A look arournd McDougalls Bay.

I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning walking round and talking to some folk in McDougalls Bay. Again everyone was friendly and prepared to go out of their way to help me. One guy even offered to give me some 4×4 driving lessons when I told him there are certain places I don’t take the Pajero as I don’t know much about 4×4. Think I might just take him up on that!!

Plots in McDougalls Bay, belonging to mine managers in the area, date back to 1855 and it is believed to have been the holiday resort of the rich. In 1960 there was renewed interest in the bay and plots could be hired from the municipality but only removable structures could be erected. This changed in 1986 when the bay was resurveyed and tenants could get ownership of their plots.

A guy called Jack Carstens found the first local diamond at a place called Oubeep just south of McDougalls Bay 0n 25 August 1925 but it was only in the 1970’s that the mining of diamonds from the sea started.

McDougall Bay taken from the North side.
McDougall Bay taken from the North side.


Apart from the rough beauty of the place 2 things really struck me – one was the number of houses and plots  on the market and two some of the unusual architecture. It seemed as if every third or fourth  house is on the market and when I popped in at the local Seeff Office and spoke to Beverly Jackson I was given a list of all the properties and sites that are for sale.  I count 44 plots and about 27 houses listed by Seeff alone. There are also quite lot of B&B’s and Guest Houses in the area.

The price of houses range from about R450,000 to just over R2,500,000. One that caught my eye was this one below.

House for sale.
House for sale.

It is listed as being newly built but here is also a sign above the front door that reads 1894.

The Koi pool area.

The Koi pool area.

This house is on the market for R1,800,000 and consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garages, a Koi pool, is also fully furnished  and  has a bachelor flat attached. Wonder what that would go for in say Yzerfontein?

Yesterday evening on my walk I met one of the real local characters, George who is/was a diamond diver, and I want to do a full post on him. Even his house is fascinating so thought I would start here with some of the unusual architectural  aspects of McDougall Bay.

The house that George built.
Ben’s Den

I have seen something similar near Hangklip.

Bigger is better?
Bigger is better?

This one is on the market for R1,530,000 and has 4 bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms.

Colourful hey?
Colourful hey?

No ja well fine!
No ja well fine!

On the market for R1,200,000

Netting harders.
Netting harders.

Spotted these 2 bobbing around in the bay netting harders. They were out the whole morning and I saw them pull in quite a few. I have been told that the fishing in the bay is very poor but I aim to try and disprove that in the near future. If there are harders around there must be other fish in the water.


  1. Hanlie on July 22nd, 2009

    Mmm, I think their prices are a little steep…

  2. Chris M on July 23rd, 2009

    I’ve never been to McDougalls Bay, it looks very peaceful and relaxing.

    How’s the weather your side, it’s been freezing here in Cape Town..

  3. pbdphoto on July 23rd, 2009

    @Hanli think of McDougalls Bay as the Langebaan of the area – 100k’s from Springbok and Alexander Bay.
    @Chris The weather is not too bad. Monday was really great but it has been a bit chilly and windy since then.

  4. Chris M on July 23rd, 2009

    Is there a place where you can make a fire at least?

  5. pbdphoto on July 23rd, 2009

    @Chris M It is fine inside the caravan as I have a panel heater which keeps the temp at about 16º to 20ºC which is fine. It is also okay if you get out of the wind.

  6. Chris M on July 23rd, 2009

    Wow, that sounds like a really fancy caravan! Yup, I have to agree, around most of these cities, it’s usually the wind which keeps everything cold. Well, good luck with the day ahead, I hope you stumble across many interesting things!

    Ps. When’s the next fishing mission?

  7. Michael Olivier on July 23rd, 2009

    I hope you have some good red wine to keep you company – sounds like such a fun trip. Love your beautiful website – but the we know who did the design dont we! Luv Michael

  8. pbdphoto on July 24th, 2009

    Hi Michael used to be really into wine years ago but not any more. Apart from a few setbacks it has indeed been an interesting and fun trip.

  9. justBcoz on July 28th, 2009

    The house that George built and Ben’s Den look awesome 🙂

    *cough* Thank you Michael!!

    BTW Dad, Michael is one of our clients – we’ve done a fab new site for him, hoping to launch the finished product any day now …

  10. pbdphoto on July 28th, 2009

    @JustBcoz make sure I get a link to Michael’s new site. I just hope I can get hold of George to do a post as he is a real character. I have actually seen a few more of the Ben’s Den type houses here.

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