Muizenberg


Beach huts and superb swell at Muizenberg


Muizenberg leans against the mountain on the shores of False Bay. This laid-back seaside town might not share the dazzling nightlife and dramatic boulders seen on beaches like Clifton and Camps Bay, but the waters here are wide and welcoming. Its white sandy beach is littered with neat rows of brightly coloured beach huts made for changing.

The eastern side of False Bay offers no protection to Muizenberg, leaving the swell to break directly on the beach creating the ideal conditions for surfers and kite surfers. The sometimes inconsistent swell also invites swimmers and stand-up paddlers. Shark spotters, stationed on the side of the mountain, ensure the safety of all beach-goers. Perched above Muizenberg are jagged, steep cliffs offering superb Rock Climbing.

The seafront is lined with cheerfully coloured beach houses, whimsical shops and cafes. Muizenberg beach is reminiscent of a time when holiday-makers would flock to the beach, piling out of their Morris Minors to eagerly bury their feet in the soft sand. The area was also the setting of the Battle of Muizenberg. The historical site on the mountain slope is scattered with the remains of the skirmish that led to the British capturing the Dutch colony.

 

Highlights

  • The eastern side of False Bay offers no protection to Muizenberg, so the swell breaks directly on to the beach creating big waves ideal for Surfing and Kite Surfing
  • The inconsistency of the swell also allows the ocean to return to a calm, glassy state perfect for swimming and stand up paddlers
  • A line of jagged, steep cliffs above Muizenberg offer superb rock climbing 
  • The mountain slope is littered with remains of the Battle of Muizenberg, where the British and the Dutch skirmished

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