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St. James, which owes its name to the homonymous lifestyle, on the other hand looks a bit more contemplative. Here you live, including views of the False Bay course. Noteworthy, however, are the colourful wooden beach houses near the train station at the northern end of the village (already part of Muizenberg). We know her from many photos, and it always says “the Muizenburg beach houses”. Although it is less than on Muizenberg beach, they are usually in a better light.
Kalk Bay was first inhabited by shipwrecked and deserters. “Kalk Bay” takes its name from an old lime kiln that used to extract the lime from the shells for the Dutch East India Trade Company.
The fishing industry began to settle in 1800, 1883 came to the railroad connection. The small village, which runs along a narrow ledge between sea and mountain, was founded in the 17th century by a handful of stranded sailors.
Kalk Bay became known through its kilns, where limestone building material was burned for the Dutch East India Company. Therefore, of course, he got his name. Later, at the beginning of the 19th century, Kalk Bay became more and more of a fishing port, which is still of great importance today.
At the Indian Ocean there are many opportunities for swimming. Here the water is usually 3-4 degrees warmer than on the west coast. Miles of sandy beaches invite you to go for a walk, go jogging, sunbathe or have a picnic in the evening. On the main street, many historic houses have been lovingly restored in recent years and created new cafes, restaurants and galleries.
With the commuter train – which runs to Simons Town – you can reach Muizenberg and the other places on the False Bay very well.
Below the Chapman’s Peak you can see the wonderful white sand beach, where only a few walkers are often seen except a few surfers. Unfortunately, Baden is too dangerous because of the strong current. The wide valley is home to many talented artists and craftsmen. The Noordhoek Art Route is especially worth mentioning and takes you to local artists.
The main naval base of South Africa has been slimmed down in recent years, so today only a few warships can be seen in the port of Simons Town. As a result, the city is gaining new tourist significance. The shallow, sheltered bays invite you to take a bath and this probably also applies to the penguins.
The harbor is the attraction in Kalk Bay. You can watch the fishermen over their shoulder when they return to the sheltered harbor and unload their catch. When the colorful fishing boats enter the harbor (usually at midday), you can watch the fishermen praise their catch. Fish fly to the shore and banknotes do the same in the opposite direction. The buyers then often have the fish removed and prepared on land.
After Seal Island on the False Bay go from here boat trips. Hundreds of sea lions and birds live here (an “insensitive” nose should, however, bring your own) – including the infamous “white shark” you meet here at certain times.
Between the fishing village Simon’s Town and the surfing beach Muizenberg is the beach St.James with its popular sea water pool. Here you will find, as in Muizenberg, the colorful wooden houses, where you can undress undisturbed. The beach is less animated but compared to Muizenberg and slightly smaller – and there is a walkway that leads to the nearest beach, where the inhabitants of the place often play with their dogs. The beach is ideal for a relaxing break from the taut holiday program – or as a stopover from Simon’s Town or Cape of Good Hope back to Cape Town.