Muizenberg

Cape Town's popular False Bay resort town

Muizenberg is located south of Cape Town at the end of the M5 on the False Bay Coast of the Cape peninsula. The town stretches out along the Indian Ocean and lies at the foot of the False Bay Mountains.

White sandy Blue Flag Beach

The False Bay town got blue flag status in 2008 the for its clean waters and attractive beach.

This lovely seaside town is not only a surfers paradise and attractive for the younger generation but popular with families and retired persons alike.

The pavilion at the waterfront promenade, which you see on my picture, is housing the Tourism Center as well as it is used as a conference center.

At a glance:

The Balmoral

Population: 11,418 residents (36% Coloured, 36% White, 26% Black, Indian and others 2%), 46% English, 32% Afrikaans Home Language (2001 census)

Distance to Cape Town CBD: 25km

Driving Time: 40 min on the M5/M2, in Rush hour: 90min, between 7.00 and 9.00 as well as 16.00 and 18.00

Train: 50 mins from Cape Town Station. The trains Leave every 15 mins

Shopping: Shoprite, Kwikspar, Woolworths

Hospital: Constantiaberg Mediclinic

Main Attractions

Here you will find a fine white sandy beach which stretches along False Bay to Strand, some 20 km to the east. To the west the beach ends at Surfers Corner.

The coastal town is known also for its splendid clean Blue Flag beach which caters for the whole family.

Here are the colorful bath huts on Muizenberg beach.

Colorful beach huts

The long promenade which was recently refurbished is next to a huge area for entertaining kids and the young at heart.

There are several wooden climbing frames along the beach for the little ones and next to the beach promenade you will find a playground, mini-golf or putt-putt and kids swimming pools and a waterpark with a supertube (water slide) as well.

Waterpark with Supertube

Then there is Surfers Corner. The western end of the beach beneath Boyes Drive is extremely popular with young people, as there are all the surf shops, where you can rent equipment or book a course.

Hotels, Bars and Surf Shops at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg

The town is very popular with novice surfers from all around the world and swimmers like the place too, as there is a flat wide beach with gentle waves and the lifesavers station is located near the beautiful multicolor beach huts.

Not to forget the water is much warmer here in the Indian Ocean than in the cold Atlantic.

Well worth to note is that the Indian Ocean is known also for the occurrence of the great white sharks in these warmer False Bay Waters.

But do not worry, there are shark spotters on duty along the False Bay Coastline who give warnings should one of the Great Whites should come too close for confort to the beaches.

At the Kite Festival

The Kite Festival is well known not only in South Africa but by kite enthusiasts from around the globe who participate in this annual Cape Town event which takes place in October. The Muizenberg kite festival is on this year from October 25 to October 26, 2009.

Walkers and Hikers will love the mountians, from where you have georgeous views over False Bay. Muizenberg Peak towers 507m above the town and that is where you can also do some great hiking and walking.

Housing and Amenities

Shopping: There are several shopping facilities in Muizenberg with the Shoprite Center being the biggest. There are some bigger shopping centers also outside town on the M5 towards Lakeside and the Kwikspar and Woolworth Center on the M4 (Main Road). There are some smaller boutiques in town and many popular restaurants and bars attract local and tourists alike.

Housing Prices for a 3bedroom house start from ZAR1,200,000 to ZAR2,000,000. Rentals for a 3bedroom house around ZAR8,000-ZAR10,000.

Medical Facilities: located in smaller practices but there is 24 hr service at Tokai Medicross and Constantiaberg Mediclinic.

Schools: There is a Primary and High School,the International School in Wynberg is a 15 minute-drive away.

Sporting Facilities: All kinds of water-based sports activities. There is also a yacht club and canoe club at Zandvlei and you will also have quick access to fabulous Westlake Golf Course a mere 10 minutes outside of town.

There is a quite vibrant international community living in Muizenberg. The town slowly sheds its shabby chic and develops a younger and more sophisticated atmosphere. There are different church communities and an active Hebrew community.

Houses along Royal Road

Recently property developers found new potential in restoring the town to its former glory.

Newly restored buildings attract tourists and locals, as they do not only house offices and surf and dive shops but also restaurants and bar and the fine bakery cum coffee shop "Knead". This is a really wonderful place for eating out.

Eating out at Knead

And not to forget: There is a flee market where you can find almost everything:-) every Sunday and on public holidays on Royal Road next to the Traffic Circle at the False Bay End of the M5.

Interesting History Facts

Muizenberg was founded as an outpost of the Dutch East India Company in the late 1700. The name of the town obviously stems from its first postmaster called Muys.

In 1822 the railway line helped forming a little town at the foot of the Muizenberg.

The town had until then only comprised some farms. After the gold rush started in South Africa in the late 1800, many of the rich entrepreneurs built seaside cottages for their holidays at the Cape.

It was a booming town in the early 1900. Many mansions which are recently going through a major renovation process were built then as well as a theater, post office and library. In 1929 the Pavillion was built at the promenade.

Famous people who stayed here are Sir Cecil Rhodes, whose cottage still can be visited during summer time and Rudyard Kipling who stayed in this fashionable False Bay town too.

And Herbert Baker build some magnificient homes in Muizenberg.

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