On the shores of False Bay is the tranquil beach town of Muizenberg and a splendid blend of culture, history and interesting architectural talents. A former playground for the likes of Agatha Christie, Cecil John Rhodes and Rudyard Kipling, the suburb is credited as being the hometown of the South African surfing culture and possess one of the most endearing stretches of sand in the Western Cape.
Alike other coastal towns in the region, the focal point are the beach and its surroundings. Alongside its famous visitors, the town is renowned for the postcard perfect colourful changing shacks spread along the beach. Running parallel to here is the main road, which houses the Historical Mile and a number of places of interest. The town then stretches back in a warren of streets, home to hotels, shops and cafés. Standing proudly above town is a row of steep cliffs providing rock-climbing opportunities to the adventurous.
Being only a short drive from Cape Town, this laid-back suburb is easily accessible and the setting for a number of scenic drives, counting Boyes Drive and Chapman’s Peak Drive. In addition, it is a great starting point for visits to Franschoek and Stellenbosch. By train, frequent services run north, to Cape Town, and south to Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town.
Although its former heyday may have passed, today Muizenberg, with its spectacular mountain backdrop and warm waters, remains a thriving and ever popular coastal destination and a fantastic place to relax and unwind away from the hustle of the city.
Things to do in
Surfers are drawn to Muizenberg for its consistent swells and epic barrels. Although there is surfing year around in the Winter you will find the best waves.
Learn to Surf in Muizeberg - It has long been felt that Muizenberg was the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and it’s warm waters and safe beach provide the perfect place to learn. Gary’s Surf School is a long time favourite.
Muizenberg to Kalk Bay - Pleasant walk along the False Bay coast and in the watchful eye of the striking mountains. The walk takes in the Historical Mile and finishes at the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Best early in the morning or at sunset.
Historical Mile - Setting off from Muizenberg station and spread along the coast are a number of splendid historical monuments. Such sites include the SA Police Museum, Natale Labia, Het Posthuys museum and Rhodes Cottage, where Cecil John Rhodes spent his final days.
Festivals - Muizenberg plays host to 2 popular and colourful festivals. The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the biggest of its kind in Africa, attracting up to 20,000 people proudly showcasing their unique designs. The Dragon Boat Festival Regatta sees teams of oarsmen and paddlers competing to the sounds of beating drums.
Budget Hotels Muizenberg
AbreakAway Lodge - A home away from home and a stones throw from the beach. Tel (27) (21) 7888839.
The Beach Lodge - Housed in an Edwardian building, the name says it all. Tel (27) (21) 7881771.
Midrange Hotels Muizenberg
Admiralty B&B - 5 excellent suites on the banks of the Zandvlei estuary. Tel (27) (21) 7881028.
Bluebottle Guesthouse - Laid back and welcoming guesthouse with panoramic views of the surrounding area. Tel (27) (21) 7886100.
Luxury Hotels Muizenberg
Colona Castle - In a stunning setting and a great base from where to explore the rest of the Western Cape. Tel (27) (21) 7888235.