Cape Town like a Local: Muizenberg to Kalk Bay
When I am not in the classroom teaching or preparing for English lessons at the UCT English language Centre in Cape Town, I enjoy letting my mind wander while my legs do the work. Apart from the obvious physical health benefits, walking is a great way to relieve stress and give those learning brains a break!
Muizenberg to Kalk Bay is one of my favourite South Peninsula walks: It is best to arrive in Muizenberg by train in the morning. Although the walk itself can be done in a little over an hour (both ways) and around half an hour one way, you will want to enjoy at least some of the many possible stops.
Fuel up before you leave with a coffee from one of the many coffee shops on the beach front at Muizenberg. The path begins in the Northwest corner of the beach front car park and takes you right along the sea’s edge for about 1,5km to St James tidal pool. Here is one of two places you can enjoy a refreshing dip. From here its best to use the subway to cross the railway line and use Main Road to complete your journey. You will come across subway access to the second tidal pool on your route (Dalebrook) just before you reach the busy Kalk Bay Main Street.
Kalk Bay boasts many restaurants and bars, but my personal favourite is Kalky’s – inside the old fishing harbour – for some authentic Cape style fish and chips. With scores of shops worth a visit, you can easily spend most of your day browsing and eating. If you don’t feel like the 3km walk back to Muizenberg, hop a train from Kalk Bay’s charming old station, and you are only two stops from your starting point.