To call Muizenberg interesting is a bit like calling Usain Bolt a runner. Or Warren Buffet rich. Sure they are, but it only tells a small part of the story. For some reason Muizenberg, situated on the False Bay coast on the way to Cape Point, is often overlooked by visitors to Cape Town.
And yet the suburb is full of great coffee shops and restaurants, historically important sites, wonderful old buildings and the easiest waves to learn to surf on in the country.
From an historical point of view, the area was home to the earliest inhabitants of southern Africa, the Bushmen, or San. They had been living in the area for at least 10,000 years ago. Although there are very few pure Bushmen left on the planet, their genes are in abundance in the local communities.
But Muizenberg is best known for two other reasons. It was here that the Battle of Muizenberg took place, in 1795. This completely altered the trajectory of the history of the country, and was the start of British occupation in the Cape. One can visit the site of the battle. The reason for the British taking occupation here was because of its strategic position. They needed to be able to defend their ships going to and returning from the jewel in their crown which was India. And so the battle.
And then Muizenberg is the perfect place to learn to surf. The first South African to stand up on a surf board did so here. At the time, in 1919, Heather Price was a 19 year old. She had been befriended by two American sailors who were based in Simon’s Town, on a U.S. naval vessel on its way back to America from the Far East. So if surfing is your thing, this is the place.
You are welcome to join Amazing Cape Town tours for an architectural and historic walk along the sea front and millionaire’s mile. Learn more about the early history of the area, and find out about the early days of the Dutch and British occupations. We would love to see you.