Fish Hoek


Original coastal-village charm


Set at the mouth of the Silvermine River, in the shadow of the Kalkbaaiberg, is the quaint coastal town of Fish Hoek. One of the original fishing villages along the Cape coast, the town has retained its former character and old-world charm.

The long, powder-white beach is one of the safest on the False Bay coast, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. During the migratory season, pods of whales slowly pass through the ultramarine waters with their calves. The naval-base of {~3480~] is nearby, close to Boulders Beach’s penguin colony. Over 2,000 of these black-and-white birds can be found waddling on the stretch of sand, diving from the rocks, and boldly swimming among visitors.

Fish Hoek’s bay-like curve spans from Clovelly Station in the north, to the red-topped lighthouse by Silvermine River. The protected river runs into a fynbos wetland filled with birdlife and home to a thriving community of endangered leopard toad. Explore the watercourse leading to the Silvermine Dam, past dense Palmiet reeds, natural pools, marshlands, and a canopy of Keurboom trees. The village’s oldest resident – the Fish Hoek Man – has been residing within the Peers’ Cave for close to 12,000 years, in the form of fossilised remains.

 

Highlights

  • One of the original fishing villages along the Cape coast and has retained its character 
  • Fish Hoek’s beach is one of the safest on the False Bay coast, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling
  • During whale-watching season, the waters teem with pods of whales and their young 
  • The Silvermine River runs into a protected wetland area of fynbos, which is a breeding ground for the endangered leopard toad
  • Peers’ Cave houses the remains of 12,000-year-old man, dubbed the Fish Hoek Man

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