Imhoff’s Farm is well worth a visit. There you will find a farm stall, a bistro, custom painted surfboards, homemade delights, and plenty other expressions of artistic and creative talent and offers of great fun for children. Camel and horseback rides, a kite shop and a snake park. Imhoff’s Park is part of a nature reserve and includes a breeding station for the African Blue Crane.
Kommetjie is a charming picnic spot with its expansive beaches, interesting rocky patches, dense kelp forests and fantastic waves. Long Beach includes Bokramstrand and Klein Slangkoppunt, popular for swimming, windsurfing, paddle skiing, Cray fishing, and boating.
Kommetjie boasts the tallest lighthouse on the South African coast. The Slangkop Lighthouse is 100 feet high, entirely made from steel and became operational in 1919. this village has also opened a private park where they breed buffalo and different species of antelope.
The metro railway line that runs from Muizenberg to Simon’s town right along the False Bay coastline makes a bend around Fish Hoek’s beautiful sandy beach. Most of the residents are retired but it still has a busy main street with market stalls and shops. This beach is one of the safest in the Cape for bathing and body boarding and frequented by people old and young. There are regular regattas where and when the wind picks up the waves are ideal for windsurfers and hobie cats. From July to October whales are often spotted off this coastline as they come in closer to the shore in order to mate and give birth.
To prohibit thirsty sailors from stopping here for a drink on their way to Simonstown navy base, the original 1818 farm was built only on the condition that there was no public wine house. One hundred and eighty seven years on there are still no liquor stores.
Simon’s Town is rich in historical significance. It was founded in 1743 by the first governor of the cape, Simon van der Stel, then after the British had taken over the Cape in 1806 they turned Simon’s Town into a naval base and it has remained one ever since.
The British influence can be seen in the architecture, reminiscent of a quaint English seaside town with intricate Victorian wrought iron balustrades and the flag-flying British Hotel dominating the main street. There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants and a Quayside Waterfront with a view of the harbour and the False Bay Yacht Club. There is a life-sized statue in Simon’s Town Jubilee Square of the famous Great Dane dog “Just Nuisance”, the only dog ever to hold rank the Royal Navy.
Antique shops and specialty thrift shops line the Main Road.
A couple of kilometers outside of Simon’s Town is Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African jackass Penguins the only species of penguin that gather on the African continent. Wooden walk ways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and visit the information centre. Boulders beach swimming is extremely sheltered and safe for children. South of Boulders beach is one of Cape Towns best kept secrets, Windmill beach. Exellent for scuba diving past the breakers, the shallow end is perfect wading for kids. On the drive there you are almost guaranteed to be confronted by a troop of baboons who rule the road all the down to Cape Point.
Noorhoek’s 8km beach is the longest and widest stretch of untouched pure white sand in the whole peninsula and the best protected on the Atlantic Cape coast. This beach is not suitable for swimming but extremely popular for surfing, horseback riding, and a long peaceful walking path ends at the site of a 19th century shipwreck-the kakapo-which ran aground on its maiden voyage to New Zealand in 1900. The beach is backed by national Park-protected wetlands, and as a result is free of the urban sprawl that characterizes most other Cape Town bays. Noordhoek village has a small, country feel, with many residents involved either in arts and crafts or smallholdings or horse stables. There are excellent local craft shops, farm stalls, restaurants and bars in this area. It is connected to the Cape Town area via one of the world’s great roads, the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive with its incredible views of the mountainous Atlantic coast.
View the only Buffalo on the Cape Peninsula, as well as Antelope, birds, and unusual, vibrant flora at Selole Private Game Reserve, situated in the Noordhoek Valley. Experience fascinating game-drives and walks around the reserve with trained rangers. Enjoy fine Italian cuisine at the Mnandis Restaurant.
There are some magnificent places to go horseback riding in Noordhoek, Hout Bay and Stellenbosch. These adventure trails vary from 1 hour to elaborate 3-day horse trails. Riding schools offer lessons for children and adults.
Nudists may want to visit Sandy Bay alongside Llandudno with its large boulders.
In the shadow of Table Mountain lies Constantia, set in a lush valley, birthplace of South African winemaking. the area is green and cool with a wonderful selection of hotels and guesthouses. The world famous wines from Constantia were sought after by royalty in the 18th century and remain valued and popular with connoisseurs today.
Visit famous wine estates on the Constantia Valley Wine Route. The best known, Groot Constantia, founded in 1685, was given to the first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel as an experimental agricultural produce farm. Today, Groot Constantia is a museum that exhibits great insight into the social life of the first Cape settlers. Visitors can experience first hand the outstanding quality of the wines in a tavern in the Jonkershuis restaurant. Other fine restuarants include Constantia Uitsig, River Cafe', and La Colombe. Constantia’s wine route is well worth visiting for vineyards including Uitsig, Steenberg, Buitenverwachting, Manuka, Klein Constantia, and Groot Constantia.