Visit Kalk Bay for under R100

Are you keen to see as much of Cape and South Africa as possible while on your adventure here at ELC? Then go visit Kalk Bay on the train - it's an experience! It's a buzzy little town that offers picturesque views and loads of things to do, as well as tasty food.

Map showing Cape Town to Kalk Bay

Everyone goes to Camps Bay.  Everyone goes to Sea Point.  Everyone goes up Table Mountain.  But almost no one goes over the mountain to the Indian Ocean.  You can go see the Indian Ocean for under R100 from the city centre of Cape Town?  Here we tell you how.

Are you ready? 

Firstly, is it a beautiful day?  Do you have some of your friends with you? Are you ready for an adventure? If the answer is YES for all of these questions, then you are ready to go to the Indian Ocean and specifically, a beautiful little town called Kalk Bay. 

Why Kalk Bay?

Here’s an extract from Inside Guide that says it all: “It was named one of The 12 Coolest Cities Around The World by Forbes magazine in July 2018, among international hotspots like Barcelona, Washington and Amsterdam, and outranking London and New York in the process. After one visit to the quirky seaside village of Kalk Bay, it’s easy to understand why.”   

It’s a sleepy little fishing village while still offering loads of things to do and experience.

How do you get there?

You can catch a train from Cape Town train station. Using the Southern Line Rail Route, you can take the train that goes to Simon’s Town or Fish Hoek.  Just before Fish Hoek, you can alight from the train and step into the magical world of Kalk Bay.  It is a very small town on the coast.  

The journey to Kalk Bay takes about an hour and the train passes through Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs, which is home to the Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, as well as the Cavendish Square shopping centre.

Your train ticket will cost around R25.  You can use this website to check the time of the train departures.

ELC students on the train to Kalk Bay

Where can you eat in Kalk Bay?

Hungry after the journey?  We highly recommend fish and chips, a very popular South Africa meal, at one of the many restaurants – there are lots of fabulous places to eat in Kalk Bay. You can get your fish and chips takeaway and go sit on the beach.  There are some very good restaurants and the fish and chips will cost about R65.

What else can you do in Kalk Bay?

If you’re a walker or a hiker, you could go up into the mountain behind Kalk Bay or St James Beach, and do a little walk. The views are amazing.  Lots of us often go walking in Cape Town – it’s part of the lifestyle.  Here’s Teacher Catherine on a walk with some friends a few years ago.

Teacher Catherine on the mountain behind Kalk Bay

So if you’ve never been, grab some friends and make a plan to go this weekend. You won’t regret it and have loads of beautiful photos to share with your friends back home.

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