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Visiting Muizenberg in Cape Town Africa

Updated on November 20, 2013
Muizenberg from Boyes Drive
Muizenberg from Boyes Drive | Source

Cape Town is a place in South Africa that is popular for its amazing seaside. Tourist would come to the place to marvel its stunning natural surroundings and enormous set of cultures all mixed together to create a distinct vibe. Cape Town Africa is full of surprises and one of the outlying suburbs worthy of tourist attention is Muizenberg. This laid-back seaside suburb is part of the Cape Peninsula that goes round the False Bay coast. The village offers all the fun and sun you expect from seaside a resort but with a twist of historically significant sites.

Lovely and colorful beach huts in False Bay


The highlight of your stay in Muizenberg is possibly its long beach, which extends over 20 kilometers from Gordon's Bay all the way to the top of the False Bay. Its amazing location and features makes it perfect for swimming. Its waters are very calm and blue, with a blessing of warm temperature. The False Bay area has some edgy appeal to tourists as it frequently populated by White Sharks.

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Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Weather: 16°C, Wind SE at 8 km/h, 19% Humidity

The great white shark in Muizenberg, South Africa


White Sharks and Surfing in Muizenberg

The blue seaside of Muizenberg will always pull your heart for surfing. If you ask if you can surf, the answer is a big YES! There are shark watch service established in the place to provide early warnings to people.

The sections of Muizenberg Beach are ideal for surfing. In fact, it's believed that the village was the birthplace of surfing in the country. If you're a beginner in the sport, this beach is a fantastic spot to sharpen your skills as it generates perfectly sized waves for surfing novices. Other activities you can do while in the area are kite surfing, sailing and canoeing. Whether you are coming alone or bringing the whole family, Muizenberg will not fail to suffice your dream adventure.

Muizenberg Travel Checklist

Travel Aids
Clothes (dress, swimwear, etc.)
Map, Travel Guide
Footwear (shoes, flipflops, sandals)
Emergency kit and medicines
Cell phone (bring extra)
Passport, insurance, travel documents
Laptop and charger
Tent, backpack, travel pillow
Journal and ballpen
Emergency flashlights

A snapshot of the surf spot in Muizenberg, South Africa


Cape Town Surfing


More Activities you Can Try at Muizenberg

If you are not into surfing, there are a lot of alternative activities that you can do. The place is blessed with charming cafes and restaurants where you can have a break with your signifant other. If you want something romantic at Muizenberg, you can take your love one to the terrace and watch the magnificent view of the Victorian houses located in the main beach area.

If you prefer rock climbing than rigorous water sports, you can go with som rock climbing enthusiasts and venture the steep cliffs above the village The village is also used to access the scenic road known as Boyes Drive. Another important natural attraction is the fish-spawning estuary of Zandvlei, which enters the ocean and stretches to the coastline. While exploring this site, you will also get to visit the Peninsula Canoe Club and the Imperial Yacht Club.

If you are new to the place, you can simply go to the Muizenberg Visitor Information Center known as Pavillion. The center can readily assist you with accommodation, transport and tour concerns.

Het Posthuys - The View from the Outside


Cecil John Rhodes statue, Company's Garden, Cape Town


Visit Het Posthuys

Het Posthuys is one of South Africa's oldest buildings. It used to be a Dutch tool-house but after many years, it has been preserved and turned into a musuem where you can see numerpus photos and items that reflect the old Muizenberg.

Tour the Rhode's Cottage

Another cottage known as Rhode's Cottage is one of the best places to visit in Muizenberg. It used to be a holiday residence of the

Rhode's Cottage was the previous holiday residence of the British-born Cecil Rhodes. It is also the place of death of Rhode, a South African politician and founder of De Beers which is one of the biggest diamond companies in the world. However, it was later on transformed into a public museum featuring his life and accomplishments.

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History of Muizenberg

Muizenberg is the site of the Battle of Muizenberg, which took place in June 1795. It was between the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company. Although, it was a relatively small battle, it played a major role in capture of the Cape Peninsula, which resulted in the control of South Africa going to the United Kingdom. If you head out to the hillside that overlooks False Bay, you will see the remains of a 1742 defensive fort, the surviving remnant of the battle. Other historical sites you can explore during your visit to Muizenberg are the Het Posthuys (Post House) and Rhode's Cottage.


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