Boulders Beach, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Travel Guide

Boulders is world famous for its colony of African Penguins, and no trip to the Peninsula is completed without visiting this intimate beach. You can easily spend a day on the picturesque beach observing these interesting creatures. Wander through the main road and side streets of Kalk Bay for an amazing seaside town experience. Muizenberg, known for its colourful beach houses overlooking the ocean, is definitely the place to get away from it all.

Boulders beach has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent small beach. Prepare yourself for a lazy day with some wonderful views over False Bay. The Penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach (at Boulders) where boardwalks will take you within meters from them. You can even swim among them at the Boulders Beach side and the sea is warmer here than on the western side of the Peninsula.

Between Boulders and Kalk Bay you will find the beautiful town of Fish Hoek. It is famous for its  safe swimming beach with beautiful white sand and nice restaurants.

Kalk Bay is nowadays regarded as one of the trendiest seaside villages in Cape Town. With its unique charm it’s a wonderful place to wander around, relax and refresh. Discover the harbour area with its excellent restaurants and good seaside atmosphere. The best time to visit is definitely over lunch when proud fishermen arrive with their daily catch. Here you can also join a fishing boat for a fishing trip on False Bay.

There are many delightful shops in Kalk Bay’s Main street, and don’t forget to explore the small side streets too. Among them are some antique stores, book shops and junk shops full of surprises. Some interesting shops include Belle Ombre Antiques, Kalk Bay Trading post and Quagga Art & Books.

Although Muizenberg town is still maybe a bit dodgy, it’s currently being restored to it’s former days and it will soon become one of Cape Town’s hot spots again.

A walk on Muizenberg Beach is not to be missed. West Beach is famous for it’s colourful small beach houses overlooking False Bay and definitely the place to get away from it all. Muizenberg is also popular as a swimming beach so don’t forget the sunscreen and swimsuits. For those wanting to learn surfing, this is the perfect place to try this sport with  help from a professional guide.

To experience the environment at its best, take the very popular coastal board walk from Muizenberg to St. James beach. Another exciting activity is to leave your car at Muizenberg and take the coastal train to Simons Town. The line runs right next to the ocean and the views are splendid. It is also Cape Town’s safest rail line during day time.  

How to get there

If this attraction is an extension of your drive around the Peninsula as described in attraction Cape Peninsula Continue further along the eastern side of the Peninsula (M4) towards Cape Town and visit these attractions. To get back to Cape Town, continue along Main Road (M4) towards Lakeside and turn left into Steenberg Road (M42). You will soon reach the Simon van der Stel Freeway (M3) where you need to turn right (off left). The M3 takes you all the way into Cape Town.

If you are only visiting Boulders: From the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) (corner of Coen Steytler Ave and Buitengracht street) take the N2 highway towards the airport and turn right off the M3 (Rhodes drive) which becomes Union Ave. Continue along Union Ave – it becomes Paradise Road (M3), then Edinburgh Drive (M3) and finally Simon van der Stel Freeway (M3). Continue along this road until you reach Steenberg Road (M42) where you need to turn left, and then right into Main Road (M4) towards Muizenberg. Muizenberg’s West Beach is located off Beach Road.

Continue further south along Main Road (M4) for  Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach is located past Simons Town near the Simons Town Country Club. For more details on Simons Town see Cape Peninsula.

An interesting way back to Cape Town is to turn into Kommetjie Road (M65) from Fish Hoek, and then right into Ou Kaapse Road (M64). This road takes you over the beautiful and almost eerie mountains of the  Silvermine Nature Reserve. It circles down until you reach Steenberg Road (M42) where you need to turn right to get back on the Simon van der Stel Freeway (M3) to Cape Town.

Travel checklist

  • Penguin watching at Boulders Beach
  • Discovered Kalk Bay harbour and Main road 
  • Walked on West Beach, Muizenberg

Useful numbers

Boulders Beach Visitors Centre 021 786 2329
Belle Ombre Antiques 021 788 9802
Kalk Bay Trading Post 021 788 9571
Quagga art and books 021 788 2752

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