Kommetjie, Southern Peninsula
The sleepy small town surfie vibe is a big part of Kommetjie’s attraction. It feels a million miles from the city, even though it’s just a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, one of the most scenic commutes ever along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Most of the residents are here to escape city living, to surf before and after work, grow vegetables if the porcupines and baboons don’t eat them all and enjoy a slower pace of life. There are small shops, pubs and cafes but no chain stores, and the liveliest hangout is the beach when the surf’s up, with several renowned spots for intermediate surfers.
For non-surfers the beautiful beaches around Kommetjie offer endless activities: long walks and horse-rides along pristine Long Beach towards the Kakapoa wreck and Noordhoek, with varied bird-watching from oyster catchers to strandlopers along the way. Pick mussels, catch the famed local crayfish (with a license from the Post Office) or take the kids to the sheltered tidal pool at De Kom near the Slangkop lighthouse (it’s still the Atlantic Ocean so the waters are chillier than on the False Bay side of the peninsula), perfect for summer splashing. perhaps with flamingos to keep you company. Away from the beach Imhoff Farm entertains kids with farm animals and jungle gyms and adults with crafts, art, cafes and cheese-tasting.
Kommetjie is the perfect base to explore the rest of the peninsula, from the Cape Point Nature Reserve for fynbos and wildlife where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, the penguins at Boulders Beach with a lovely little swimming beach perfect for kids, to exploring the historic streets of Simonstown or the picturesque fishing village of Kalk Bay. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas, any drive you take will be scenic, before coming home to the salt sea air for more blissful beach relaxation at home in Kommetjie.