Holiday homes to rent in South Peninsula, Cape Town
The incredibly scenic Cape Peninsula extends 50 kilometres to the south west of Cape Town all the way to the Cape of Good Hope. The pretty coastal villages of Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Misty Cliffs all make perfect places to relax and explore this breathtakingly beautiful coastline, with its sandy beaches, rugged mountains, a national park, penguins and more - all just an hour or so from Cape Town city centre.
Here is our selection of properties around the Cape Peninsula, and below that further information on the various locations that we feature -
Noordhoek is situated 35 kms from Cape Town just beyond the world famous Chapman's Peak Drive scenic route that hugs the steep mountain slopes above this small and rustic seaside community and looks out over its fabulous 8km long sandy beach and bordering wetlands which create a haven for local birdlife. Noordhoek beach is one of the Cape's finest and most beautiful, the ideal place to spend a few hours horse riding from the local stables, surfing or just relaxing along with the many locals out dog walking and enjoying the incredible sea and mountain views.
Noordhoek is well serviced with a shopping centre nearby, and there are several excellent local restaurants, pubs and cafes in and around the sprawling village that extends from close to the beach up onto the mountain slopes above. The excellent Noordhoek "Farm Village" forms the heart of the community, with a great selection of places to eat, as well as to buy food items and crafts, in and around a lovely relaxed village green style area, very welcoming to families. We love Cafe Roux for long leisurely brunches, the Food Barn for fine dining and the Toad in the Village pub for a decent pint or two!
Kommetjie is another small, rustic seaside community about 10 minutes drive beyond Noordhoek where the quiet and laid back lifestyle of locals and visitors is very much focussed on enjoying the 5km "Long Beach" as it's called, with a reputation as one of Cape Town's finest spots for crayfishing (when permitted in the summer months), surfing and other water sports but the beach is equally lovely just for long scenic walks, with rock pools to explore and a tidal swimming pool that works well for children.
Kommetjie started out as a weekend beach retreat for Capetonians who built simple beach houses here in the early 1900's and it has still retained much of its unspoilt charm and the feeling of escaping far from the relative buzz of the Mother City. There is a small local store for provisions, a garage and several local restaurants but Kommetjie is also just a short drive from the more major shopping facilities of Fish Hoek and the Sun Valley shopping centre near Noordhoek.
Fish Hoek is the most sizeable community of the destinations we feature on the Cape Peninsula, being a long established coastal town of about 4000 households on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula about 40 minutes' drive from central Cape Town. It is a popular base for holiday makers to explore the beautiful southern peninsula with the Cape of Good Hope a further 40 minutes' drive away.
Fish Hoek itself has plenty of leisure activities on and off the ocean to keep even the most active visitor happy, from sea angling to kayaking, from whale watching trips, hiking and visits to the famous penguin colony just beyond nearby Simonstown. There are also some great dining and shopping spots including the small fishing village of Kalk Bay, a short drive along the coast from Fish Hoek.
Fish Hoek has a long sandy beach which is very popular with holiday makers and locals alike, especially with the ocean here on average 5 degrees warmer in summer than resorts like Camps Bay and Clifton. Although the town of Fish Hoek may lack the more modern style and sophistication of these and other Atlantic suburbs of Cape Town, it has considerable charm and style of its own, with some great properties offering dramatic coastal views and good value accommodation.
Kalk Bay is an absolute gem of a small fishing village on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, located just beyond Fish Hoek and about 45 minutes drive south of Cape Town. One of the smallest working harbours in South Africa, there is a real buzz as the small colourful fleet of fishing boats offloads its daily catch and fish are sold right off the boats on the simple harbour stalls as they have been for generations, closely watched by hungry harbour seals waiting hopefully for free handouts.
Kalk Bay is of course therefore a great choice for lovers of seafood with a wide range of restaurants along the water's edge catering for all tastes from simple plates of fish and chips at the ever popular Brass Bell tavern right on the rocks, to the fabulous fine dining experience of the Harbour House restaurant, one of our personal favourites for seafood, with tables overlooking the sea and harbour area.
Kalk Bay also has a fascinating range of antique shops and quirky craft stores to browse along its one main thoroughfare, which along with many busy local cafes, cool bars and simple bistros create a very laid back, bohemian atmosphere that adds a lot to its charm.
Misty Cliffs must be one of the most romantic and suitably named places in the world. This peaceful little hamlet of a few dozen beach houses is situated all on its own in a conservation area perched on the lower mountain slopes right above the wild breakers and empty beaches of the western Atlantic coastline of the Cape Peninsula. On a summer's day the sea mist often rolls in for an hour or so early in the mornings hanging over and giving a truly magical and inspiring character to this small and very beautiful stretch of coastline.
Misty Cliffs is nothing much other than a collection of beach houses and weekend holiday homes, so this really is the place to relax and get away from it all in peace and quiet. But it is also a great base for exploring the wild mountains and long sandy beaches of the glorious Cape Peninsula National Park being only 15 minutes drive from the main entrance to the Cape Point reserve leading to the Cape of Good Hope. as well as being a popular stretch of coast line for experienced surfers and kite surfers. You can eat at local restaurants and buy basic provisions in the nearby villages of Scarborough and Kommetjie while the main shopping centres of Simons Town, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay are all an easy 30 to 40 minute drive away on the other side of the Peninsula.