Cape Town Spoiled Me With So Many Bays
It is weekend. Summer time. You are in Cape Town, what are you going to do? Visiting beaches or bays (how they call it in Cape Town) in Cape Town would not spoil your mood. Located on the peninsula beneath the glorious Table Mountain, Cape Town spoiled me with so many bays. During my times there, I managed to visit some of them, and they are highly recommended to visit. Here they are:
The bay is one of the premier tourist attraction in Cape Town. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay is a suburb of Cape Town and could be reached only 15 minutes drive from city center. It is safe to walk freely at the beachfront during the day and night. With a lot of restaurants, accommodation, and attractions, Camps Bay became so popular among among local and international tourists as ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Cape Town. In addition, Camps Bay is one of favorite fairytale wedding venue from couples around the world. Sari and I visited this bay twice. We came for the first time in the morning, where the wave was a bit high. The second time, we came in the afternoon when the sea was calmer and safe to swim in.
This is my favorite beach in Cape Town. Hout Bay was formerly fishing village which is affectionally known by the locals. Even though it is not as popular as Camps Bay, with its central position, Hout Bay offers so many things to do, such as hiking, cycling, game-fishing, and kayaking. Moreover, its long sandy beach framed by the mountain is incredibly beautiful. At other side of the bay, I was spoiled with the views of fishermen wooden boats. The distance from city center is around 30 minutes drive. Along the main street in Hout Bay, it is full of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants with delicious sea foods which is worth a try.
It is one of popular tourist stop for the the colony of African penguins which settled there since 1982. These African penguins are merely found on the coastlines of Southern Africa, where South Africa and Namibia take place. Today, the number of penguins live there are significantly decreasing. Therefore, now these little cute creatures are under the Cape Nature Conservation’s protection. Boulder Bay is also part of the Table Mountain National park. This bay is not included within the route of Hop on Hop Off bus that we used in Cape Town. Renting a car or joining tour group could be an option. When Sari and I arrived there, it was only few minutes before the heavy rain came. Yet, I still could capture some moments before the rain started to pour.
Sari and I did not come to this place for particular purpose. We just had opportunity to witness this scenic view since it was included in our tours’ itinerary to Simon town. When I saw it from the top, I did not think that this place is friendly beach for swimming with its sharp cliffs and high wave. I might be wrong too. Nonetheless, the view offered from the top is truly breathtaking.
Cape Good Hope
It is a rocky promontory at the Southern end of Cape Peninsula. With the stormy weather, the cape is situated at the intersection of the warm Indian Ocean and the cool Benguela current from the Antarctic waters. Therefore, this place is known as the meeting line of Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Even, there is funny rumors spread among visitors that we might be able to see the line separating these two oceans. Of course, we did not see the line. I was lucky to snap one shot in the middle of bad weather.
VnA Waterfront, or it is also known as Victoria & Albert Waterfront, is situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbor. The area consists of 123 hectares land, now it has been developed for mix-use of residential and commercial real estate. There are a lot of shops, restaurants and tourist attractions around (such as seal-watching, aquarium, etc), attracting more than twenty million visitors each year. You may not be able to swim there, since I did not see any beaches available around. However, visitors could be spoiled by having a cup of coffee in one of cozy coffee shops by the Atlantic sea, or just having some relaxing walks while doing window shopping. From here, visitors also can jump onto the boat to visit the famous Robben Island.
We did not go for swimming here. Instead, we visited this island to witness the historical place where had been being an isolation place for political prisoners in the past, including Mr. Nelson Mandela. Due to long stories, I will post particular post about this island for my future post. Yet, I had captured some coasts in the island.
Of course, there are so many other bays spread throughout the city. But, our time limit did not enable us to visit them one by one. Some, we just could witness from the passing cars. To conclude, when you visit Cape Town during summer, do not miss the chance to visit these bays.