Holiday In Kommetjie Cape Town Western Cape South Africa


Rural Beach Destination: Kommetjie Cape Town Western Cape South Africa

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Kommetjie Cape Town Western Cape South Africa

Have you been to Kommetjie?

The locals will tell you it’s not a place it’s an experience. And I agree. Kommetjie is away from the city buzz. But who needs a city if you want endless beaches, beach houses and a rural community where dog-lovers live.

What people of Kommetjie say about their village:

Kommetjie people

They continue to describe themselves:

Kommetjie is a village on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. With around 3000 residents, it has a peaceful rural atmosphere, which most residents wish to maintain. We are friendly and hospitable, but at the same time we fiercely defend our right to determine the pace and nature of our village. This is done in an open and transparent manner and all residents are invited to participate democratically. More here….

Some of the beach areas close to the Kom have lovely rock pools with many birds and sea life for hours of exploring.

Kommetjie (Afrikaans for “small basin,” approximately pronounced cawma-key) is a suburb of Cape Town, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It lies about halfway down the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, at the southern end of the long wide beach that runs northwards towards Chapman’s Peak and Noordhoek.

Kommetjie celebrated its centenary in 2003, but in reality 1903 only marked the first house being built here. More on history…

The village is situated around a small, natural and rocky inlet that resembles a basin. There is some evidence that this basin was used as a fish trap by prehistoric people. The area is a popular spot for surfing, since powerful waves from the Atlantic Ocean rise up over rocky reefs formed by hard sandstones of the Table Mountain Group. Wherever the bottom is rocky, the shallower waters are thick with giant kelp forests.

Kommetjie is famous for its excellent crayfishing despite recent changes in fishing quotas which have seen a drastic reduction in the daily catch allowed. See here for the latest articles on the rock lobster season.

Kommetjie Map In Relation To Cape Town Central and other villages in the area:

kommetjie map

Kommetjie Accommodation

North of Slangkop Light Tower older accommodation can be found along Die Kom and then new modern beach homes on Long Beach. Holiday accommodation varies from rural basics to extravagant luxury. The nightly rate per person is a lot less than for the same house in Camps Bay or Clifton. In most cases it’s more than 50% less expensive to stay in a beach house in Kommetjie than on the Atlantic Seaboard. The following Kommetjie holiday house is very typical of what you can expect from houses in the secure Klein Slangkop Estate.

Klein Slangkop Accommodation

Klein Slangkop Accommodation

This large Kommetjie Accommodation is more typical of homes on the beach near Klein Slangkop.

Large Kommetjie Accommodation Near Die Kom

Large Kommetjie Accommodation on the beach

Kommetjie Restaurants

If you are a fine dinner then go to Kalk Bay and visit Harbour House. If you want a quick meal then Kommetjie will do Decks Cafe, Fishermans, or Helmans Pub. Out of season most are closed on a Tuesday  Tuesday go somewhere else. Not too far away is Imhoff Farm Blue Water Cafe – loved by families with small kids or The Pickled Fish – Or try the Camel Rock in Scarborough. The Camel Rock is an experience. They do prawns and carrots – odd. As I said; eating out is not the main attraction.

Kommetjie Surfing

Surfing in Kommetjie is a serious pastime for many locals and holidaymakers, mainly due to the temperature of the water.  If you are interested in surfing more than mere ripples read this article on “Medium Wave Surfing” by Tony Butt.  He says, “….. I quickly realized that the area around the Cape had a host of other big-wave spots including the Outer Kom, the Crayfish Factory and Sunset Reef. For the current Kommetjie surf conditions have a look here.

 Kommetjie Bird Life

Flamingos in Kommetjie. Not only can you see these magnificent birds, there are many birds along the beach and rock pools.

Kommetjie Attractions:

Who needs attractions if you have Kommetjie? Get real. Okay. Let’s see. What about a picnic at Slangkop Lighthouse?

Or a drive all along the coast from Hout Bay via Kommetjie to Cape Point and all the way to Muizenberg? You may just ask yourself why people need to go anywhere but Kommetjie. Here’s a map with instructions.

Imhoff Farm is a fun place. Walk the small shops, buy from the delicatessen, ride a camel, buy wine or have a meal.

Or visit any of the smaller towns in the immediate area. You can take a lovely drive, with great views via Red Hill, to Simonstown and go see the penguins.

Are you a hiker? Take a left at Red Hill and go for a walk to easy walk to the beautiful Kleinplaas dam.

Kleinplaas Dam

Kleinplaas Dam (credit)

Kommetjie is my kind of place. It’s the real sea. It’s got proper waves. It’s got a fresh sea smell. It’s got white sand. It’s rural. There are no high heels. There are surfers and other cool people. Even if they are trying not to be.

Have fun

Johan Horak
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August 8, 2013

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