Images from this part of the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The places you see below are all on the way to Cape Point if you take the eastern route to the point from the city centre, or from any of the southern suburbs like Rondebosch, Mowbray, Rosebank, Pinelands and the like. Please keep in mind that these images were made during our 2012 visit, so things may have changed since then.
From the eastern part of Muizenberg beach one has this view across False Bay towards Cape Hangklip on the horizon.
Eager customers waiting for the beaching of the snoek boats with their catches of fresh snoek (Thyrsites Atun), a delicacy much loved by the people of the Western Cape.
Two Greater Black-backed gulls wait patiently, too!
Looking towards Cape Point. The point itself is on the far left of the headland.
Muizenberg beach, with the town itself nestled up against the mountainside on the right.
Looking towards Simonstown.
Towards the southeastern end of town we find the old houses built on the hillside and overlooking False Bay. The building with the clock tower is the railway station.
Looking in the direction of St James, just around the point.
The western end of the beach.
Most of Muizenberg’s older buildings have been retained and now house new businesses.
Quirky colour scheme on the Roxy Building.
Muizenberg also has its colourful bathing houses, but those at St James are thought to be even better looking.
A trawler heads heads, probably just having left Kalk Bay harbour.
An eclectic assortment of goods for sale at the Kalk Bay Trading Post.
The seemingly plain facebrick facade hides a real treasure trove, but it’s almost lunch time, so we head on by…
Fresh snoek in Kalk Bay harbour.
The harbour itself is quite empty, with most of the fishing fleet out at sea for the day.
St James in the distance, with Fish Hoek just peeping out from behind the mountain. The Simonstown is on the far left.
A modest entrance to an emporium of bakery delights in Kalk Bay.
Looking up the steep, short Colyn Road in Kalk Bay.
And so we arrived in Simonstown. This is a small section of the yacht marina. Off shot to the right lies the naval base which played such a strategic role to protect the sea route past the Cape during two world wars and the Cold War.
Lunch stop! Freshly fried snoek for me, and fresh chips (what some call fries) for me. Oh, the simple delights of being in such a wonderful place!