Muizenberg is a suburb of Cape Town and seaside town with a unique atmosphere and attractions. It’s about 18 miles from the city center and has been a noticeable vacation destination for wealthy South Africans.
Muizenberg Cape Town
Here are the 6 things that you should do in Muizenberg, Cape Town!
Muizenberg is the most popular for its long, white beach, reliable surf breaks and colorful beach huts.
1. Enjoy Wealth of Watersports
There are so many water sports other than surfing that you can enjoy on Muizenberg’s beaches. You also get to enjoy kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons here. Sunrise Beach is a nice spot for blokarting.
You can also opt for the Imperial Yacht Club that offers small sailboats on rent for public use and anglers can fish for local species such as kob, shad, and Cape stumpnose from the beach’s rocky areas. At Cape Town, Freediving offers apnea courses that teach you the art of breath-hold diving.
2. Go Surfing
Muizenberg is popular for its best surf spots in South Africa for beginners thanks to the consistent waves and gently sloping sand bottom of the beach at Surfer’s Corner. The spot offers both left and right-hand breaks and if you don’t already know how to surf, there are plenty of shops offering lessons. Of these, Gary’s Surf School is one of the oldest in the country.
You can also rent boards and wetsuits — which you’ll need, although the waters of False Bay are noticeably warmer than those of Cape Town’s Atlantic coast. Muizenberg is also particularly popular with longboarders and in winter the northwest wind brings larger waves for more advanced surfers.
3. Spend a Day on the Beach
Blue Flag-awarded Muizenberg Beach is also a great place to simply kick back, relax and admire the view. Due to less water, you can enjoy safe swimming and protection from trained lifeguards in season.
Lines of brightly painted beach huts make the town one of the most Instagrammable places in South Africa; while Muizenberg Water Slides is located close to the beach. You can also stroll along the beachfront to the suburb of St. James. You may also keep an eye out for southern right whales if you’re visiting between June and November.
4. Learn About Muizenberg’s History
Introduced as Dutch military post in 1743, Muizenberg was the site of a battle that resulted in the British takeover of the Cape Colony. Today, Muizenberg’s Historical Mile sheds light on the past with a range of landmarks including Het Posthuys and the Rhodes Cottage Museum. Het Posthuys is the oldest surviving building on the False Bay coastline, which was erected by the Dutch East India Company in 1742. It served as a toll-house, police station, stables and brothel. Whereas the Rhodes Cottage was home of infamous imperialist Cecil Rhodes and now is the home to interesting exhibits.
5. Explore Nearby Nature Areas
Muizenberg is known for its beautiful nature reserves. At the head of the estuary lies the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, a 200-hectare wetland with an environmental education hub and a mile-long (1.5 kilometer-long) walkway with bird hides and picnic tables is a great place to visit. You should look for otters, mongeese and the endemic Cape grysbok antelope here.
Rondevlei Nature Reserve is a little away but it also requires a visit due to its resident hippo population. These are the only wild hippos in the Cape Town area you can watch on a chartered boat safari. If you’re a hiker, visit the nearby Silvermine Nature Reserve. Try to overcome the challenging trails, peaks, and caves that can be accessed from Boyes Drive, the beautiful mountain pass that connects Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.
Is it something amazing about Cape Town? Better to pack your bag and set out for this place if you are a hiker or adventurous guy!