Travel in South Africa - the Cape Peninsula - from Muizenberg to Cape Point
Cape Point, South Africa
Monday morning, on our way to Sea Point (Seepunt) Cape Town, we decided to take the long road via Cape Point, the most southern head of the Cape Peninsula.
Driving down the east side of the tail to Cape Point, we start at Muizenberg, where Great Britain won the Battle of Muizenberg on August 7, 1795 and consequently ended the 140 years reign of the powerful Dutch_East_India_Company.
Muizenberg is also the place where Cecil John Rhodes, one of the wealthiest men in the world, died in 1902 at the age of 49. Read more about Cecil John Rhodes HERE.
Read more about Muizenberg HERE.
BTW, the suburbs and towns on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula overlook False Bay. This bay got its name way back in the 15th century from the Portuguese seafarers who often confused it with Table Bay. Read more about False Bay HERE.
From Muizenberg to Cape Point
After Muizenberg the following suburbs of Cape Town almost flow into each other -
St_James, a suburb squeezed between the very rocky shore of False Bay and the steep Table Mountain range.
Languages spoken -
Muizenberg: English 44.3%, Afrikaans 22.8%, Xhosa 15.3%, Zulu 1.4%, Other 16.2%
St James: English 87.1%, Afrikaans 6.1%, Xhosa 2.3%, Other 4.5%
Kalk Bay: English (86.%), Afrikaans (10.3%), Other (3.5%).
Fish Hoek: English 83%, Afrikaans 12.6%, Other 4.4%
Simonstown: English 68%, Afrikaans 18.5%, Xhosa 3.6%, Zulu 2.4%, Other 7.5%
Kalk Bay, Cape PeninsulaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Between Kalk Bay and Fish Hook is a suburb we have missed. We must have thought that it was part of either Kalk Bay or Fish Hook – a typical faux pas made by visitors from the northern provinces of South Africa.
Clovelly is the hometown of one of our fellow-Hubbers, Nadine May. Her hub, Human-Rights-day-in-South-Africa, contains beautiful pictures of Clovelly, Kalk Bay and Fish Hook, and also a superb video of Cape Town.
Read more about Clovelly at -
Fish Hoek, Cape PeninsulaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Simon's Town, Cape PeninsulaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula
Heading for Cape Point, South AfricaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cape Point is the extreme south-western tip of Africa. However, the southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas. Somewhere between these two points, nearer to Cape Agulhas and fluctuating seasonally, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Saying that the ‘Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet is a layman’s reference to the meeting of two of the world's most contrasting currents - the warm Agulhas current (the western current of the southwest Indian Ocean) and the icy cold Benguela current, which is a northward flowing ocean current in the eastern portion of the South Atlantic ocean gyre.
Cape Point is a world heritage site situated within the Table Mountain National Park. It hosts ±1200 plant species, mostly Fynbos, which is a unique vegetation occurring ONLY in South Africa and in particularly in a small belt of the Western Cape. More than 250 species of birds and animals live in this National Park. The most unique in this park are the Cape Mountain Zebra and the Cape baboon.
Southern Africa is the primary habitat of the Cape baboon, also known as the Chacma baboon. Spoiled by tourists feeding them, these baboons can be aggressive and dangerous, grabbing tourists’ handbags or whatever they think contains food. I am amazed by the fact that they had come to the conclusion that begging for food, or stealing it, is easier than hunting. I thought their behaviour was quite human-like. Or maybe this behaviour is vice versa? Read more about the Cape baboon HERE.
Cape PointClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lunch at Cape Point
After lunch we move on - (See map - 3 to 5) ~
Our tour of the Cape Province from the beginning
- Phase 1: From the North West Province to the North Cape Province
A picture tour from the North West Province to Cape Town, South Africa
- Phase 2: From Matjiesfontein to Strand (Western Cape) .
A picture tour of Matjiesfontein to Cape Town
- Phase 3: The Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, Western Cape South Africa
A picture tour of Stellenbosch, a wine route and strawberry picking in South Africa
© 2014 Martie Coetser