Walking Tour 11:

Muizenberg to Kalk Bay Tour


Tour Length: 3 hours

Tour Themes: XXXXXXX

Meeting Point: The Striped Horse Bar

End Point: Olympia Cafe

Fitness Level: Medium

Language: English

Price: R150

Starting Point

End Point

A Bit of Background

Muizenberg to Kalk Bay – Waltz Bay

Are you a Cape Town local missing feeling like a tourist? Or a Wes-Kaap tourist dreaming of becoming a local? Then you’ve stumbled on the perfect event blurb for you…

The mini-riviera strip between the antique Muizenberg station and the majestic cocktail bars of Kalk Bay has been handed down to us as ‘millionaires’ mile’; not just due to its nouveau richy-riche citizenry, but because the wealth of history, architecture, botany, geology, zoology, gastronomy, spalaeology, anecdote, esoterica and human interest it still showcases are enough to enrich us all whilst still remaining (mostly) free to wander.

Having been Cape Town’s default getaway since the 18-bladdy-80’s, I want to revitalise and totally reimagine this space for you as the true birthplace of South African leisure-time. For more than five generations, this nook in the hook of the Cape has been mixed in every sense of the word – its legacy is preserved for us through the descendants of prodigal surfers, infamous Randlord speculators, stowaway Filipino sailors, press-ganged West African soldiers, ex-pat Mediterranean artisans and the cream of South African fishermen.

Likewise, its face has changed constantly, and its old denizens and facades are perhaps more unrecognisable and fascinatingly strange to its current lovers than any other spot in the country past Adderley Street…

Also, rest assured, this is a fully automated luxury tour in which all the classic tales will be regaled of the Battle of Muizenberg and Rhodes’s expiration in his Cottage whilst we frequently stop for ice-cream, tourist pictures and erudite banter.

So please, drop all the vague content-less plans you had for this Sunday afternoon to come relish the stories, sights and casual insanities of the space where George Bernard Shaw finally learned to boogie-board…

Save your questions, your snacks and all your best instincts for intrigue, and meet me in front of the Striped Horse to traipse all the way to Mount Olympia.

Archive Gallery

All photos, unless otherwise stated, are from the collections of Michael Fortune, Etienne du Plessis and the Cape of Diab group.

Our friends in Hout Bay

Reference Books for this Tour


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