Muizenberg is a laid back small coastal town that offers visitors a great holiday destination. There are a number of local and historical attractions within relatively close proximity to each other, activities to keep the children occupied, wide child friendly beaches with shallower, warmer swimming waters, as well as a wide variety of different types of eating establishments.
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Muizenberg is a relaxed coastal town located along the shores of False Bay in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It is known for its long wide white sandy beaches, its diverse mix of people, historic buildings, and colourful history. The Muizenberg Beach has been a favourite with holidaymakers for hundreds of years because of its long, wide, white sandy beach, warmer water, and small waves – making it quite child-friendly. It is well known for its brightly coloured Victorian changing rooms that are on many well-known Cape Town postcards and for providing great photo opportunities.
Muizenberg Beach is also popular with surfers and it is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, as well as with kiteboarders and land sailors, plus there are surf schools that offer lessons, as well as surfboard and wetsuit hiring facilities. Close to the beach, you’ll find the Muizenberg Pavilion where you can play putt-putt or ride on the super-tube. Muizenberg is a great place to take walks and a stroll along the seafront walkway begins in Muizenberg and carries on until Kalk Bay, which provides visitors the opportunity to see some of the town’s historic buildings like Rhodes Cottage, Natele Labia and the South African Police Museum, as well as breathtaking views of the shoreline and the chance to do some whale watching in season that is roughly from the end of June until the beginning of November. Other historical sites worth seeing include where the Battle of Muizenberg took place and Het Posthuys (the Post House).
Muizenberg has a variety of interesting little shops and many restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, while at the beach there are beach vendors and a kiosk nearby that offer an assortment of snacks, fast food, ice cream and cold drinks.
Outdoor activities in Muizenberg include bird watching, sailing, boating, and canoeing, while Zandvlei, which is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, is close and easily accessible. During winter is the perfect time for hiking and Boyes Drive is an easy access point for this scenic trail.
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- Swimming in the sea and tidal pool with water slide
- Playing putt-putt at the nearby pavilion
- Surfing or learning to surf
- Visit the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve
- Play sports like beach soccer, volley ball and touch rugby
- Take a train ride around the peninsula in a steam locomotive with Atlantic Rail
- Take a walk along the beach and seafront walkway
- Visit the Masque Theatre
- Enjoy whale watching from Boyes Drive
- Go hiking in Bailey’s Kloof and Mimetes Valley, or Silvermine Plateau
During the summer, which is from October to May, the weather is generally warm and sunny and the days are long. Peak season is from November until February and Muizenberg can be quite busy. The best time to do some surfing, whale watching and hiking is during the winter time, which is roughly from June until September.
- A mix of restaurants and cafés
- Fresh sea air
- Spectacular views
- Clean white beaches
- Excellent surfing and kite boarding conditions
- Lots of exercise
- Rest and relaxation