Cape Town is one of the top travel destinations in the world. Many people visit for what is not often much more than a whistle-stop tour that takes in the well-known sites of the city and surrounds. However, there is a place, a touch off the tourist map yet at the same time on it that really must be visited.
The small town of Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula and the surrounding area is a place well know and respected by locals, and some tourists who have discovered it. The tranquillity and natural beauty of the real holiday town is quite surreal and once visited many will come back again.
A place to slow down
Trapped in between some of the best beaches, most amazing mountains and some wonderful small towns, Kommetjie and the surrounding has a lot to offer for those who want to slow down. Well, not slow down on all levels, the beaches around Kommetjie and Noordhoek have some of the most perfect surf anywhere in the world. Decent sized waves and plenty of beach to reach them on make the coastline of the Cape Peninsula one of the top surfing destinations in the world with Long Beach at the top of the list.
But it’s not just the surf that makes the area so amazing. There is plenty to do under the water, the kelp forests and sea life are a major attraction for scuba divers and novice snorkellers from all over the world. The ocean surely is the big attraction.
Explore by Horseback
For those who want to explore and experience the beaches is a truly memorable way, nearby Noordhoek as something special. For many the thrill of riding a horse through the surf is a bucket list item and long, stretched out beaches of Noordhoek have made this possible with plenty of places offering horse riding experiences.
Of course, there is Long Beach mall for those who want to shop when visiting or for those wanting a walk outside rather than around the shops nearby Chapmans Peak has some impressive hiking trails to explore.
Getting to Kommetjie
Getting to Kommetjie is easy and the ride by car is one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world with a couple of routes to follow either from the Hout Bay side and up over Chapmans peak, along Ou Kaapse Weg or just following the coast from Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. The drive is well worth taking slowly with maybe a stop at Silver Mine or the penguins at Boulders en route.
There is plenty of accommodation for B&B and small guesthouses to self-catering units and places for backpackers. Be warned, at peak season Kommetjie itself becomes very booked up and you may have to consider looking for accommodation nearby. The area has all the amenities one expects with a tremendous variety of coffee shops, bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets.
One thing one can expect from Kommetjie and its surrounds in peace, quiet, natural beauty, amazing oceans and friendly people. For some, this makes the perfect getaway.