Travel in South Africa - from Cape Point to Sea Point

Atlantic Ocean between Cape Point and Slangkop Point (Snake head Point), South Africa
Atlantic Ocean between Cape Point and Slangkop Point (Snake head Point), South Africa | Source

Cape Peninsula

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Google Maps

At Cape Point

“Visiting Cape Town from time to time seems to be a yearning deeply rooted in the genes of European-South Africans, because this is where 99% of our Western ancestors set foot on shore since 1652.” This was my thoughts when we began our tour a couple of days ago.

Enjoy a picture tour of -

And now we are ready to travel from Cape Point to Sea Point, all the way on the western side of the Cape Peninsula.

From Cape Point to Scarborough - a conservation village established in 1996 -

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From Cape Point to Scarborough | Source

From Scarborough to Kommetjie (small basin). This suburb of Cape Town boast with evidence that prehistoric peoples used the basin-shaped inlet as a fish trap.

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Between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
Between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
Slangkop (snake head) lighthouse between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Slangkop (snake head) lighthouse between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
Slangkop (snake head) lighthouse between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Slangkop (snake head) lighthouse between Scarborough and Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
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Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula, South Africa | Source
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The Cape of Storms

Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
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Wikipedia

Noordhoek

Noordhoek (north corner) is the next suburb on our route to Sea Point. On its beach, at the southern end, we see the remains of the steamship SS Kakapo which stranded in 1900. Before modern navigational aids were introduced, many ships ran upon the rocks along the South African coastline, therefore it was called the ‘graveyard of ships’. The original name of the “Cape of Good Hope” was in fact Cabo das Tormentas (Cape of Storms). named by Bartolomeu Dias when he finally managed to reach the cape on 12 March 1488.

The Cape of Storms points to the west, and this indicated to seafarers from Europe to the Far East that they have reached the end of Africa and it was time to turn left. For seafarers from the Far East to Europe, it was time to turn right. Sadly, in the fog and stormy waters, seafarers became confused with all the capes along the South African shore. And so they built lighthouses, but the navigators could still misjudge the shape of a cape and turn their ship too early and run upon the rocks. Eventually the advent of modern navigational aids came to their rescue.

Read more about shipwrecks off South Africa’s coast HERE

Read about the stranding of the SS Kakapo in 1900 HERE.

Read more about Noordhoek HERE.

Kakapo (1900) - wrecked on Noordhoek beach. Picture: Cape Archives
Kakapo (1900) - wrecked on Noordhoek beach. Picture: Cape Archives | Source

Noordhoek

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From Noordhoek to Houtbaai

From Noordhoek to Houtbaai (Wood Bay) we challenge a mountain called Chapmans’ Peak. Its giddy precipices right into the Atlantic Oceans inspire many motorists to rather cross the peninsula to end up on its eastern side from where they can reach Cape Town via a safer route – a route all motorists are compelled to take when the Chapmans’ Peak Drive is closed due to snow or heavy fog.

Read more about Chapmans’ Peak HERE.

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No room for houses between Chapmans' Peak and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa
No room for houses between Chapmans' Peak and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa | Source
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The slope of Chapmans' Peak, Cape Town, South Africa | Source
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The slope of Chapmans' Peak | Source
Chapmans' Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa, going down to Houtbaai
Chapmans' Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa, going down to Houtbaai | Source
View on Houtbaai from Chapmans' Peak, South Africa
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View on Houtbaai from Chapmans' Peak, South Africa | Source
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From Noordhoek to Cape Town, the end of Chapmans'Peak Drive, South Africa
From Noordhoek to Cape Town, the end of Chapmans'Peak Drive, South Africa | Source

Houtbaai

Houtbaai is a town (not merely a suburb of Cape Town).

Languages spoken in Houtbaai are English 59.7%, Afrtikaans 32.9%, Xhosa 1.3%, Other, 6.1%.

Read more about Houtbaai HERE.

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From Houtbaai to Llandudno

Llandudno is a suburb of Cape Town, exclusively for the very rich.

From Llandudno tourists may enter the isolated Sandy Bay - the only beach – actually place - in South Africa where people may appear naked in public.

Remarkable, and to be interpreted by the reader, are the languages spoken in Llandudno: English 85.5%, Afrikaans 6%, Xhosa 3.3%.

The racial makeup: Whites 87%, Xhosa’s 10.3%, Coloured 2.%, Other 0.5%.

Read about Llandudno HERE.

Read more about Sandy Bay HERE.

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From Llandudno to Sea Point

The suburbs flow into each other -

Oudekraal Beach – a beautiful beach with spiritual and historical significance for the Muslim community.

Camps Bay – Read about its interesting history HERE.

Clifton – another suburb where only the very rich can afford to live.

Bantry Bay – also exclusive for the affluent citizens of South Africa and foreign countries.

Interesting, and again to be interpreted by the reader, are the languages spoken in –

Bantry Bay: English 71.5%, Afrikaans 12.4%, Xhosa 3.8%, Zulu 1.7%, Other (such as Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish) 10.5%

Clifton: English 72%, Afrikaans 15.4% (mostly Coloured housekeepers), Xhosa 3.2%, Sotho 1.2%, Other 8.3%.

Camps Bay: English 79.4%, Afrikaans 9.4%, Xhosa 2.1%, Other 9%.

Languages spoken in the entire Cape Town - English 67.68%, Afrikaans 22.53%, Xhosa 2.71%, Other 4.72%

(Source: Wikipedia)


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From Llandudno to Camps Bay - View on the Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa | Source
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From Llandudno to Sea Point via Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa (Signal Hill in the background)
From Llandudno to Sea Point via Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa (Signal Hill in the background) | Source
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From Llandudno to Sea Point via Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa | Source
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From Llandudno to Sea Point via Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa - view on Signal Hill | Source
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From Llandudno to Sea Point via Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa | Source

Sea Point

At last we are in Sea Point, our ‘headquarters’ for the rest of the week.

In 1776 Cape Town suffered a smallpox epidemic. Sam Wallis, a commander serving under Captain Cook, kept his men isolated in this area between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. He named the area Sea Point. It quickly grew as a suburb. Two-three decades ago, neglected by absent landlords, it was considered to be a breeding ground for criminals. But local as well as foreign investors realised the suburb’s potential, and today it is considered to be one of Cape Town’s affluent suburbs.

Read more about Sea Point HERE.

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Our agenda for the next day

We have only 3 days to see as much as possible of Cape Town and immediate region.


But first dinner and a good night's rest.

Tomorrow is another day.....

To be published soon.....

© Martie Coetser 30/11/2014


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© 2014 Martie Coetser

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Martie, your Scarborough is a bit different to ours! lol! and you also have a Llandudno too! Don't think we can go naked there though! How beautiful, and those photos are awesome Martie, Sea Point looks like an amazing place too, for you to spend a few days, this is a great series of your travels, makes me warm just to see the sun and sea, wonderful hub!


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Scarlett...While "tomorrow is another day"... I couldn't let today pass without visiting your latest in this epic travel series... and I'm so happy I did!

Like Nell, I needed the warmth of the sunny seascapes that you have shared with us...this tour may be my favorite, although I find myself saying that each time you publish.

I'd love to be a giddy passenger on Chapman's Peak with a 'very safe' driver (LOL) - what glorious views...

Still shaking my head at how much you packed into this fabulous adventure...what a wonderful whirlwind of beauty and memories.

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, mar


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Nell - Many of our towns are named after cities and towns in Europe, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, etc. Keep in mind that almost all founders of places down here in the Western Cape were immigrants from Europe and Britain. And this is one of the issues of the Africans in our country - they have changed the names of many-many towns, because, as they say, we 'Europeans' have stolen their country. Good to have you on the bus :)

@ My dearest Mar, during a previous visit to Cape Town we have challenged Chapmans' Peak by bus. Now that was scary! Okay, this mountain is but a hill comparing to the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho, or to any of the highest mountains in the world. Nevertheless, it's still a vertiginous journey. Wonderful to have you on the bus, Maria :)


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Wow!!! I love the sea and these pictures and the tour of Cape Point to Sea Point felt like a wonderful travel adventure!

We have a Graveyard of the Atlantic on our Eastern Seaboard where many early mariners perished for all the same reasons you mentioned in this article.

Voted up across the board except for funny, and shared. Love & Hugs,

Gail


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I just love your tour hubs. Makes me feel like I am on them with you. I so love the pictures and the history of such places.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Just like your other travel hubs, this is amazing! I can't get over the breathtaking beauty at every turn.

How lucky we are that you've shared this wonderful journey together with so much history. Where else could we learn so much about SA?

Tomorrow certainly is another day and I hope it's a great one!

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Lady Guinevere – Your comment assures me that I am meeting my own expectations. I really want readers to feel like they are with me all the way. Thank you :)

@ tillsontitan – The media loves to report only sensational bad things. We really have to go look for the good. Stay tune for phase 6... :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Martie, this part of the country is so beautiful! I love that you have the benefit of the mountains and the sea all in one place. How awesome!

I think I'd have a hard time driving on the wrong side of the road, however! LOL. To me it would be like trying to write left-handed.

This journey is so fascinating. I really enjoy the photos. You're becoming quite the photographer?

By the way, what's for dinner? See you after a good night's sleep. Looking forward to the rest of the journey.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is beautiful Martie. I would love to be at Llandudno right now. It is freezing rain here. I just took mail out to my mailbox and had to deice the handle. I know you are enjoying every minute of your journey. Take care and be well. Love and hugs....


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

bravewarrior - I am still waiting to know the reason why Americans drive on the 'wrong side' of the road. I mean, did your ancestors not come from Britain where they keep left (like us)? Lol! I once had a visitor from America, and so I gave him the opportunity to drive my car. He almost killed us! So, bravewarrior, you will not get the opportunity to drive this bus. Lol! When Northwesters find themselves in Cape Town, or in any town at the coast, they eat fish. Fresh fish of all sorts - The Catch of the Day: Prawn Cocktail for a starter and then Kingklip Fillet with salads. Enjoy! :)


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

always exploring – It is so hard to understand that it is freezing cold in your world, while I am sitting here, compelled to keep the aircon on 21, or else I will melt in this heat. I really hope that the sunshine in the pictures warms you, dear Ruby :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Martie, I'll gladly leave the driving to you. I would imagine we changed sides of the road in rebellion to everything British when we broke away and claimed independence.

Is America the only country that drives on the right (as opposed to left) side of the road?


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

bravewarrior - I just discovered the answer of your question - https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070...


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Martie,

Your beautiful picture tour of Cape Point to Sea Point leaves me breathless, as the beauty of it all is overwhelming. You are certainly packing in a lot of traveling and we are all enjoying the ride along with you! I really love the historic aspects you write of here.

Forgive my total ignorance, but I have not heard of Xhosa before.

It is hard to get used to the fact that you are in your summer and we are in our winter ... brrr.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings for continued safe travels and lots of fun!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed the trip and the beautiful photos, thank you for sharing this. Voted up.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I enjoyed reading your traveling journey through the Western Cape since I know it so well. In your other post about your trip from Muizenberg to Sea Point you did drive past the turnoff to Clovelly, after leaving Kalk Bay towards Fish Hoek. Many residence do say that Clovelly is the best kept secret in Cape Town because at the turn off all you see is a horrible power station. Only non-residents who are golfers will turn off into Clovelly to visit the well know Clovelly golf course. We are also known by bird lovers due to the wetlands between Clovelly and Fish Hoek. We live against the Trappies Kop mountain and have a clear view to False Bay, the wetlands and Fish Hoek .

Glad you had a great trip during your stay in Cape Town.


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Lastheart 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Oh, I just read a hub about blessings...and your tour was filled of delightful scenes. My dear Africa is a treasure box. Thanks for sharing such juicy information.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another lovely hub with beautiful photos, Martie. Although I've enjoyed exploring South Africa in all of your travel hubs, the region that you've described in your last two hubs is the one that I'd most like to visit. I'll share this hub.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A breath-taking journey for me, Martie! So much beauty. I had no idea. Cape Point to Sea Point will linger within me, especially during dreary months ahead.

I really, really, enjoyed this stunning tour. Thank you so much for being the incredible tour-guide that you are. Voted up and across (not funny) and will pin and share.

Hugs and love,

Audrey


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monia saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

wonderful landscapes thank you for this virtual visit

Monia


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Martie, This travel series you are doing is fabulous. Your fotos are gorgeous and I love seeing this part of S. Africa. This is a first for me. What a great road trip you have had. You had so much fun on this trip and I can see why. Thanks for sharing this with us. Just beautiful. Voted up+.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Faith Reaper – To be honest, the tour was quite exhausting, and what were we actually doing besides driving around, appreciating whatever we were able to see?

The Xhosa-people is one of the many peoples in South Africa. Their original land – before whites came from Europe in 1652, was the Eastern Cape, while another nation, the Zulu people, lived in KwaZulu-Natal – north of the Eastern Cape. The Sotho-people, and they are divided in 3 different tribes – North-Sotho (Pedi), lived in the north-East of SA, South Sotho (lived in central SA – Orange Free State and Lesotho), and the Tswana-people in the North-West. The Khoi-San people lived in the Southern and Western Cape and up into South-West Africa. One day I will write a hub about all the peoples down here. Keep in mind that we have eleven official languages, of which only English and Afrikaans are not original from Africa. That’s why we are called the Rainbow Nation.

One day I will explain all of this in a hub – South Africa’s history in a nutshell.

Thanks for your lovely comment :)

@ Vellur – Thanks for being on this trip. Stay tuned for the next phase – Cape Town and the West Coast.

@ Nadine May – I remember that power station! I have added Clovelly in the pervious hub with links to your profile page and one of your stellar hubs. Next time I will not miss your beautiful suburb against the Trappies Kop. I just read that they also refers to Clovelly on the slopes of the Clovelly Mountain. As I have already admitted – we ‘Transvalers’ are actually lost and three-quarters blind in the beautiful Cape Province. This tour will also take us to the Eastern Cape, and I saw another hub of yours to be linked to my photo’s of the Tstitsekamma forest. Thanks again for drawing my attention to Clovelly.

@ Lastheart - I am so happy to meet you and very glad you know about the treasures in Africa. Please enjoy the previous and next phases of our tour :)

@ AliciaC – The Western Cape, including the Cape Peninsula, is the most beautiful part of South Africa. And then also the Eastern Cape, and, and, and all the provinces are actually full of surprises. Even the stretched-out flats can capture one’s soul. Thanks for sharing :)

@ vocalcoach – Where I live, I have not much to brag about – rivers and dams, bushes and many wild animals in nature reserves. The Cape Province with its mountains and coast lines look like paradise to me. Thanks for sharing :)

@ monia saad – so nice to meet you! ‘Wonderful’ and Cape Town (and vicinity) are synonyms in my book.

@ suzettenaples – I am so glad I have the opportunity (in HubPages) to brag with the South Africa I love. In spite of all its domestic issues, I can’t see myself elsewhere in the world. Thanks for the votes.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

How absolutely beautiful. I had never thought of traveling to South Africa but your photos and description paint such an invitation. gorgeous, wild, and natural.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Flourish, a holiday in Cape Town and region will never leave you unsatisfied :) Promise!


Michael Milec 2 years ago

Hello Martie.

What a beautiful world this of our is. Thanks for a tour of life , showing exciding places build up by a man as well as by the Creator. Leaving the " summer climate of S.Africa and a pleasant ride,I am enriched, eager to learn more following " see Here" ,skipped this time.

Voted beautiful and interesting .


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Miles and miles of gorgeous country and coastal region, Martie. I have heard of the ‘graveyard of ships’ before. Learning when to “turn right or left” wasn’t a simple task given the confusing topography. Those seafarers had a lot of courage. And we can only imagine the challenges motorists must face when Chapmans’ Peak Drive is inundated with snow or heavy fog. Llandudno is stunning; one can tell from the photo that is does appear to be a spot for the very rich. It’s interesting to note how the percentage of the languages spoken seems to shift depending on location. Wonderful series, Martie…I look forward to reading more about your amazing country, and this scenic tour.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Michael Milec – I have to keep myself in chains in order not to give all the interesting information provided by the ‘see HERE’ links. Have to keep in mind that I am presenting a virtual tour via pictures and not lectures in the history and geography of SA. I am glad you are enjoying the trip :)

@ Genna East – Your comment actually pulled my tears, because... hard to explain... thanks to courageous people like those seafarers, and regardless of any original agendas, we have the privilege today to know the entire world – the entire breathtakingly beautiful planet Earth, and yet too many humans don’t have the ability or eagerness to appreciate all of it. We may very well blame poverty, because stuck in poverty millions never get the opportunity to see where they actually find themselves in this awesome universe. Thanks for your lovely comment.


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Martie,

I enjoyed each and every photo and loved learning about this part of South Africa. That Chapman's Peak drive is spectacular! In reading the comments it makes sense that you would have lots of good fresh seafood there. It is highly doubtful that I will ever travel to that part of the world so I am especially enjoying your photos and impressions. Thanks! Will G+ this and share on HP.

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