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Travel in South Africa - Clovelly, Cape Town

Updated on October 11, 2015

View on False Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon's Town from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town

©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town

Clovelly, Cape Town

In Cape Town (South Africa), situated in the Cape-Peninsula between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, is the charming little suburb, Clovelly. Invisible from the beaten road, it cuddles up to Trappieskop from where it faces Fish Hoek and the Silvermine Valley, true to its reputation of being Cape Town's best-kept secret.

Driving from Fish Hoek to Kalk Bay, one sees only a hint of the suburb called Clovelly -

Clovelly, Cape Town
Clovelly, Cape Town | Source
©Martie Coetser @ Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Clovelly, Cape Town

Driving from Kalk Bay to Fish Hoek one easily misses the turn off to Clovelly -

©Martie Coetser @ Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Clovelly, Cape Town

What makes Clovelly unique?

Besides Clovelly’s Country Club, that hosts one of South Africa's finest golf courses, Clovelly offers a few exciting adventures for lovers of natures.

Clovelly Golf Course

Clovelly Golf Course
Clovelly Golf Course | Source

The Silvermine Nature Reserve

The Silvermine River Wetland, part of the Silvermine Nature Reserve, is a rehabilitated floodplain between Clovelly and Fish Hoek. The entire reserve is a sanctuary accommodating over 50 bird species. striking insects, rare amphibians and indigenous vegetation. Shy mammals like the Cape Otter, 100-year old remains of dykes, distinct seaweeds, and the pristine Silvermine River contribute to the attraction of this nature reserve.

Read the history of the Silvermine River Wetlands by Lewis Walter HERE

Silvermine Vlei & Valley

Silvermine Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Silvermine Nature Reserve, Cape Town | Source
Silvermine Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Silvermine Nature Reserve, Cape Town | Source
The vlei, hiding the outlet of the Silvermine River between Clovelly and Fish Hoek ©Martie Coetser
The vlei, hiding the outlet of the Silvermine River between Clovelly and Fish Hoek ©Martie Coetser
©Martie Coetser @ Silvermine Vlei, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Silvermine Vlei, Cape Town
A trail at the Silvermine Vlei © Nadine May
A trail at the Silvermine Vlei © Nadine May | Source
Clovelly Beach where the Silvermine River flows into the sea © Nadine May
Clovelly Beach where the Silvermine River flows into the sea © Nadine May

Trappieskop

Part of the mountain range, which includes Table Mountain, is a peak overlooking Kalk Bay. It was named Trappieskop (steps hill) in early times when it was impossible to travel along the coast between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town. In places the mountains reached all the way down to the sea; travellers were compelled to cross these mountains the easiest way.

Trappieskop was a series of steep, zig-zag ledges, likened to stairs, that were adjusted enough to be used by animal drawn vehicles and pedestrians. This shortcut was originally called ‘the steps journey’, but as time passed, the area, including the mountain, became known as Trappieskop. Eventually explosives arrived in the country, which made the building of a more passable track along the coast possible.

Trappieskop, with its upper layers of high quality Table Mountain sandstone, offers several hiking trails for climbers of all ages. Already halfway up, the scenic views are breathtakingly beautiful. Rock climbers can get an idea HERE of the exciting challenges Trappieskop has in stock for them.


Trappieskop

©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser @ Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town

Our stroll on Trappieskop

When fellow-writers, Hubbers Nadine May and Robin Beck, invited us for a hike on Trappieskop, we had our doubts. We were still stiff and sore after climbing the famous Rock at The Paarl just the previous day. However, true to our adventurous personalities, we accepted the invitation. Although we didn't make it to the top, we strolled along on one of the lower trappies (steps) and enjoyed the climb, the wild spring flowers and the scenic views. Thanks to Nadine and Robin we will never again pass Clovelly without having an idea of its hidden treasures.

©Martie Coetser at Nadine & Robin’s place, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser at Nadine & Robin’s place, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser (left) with Nadine May in her fairyland garden, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser (left) with Nadine May in her fairyland garden, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser approaching a hiking trail on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser approaching a hiking trail on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser (behind the camera) on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town. Viewing False Bay, Fish Hoek and Simons Town (in the distance)
©Martie Coetser (behind the camera) on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town. Viewing False Bay, Fish Hoek and Simons Town (in the distance)
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – View on Clovelly Beach from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – View on Clovelly Beach from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser. Wild flowers in September on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – View on False Bay from Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – stroll on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town.
©Martie Coetser – after a stroll on Trappieskop, ending up in Kalk Bay, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser – after a stroll on Trappieskop, ending up in Kalk Bay, Cape Town
©Martie Coetser on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town. Our tour guides, Nadine May and Robin Beck
©Martie Coetser on Trappieskop, Clovelly, Cape Town. Our tour guides, Nadine May and Robin Beck

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      Martie Coetser 20 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Nadine! That's wonderful! I feel honoured being able to promote you and your work with this hub. Auw, it was such a lovely day and experience. Surely one of my most precious memories. I believe Barend is my God-sent chauffeur and tour guide. If it was not for him, I would never have seen Clovelly or any of the other beautiful places in SA. Have a wonderful Sunday, dear Nadine, and give your hubby a fat hug on my behalf. Geez, I'm still blushing because I have talked your ears off your head all the way up and down Trappieskop. Being quiet is one of the most difficult things for me to do. Fortunately, Barend is also a chatterbox, so we we can live with each other. But oh, the rest of the world... You know, someone once described (introduced) us as a 'church bazaar'.

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm preparing my marketing schedules with hootsuite, because I'm spending far to much time marketing and sharing. I have included your article for this weekend. facebook,twitter,and Linkedin and google+

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      Martie Coetser 24 months ago from South Africa

      Genna, I must remember the word 'travelogues'. I created a page on Facebook - Photo tours of South Africa. Maybe I should change the name to Travelogues of South Africa. Thanks for calling them 'the next best thing' :)

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      Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Martie...

      I always love your travelogues..and your photos are beautiful! I have long wanted to visit South Africa; but these articles are the next best thing. Thank you!

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      Martie Coetser 24 months ago from South Africa

      Hi, Tillsontitan! Good to see you! Meeting Nadina was a highlight. She lives in one of South Africa's most beautiful regions. I envy her. Take care, Mary!

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      Mary Craig 24 months ago from New York

      Martie you constantly wow us with the beauty of SA! Your pictures do take us right there.

      How wonderful you met up with Nadine. Imagining you two together is like imagining a true dynamic duo!

      Please continue to take us along. I love learning about the beautiful country you call home.

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      Martie Coetser 24 months ago from South Africa

      You are right, Suzette, South Africa has everything. Stand by for my hub about SA's (semi) deserts. I'm going to publish it today.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Martie, I love your travel hubs of S. Africa. What a beautiful country you live in. S. Africa has everything - beaches, beautiful valleys, hills, and mountains. Your photos are wonderful also. Thanks for the virtual tour!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Dear fpher, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I really want to bring my friends down to SA, if not in person, in spirit. Considering our sad political and economic environment, the anarchy, the crime, the incompetent government with their 'bright' ideas that don't even reach the first stage of successful implementation, and if they do, with disastrous consequences, I also want you to know why it would be so difficult for me to leave my beautiful homeland.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie, Dear Aries partner, These photos are simply breathtaking. I scrolled through them slowly, several times to appreciate such beauty. I agree with our sweet Maria that you have to consider creating greeting cards . Between your talent with photography and genius mind for sentiments, surely cards would be a successful venture for you.

      I have interacted with Nadine here on our HP site. She too is a wealth of talent. How wonderful that you two have met and exchanged your mutual thoughts. I am bowled over by Nadine's gorgeous gardens.

      You have been the perfect tour guide, Martie and I've enjoyed all the journeys you've taken me on. Thank you my friend. Sending you love and hugs, Paula

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Shauna, good to see you! I envy Nadine for living in such a paradise-like part of South Africa. You should see her gardens! She has turned the back-yard in a kind of forest with the most interesting terraces and corners, among others a fairy garden with a little doll house for kids to play in. Amazing. Her house, too, and the balcony - with plants of all sorts in pots - oozes with her creative talents. It was a pleasure to meet her and her man, Robin. I think if we had the time, we would have talked for hours, as we share many perspectives on nature and politics :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, Clovelly is beautifully rustic. No wonder Nadine loves it so! It's wonderful you were able to meet Nadine and spend some time in her corner of paradise. What a lovely trip! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your photos are amazing!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      drbj, good to see you! I am really trying my best to make my travel hubs as authentic and real as possible. In conventional travel articles we usually see only specific attractions, buildings and statues and nothing of the surroundings. I want to present the bigger picture - a better idea of the environment. Apart from irritating middle-aged syndromes, I am up and about and ready to climb Table Mountain. I hope you are just as well, my dear professor :)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Peg, a view on a stretch-out landscapes or on the ocean, or the sky is a stress-reliever par excellence. Although I have heard - and I cannot really wrap my mind around it - that this kind of views have the opposite effect on people who were born and raised in a jungle. Meeting Nadine and Robin was such a pleasure. I wish I could meet all my online friends :)

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      What an amazing travelogue you have produced, Martie! I feel I know Clovelly and its beautiful surroundings almost as well as if I had visited there in person. Maybe one day.

      Your descriptions of the area are enthralling and your photos are enchanting. Who could ask for anything more?

      Hope all is well with you, m'dear.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Truly this is almost as good as a visit to the lovely countryside you've captured here in these stunning photos. If I had to pick a favorite shot out of all these scenic views, it would be View on False Bay. Great adventure and I'm sure you loved meeting a fellow writer.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, DDE! Long time no seen? I hope you will be able to visit Cape Town again soon :)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      @ MsDora, believe me a month is not enough to see the beautiful Western Cape. It is the cleanest and most beautiful province in the country. The cleanest because the municipalities are competent and efficient. As for the rest of the provinces... let me rather not go into politics. I am glad you enjoyed this pictorial tour.

      @ Alicia, Clovelly and the entire Cape Peninsula have a unique beauty. We have many different biomes in South Africa - the one as unique and beautiful as the other. Sadly on provincial level not all governments make any efforts to cherish and promote their unique beauty. The provincial government og the Western Cape, however, sees tourism as a priority and therefor the tourist and traveler keep on returning to see more and more of the attractions. Glad you enjoyed this hub about Clovelly :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos of the 'Mother City' I enjoyed my visit to Cape Town. I will surely go back again.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your photos are very interesting, Martie. Thank you so much for the tour. I would love to visit Clovelly. This will never happen, though, so I'm very happy that I can see the area in your lovely hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful whenever the hills meet the ocean. I would love to visit the Silvermine Nature Reserve to see the river and the birds. Of course I'd like to visit all the other scenes as well. Thanks for the pictorial tour.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Dearest marcoujor, one day, when I'm finished with my current project, I will go deeper into photography. I would like to follow a proper course, and I also want a very smart camera. Thank you so much for your encouragement :) Love you lots!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much, billybuc. I love my beautiful country and want to show it to all my friends. My heart goes out to those who have left South Africa since 1994 because they could not handle the political changes and all its negative consequences. They will never forget the good and the beautiful they had to sacrificed in exchange for prosperity and peace, which they may still be looking for, as you know, the bad and the ugly are everywhere.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Clovelly is lovely...

      ...even moreso as shown to us through your photogenic photographic eye, dear Martie.

      I am thinking that your scenic views would make gorgeous greeting cards - perhaps on Fine Art America.

      Looking forward to this series from your recent travels - as FB was a tease of the beauty to come.

      Love you and hugs, mar

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Mckbirdbks, I needed this short vacation more than I have realized. However, the more I see of the beauty, the sadder I become about the ugly. Thanks for your continuous support :)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      FlourishAnyway, I, too, wish I could see more of the world. But now I have to see beautiful places via hubs like these picture tours I of mine. I actually wish I can stumble upon a site that specializes in virtual tours.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Randomcreative, thank you for agreeing with me. I am sure you will love visiting Clovelly and all the other charming coastal villages situated in the Cape Peninsula.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I always enjoy your travel hubs. It always feels like I'm along on the trip. You do a great job with these, my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie. Thank you for sharing the beautiful S.A. country side with us. This is another pleasant journey through what looks like idyllic landscape. Also thanks for introducing me to Nadine May - nice to meet you!

      Martie, I am glad you are getting 'out of the office' and enjoying yourself more.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a stunning visit, and it's neat that you included Nadine in the visit/photos! Oh, how I wish I could see more of the world.

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a charming little community! I would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pictures.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Nadine, our meeting was indeed one of the highlights of our holiday. We have to do it again, as I need more and better pictures :) I cherish my memories and dream about your fairy garden. What if I win the lotto and then buy half of your erf? lMmm... Lol! Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity you have given us to learn more about Clovelly.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Sholland, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Please stay on the bus. I'm going to publish about 5 hubs of our recent travelings.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Nell, I'm still in the dark about the origin of our Clovelly's name. My common sense says the original developer came from your Clovelly - or perhaps the region reminded him of yours. Keep in mind that the Cape was a British colony (and eventually union) from 1795 to 1931 when it became fully sovereign with the passage of the Statute of Westminster.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, Jodah! Oh, to be honest, I'm pulling my hair out because I used the camera of my tablet, instead of my real camera. Until now I thought the quality of the two devices is the same, but it's not. This is the ideal reason to go visit Clovelly again... Sadly, it is a 16 hours road trip from where I live :)

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

      Martie you have outdone yourself with this fantastic article. What a great way to promote our part of the Western Cape. We truly loved your visit and say hello to Barend. I'm going to share this post with many of my Facebook friends who all live in Clovelly and nearby.

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      Susan Holland 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Martie, I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures and descriptions. A lovely place to visit!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Looks and sounds like a wonderful place, and how lovely that you met Nadine! I remember telling you about our Clovelly too, it seems they are as beautiful as each other!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful photographic and video journey Martie. Thank you for sharing this trip to Clovelly.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, Happy Moment, nice to meet you! South Africa is indeed a beautiful country. Hope to see you soon :)

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      James 2 years ago from The Eastern Bypass

      Wow! what a beautiful country. For sure we have to appreciate God's creation. Different countries, same creator but a lot to be admired in each and every country. I hope that one day I will pay a visit.