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  • False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip (Dutch/Afrikaans for
False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip (Dutch/Afrikaans for "Hang(ing)-rock") & the Cape Peninsula in the extreme South-West of South Africa  © alcuin lai, License

False Bay

False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme South-West of South Africa. It's name came from sailors who over 300 years ago confused the bay with Table Bay to the north. The confusion arose because sailors returning from the east initially confused Cape Point and Cape Hangklip, which are somewhat similar in form. Cape Hangklip was known to the early Portuguese seafarers as Cabo Falso, which means False Cape, and the name of the bay was therefore derived from this.

Known for its scenic beauty, False Bay encompasses the small seaside villages from Hangklip, near Pringle Bay, to Cape Point. It has one of the Cape Peninsulas most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. The bay is popular with surfers, swimmers, bodyboarders and anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the fresh sea air. Towns along the False Bay coastline offer a multitude of arts and craft shops, fantastic restaurants and bars, cute and quirky coffee shops, and quiet look-out points.

Whales abound on the False Bay coastline and every year between June and November, southern right whales migrate to the Western Cape waters to calve and nurse their newborns, while humpback whales journey through the region between May and December. Thousands of local and international visitors flock to False Bay to experience these amazing whale-watching opportunities, where the creatures are often seen metres from the shore. And it is not uncommon to spot whales only metres from the road while driving along the coastal route.

Nature reserves, including Cape of Good Hope, Rondevlei and Silvermine, offer the opportunity of walking among the rich biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula, which includes indigenous fynbos. But some of the other ways to relax along the False Bay coastline, while enjoying the stunning scenery, are playing a round or two of golf at either the Westlake, Clovelly or Simons Town golf courses, or sampling a few wines along the Cape Point Wine Route. There is also the experience of sharing Boulders Beach with its local inhabitants, the African penguins.

Some of the most popular small towns along the False Bay coastline include the historical naval village of Simons Town, Muizenberg with its popular water slides, St James with its colourful huts, Kalk Bay with great seafood restaurants and Fish Hoek with one of the best beaches in the Cape.

False Bay has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters. In winter gales and storms from the northwest are common and can be ferocious. False Bay is exposed to south easterly winds in summer and its waters are approximately 6(°)C warmer than those of Table Bay, because of the influence of the warm Agulhas Current.

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Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse
Sleeps 10 in 5 units
From R 2150
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse is situated in the quiet suburb of Murdock Valley in Simon's Town and offers accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.Situated in a prime position 5 minutes from the beach, this landmark house overlooks the entire False

The Flying Penguin
Sleeps 8 in 3 units
From R 950
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 3 max (2 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

The Flying Penguin

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

The Flying Penguin holiday accommodation in Simonstown is a haven offering complete relaxation close to nature yet within easy reach of the city.

Felsensicht Holiday Home
Graded:
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 3462
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Felsensicht Holiday Home

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

Luxury holiday home with stunning sea views of False Bay; 2 minutes walk to beach; 1 km from Boulders Penguin Beach; sleeps 6; beautifully furnished, fully equipped, all mod cons; satellite TV; free Wi-fi; superb patio for outdoor entertainment...

Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curios
Sleeps 21 in 7 units
From R 550
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curios

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

Boulders Beach Hotel is situated just 70 meters from the World Heritage Site of Boulders Beach renowned for it's breeding African Penguin Colony. This is one of the 'must see' recommendations for tourists visiting Cape Town. With our close proximity it's

Montafon Apartment
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 700
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Montafon Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

Montafon Apartment situated in Simon's Town offers two bedrooms (sleeps 4), a living room with a small balcony, a bathroom with a bath and shower and a fully equipped kitchen. It is on the ground floor with a view of the ocean from both bedrooms.

Mariner Guesthouse
Sleeps 21 in 9 units
From R 995
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Mariner Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Simon's Town

Cape Town

Custom built on the mountainside in historical Simon's Town, award-winning 4-star Mariner Guesthouse offers breathtaking sea views across False Bay. We are within walking distance of restaurants and beaches, and pride ourselves on offering style, comfort

Stonehurst at St. James
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
From R 2500
Per site, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Stonehurst at St. James

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fish Hoek

Cape Town

Stonehurst situated in St. James, Cape Town. The house is self-catering and can sleep 8 comfortably. 1 minutes walk to St. James tidal pool and a short stroll to Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Whale watching from your bed!

Whalesounds
Sleeps 6 in 2 units
From R 790
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Whalesounds

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Fish Hoek

Cape Town

Whalesounds offers two spacious, fully equipped, self catering, en suite units with breath taking views of False Bay. Each unit sleeps two (King or twin beds). We do provide a sleeper couch for children. The apartments can inter-link for family stays.

Clair de Lune
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 1800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Clair de Lune

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Strand

Cape Town

This luxury self catering accommodation at Hibernian Towers, is situated on the Strand beachfront with wonderful sea views and a panoramic view of the Hottentots Holland mountains extending to the Helderberg.

Chartfield Guesthouse
Sleeps 13 in 5 units
From R 700
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Chartfield Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Fish Hoek

Cape Town

Chartfield Guesthouse in kalk Bay evokes the spirit of a time when everything was done with a little more style and with a lot more attention to detail. It's a haven created to whisk you away from the cares of the world the moment you step inside...

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