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Published: November 27th 2018
The small, remote and peaceful village of Kommetjie offers a range of enticing outdoor activities for families on vacation this Christmas season. Below are Kommetjie Beach Retreat’s top picks:
Kommetjie is the heart of surfing culture in Cape Town
with ideal conditions annually for all ages and levels. Because it is nestled on the Atlantic coast, halfway between central Cape Town and the renowned Cape Point Nature Reserve, it has become popular with locals and visitors due to the consistent and varied swell on offer.
Many national surfing champions live in the resident community and compete locally and international in big wave challenges while various surfing schools in the area offer lessons for children and adults; fostering an ethos of fun, bravery and ecological awareness and appreciation in the village.
Whether you are a long boarder, bodyboarder, kneeboarder or stand up paddler, you’ll take absolute delight in the waves of the various Kommetjie beaches this season and can always enjoy a cold beer and a barbecue at your self-catering Kommetjie accommodation after a salty trek up from the beach at sunset.
Kommetjie remains a highly popular bird watching destination due to the array of interesting species that call it home and migrate from its heart. Popular with the elderly and tourists especially, it’s a great day activity that can be enjoyed by families and ensures education, excitement and ecological appreciation.
Common birds in the area include Swift and Sandwich terns, White- breasted Cormorants, Common terns, plovers, African Black Oystercatchers
, herons, egrets and ibis. Warblers, Cape and Southern masked weavers, Cape and Sombre bulbul, Common waxbill, Karoo prinia, Pin tailed whydah and Cape and Brimstone canaries are also common.
The boardwalk, near to the Slangkop lighthouse, is a great place to birdwatch but most types of Kommetjie accommodation will attract an array of the little critters throughout the day so you can enjoy a delightful birding display from your very own garden over breakfast.
Hiking and walking trails
There are so many beautiful and tranquil walking and hiking trails in Kommetjie that are perfect for families with children and pets who are vacationing in Kommetjie. Below is a list of our favourite ones:
A footpath between Wireless Road and Bokramspruit is easy to navigate and is bourgeoning with indigenous flora this summer.
‘The Kom’ Cat Walk
Starting at ‘The Kom’ and ending at the lighthouse, this trail begins on tarred road and soon gives way to rustic boardwalk. It’s a great walk to watch the surfers or just enjoy the exquisite Atlantic coast sunsets from.
The Hoerikwagga Trail
This 97-km trail runs all the way from Cape Point
to Cape Town and passes through Kommetjie. Taking about five days to complete, it offers equipped overnight tented camps and hikers can choose the duration of their trek. This is perfect for families with children as returning to luxury self-catering Kommetjie accommodation is always an option. Kommetjie Beach Retreats can even organize a transfer to collect you and your belongings and return you to the village upon request.
While the hiking and scenery are free, the accommodation and facilities are billed for but we can give you a breakdown of these costs.
The Block House Hike
Starting at Rubbi Road, where Kommetjie Beach Retreats Rubbi Road and Aloe Cottage are situated, you can reach the aged and revered Kommetjie Blockhouse via the Chapel footpath and enjoy breath taking views of Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak.
Cycling and mountain biking are also great activities to take part in on these trails.
Despite the cold Atlantic temperatures, many visitors still come to dive on the rare and unspoilt coastline. We advise that you always wear a wetsuit and go ahead and enjoy the spoils of the many rock pools, kelp beds and beaches available.
Ask about the many shipwreck sites that can be visited too.
Fishing and cray-fishing
Kommetjie is a highly popular destination for recreational fishing and crayfishing, with the annual crayfish festival remaining a big hit in the village. Once you obtain a crayfishing permit from the post office you can enjoy the natural spoils of the sea with reasonable restrictions on the weight of your catch and sizes of crayfish caught. When diving to catch, it can be tricky business but fun for families with older children. If done off the boat using a trap net, it can be easier and enjoyed by the little ones too.
November to April are the best times for crayfishing.
Where to stay in Kommetjie
There are various places to stay in Kommetjie. From camping to hotels, Bed and breakfast to houses that you can rent. My personal favourite would be Kommetjie Beach Retreats
– 4 houses to choose – Misty Mornings, Sea Breeze, Rubbi Road and Aloe Cottage. All accommodation is near the entrance of this amazing town. This is seaside living at its best. With mountains on your left and the sea on your right.
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