I have decided that while I am stuck in Cape Town, earning some money to finance my journey around the coast of South Africa, I will have a look at some of the interesting places that form part of the mother city.
I stay in a caravan based at Chapmans Peak Caravan Park which is on Noordhoek Road just below Chapmans Peak Drive and one of the places just across the road from me is the Noordhoek Farm Village.
- Noordhoek Farm Village.
The village is a must destination for all visitors to Cape Town and, when Chapmans Peak Drive is open, is en route to Cape Point and Simonstown. It is also well supported by the local community and people from in and around Cape Town especially over weekends as it is a wonderful place for the whole family to have a bite to eat and do some shopping while the kids have a ball in the enclosed play area.
Its almost as if these three are inviting you in to have a look around.
- The local information office.
There is plenty of parking and one of the first places to pop into is the information centre where you can get season tickets to all the nature parks and they have lots of interesting brochures and maps of the area.
- There is a nursery right next to the parking area and you can also have your car washed whilst you shop and eat.
- Part of the shopping complex.
You can have a look at some of the speciality shops for art, antiques, clothing, jewellery and African crafts. There is also a boutique wine shop and you can even pamper yourself at the beauty salon.
- De Noordhoek Hotel.
If you really fall in love with the place you can stay over at the recently opened De Noordhoek Hotel.
- Entrance to the Cellars area.
- The Food Barn baker and deli.
The bakery and deli used to be part of the Food Barn restaurant but has now become a separate entity although still owned and managed by the The Food Barn.
- Noordhoek Art Gallery.
- Clothing shops.
- Café Roux.
The Toad in the Village Restaurant.
The village is renowned for the culinary skills in three of South Africa’s top 800 restaurants
Unfortunately the children’s play are was closed for renovations when I was there but there are lots of things to keep the kids safely occupied for a good few hours.
The best advice I can give is to make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to have a good look round and have a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants. You wont be disappointed.
Yesterday (23rd) was not so great on the weather front. The sun was shinning but it was cold and a gale force wind blew the whole day. At one stage I was considering taking down my rally tent as I thought it was going to be ripped off the front of my caravan. That kind of wind makes me slightly depressed so I determined to take a drive into Port Nolloth and have a look around.
Port Nolloth was only given that name in 1855 when it was renamed from Robbe Baai (Seals Bay) by Sir Harry Smith. Prior to that it had also been known Aukwatwas (1779) and also as Gawaap. Copper was found in the Namaqualand area and the first shipment of 1 ton was was made from the harbour in 1850 and so the big rush to the area began. It was only in 1957 that Port Nolloth received municipal status.
I started my walk from the northern end of Port Nolloth and the first thing I saw was a really beautiful beach. There are a few houses overlooking the beach but not as many as I would have thought.
The bay to the north of Port Nolloth.
The coastline round the area is very rugged, as it is all along the West Coast and there have been quite a few big storms in the last year or so. It is known for its foggy weather, has an average rainfall of 20-25mm per annum and the average daytime temperature is a moderate 22ºC and 14ºC at night. As you will see a bit further on those storms caused quite a bit of havoc.
The unique lighthouse which was established in 1909.
The Roman Catholic Church.
Walkway above the beach You can see 2 boats that were washed ashore recently.
One of the entrances to the walkway.
Official opening plaque.
The walkway and beach front development were opened officially on the 8th August 2008.
The old building housing the History Museum
An old rail carriage in font of the museum.
Good place for a bite to eat? Love the Vespa on the roof!!
I have not been out for a slap up meal since I left Cape Town 24 days ago. I think this is where I will go next week some time. One thing this restaurant illustrates is how much bigger in all aspects Port Nolloth is compared to Alexander Bay. There are far more bigger and better shops and the population is also about four times that of Alexander Bay. Most people from the area either come come here or drive all the way to Springbok for their monthly shopping. As I said previously I am amazed by the local Spar Supermarket.
Another popular eating establishment.
The Bio diversity living Museum
You can even take up Karate at the local Do Jo
Lastly, just to show you how violent the storms can be, the boat below was washed up to where it now rests on the 16th of June this year. It has not been stripped down so it looks like they may try and re float her on a really high tide. Looking at how deep she has sunk into the sand it might be just wishful thinking.
The Pafuri out of Cape Town..
So as you can see an interesting walk, especially if one goes into the museums and spends a bit of time there. I hope to do a post on combined visits as there are some fascinating artefacts and things to see. I also popped into the De Beers controlled harbour and had a chat to the manager, Deon Lotter, and will do a short post on marine diamond mining.