spending the second night at Kalk Bay.
If we waited for another car, we would lose half a day for sure, and perhaps even longer if the rental car was delayed even further. It was disappointing but we made the best of a bad situation and set off, it was time to get out of the city after a week on its busy streets.
It takes less than an hour to drive to Kalk Bay from central Cape Town, but we took the opportunity to drive around the city a little, because until that time we’d mostly walked everywhere or rode is shared taxis and one day we’d taken the Hop On, Hop Off bus.
It was early afternoon by the time we reached our guesthouse, so we walked down the hill to the beach area and had a light lunch and enjoyed the beautiful views of the ocean. We do things at a relatively slow pace compared to most people who travel to South Africa. This is really our lives we’re living on the road, we’re not just on a vacation, so we don’t need to rush around and pack the days full of sightseeing. After lunch we returned to enjoy the spacious guesthouse and went to bed early because the next day would be busier.