What to see - Attractions around Noordhoek
The Cape Peninsula is blessed with a wonderful Mediterranean-like climate. But even in our winter season (June-September) the weather can be pleasant although that is the time of year our much needed rain should fall. Hardly ever does it rain more than a day or two though so there is plenty of time for outdoors activities.
So easy to reach from African Queen Guesthouse
- Long Beach: Noordhoek is primarily known for its magnificent white sandy beach, you can enjoy the sun, walk along the water and enjoy the amazing 360• views.
- The Silvermine nature reserve where you can enjoy the beautiful local fauna and flora by foot or mountainbike.
- Shopping and strolling: Possible in Noordhoek Farm Village, Imhoff Farm or Long Beach Mall.
- Cape Point Vineyards is a wine estate on the slopes of Noordhoek where numerous award winning wines are created. It also has a wonderful restaurant and a Food Market every Thursday.
- Wining and dining: What will certainly be one of the highlights of your time in South Africa will be the food experience which you can discover in one of the many excellent restaurants. We have 9 restaurants within an easy 5 mins. drive. Check-out our Map.
In the Cape Peninsula
- Cape Town: within 30 minutes you are in the center of the ‘Mother City’. You can discover her with an open-top double-decker 'hop-on-hop-off' bus which stops at all the main attractions such as Table Mountain (tickets best booked online), V&A Waterfront and Long Street.
- Cape of Good Hope: The most southern point of the Cape Peninsula and lays in the middle of a nature reserve. There is also an ostrich farm close-by, well worth a visit.
- Coastal villages: St. James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Kommetjie and Hout Bay are well worth a visit.
- Constantia: With her various Vineyards and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you can enjoy open-air concerts in summer.
- Robben Island: An excursion (tickets best booked online) to the famous island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years is a typical touristic attraction but certainly will leave a memorable impression.
What to do
- Horseback riding: Noordhoek beach is the only beach in the Cape Peninsula where this is allowed. There are various possibilities to make a guided walk, also for beginners.
- Surfing: Both Noordhoek and Kommetjie are world famous surf spots; Muizenberg is excellent for beginners.
- Mountain biking & hiking: In the Silvermine Nature Reserve or on Chapman’s Peak.
- Golf: there are 3 great golf courses within 15 minutes drive (Clovelly, Westlake, and Steenberg).
- Fishing: in the area, there are many possibilities for deep sea of fly fishing. There are also boat trips in search of whales and the great white shark.
- Sailing: departure from Simon’s Town or Hout Bay.
- Diving: can be done in the warm waters of False Bay. Our neighbor Neill is a professional diver and loves to take you out.
- Adventurous activities: Caving in Kalk Bay, kloofing and croc paddling at Simon’s Town.
- Local markets: Food markets in Cape Point Vineyards (summer/Thursday evenings) and in The Farm Village (Wednesday evenings) or the more trendy Neighbourhoods Market in Woodstock on Saturday mornings. On Sundays, there is also a wonderful crafts market in Hout Bay.