The first sight of the white sands and rolling waves of scenic Noordhoek Beach is as you round one of the last hairpin bends of Chapman’s Park Drive. The view that opens up below you beckons you to stop the car and get out your camera. The beach is backed by protected wetlands and in the distance the Kommetjie lighthouse marks the end of this unspoiled coast line.
There is more than enough space for everyone so here are a few great ways to explore this amazing stretch of coastline:
Park your car in Kommetjie and enjoy a barefoot walk on the soft white sands with unspoiled views of towering Chapman’s Peak and Karbonkelberg in the distance, west of Hout Bay. Near the southern end, you will come across the wreck of the Kakapo. This steamship ran aground on its maiden voyage about a century ago when the captain mistook Chapman’s Peak for the Cape of Good Hope. The large granite boulders at the foot of Chapman’s Peak are the perfect place for a picnic and if you are feeling energetic, the trail leading to the top of this mountain starts here.
At the northern end of the beach you will find the relaxed village atmosphere of Noordhoek. Here hens, ducks, geese and pigs and of course horses roam the gardens. The many stables offer you another fantastic way to explore the beach – on horseback!
A horseback ride along Noordhoek Beach is a firm favourite on many people’s bucket list. You will know why, as you gallop down this vast expanse, surrounded by the wildness of the ocean. The sense of space and freedom is unparalleled.
Another great way to enjoy Noordhoek beach, or rather the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto its shores is on a surfboard. The two surf breaks ‘Dunes’ and ‘the Hoek’ offer surfers clean barrelling waves in icy waters.
Noordhoek Beach also offers beautiful sunsets so join a few friends for sundowners and just absorb the atmosphere of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches.