Where to Stay - South Africa

Coastal Walk along False Bay, Western Cape

A lovely 1 hour coastal walk with magnificent views across False Bay and the option of extending your walk up Table Mountain.

Muizenberg to St.James to Muizenberg

Western Cape Coastal Walks

This walks starts and ends at the train station in Muizenberg and covers a distance of approximately 3km which should take you about 1 hour to walk. Starting your walk at the train station in Muizenburg head north on Main Road passing Muizenburg Park on your left. On the corner of the park take the road on your left named Camp Road. You will pass the old Jewish Synagogue on your right and eventually head up some steps towards Boyes Drive. Follow Boyes Road as it gently inclines and you will soon have some spectacular views across Muizenburg all the way to the beach.

Follow Boyes Drive southwards and you will notice an iron gate on your left which leads down to the burial site of one of South Africa's mining magnates - Sir Abe Bailey. Infact you should be able to see his old house called Ruste-en-Vrede notable due to its red tiled roof. Continuing your walk around the next corner you will soon have some panoramic views across False Bay all the way to Simons Town and Cape Point. Now if you are taking this walk during the months of October to November be sure to look seawards as this is prime whale watching time. Keep an eye out for these amazing creatures as they leap out the sea and breach. A good camera will catch some excellent photos to take home with you. On your right now is Silvermine Nature Reserve which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. If you want you can take one of the many trails marked that lead you up Table Mountain but this is not our route today.

Continuing our walk along Boyes Drive we now reach Jacobs Ladder where you will find steps that lead down to St James train station. Alongside the train station you will spot a number of brightly painted bathing huts just like you still find today along some of Englands Victorian seaside towns. On a hot day this is a perfect spot for a nice refreshing dip in the sea. From this point you can now join the traditional coastal walk route back to Muizenburg. On the walk back look out for Rhodes Cottage also known as Gracelands after the home of Elvis. This used to be the home of Cecil Rhodes the former Cape Province prime minister. Enjoy the wonderful coastal walk back and the views across False Bay. Once you are back in Muzenburg why not try one of the many cafes and bars where you can enjoy a cooling and refreshing drink.