Surfing – the best exercise for summer!

January 2nd, 2013

 

Surfing is both Fun and Healthy

Surfing provides many good health benefits and its a loads of fun. It’s an excellent cardiovascular exercise, involving your upper body muscles when paddling, and your leg muscles to steer the board once you stand up and ride – a great full body workout! Surfing involves more time paddling than riding, so it provides a good core workout as well.

With surfing being so much fun time flies by and your body just gets more healthy and strong every time you surf. When you go surfing, you’re always moving giving you a great fitness workout.

Some of the Health Benefits

Cardiovascular and heart health, muscle tone, endurance, increased energy, stronger back, shoulders and legs to name a few health benefits.

Stay Young All Your Life 

The ocean is a major source of awesome re-energizing energy. Surfers live for riding the energy of the ocean waves and its organic energy that they will travel many kilometers to reach them. People who go surfing consistently can easily surf well into their 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s. Also older surfers don’t usually look their age because surfing is so healthy for them helping them to look and feel young.

Surfing is Good for Your Mental Health Too

The mental benefits of surfing are many. Being excited about surfing and doing it, also called Surf-Stoke, reduces stress, and many times gives surfers a more easy going attitude about life which is very beneficial to their mental health. The high stress of today’s world is a negative to your mental health. Physical exercise, especially something as fun as surfing, helps to offset the negative effects of stress.

New Year’s Eve in Kalk Bay, Cape Town

December 30th, 2012

Dance away 2012 in Cape Town by the sea. By Alex Isaacs.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH A SPLASH AT POLANA’S NAUTICAL THEMED DRESS-UP PARTY BY THE SEA.

Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape Town.Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape Town. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Get festive and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Kalk Bay at popular Polana restaurant at Harbour House. Its costume party, with Shipwrecked II as the theme, will herald the new year with party stalwart DJ René along with guest musicians, including the likes of Buddy Wells on saxophone – a line-up that is guaranteed to keep the dance floor pumping.

The Shipwrecked theme is your cue to throw on your sexiest mermaid costume or pirate’s eye patch and peg leg and get to Polana for Atlantic-sized jol.The best-dressed partygoers will stand a chance of winning a bottle of bubbly, so be sure to dress to impress.

The trendy eatery’s kitchen will open for dinner too and bookings are essential as the venue is very popular with savvy locals and tourists alike because of its fantastic setting and noteworthy service. (Please note that dinner will be billed separately from the party.)

Tickets for Shipwrecked II the New Years Eve Party

Tickets for this Neptune-style bash are R100 per person if you book beforehand or R150 each at the door. Be sure to book early to take advantage of the discount – and to be guaranteed of entry for you and your entire crew. For more information and to book, contact René on +27 (0) 82 578 4888 or kayembe@mweb.co.za.

About Polana at Harbour House in Kalk Bay

This famous Cape Town seaside venue serves a wide selection of seafood and has astounding oceanfront views so you can enjoy Mozambican prawns as well as the magnificent sight of whales frolicking in the water. This Mediterranean-style restaurant also serves a wide selection of wine and cocktails in a cosmopolitan, relaxed atmosphere. The upbeat vibe makes it a popular venue for any type of celebration, be it formal or informal.

 

Date: 31 Dec 2012 – 01 Jan 2013
Time: 19:00 – 04:00
Venue: Polana at Harbour House
Location:
Price: R100p/p if you pay in advance and R150p/p at the door
Phone: +27 (0) 82 578 4888
Email kayembe@mweb.co.za
Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za/polana

Experience the V&A Waterfront on a budget!

November 15th, 2012

There are many great things to do in Cape Town, one of them is to visit Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a day out and about, even when on a tight budget! Here is a selection of fun things to do at the Waterfront that will allow you to explore Cape Town’s world-renowned working harbour without breaking the bank.

Amphitheater entertainment – FREE

Above: Enjoy live entertainment in Waterfront. Photo by Decafinata

The Cape Town Waterfront’s outdoor amphitheatre is a great spot to sit on a sunny day and enjoy the free, live entertainment provided on the stage. Gold-painted mimes, wandering magicians and brass bands can be found scattered throughout the outdoor waterfront area, providing free entertainment to anyone who cares to enjoy. These artists make for an upbeat, atmosphere.

 

Grab a scoop of frozen yoghurt – R16.95

If you have a sweet tooth, grab a scoop of frozen yoghurt from Marcel’s. Established in 1989 Marcel’s is South Africa’s original frozen yoghurt store. Choose your scoop from delicious flavours like English Toffee, Summer Berries and Fruit of the Cape from only R16.95 per scoop.

 

Harbour cruise – R50

Above: Enjoy a harbour cruise for just R50. Photo by HBarrison.

Cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbour on a cruise that is perfect to fit a tight budget. A half-hour daytime seal sightseeing trip around the harbour will only set you back R50 for adults and R25 for under 12′s. The trip treats you to fantastic views of Robben Island and a gives you a closer look at the various fishing boats and cargo ships in action. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot one of the playful, resident seals that frolic about the waters of the Cape Town Waterfront. This budget activity is highly recommended, especially if you’re a family with curious kids.

 

Sightseeing – FREE

It doesn’t cost anything to look! Next to the waterfront’s Victoria and Alfred Hotel, on Nobel Square you will find four bronze sculptures of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners proudly erected. These four faces include that of the country’s much-loved former president, Nelson Mandela. Next, take a stroll to the historic Clock Tower. Built in 1882, the building boasts Victorian Gothic-style architecture and once was the original Port Captain’s Office. From inside the clock tower you can see the original clock’s mechanism as well as a beautiful view of the immediate Cape Town surrounds.

 

Browse Craft Market – FREE

A visit to the vibrant African themed Craft Market will give you a free tour of what the capabilities of inspired South African artists are up to. Here you’ll find a diverse assortment of innovative designs and traditional handcrafts, antiquities and holistic lifestyle accessories.

 

Grab a beer at Ferryman’s Tavern – R25

Ferryman’s Tavern, which opened in 1989, was the first tenant in the waterfront and is still run by the original owners. It has established, over the years, a loyal following of regulars, both from Cape Town and further afield. Right next to the Ferryman’s Tavern beer garden is a large jungle gym where your kids can get rid of some energy while you enjoy a wide variety of beers from all over the world. Moreover they brew their own unique Ferryman’s ale which is brewed exclusively for the pub. Sports fan? Sit back and watch the game on the Ferryman’s Tavern TV while you sip on a cold one.

After enjoying a day at the Waterfront , hire a car in Cape Town and venture out to explore the rest of the Mother City!

 

 

Adventure Activities!

November 22nd, 2011

The False Bay coastline has long been a popular tourist destination for it’s pristine white beaches, diverse plant and animal life, nature reserves, friendly people and fantastic weather. However, there is a whole other side to the Southern most tip of Cape Town that few ever get to experience, until now. We’ve put together a list of adventure activities for the tourist who’s seen and done it all and is ready to truly experience the Cape.

Surfing Lessons

Surf’s up dude! Try something a little different this holiday and learn how to surf. Muizenberg’s long waves and tame tides have made it into Cape Town’s most popular surf spot, and there are surf schools dotted all along the beachfront that’ll get you up on the board in no time! Wetsuits and boards are available for hire, so all you need to bring is yourself and a free spirit.

For more information on surfing lessons and board hire visit click here.

Mountain Biking along the Cape Point and Winelands Route

Break free from the tour busses and trash the travel brochures, as you’re about to witness some of the most beautiful areas in South Africa first hand. The Cape Point and Winelands mountain bike trail takes you on a full day scenic tour of these areas for a truly unforgettable experience. Make sure to bring lots of high-energy snacks and plenty water!

For more information on the Cape Point and Winelands mountain biking route click here.

Whale Watching

If you’ve visited Cape Town in the months of September, August, October or November you’ll have likely seen the whales, which make their annual trip to the False Bay area. What you probably haven’t seen are the whales up close! There are a number of whale safaris and tours in the False Bay area that offer you the chance to witness the giants of the sea from mere metres away!

For more information on boat whale watching click here.

Sunset Horse Riding

Here’s something for those who would like to relax and soak up the beauty of Cape Town in a somewhat alternative way. Go horse riding along Noordhoek beach and enjoy one of Cape Town’s most spectacular sunsets! You’ll witness an abundance of birdlife, as you make your way to the beach through fauna and flora rich wetlands.

For more information phone Imhoff Farm on 082 774 1191

Kite Surfing

During the late Summer months Cape Town is one of the windiest cities in world, which may not appeal to tourists in search of lazy days on the beach, but does offer a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a little adventure to experience the rush of kite-surfing! Sunrise Beach is located just off Muizenberg, and is a kite surfer’s Mecca. There are plenty of businesses in the area offering lessons in the sport to get you speeding through the surf!

For more information on kite-surfing lessons and equipment hire click here.

Shark Cage Diving

Attention all adrenaline junkies! Shark cage diving is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating experiences that the mother city has to offer, and runs between the months of October and March. While out at sea you can expect to see a host of other marine animals in their natural habitat, such as: dolphins, sunfish, whales and tuna.

For more information on shark cage diving click here.

Cape Point Sea Kayaking

Cape Point is one of the world’s most beautiful sea kayaking routes, and you don’t have to be a professional or even own a kayak to enjoy it! There are routes for the inexperienced and unfit, as well as for those energetic few who are seeking out something a little more challenging.

For more information on the various routes and sea kayaking tours click here.

Guided Hiking Trails

There are fantastic hiking trails all over the mountains and reserves in the False Bay area, many of which of which offer incredible views of the Peninsula! Guided hiking along these trails has become increasingly popular over the years as not only do you benefit from the increased safety of having a guide with you, but also gain an education on the history of the area, and the plants and animals that inhabit it.

For more information on guided hikes in the False Bay area click here.

Scuba Diving

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities for scuba diving in the world! You can dive shipwrecks and explore the sunken ships of old, experience the awesome and colourful coral reefs bursting with life, take a trip up to Partridge Point and swim with the Cape Fur seals and if you’re daring enough, take a swim with the sharks!

For more information on scuba diving in Cape Town click here.

Deep Sea Game Fishing

The False Bay coastline is home to a number of large game fish such as; yellow and long fin tuna, dorado, great white sharks, and southern yellowtail. Deep sea fishing expeditions last for around half a day, and make for an exhilarating experience as you wrestle with some of the biggest fish in the Indian Ocean!

For more information on deep sea game fishing in False Bay click here.

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Shark Spotters causing havoc at Muizenberg Beach

April 13th, 2011

The Shark Spotters at Muizenberg Beach are causing unnecessary fear amongst surfers and young families by setting off the siren far too often. These actions are erratic and confusing. Muizenberg Beach does not attract sharks into the breakers and amongst surfers and swimmers like Fish Hoek beach does, with it’s channel alongside Jagger’s Walk. Stop applying the same rules here, we have not had the same incidence of shark attacks off this beach. You are scaring surfers and especially young families away from our world-renowned safe beach, proven by statistics over many decades.

Muizenberg surf

Here are some interesting comments from local surfers about the Fish Hoek attack in Jan 2010, which relate to the erratic sirens being set-off at Muizenberg Beach when ocean conditions and visibility are poor:

Some peoples comments are so ignorant! especially joffers. if you knew what the weather is like today, you would see that there is 0 visibility in false bay. so how can u see camo sharks in onshore blownout conditions? the shark spotters were there. And the sea is a safe place to swim if you use your brain. sharks arnt mindless killers. they hunt when conditions are at at their advantage. like today, hence the warnings. its a massive tragedy but at the same time, swimming today probably wasnt the best idea.

Another comment:
I worked with Great White Sharks a few years ago in the Mossel Bay area. Unless one knows how to spot a shark in the water, and what to look for, they are almost impossible to see. When their is a slight breeze blowing which puts a chop on the water’s surface, even the best of shark spotters can’t spot them.I’ve personally seen Great Whites circling swimmers along these beaches, as close as 2 meters around them, without them or the lifeguards from the beach or in their patrol vessel noticing them. Fact is, that they are more often around swimmers than anyone could imagine. Which actually proves that they are not out to kill people. To spot a shark, the best advice would be to wear polarized sunglasses, which take the glare off the water, so to see ‘into’ the water. And obviously, they’re easier to notice from an elevated position. One doesn’t want to go this far really, but the best would be to stay relatively in swallow water – less than 1.5m in depth. And seeing that White Sharks are not known for taking risks, it’s better to be in a group in the water. Numbers seem to deter attacks from them.

A STEAM TRAIN EXCURSION TO SIMON’S TOWN

April 7th, 2011

Chugging along the spectacular False Bay coastline


If you are looking for something different to do, why not take a steam train ride with Atlantic Rail from Cape Town to Simon’s Town this Sunday 10 April?

The train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive is a Class 24 steam loco built in 1949.

The train leaves Cape Town at 10h30 and travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenberg. Traveling on to False Bay where the view of the ocean is spectacular. The railway line skirts the rocks as it travels through the quaint village of Kalk Bay, then snakes through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, finally coming to an end in Simon’s Town with a view of the naval dockyard.

Passengers are free to go to the beach, grab a bite to eat or stroll through the town. The train returns along the same route back to Cape Town at 15h00.

Prices are R220 for Adults and R110 for Children 3 to 12. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL info@atlanticrail.co.za and 021 556 1012 (office hours) to book!

All aboard!!

An easy coastal walk in Muizenberg

March 15th, 2011

Muizenberg with its local history, colourful bathing boxes and interesting rock pools is the perfect location to enjoy an easy coastal walk.

Muizenberg Railway Station

Photograph compliments of Hilton Teper

The concrete walkway adjacent to water’s edge begins at Muizenberg railway station (a national monument) and ends at St James station. If you’re walking during the winter months, rough seas could splash the walkway, so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to dash across sections.

You’ll pass the historic Bailey’s Cottage (built in 1909), which was the seaside getaway of Sir Abe Bailey, a prominent politician and mining magnate at the time. Watch out of the colourful postcard-perfect beach huts that the area is famous for. The walk passes St. James railway station and ends on a small white beach.

Return on the same path or stroll back via the main road where you can admire some of the local residences such as the St. James Hotel and the grand old Graceland, built during the First World War in the Spanish style.

The Muizenberg to St. James walk takes approximately 45 minutes and covers a distance of 3.4kms.

Help save the Blue Whale

October 26th, 2010

There are only 300 northern right whales left, and 99% of blue whales have been wiped out. These majestic giants are endangered species, and their case is being played out across the world, time and again.

The natural world is being crushed by human activity, waste and exploitation. But there is a plan to save it – a global agreement to create, fund and enforce protected areas covering 20% of our lands and seas by 2020. And right now, 193 governments are meeting in Japan to address this crisis.

One of the last Blue Whales?

One of the last Blue Whales?

There are just 4 days left to this crucial meeting. Experts say that politicians are hesitant to adopt such an ambitious goal, but that a global public outcry could tip the balance, making leaders feel the eyes of the world upon them. Click to sign the urgent 20/20 petition, and forward this email widely – the message will be delivered directly to the meeting in Japan:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_end_of_whales/?vl

Ironically, 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. By now, our governments were supposed to have “achieved a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss.” They have failed, consistently caving to industry when given a choice between narrow profit and protecting species. Our animals, plants, oceans, forests, soils, and rivers are choking under immense burdens from over-exploitation and other pressures.

Humans are the primary cause of this destruction. But we can turn it around — we’ve saved species from extinction before. The causes of biodiversity decline are vast, and stopping them is going to require a move away from empty piecemeal promises with no clarity on who will pay, to a bold plan with strict enforcement and serious funding. The 20/20 plan is precisely that: governments will be forced to execute strict programmes to ensure that 20% of our earth is protected by the 2020 deadline, and massively scale up funding.

It has to be now. All over the world the picture is beginning to look bleaker — there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild, our oceans are running out of fish, and we’re losing unique food sources to large mono-plantations. Nature is resilient, but we have to give it a safe place to bounce back. That’s why this meeting is key — it’s a watershed moment to accelerate action based on clear commitments that protect nature’s capital.

If our governments feel overwhelming public pressure right now to be courageous, we can jolt them to commit to the 20/20 plan at this meeting. But it’s going to take every one of us to get that message to echo around the convention in Japan. Sign this urgent petition below, then forward it widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_end_of_whales/?vl

Already this year Avaaz, members have played a critical role in protecting elephants, defending the whale-hunting ban, and securing the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Chagos Islands. Our community has shown that we can set ambitious goals — and win. This campaign is the next stage in the essential battle to create the world that most of us everywhere want — where natural resources and species are valued, and our living planet is protected for future generations.

Pods of whales spotted in False Bay!

October 22nd, 2010

It’s that time of year when whale spotting, especially for the Southern Rights along the coast from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, is a daily pastime. Over 40 Southern Right whales were spotted along this coastline this past week. Those of you staying in a Whale Watchers apartment in Fish Hoek, St James or at Muizenberg Beach, can spot them from your balcony…

A pod of SRW's off Fish Hoek beach

A pod of SRW's off Fish Hoek beach


The Cape Point Route at the southern tip of Africa, offers a breathtaking drive through some of the most beautiful country in the world.

Visit up to 18 beaches, play three world-class golf courses and see a wide variety of wildlife including whales, African penguins, seals, exotic birds, antelope and baboons among others. Don’t miss Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

Following the Cape Point Route will take you to many beautiful locations, such as Cape Point Nature Reserve, the seaside town of Scarborough and Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs and Slangkop Light, just for starters!

African penguins at Boulders Beach and the museums of Simon’s Town, are just a few of the attractions to see on this part of the Cape Point Route. Hourly boat trips for harbour tours, whale watching, Seal Island and Cape Point depart from the wharf here in Simon’s Town harbour.

Fish Hoek boasts one of the safest swimming beaches in South Africa, surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains and white sands. Cape Town’s most popular family beach, a real gem!

Intermingling arts, crafts and natural splendor is Kalk Bay, St. James and Muizenberg. Kalk Bay is one of the hippiest seaside villages found on the cape peninsula, offering a cosmopolitan experience of fine art, delicious gourmet cuisine and beautiful architecture. Adjoining St James is very quaint and laid back.

Muizenberg is a holidaymakers’ paradise, with a gently sloping beach, child friendly waves & warmer ocean, swimming pools, mini golf, water slides, jungle gyms, surf shops, restaurants, artesian bakery, coffee shops and great holiday accommodation < http://www.whalewatchers.co.za >

Hot tip: Explore behind the beachfront into York & Palmer Roads for bohemian style shops, bars, restaurants & boutiques.

The whales have arrived in False Bay!

August 24th, 2010

It’s that time of year when looking out for whales, especially the Southern Right, and dolphins along the coast from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town is a daily pastime. We usually see the first whales in early July, but we see them more frequently and closer to land in August when sightings are almost daily. If you’re staying in a Whale Watchers apartment in Fish Hoek, St James or at Muizenberg Beach, you can see them from your balcony.

To see a log of this year’s sightings, click here.