Seeing False Bay property owners frolicking in their very ‘own’ tidal pools, makes for an enviable site.
As just one of many benefits they derive from living close to Cape Town’s warmer ocean currents, owners of elegant coastal addresses are afforded so much more than spectacular views. Residents who have purchased property along the city’s Indian Ocean coastline, say the pleasurable swimming conditions in tidal pools are often overlooked when searching for property to buy.
The road from Cape Town International follows stretches of pristine white beaches central to the coastal route of Monwabisi and Macassar, where numerous line fish anglers can be spotted searching for their daily catch. Newcomers to Strandfontein Road might find this single lane road, although sand swept at times, useful as a shorter route between the False Bay coastline and Boland towns of Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The route also passes the Blue Flag Mnandi Beach, aptly named to mean ‘lovely’ or ‘just’ right’.
For those travelling by train, making the picturesque trip from the city, or from other routes out of the Northern Suburbs, the popular surfing beach of Muizenberg features one of SA’s oldest and largest tidal pools. This seaside town is increasingly becoming a popular destination among retirees, as a result of the latest addition to its retirement facilities, such as the St Ledgers Retirement Hotel and Evergreen Muizenberg Lifestyle Retirement Village. Both located within close proximity to the beach, residents are able to access local tidal pools where safe outdoor bathing has become a favourite past time. The area is known for pleasant conditions during summer when water temperatures regularly reach 20 degrees and more.
Further along is St James, renown for rows of brightly coloured bathing boxes also favoured for its gently sloping tidal pool and small beach area, making an ideal playground for young and old. The next stop down the line is Kalkbay, featuring a number of tidal pools located close to this trendy suburb known for its coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Kalkbay’s rocky shoreline has long attracted those in search of property to buy, not only as a result of the perfect surf break on the reef, but also as it offers a number of excellent primary and high schools within easy reach by train, bus or car. One of four local tidal pools, the Dale Brook Tidal Pool has its own train station, and is known to be frequented by early risers, some who are year round swimmers.
En route via Sunny Cove and Fish Hoek is Glencairn Beach, where a magnificent tidal pool visible from the road sits just below the train station. And just a short distance along is the Dido Valley tidal pool and beach, one of many scenic beaches and best kept secrets before reaching Cape Point Nature Reserve. Hikers and mountain bikers in need of cooling points can enjoy the magnificent outdoors at this reserve while swimming at Bordjiesdrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools.
The nearby Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre is also the location of a SA Weather Bureau Research Laboratory, maintained in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute of Garmisch in Germany, for the monitoring of long-term changes in the earth’s atmosphere possibly impacting on climate.