"Malay" refers to that section of the Muslim community in the Peninsula whose ancestors were sent there during the 17th and 18th centuries. They came mainly from Java and the Indonesian islands (especially Bali). The first group arrived in 1667 with other groups following later. In the Cape however, they mingled with other races, among them the indigenous peoples of South Africa, as well as Arabs, Indians, Chinese and Whites.
There are about 166 000 of them in Cape Town and about 10 000 in Johannesburg. In Cape Town most of them live in the Malay Quarter on the slopes of Signal Hill. Many also lived in District Six before it was demolished.
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Much is said about the stunning Chapman's Peak drive along the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, and it is undoubtedly one of the great coastal drives of the world. However, you hear much less about Boyes Drive on the eastern side of the peninsula, which is arguably more scenic and more interesting.
Boyes Drive is elevated above the coast along the section between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. From this higher position, you can look out over False Bay to the mountains on the other side (for most of the length of the Chapman's Peak drive, you are just looking out over the Atlantic). You also get a really interesting perspective on the ribbon of development that hugs the coastline, and can look down on the railway line (see my other travel tip on this railway) and south towards Simon's Town and its naval harbour. If you're lucky (and in season), there may even be whales frolicking in the bay!
To your back, you can look up the mountain (where there has not yet been any development) and there are several footpaths that you can hike (can't comment on these as I have sadly not yet had time to explore them).
Along the northern section of Boyes Drive, you can marvel at the ingenuity of engineers in building houses and driveways that cling to the cliff. Further south, you can be nosey and peek into the tiny (but exclusive) old houses of Kalk Bay (including the stairways which are unique to Kalk Bay). Then why not finish your drive at one of the many Kalk Bay hostelries?
This route has even more virtue at present as the main road along this section of the coast is currently experiencing major roadworks, so Boyes Drive is a faster and less unpredictable route. You can also combine this drive with a circumnavigation of the peninsula: continue south past Simon's Town, cross over the peninsula (following the signs to the Cape Point nature reserve) and keep driving until you reach Scarborough on the other side. This will ultimately bring you up to Kommetjie and Noordhoek, from where you can do Chapman's Peak Drive (if it's open - often it's not) and ultimately end up in Hout Bay and back into Cape Town.
Update (April 2011): Our ever-reliable Cape Town based correspondent Gerald_D (who doesn't write tips but is amazingly informative in travel fora) informs me that Main Road Kalk Bay has been closed northbound for the next couple of years as they undertake major upgrading and repairs. This means that if you are doing the Peninsula Drive anticlockwise, you will be forced to take Boyes Drive as a detour: this is signposted
Silvermine Nature Reserve is located South of Cape Town and was named after some unsuccessful attempts to mine silver here. It's a beautiful place to go hiking though. You'll wander through fynbos (the local bush) and if you you come in autumn you'll see the proteas blossoming.
There's a car park on Ou Kaapse Weg from where a lot of the trails start. Entrance is 10 Rand per car if I remember it correctly.
One of the wonderful things about Cape Town is the huge variety of hiking opportunities within a stone's throw of the city. One of my favourites is the Silvermines area, off Ou Kaapseweg (the main road which travels down the 'spine' of the peninsula), which is the southern extent of Table Mountain. There is ample parking, although you can't immediately see it from the main road.
The scenery is dominated by stark, rocky sandstone outcrops (which always remind me of the Yorkshire Moors), covered with fynbos vegetation. The area is often shrouded in mist as the 'tablecloth' descends from Table Mountain, which gives it an otherwordly air.
There are several potential routes: short walks around a couple of little lakes and other longer and more taxing routes up onto the top of the cliffs which provides stunning views down over Noordhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive and Hout Bay.
The hiking is well within the range of the moderately fit and children (provided that they're not toddlers). Fynbos is dominated by short bushes, so there are few - if any - trees, so as a result the paths are fairly exposed to the elements. Given the wind and the absence of much shade, it would be easy to dehydrate if the weather is hot, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and, as always, cater for the ever changeable Cape Town weather by bringing clothing for all seasons!
I understand that as it is a Nature Reserve (rather than a National Park), dogs are also allowed on leads, although you'd have to check this.
Hout Bay is a small town South of Cape Town which is know for it's fishmarket. Mariner's wharf is also a great place to visit, if you're looking for some souvenirs or if you're hungry.
The scenic Chapman's Peak Drive starts at Hout Bay. It's a 5km toll road and the fee is 22 Rand per car. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and foggy when was there, so I just could guess how amazing the views must be.
Craft market & organic foods
The village is open daily & there is a farmstall eatery as well as a great Pizza place called the Gift which has great views of Lions Head
You can ride a camel here!! We did!!
Kommetjie Road (M65), Noordhoek
The old malay quarter or as it is called nowadays the Bo-kaap is worthwile seeing. I've been to Cape town numerous times but never bothered to go and see it. It is basically in the city. Drive on in Wale street to Greenpoint. The area has been upgraded in a lot of places and property prices are rising sharply. it is conveniently located and has a great atmosphere. houses are painted in bright colours. Streets are still cobblestone and narrow, From the top the view over Cape town is amazing.
Well I have`nt seen so many gay people and transvestites in South Africa like I`ve seen in Cape Town.
They have a hugh gay party in Cape Town annually when gay people all over the world fly to Cape Town to join in the festivity.
This town is situated on the R311 about 75km NNE of Cape Town. Situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg (Castle Mountain), a 946m high solitary rock of Table Mountain sandstone, sentinal amidst the rolling wheatfields and vineyards of the Swartland, the tranquil village of Riebeek Kasteel is covered in the softest hues of pink and white during spring when the peach orchards are in bloom. Riebeek Kasteel was named after Jan van Riebeeck and the Kasteelberg. The name Riebeek Kasteel appears for the first time in the journal of the surgeon, Pieter van Meerhof, in 1661 while he was on a discovery expedition.
This lovely old village is the oldest Mission Station in South Africa, with its setting at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains it is about 30km from Caledon. All the buildings on Church square was declared National Monuments in 1980. This church square is regarded as the most authentic on in SA.
Take the N2 from Cape Town and just follow the sign posts from there
There are three options for driving down onto the Cape peninsula from Cape Town - along the Atlantic seaboard (including Chapman's Peak drive, if it's open), Boyes Drive or the coastal road along False Bay, and over Ou Kaapse Weg (the old Cape road which runs down the 'spine' of the northern section of the peninsula), which is usually the easiest and quickest.
On the face of it, choosing the inland route as opposed to driving two of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world sounds like a rather dull option. However, Ou Kaapseweg is spectacularly scenic in its own right, and gives you a whole different perspective on Table Mountain - so, not being someone with great regard for the virtues of moderation, I strongly suggest that you drive all three!
Ou Kaapseweg is a beautifully engineered steep and winding road for most of its length with a series of hairpin bends ('switchbacks' for you North Americans) on the northern end closest to Cape Town that facilitates the climb over the southern saddle of the Table Mountain massif. The landscape is what Europeans would probably describe as 'rugged moorland' and at times it reminds me strongly of parts of Yorkshire or Scotland. The steep sandstone outcrops are covered by fynbos (an ecosystem where trees are pretty well non existent and even the bushes seldom extend over head height), and the overall effect is one of wild remoteness. It's the sort of landscape that just makes me want to get out and hike - and fortunately there are myriad opportunities to do this (of which hiking at Silverminesis just one of many options). Because of the openness of the landscape, it is easy to get badly sunburned and/or dehydrate, so be sure to pack a hat and plenty of water and sunscreen if you decide to do this.
Many people (myself included) will tell you that the best way to get the most out of Cape Town and its changeable weather is to only plan your day's itinerary that morning and to try and avoid whichever set of mountains shrouded by cloud. This is excellent advice in regard to going up Table Mountain, Signal Hill or Lion's Head (as you won't see a thing), but I would actually recommend driving Ou Kaapseweg in mist - it is eerily atmospheric, and reminds me of a set from a Conan Doyle novel (or maybe I've just seen 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' too often!). Having said that, it is even more impressive in good weather.
Once you've driven this road, spare a thought for the poor sods who have to cycle this as part of the Cape Argus route - admittedly they do it downhill into Cape Town, but the thought of having to control a bike down those hairpins after you've already cycled the best part of 100km is an intimidating prospect!
Well you can drive through a place called Bothasig. They have a yearly competition whereby people go all out to decorate there homes with lots of Chrismas Lights and Decorations and the winner wins a Cash Prize of R50 000. Its very nice to see so its worth just taking a drive through here.
The coast road to Hermanus is stunning.It has less traffic and the r44 runs along side a beautiful stretch of coast line.,which faces False Bay and is surrounded by 1000m mountains.These mountains are covered in Fynbos(unusual plants) .It passes some pretty beaches.
The Atlantic coast side of the Cape has wonderful scenery.The mountains make the scenery beautiful.Some of the beaches this side are the trendiest and people tend to sun bathe here and not swim(as the water is cold).You may spot a sand artist here on some of these beaches,and they hope for a donation.
Getting There: Here is one of the beautiful beaches in Cape Town.There is a huge amount of beaches around.I found the beaches on the Atlantic coast alot colder(sea temp)than on the Indian sea side.Also,i found the Atlantic side alot windier.But saying that,the beaches were very pleasant.
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