Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town.
by Zola Miller

Culture, scenery and vibrancy combined - where to find all this? Only 25 minutes drive from Cape Town is a special spot on the False Bay coast, an area commonly called Muizenberg, but comprising Mediterranean-like Marina da Gama, Kalk Bay and St James. Easily accessible by road and a scenic rail route, a climate "for all seasons" in this stunning area, according to many locals.

A lack of extremes always in evidence - the warm waters of False Bay are of moderate temperatures, often some 10 degrees warmer than the water on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula. Mirror-like reflections on the lake are colourful, a sight to be remembered. Locals also claim that less winter rain falls here than anywhere else, and spring brings wild flowers on the mountain slopes during the green-growing season. Summer is the dry season, but temperatures are kept fresh by cooling breezes off the ever-present sea.

Between St James and Muizenberg lies a part of the main thoroughfare known as "the historic mile". The varied architectural style of buildings and the history of these residences make visiting such places as Rhodes Cottage, Het Posthuis, Natale Labia Museum and the Muizenberg rail station, to name only a few, an interesting experience.

Stroll along the seaside walkway and admire the ever-changing seascapes, or stop and chat to the truly cosmopolitan locals, all of whom will gladly answer all your questions in a variety of lingoes. Marina da Gama is a secure, clean and spectacular residential development enveloping the lake. Bird life is plentiful and provides excellent opportunities for the photographer.

The Capricorn Business and Technology park is the largest of its kind in Africa. Entrepreneurial opportunities have arisen in quaint premises throughout the entire area, but Capricorn also offers world-class conference facilities and great business opportunities in a well-protected environment. The impressive Lindbergh Arts Foundation and the recently revamped Masque Theatre offer both entertainment and conference / function facilities.

Muizenberg regularly hosts local, national and international events in the lifesaving, canoe, surfing and kite festival sporting events. The well-known Argus Cycle Tour and Two Oceans Marathon pass along the main road. Muizenberg is understandably also much loved for film shoots, symphony concerts, and the like.

The white beach sweeps for miles along the coast. Here you will enjoy participating or just watching all kinds of water sports, "trek" fishing, surf fishing - yours to request, yours to enjoy! Together with the spectacular lake, the craggy mountains and the friendly locals representing all kinds of cultural facets, visitors will find something special drawing them back, time and again, to Muizenberg.

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