Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Soak up the atmosphere of this trendy fishing village.

Kalk Bay Map

Nestled between the mountainous Cape Town crags and the steel blue waters of False Bay on the Cape’s East Coast lies the picturesque seaside town of Kalk Bay, Its village atmosphere, interesting markets and café culture combine with the raw beauty of this area to make Kalk Bay a cherished hot-spot, even for locals.  

Whether or not they have booked to stay in the fishing village itself, visitors from all over the Cape will add a day trip to Kalk Bay Harbour to their itinerary, as the winding coastal drive south of Cape Town presents spectacular views and pleasant seaside experiences. Kalk Bay is also the perfect lunch-stop on a trip to the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. 

At this cobble-stone haven, you can visit the iconic Lighthouse, buy fresh fish from the colorful fishing vessels docking in the Kalk Bay Harbour, engage with the local seal community lolling on the pier or just soak up the artsy atmosphere of this little gem, A short way up the road, the massive boulders flanking Dalebrook Tidal Pool offer a convenient vantage point for spotting whales travelling along the coastline. 

Best Time to Visit Kalk Bay in Cape Town:

The best times to visit Kalk Bay are during the South African Autumn season (from March to May), and Spring (from September to November). At these times there are fewer crowds but still enviable weather.  



Enjoy casual fresh-from-the-sea fish & chips on the pier, or upmarket dining at Harbour House restaurant.

Visit quirky shops, the antique trading post, artisanal bakeries, book shops and art galleries.

Unusual accommodation in this uber-cool neighborhood includes boutique hotels and self-catering apartments.

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