A laid back beach suburb with a rich history that dates back well over 300 years, Muizenberg is a colourful mix of history, culture and natural beauty. Home to the famous Surfer’s Corner, ‘Muizies’ – as it’s affectionately known by locals – is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. In fact, Agatha Christie – famous author and playwright – would take the train to Muizenberg to go surfing in the 1920s!
Along with its bright and colourful changing rooms and white sandy beaches, Muizenberg village has several special historical features that include Het Posthuys (the Post House one of the oldest buildings in SA), Cecil John Rhodes’ Cottage, and the site of the Battle of Muizenberg.
A slice of life
Muizenberg is leisure living at its best. Once an exclusive coastal resort, today’s eclectic beachside suburb attracts surfers, families, retirees and holiday makers. Many of the buildings date back to its heyday and feature old world architecture and art deco style.
The climate is moderate thanks to False Bay’s mild temperatures and the suburb is surrounded by a mountain, ocean and the Zandvlei estuary that enters the ocean in Muizenberg. Served by a regular train service to Cape Town, Muizenberg has a junior and high school within cycling distance, and daily shopping is only a short walk away.
A place to play
Stretching a distance of over 20km, Muizenberg’s white sandy beach is a mecca for surfers, swimmers, kite surfers and body boarders. Families love its warm and shallower waters and its open air promenade offers water rides, a public swimming pool and putt-putt course that’s busy all year round.
Just a short walk away you’ll find a quirky village community that’s made up of surfers, crafters, yoga teachers, creative characters and families. Culture vultures enjoy theatre, buskers and live music while history buffs can enjoy Muizies’ rich history that dates back to the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795.
Rock climbers make the most of the steep cliffs above Muizenberg, while Rondevlei provides a paradise for birdwatchers. Along with great fishing, False Bay has some of the best boating and sailing in the country and is home to the imperial yacht club and peninsula canoe club. Locals frequent Sunday’s beach market, while others enjoy a hike in the unspoiled mountain reserves, walking the dogs or flying a kite along the estuary.