Fish Hoek

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Fish Hoek was one of the first places in South Africa to develop a tourist industry with a bed and breakfast establishment opening in 1901. The attraction is obvious; warm weather all year round, a beautiful beach and hospitable locals.

Fish Hoek Mini Guide

Getting There
If you’re arriving by plane, land at Cape Town Airport and either rent a car there before driving across country to Fish Hoek or if using public transport, catch the MyCiTi bus into Cape Town before taking the train along the coast. Be aware that road routes can regularly become congested leading to a frustrating start to your trip so it may be preferable to start with public transport then hire a car in Fish Hoek.

Don’t Miss
You shouldn’t miss the stunning beach which looks idyllic curving around the bay. Walk along it using the ‘Catwalk’ and discover another world living in the rock pools along the shore. Another must see is the arrival of the Southern Right Whales in the bay. Pride Ridge Wildlife Reserve is a wonderful place to spend the day with a host of animals native to Southern Africa allowed to roam in relative freedom – the reserve doesn’t house any predators so the animals can live peacefully together. For a more commercialised version of a natural park, Imhoff’s Farm offers camel rides, a chance to feed monkeys as well as a collection of South Africa’s snakes!

Eat Out
For fabulous views and delicious food, try The Galley right on the beach or for some entertainment of the natural kind whilst you eat, Peacocks, in the Pride Ridge Wildlife Reserve is a must. Elsewhere, you’ll find a wide range of cuisines to suit all tastes including a fair selection of Boer restaurants.

Going Out
Interestingly, there are no stores selling alcohol in the town due to a stipulation in the original land deed. However, bars and restaurants can serve alcohol but excessive drinking is actively discouraged and you may get a few wry looks if you have one too many. You won’t find night clubs in the town but if you want more action, don’t forget that Cape Town is only 30 minutes away by train.

Out and About
Drive into the valley that runs from Fish Hoek Bay to Kommetjie and on to the Atlantic Coast to visit Peer’s Cave where 12,000 year old cave paintings have been discovered. Then go to Boulder’s Beach to watch the colony of penguins that live there. Kalk Bay is a quieter, more upmarket village adjacent to Fish Hoek, whilst for a dramatic, unspoilt coastline, visit Muizenberg for great surfing and miles of sand.

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Another advantage is the direct train from Cape Town which takes only thirty minutes to access the town. This has meant that many people now live in Fish Hoek and commute into Cape Town, joining the thousands of elderly who have retired to this beautiful part of Western Cape.

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