There has been quite a few whale sightings here in Simon’s Town and we are always very excited to see these beautiful mammals in our surroundings. www.capetown.travel has listed a All you need to know and what to expect while whale watching, let’s see what they had to say:

South Africa may be known for its Big Five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive! Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in Cape waters, treating Cape Town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting, and spy hopping. Here’s what you need to know about whale watching in Cape Town.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE

Of the whale species seen in the waters around the Cape, southern right whales are the most common. However, you might also get a chance to see humpback whales and Bryde’s whales.

Long before they became a protected species in 1935, southern right whales were considered the ‘right whales’ to hunt because of their slow swimming speeds and the fact that their carcasses float. These days, their population has grown again, and they’re fairly common to spot off the coast of Cape Town. Southern right whales can be distinguished by the callosities (rough patches of skin covered in barnacles) on their heads as well as their long arching mouths and characteristic double blowhole. They average 15m in length and can weigh a whopping 60 tons! The whales migrate annually from Antarctica to the coast around Cape Town to calve their offspring. They usually arrive in June and stay until November.

Humpback whales, with their obvious humps, knobbly heads, and long pectoral fins, can also be seen in Cape waters during their migration from the polar regions to Mozambique and Madagascar where they breed and give birth.  You are most likely to catch a glimpse of them between May and November. They’re also a friendly species, and can sometimes be seen interacting with southern right whales and bottlenose dolphins.

Although they are the only species of whale that is present in South African waters all year round, Bryde’s whales can be tricky to spot because they tend to dive for long periods of time before resurfacing only briefly. You are most likely to spot these shy whales between the West Coast and Port Elizabeth. Look out for a large, sleek, dark grey body with white on the underside, and three ridges near the blowhole.

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BEST PLACES TO WATCH THE WHALES

False Bay is the best place close to town for whale watching. Opt for the higher vantage points along the False Bay coastline such as Cape Point, Boyes Drive between St James and Kalk Bay, and Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els. During the whale-watching season, you might even be lucky enough to spot them close up if you take the train trip from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town.

Hermanus is rated as one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world by the World Wildlife Fund. It offers some fine land-based viewing opportunities because the whales often come within metres of the shoreline. There are viewing terraces at the Old Harbour, and Gearings Point is a popular spot. During the whale watching season, a Whale Crier alerts watchers to the presence of whales by blowing on a kelp horn. To fully immerse yourself in the whale experience, visit Hermanus during the first week of October when the seaside town hosts an annual whale festival—a celebration of all things cetacean.

Cape Agulhus is another popular whale watching area. Up to 50 pairs of southern right cows and calves have been known to frolic in the ocean near the southernmost tip of Africa. The Whale Trail, a five-day hike along the cliffs, dunes, and beaches, gives you a wonderful opportunity to view these mighty mammals and their offspring.

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GETTING UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

While the Cape coastline offers many fantastic land-based viewing opportunities, it is an entirely different experience to get close to these magnificent creatures in the ocean.

Dyer Island Cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gaansbaai, and head to Dyer Island (8km from the shore). During the two-hour trip, you will see a variety of bird species, including African penguins, as well as Cape fur seals. The guides know where all the best whale-viewing spots are and have even reported seeing the same whales year after year! The peak season is from July to December, and southern right whales are pretty much guaranteed between August and November.

 

Simon’s Town Boat Company is your best bet if you’re a little more pressed for time and need to keep things local. The whale tours are operated by Ocean View Masiphumelele Fishing and depart daily from Simon’s Town at 10:30am and 2pm. Booking is advised.

 

Credit Source: www.capetown.travel

 

The 50th consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek (unless deemed unsafe by authorities in which case the Ou Kaapse Weg route (prior to 2004) will be used). The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is run under the rules of IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).

A marathon with global appeal is the Two Oceans Marathon. Hosted in the beautiful sea side city of Cape Town, the Two Oceans marathon attracts some 20 000 participants who willingly taken on 56 kilometers of open road and challenging mountain climbs. An interesting feature of the route of Two Oceans Marathon, is as the name indicates, it passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline – the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. It is therefore as stunning as it is challenging.

The toughest part of the Two Oceans Marathon, is undoubtedly the mountain climb known as the ‘Suikerbossie Pass’. After you’ve enjoyed the scenery of Chapmans peak and you’ve passed through the relative flats of Hout Bay, every ounce of remaining energy will be used as you climb this monstrous hill. Even if you don’t harbour any ambitions of running 56km, there’s a great vibe amongst the spectators lining the course in support. The screams of supporters will edge you on to the top of this hill where you’re greeted by the welcome sight of the Atlantic Ocean.

RACE INFO

Date of Race: 20 April 2019
Start Time: 06:30
Distance: 56 km (34.8 miles)
Start point : Main Road in Newlands.

Marathon mark (42.195 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.

Ultra Route
The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon: This year’s route (the PURPLE line on the map) will be the same as the one used since 2004. Runners will veer off left onto Noordhoek Road (Chapman’s Peak Drive) at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg after passing through Sun Valley, and then head through Noordhoek and Hout Bay to Constantia Nek.

Start point : Main Road in Newlands.
Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman’s Peak
Marathon mark (42.195 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.

It is the responsibility of each runner to know the route of their race. Traffic Police and race marshals will take all reasonable steps to ensure runners safety, however runners are responsible for their well being at all times.

Chapman’s Peak Drive re-opened in December 2003, nearly 4 years after the scenic road was closed because of dangerous rock falls. The new road includes a number of additional safety features, such as 1560 metres of high energy catch fences and two curved canopy structures totalling 81 metres in length. The construction costs were in excess of R157 million. The re-opening of this classic scenic road was welcomed by thousands of Two Oceans ultra marathon runners.

56 km: The route remains the same as last year. From the start in Newlands along the Main Road to Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT. An IAAF graded course measurer has certified the route. A sign will mark every kilometer of the route. The course is 56 km (35 miles).

Half Marathon
Distance | 
21.1 km (13.1 miles)
Date of Race | Easter Saturday, 20 April 2019
Start time | 06:00

Why is it called the Two Oceans Marathon?

As indicated in the name, the marathon’s route takes in two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at a point fluctuating between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. … The race is not just about the ultra-marathon, which was its only race when it began.

Source credit:

www.mycapetownstay.com

www.brandsouthafrica.com

 

 

Something different for mother’s day

12 Mei 2017

Mother’s Day is the one day that you can go above and beyond to spoil the most dearest lady in your life, just to show how much you appreciate everything she so unselfishly does for you.

We are sharing some awesome and a bit different ideas to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.

 

Zip through the Skies on a NAC Cape Point Helicopter Ride

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Be the reason for your Mom’s brightest smile this Mother’s Day by treating her to a flight with NAC Helicopters. Watch the smile on her face broaden as you fly over the picturesque Mother City on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. NAC Helicopters is located at the V&A Waterfront and operates all year round. Make sure you book in advance and that you arrive 20 minutes before your flight. Rides are priced from R1080p/p to R2150p/p and the flights are 45 minutes to 60 minutes long. The journey takes you over the Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island continuing all the way to Atlantic coast, the suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, flying over the harbour town of Hout Bay and along the side of Chapman’s Peak Drive then passes over the long, white stretch of Noordhoek beach all the way to Cape Point before returning and giving you a glimpse of Table Mountain and the city bowl on the way back.

Bask in Stellar Views on a Para Taxi Paragliding Excursion

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Share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your Mom on a Para Taxi paragliding flight  and treasure the moment forever. Take a flight from Lion’s Head and enjoy the scenery of the Atlantic coast and Robben Island from the sky. A qualified tandem master will be with you every step of the way to make sure you enjoy the experience and are safe. Prices range from R1300 for a 30-minute flight, and having mom with you will only make it all the more special.

Take a Stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden welcomes visitors with its natural floral scent and unique views of Table Mountain and the surrounding flora. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway before making your way to Moyo restaurant. Celebrate and spoil your special Mom with an unforgettable buffet lunch accompanied by live entertainment. The delectable meal is priced at R315 per adult and R185 for kids between four and 12 years and free of charge for kids under the age of four. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast.

Rediscover Cape Town with a Historical Walking Tour through the CBD

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Connect with Mom as you walk through the beautiful city of Cape Town. For those on a tight budget, these free walking tours through either the city centre, Bo-Kaap or District Six is the perfect option. The guided tours start at Green Market Square and takes you passed iconic landmarks, such as St George’s Cathedral, The Parliament and the President’s House, The Castle of Good Hope and The Slave Lodge, The Company’s Gardens.You will  have a beautiful and clear view of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devils Peak as you stroll through our lovely city. Complete your tour with a lovely lunch at the Company’s Garden Restaurant, where good food is offered at an affordable cost.

Go Wine Tasting and Lunching in the Winelands

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Located in the beautiful Tygerberg Hills is De Grendel wine estate where guests are encouraged to sample different wines as they take in the breathtaking view of Table Mountain. Start your Mother’s Day with a  glass  of JC Le Roux, Brut Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, La Vallée and La Vallée Rosé and seal the day with a mixed tasting of MCC and sparkling wines. Lunch will be offered at the Le Venue restaurant and mom will have to choose between Moroccan chicken salad or refreshing salmon and leek tartlet, followed by pan-fried line fish or chargrilled sirloin steak for mains. There will be dessert selections of white chocolate and almond cheesecake, served with La Vallée Rosé pears and mixed berry compote, or the vanilla pod crème brûlée with marinated pineapple and pistachio and biscotti crumble. It’s advisable to book beforehand which means mom will receive a complimentary sweet treat.

Your options are endless, you just need to be a bit creative.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Credit: Cape Town Magizine

A guide to Mother City eateries with refreshing ocean vistas and menus to match

Sun-drenched decks, glistening crystal waves and moreish morsels to munch on are as good a summer concoction as any bright-hued cooling cocktail. In Cape Town, we are spoilt for choice with a vast array of outdoor restaurants with spectacular sea views. From those that boast sweeping panoramic vistas of our naturally beautiful coastline to those located right on the beach but metres away from lapping ocean waves, there are a whole host of seaside eateries ideal for drinking in the good life. Here’s a selection of beachside dining spots where those in the know choose to go.

Azure Restaurant
From its kingly throne on the hilly slopes of Table Mountain National Park, Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel claims a view to rule all views. The fine dining eatery boasts a vast veranda that appears to levitate above the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, and even if you’re forced to sup inside amidst the plush furnishings, you’ll enjoy a floor-to-ceiling vista of the watery depths beyond and the atomic sunsets that draw the day to a close. Not to mention, the restaurant’s chef is passionate about conjuring up creative fare that’s on par with the panorama, so you can rest assured that your meal will be as memorable as the dramatic setting. Azure is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.


Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30am (breakfast); 12:30pm – 3:30pm (lunch); 6pm – 10pm (dinner)
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 9029

Blowfish Restaurant
Perched above the dunes just beyond the kitesurf mecca of Dolphin Beach, Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg treats diners to a vista that stretches from the shimmering Atlantic’s shoreline on the West Coast all the way to the rounded hump of Lion’s Head and the plateau of Table Mountain. From nearly any seat in the laidback, family-friendly eatery, guests can gaze out over the bay and drink in the stunning scenery while tucking into fresh seafood, sushi or rustic bistro fare. The food, like the ambience, puts on no airs and graces and, rather, is dependent on generous portions and good produce that’s been prepared well. So, whether you park at the sushi conveyor belt, settle in for shellfish on the covered outdoor deck or chill out with a cocktail or cold beer in the loungy section of the restaurant, you’ll find something to suit your palate and style. And as the longtime eatery’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can accompany your meal with occasional ocean glimpses at any time of day.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 10pm
1 Marine Drive | Blouberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 556 5464

Strolla Restaurant and Bar
This seaside eatery is seasoned restaurateur Brendon Woods’ third establishment on Sea Point’s Platinum Mile. The 140-seater venue boasts a classic menu that features items like pizzas, burgers, steak, chicken, soups and more. One of the restaurant’s most impressive feats is its ability to cater for any kind of dining arrangements. There’s a sun deck for those wanting to enjoy cocktails while soaking in views of the cool Atlantic, a kitted-out kids’ room for parents who want to grab something to eat while their little ones have a good time too, and there’s even a section with plug points where patrons wanting to catch up on emails (there’s free Wi-Fi too) can do so with ease. In addition, there’s the outdoor Strolla Kiosk which features specialty coffee from the folks at Bootleggers for a quick caffeine fix on the go. All this adds up beautifully to make it a prime one-stop shop for any kind of foodie experience.
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313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 430 7778

Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town
Enjoy world-class cuisine with an ocean view to match at this relaxed fine dining eatery. Situated in key position at Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, five-star hotel Radisson Blu’s flagship restaurant, Tobago’s, is well worth the visit. Settle in on the expansive terrace right at the water’s edge and enjoy the slight tingle of salty sea breezes dancing across your skin, or tuck in indoors on cooler days with the splendid  vista beautifully framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu’s array of delicious seasonal dishes is as fresh as the surrounding ocean and can be washed down with a number of refreshing cocktails (the Sweet Melon Margarita and Tanqueray Mojito are popular favourites).


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday:  Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am; Lunch: 12:30am – 3:30pm; Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel | V&A Waterfront | Beach Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 441 3414

Restaurants at the V&A Waterfront
One of Cape Town’s most popular tourist destinations, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the ideal setting for water-edge dining. Breathtaking views of the harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and, of course, Cape Town’s landmark Table Mountain complement varied first-class menus from numerous restaurants looking to take full advantage of the incredible panoramas. Here is a choice selection:

  • Sevruga for half-price sushi, dim sum and cocktails (Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7pm | Sunday: 11:30am – close)
  • Karibu for authentic South African cuisine
  • Quay Four for fresh seafood
  • Den Anker for international delicacies with a South African twist

The Grand Café and Beach (Granger Bay)
Is there anything more alluring than the thought of wiggling your toes in the white sand of your own pristine private beach with cooling cocktail in hand? Though a sensation normally destined only for the rich and famous, and a fantasy usually confined to the realm of doe-eyed daydreamers, the Grand Café in Granger Bay (just adjacent to the V&A Waterfront) has made this a reality for locals and foreigners alike. The shabby-chic restaurant is housed inside an old converted warehouse and, in summer, picnic tables and dining chairs spill out onto its very own strip of sand only metres away from the cool Atlantic waters. Unrivalled panoramic sea vistas are the perfect complement to a delectable dining experience, with the menu featuring anything from fresh salads to mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – late (Dec – Feb);Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm ­- late; Sunday: 12pm – 4pm (March – November)
Granger Bay Road | Granger Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0551

Sotano by Caveau
With a sweeping view of the Mouille Point promenade as one of its main drawcards and the iconic candy stripe lighthouse as its beacon, Sotano is the ideal spot to drop anchor and disembark for a culinary adventure through the tantalising tastes of the Mediterranean. Let your taste buds explore a delicious selection of starters and mains (think fresh flatbreads, grilled calamari and beef tartare), while your eyes traverse the beautiful sea view before you. The name ‘Sotano’ means ‘cellar’ in Spanish and this theme is pulled through in the wood-dominated décor and neutral colour palette of the casual and comfortable eatery as well as in the extensive wine list. Pop in for a quick bite to eat with friends and let the mouth-watering food do the talking while you take in the dazzling sunset, glass of red or white in hand.


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30pm
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1757

Thorfynn’s Restaurant
Nestled in a Milkwood forest and part of Noordhoek’s Monkey Valley Nature Resort, Thorfynn’s boasts an upstairs deck that skims the tree tops and offers a sweeping vista of unspoilt coastline from Chapman’s Peak to Kommetjie. The relaxed venue is steeped in country-style charm and serves up a tantalising assortment of homecooked meals, such as wood-fired pizzas and burgers, as well as a number of vegetarian options and a regular weekend brunch buffet. A welcome retreat from the buzz of the city, Thorfynn’s is the ideal nook for friends and families (there’s also a kiddies’ menu) alike.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 11pm
Mountain Road | Monkey Valley Beach Resort | Noordhoek | Cape Town| +27 (0) 21 789 1391

Café Caprice
Perched on Camps Bay’s famous seaside strip, this trendy Cape Town institution flaunts views of the glittering Atlantic Ocean and the butter-yellow beach sand that runs up to it, and as it features an outdoor sidewalk seating zone, it’s possible to enjoy this vista while sitting under open skies. Though most well-known for its award-winning cocktails, Café Caprice also puts ample effort into its fare, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and winning flavour combinations. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and must-try items include the roast butternut and beetroot salad with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds; the deboned, free-range chicken espetada, which is coated in a chilli, garlic and rosemary marinade; and the succulent Royal Burger, which is stacked with streaky bacon, cheese, fresh chilli and beer-battered onion rings. In essence, there are few sexier places to dine when you’re craving the scent of the sea and the feel of the sun on your skin.


Opening Times:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 2am
37 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 8315

Mezepoli
Transport yourself to a sun soaked Greek Island, the Mediterranean waves seductively lapping at your feet as the sand caresses the soft skin between your toes. The view from this international tapas bar may be of the Atlantic Ocean and the atmosphere the hustle and bustle of Camps Bay’s buzzing seaside strip but close your eyes and take a bite of its fresh Mediterranean fare and you’ll immediately be transported to a sun-soaked Greek island. Mezepoli is a swanky and sophisticated meze and wine bar, inspired by but not limited to Greek-style food. The emphasis is on serving Hellenic classics such as dolmades, hummus and spanikopita with a modern flair. Meze is all about sharing so grab a friend (or five) and sink into the lounge style seating to savour a Mediterranean feel against a truly unique local seaside backdrop.


Opening Times: Monday –Sunday: 12pm – midnight
The Promenade | Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 438 1915

Wharfside Grill Restaurant at Mariner’s Wharf
Rub shoulders with gung-ho fishermen at Africa’s first harbourfront emporium, Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay. Situated upstairs is the celebrated Wharfside Grill Restaurant offering a wide selection of seafood options, including, amongst others, calamari, prawns, kingklip and sole. Sit outside on the deck to take in the expansive view overlooking Hout Bay’s harbour, or for a more intimate dining experience, choose one of the private dining cabins named after famous ships that once frequented the Cape. For those wanting an authentic seaside experience, the Wharfette Bistro downstairs offers tasty takeaway finger fare pulled fresh from the surrounding ocean  that can be eaten right on the beach while watching the fishermen bring in their catch and seals playfully duck in and out of the tranquil waters.
Opening Times: Wharfside Grill: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 9:15pm; Wharfette Bistro: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5:30pm
Mariner’s Wharf |Hout Bay Harbour | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 790 1100

Blue Water Café
Looking for a great outing the whole family will enjoy with a beautiful sea view to boot? Then look no further: Blue Water Café on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the perfect answer. A back veranda (or ‘stoep’ as South Africans say) opens onto a lush green lawn that leads the eye to a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a jungle gym on-site and kiddies’ parties can also be booked in advance, leaving grown-ups free to relax and dine while the little ones are entertained. Other activities on offer in the complex include camel rides and a visit to the neighbouring Higgeldy Piggeldy Animal Farm or the Snake Park for the more daring.
Opening Times:Tuesday:  9am – 5pm; Wednesday – Saturday:  9am – 10pm; Sunday:  9am – 8pm
Imhoff Farm| Kommetjie Road |Kommetjie | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 783 2007

Two Oceans Restaurant
Situated at Cape Point, the narrow stretch of land that marks the most southwesterly tip of Africa, the Two Oceans Restaurant sits amidst a flurry of  fynbos crowning the  sheer cliffs of what has been known by sailors for centuries as the Cape of Storms. Owing to extensive renovations made in July 2012, the ‘storm’ has been brought into the kitchen with Head Chef Phil Alcock and Thai Sushi Chef Sarawut Sukkowplang cooking up a mouth-watering selection of fresh fare. Indulge in an assortment of inventive individual rolls from the chic new sushi bar or treat yourself to the signature seafood platter or ostrich burger and savour it alongside one of the Cape’s most exquisite, edge-of-the-world views of the ocean. The eatery’s innovative new design has created a stylish space as inspired by the expansive South African sea view as the menu is.


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Cape Point Peninsula | +27 (0) 21 780 9200

The Salty Sea Dog
Established in 1925 as a fish market, this popular Simon’s Town fish and chips joint has stayed true to its original purpose by serving up simple and honest seafood caught fresh from the adjacent ocean. Located at the harbour, the laidback eatery is a model spot to enjoy the accompanying taste of tomato sauce and tingle of vinegar while watching the boats come and go. On clear summer days when the weather is fine and the food even finer, take your meal outside on the protected patio and languish in the sun, or when the sea breeze is chilly, keep warm inside the rustic but endearing restaurant. With cold beer on tap and only the freshest seafood on offer, The Salty Sea Dog promises an authentic seaside experience.
Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday: 8:30am – 9pm; Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
2 Wharf St  
| Simon’s Town  | Cape Town  | +27 (0) 21 786 1918

Harbour House Restaurant and The Polana
Built right on the breakwater of Kalk Bay’s picturesque working harbour, Harbour House Restaurant not only boasts unparalleled ocean views as an  accompaniment to excellent meals but also regularly flaunts the spectacular sights and sounds of waves crashing against its large wall-length windows. This stylish upstairs establishment offers fine dining in a relaxed environment with a focus on international cuisine with prominent Mediterranean and French influences. Fresh line fish is brought in daily by their own fishing boat, Live Bait. Those who prefer meatier meals and the comforting feel of terra firma can also head downstairs to The Polana to recline on leather sofas while enjoying a selection of tasty tapas and refreshing cocktails.


Opening Times:Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 4pm; 6pm – 10pm
Kalk Bay Harbour | Main Road | Kalk Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 788 4133

Octopus’ Garden
This quirky, colourful False Bay eatery near Muizenberg draws its name from the popular Beatles song with the well-known lyrics: “I’d like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden with you”. While it may not be under the sea, the charming café is a mere pebble’s throw away from it and features splendid views of the iconic St James bathing huts punctuating an endless blue backdrop with spots of bright colour. Love is a central theme pulled throughout both the restaurant’s design and its delicacies; thus, while taking in the eatery’s eclectic décor and assortment of odds and ends, you can choose from a selection of erotically-named menu items, such as the Organic Orgy Wrap and the Orgasmic Brownies.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – late
The Old Post Office Building
| Main Road | St James | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 788 5646 

Maestro’s on the Beach
Feel the fresh sea breeze on your skin and the sun on your face as you dine on the large deck of this beachside restaurant in Woodbridge Island, Milnerton. Traditional Italian cuisine with a South African twist is the order of the day, and can be enjoyed alongside scintillating 180-degree views of Cape Town’s unravelling coastline. In cooler weather, there is also ample seating indoors where floor-to-ceiling windows help to maximise the incredible vistas. Whether you choose to sit indoors or out, this eatery prides itself on providing a splendid sea view from every seat.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 11pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 11pm
Bridge Road | Woodbridge Island | Milnerton | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 551 4992

On the Rocks
Whether it’s your big day, Christmas lunch with the family or a brunch with friends after a morning of running and cycling along Blouberg’s picturesque coastline, On the Rocks has much to offer in the way of delectable seafood and other fine cuisine, including the authentic Cape Malay Curry (with seafood or chicken) the Open Saffron Crayfish and Prawn Ravioli and Patagonis calamari tubes. Its terraced seating area with a view of Table Mountain and Robben Island is an added bonus and great for summer sundowners.  The Venetian fire place is also a warm accompaniment to fine dining during the Cape winter. On the Rocks is sure to live up to its reputation of providing a pleasant dining experience.Opening Times: Mon – Sun: 09am – 10pm
45 Stadler Road |Bloubergstrand |Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 554 1988    

Café Orca
This beachfront cottage-styled restaurant situated on Cape Town’s West Coast area of Melkbosstrand is an all-time favourite among Capetonians and visitors alike. Café Orca has been in existence for 18 years and offers a very wide variety of locally sourced food. Its menu offers a vast array of seafood, in addition to meat and salads. Why not try the creamy garlic mussel starter with the beef medallion as a main. The Moroccan line fish is also a very tasty option; you are guaranteed to enjoy whatever you choose from Café Orca’s extensive menu while enjoying a panoramic view of Melkbosstrand’s Atlantic coast.


Opening Times: Mon: Closed | Tues: 12pm – 15:30pm & 6pm – 9pm | Wed – Sat: 11:30am – 3:30pm | Sun: 11am – 3:30pm
88 Beach Road | Melkbosstrand | Cape Town | + 27 (0)21 553 4120

Gaaitjie
Do not be deceived by this very unassuming 70-year-old fisherman’s cottage. Its rustic appeal and Asian-infused menu provide its patrons with the idyllic escape from the mundane hum-drum of city dining. All of its produce is locally sourced to provide diners with a fresh and delectable meal, rendering this an unforgettable dining experience. Reservations are essential to have a meal at Paternoster’s hidden gem.

Opening Times: Mon: 1pm – 3:30pm | Tues & Wed: Closed | Thurs: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm | Sat: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm | Sun: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm
Off Sampson Street | Paternoster | Western Cape | + 27 (0)22 752 2242 | reservations@gaaitjie.co.za

Harbour Rock
Known to regulars simply as “The Rock”, Harbour Rock is a very popular dining spot among local and foreign tourists in the Western Cape’s bustling seaside town of Hermanus. Situated atop a cliff that spoils diners with a splendid view of the Hermanus harbour “The Rock” is the perfect venue for your dining experience. Try one of its many succulent dishes, such as the line fish with tomato dressing, gremolata, tapenade and baby marrow. There is plenty from which to choose.

Opening Times: 09am – 11am (breakfast) | 12:30pm – 3:00pm (lunch)| 6:30pm – 10:30pm (dinner)New Harbour | Hermanus | +27 (0)28 312 2920 | harbourrock@hermanus.co.za | www.harbourrock.co.za

We had a great training day with old and new staff.

Everyone learned more about cooking and kitchen hygiene and safety.

Getting ready for our Summer season!

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What have we learned?

Food hygiene is the action taken to ensure that food is handled, stored, prepared and served in such a way, and under such conditions, as to prevent – as far as possible – the contamination of food. Food hygiene means keeping premises, staff and equipment clean and handling and storing food safely.

Personal hygiene: food safety tips. It is vital that good standards of personal hygiene are maintained by food handlers. Contaminated hands will spread bacteria around a kitchen very quickly. To prevent cross contamination of food it is essential to wash your hands frequently.

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