Marina Da Gama
A still largely undiscovered gem in the False Bay area, Marina Da Gama is a waterside community on the eastern shores of Zandvlei – an inland salt water lake that feeds into the sea. Established in the 1970s, homes are grouped along a number of marina waterways which form part of the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve that consists of a wetland, river system and estuary.
A slice of life
With its distinctly Mediterranean feel, Marina Da Gama’s white washed homes conform to approved architectural design guidelines to create a charming village atmosphere. The views across the lake’s banks are beautiful, and the reserve is teeming with bird life and is home to many endangered species. Enjoying extra hours of late afternoon sun thanks to a break in the mountain range, the climate is mild and sea cooled. Summers are dry, winters moderate and spring and autumn are cool and fresh for walks along the lake.
The suburb has a limited number of controlled entrance points to create a secure and family-friendly area, and homes range from modest starter to larger family and top end luxury homes. Appealing to first time buyers, families and retirees, Marina Da Gama’s community is friendly with residents often dropping in to visit each other by boat. Commuters enjoy its position and 35 minutes’ drive to the city centre, and it’s also a favourite with younger professionals who work at the nearby Capricorn business node.
A place to play
Marina da Gama offers its residents a peaceful environment with spectacular views of Muizenberg mountain and Zandvlei lake. Locals can be seen enjoying sundowners by rowing boat or an evening windsurf or stand-up paddle and kayak along the waterways.
It’s also close to amenities with its own shopping centre at East Lake, and a few minutes’ drive to larger shopping areas in nearby Muizenberg and Lakeside. Residents can enjoy hikes and walks in the nearby mountain reserves or along the lake, and the beaches of Muizenberg are in easy walking distance.
Marina da Gama has a strong community atmosphere, with regular events such as the annual Marina Carols, monthly craft market and an active local Gardening Club.