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Things to do in and around Muizenberg...

Surfing

There is a strong surfing culture in Muizenberg, with Surfer's Corner beach being one of the most popular surf spots in Cape Town and recently voted by National Geographic as one of the top 20 surfing beaches in the world. There are surfing schools and surf shops with boards and wetsuits available for hire all along the beachfront. Muizenberg's long waves, tame tides and warm waters make it an ideal beach for children and beginners to learn on.

Waterslides and Putt Putt

Just to the side of Muizenberg's main beach there is a waterslide and a putt putt course that have long been favourites for families visiting the area. The waterslides are great fun and the putt putt is made up of two 18-hole courses, the one a little more challenging than the other.

Public Pools

If you're not one for the beach and prefer to cool off in an environment that is a little less sandy make sure to visit Muizenberg's public pool facilities. There is a main pool for adults and several smaller ones for the kids to splash around in.

Walks and Hikes

Muizenberg Catwalk (1 hour)

This is one of the easier walks in the area and is very popular among the locals, especially over the weekend. It starts off alongside Surfer's corner beach in Muizenberg and makes its way past several other beaches and rock pool formations before finally coming to an end at Danger beach in St James. You can expect to see a variety of rock pools and bird life along the way, and even whales and dolphins if you're lucky!

Bailey's Kloof and Mimetes Valley (3 hours)

This hike begins just off Boyes Drive opposite the Muizenberg Station clock tower. The path is a steep one, and offers spectacular views of the False Bay coastline. Many rare species of flora can be found along this trail, including the Cape's famous fynbos. It's recommended that you bring a map with you on this hike. "Silvermine - the map" is endorsed by the Table Mountain National Park and can be purchased online from www.themaps.co.za

Silvermine Plateau (5 hours)

This is one of the most challenging walks in the area and starts off on Boyes Drive in between Muizenberg and Lakeside. When you reach the summit you can either keep on climbing up to Muizenberg Peak and then descend back down to Boyes Drive, or you can explore the Silvermine plateau and make your descent past the waterfall to the parking area. Once again it is advisable to bring a map with you on this trail. "Silvermine - the map" is endorsed by the Table Mountain National Park and can be purchased online from www.themaps.co.za

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a favourite pastime in the False Bay area from late July through to mid-October each year. Enjoy whale spotting from the comfort of your balcony, or you can take a stroll along the coastline for more intimate views of these fascinating, gigantic mammals frolicking in the sunshine. The best whale watching locations can be found along the Cape Point Route and whale watching trips are offered from Simon's Town harbour.

Scenic Train Rides

Convenient half-hourly train trips can be taken from Muizenberg railway station, to Cape Town or Simon's Town. The track hugs the False Bay coastline for much of the way and both trips can be fun family excursions if you include sight-seeing in Simon's Town or Cape Town.

Boulders Beach

Penguin watching at Boulders Beach (just passed Simons Town) is a pay-for entry, protected beach adjoining a sanctuary for the jackass penguin. Bathers and penguins frolic together, though certain areas are cordoned off for the penguins alone. The high boulders and still waters make this a perfect spot for children.

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Point is a wild and scenically spectacular area at the tip of the African continent, where the fearless Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Dias first rounded the Cape in 1488. It is a bird watcher's paradise with at least 250 species of birds, and is home to approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species, some of which are found no where else on earth. It has one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 249m above sea level, and over the years there has seen a total of 26 recorded shipwrecks.

Constantia Wine Route

Constantia is the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. As you drive through the beautiful historical valley it is no wonder the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, chose this situation for his farm, Groot Constantia. Four of the only five farms which remain in the Constantia Valley today, were part of that original portion of prime land which was granted to him.

Visitors can taste the fine wines and experience a unique journey through each of the five farms, which also hold top class South African Restaurants, namely; Constantia Uitsig, La Colombe, Buitenverwachting and Steenberg.

Eating out

Casia Labia Café

Exquisite Italian classics delivered by Capetonian foodie Judy Bardenhorst. An ideal venue for brunch, lunch, elegant afternoon tea and very good coffee. Located on Main Rd on the way to St James; open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday. 021 788 6062

Knead

Situated at Surfer's Corner on the Muizenberg Beachfront; original, freshly baked artisan breads, light lunches as well as pizza’s, gourmet breakfasts and great coffee. Contact - 021 788 2909

Bombay Chilli

Indian bistro and take away serving genuine Indian cuisine, including vegetarian dishes, meat curries, briyanis, naan breads and rotis. 46 Beach Rd; 021 788 1016

Empire Café

Friendly informal atmosphere; enjoy a fusion of original dishes ranging from light snacks to full meals; great sea views from the upper deck. 11 York Rd; 021 788 1250

Carla's Prawns

Loved by the locals; intimate, friendly atmosphere; enjoy perfectly prepared prawns imported from Mozambique; bookings essential. 7 York Rd; call Carla on 021 788 6860

Johno's Bistro

Great burgers, pastas and steaks served in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. 52 Beach Rd; open 9am to 8pm - 021 788 6441

The Village Pizzeria & Afro Sushi

Delicious food, good music and a relaxing vibe. 40 Palmer Rd; open for lunch & dinner - 021 788 9858

Closer

A pretty café serving purely vegan food; full of character and a real treat. 42 Palmer Rd: Open 9am- 4pm daily; 074 144 0033

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