a short history of kalk bay

Of all the towns and villages in South Africa there must be very few, if any, who have a more interesting and fascinating history than Kalk Bay.  Its modern day history started when the Dutch East India Company proclaimed Simon’s Bay a winter anchorage for their ships from May 15th to August 15th each year from 1742.The difficulty of getting supplies to these ships in Simon’s Bay and the  building of the town of Simon’s Town was severely hampered by the inadequacy of a proper road especialy at Clovelly and Sunny Cove where the moutain reached the sea and the quicksands of Fish Hoek and Glencairn halted oxen transport.  Kalk Bay became a mini-port for the Dutch and all victualling requirements as well as anchors, masts, sails, etc, were sent by ox-wagon to Kalk Bay and thereafter loaded onto barges which took the goods over to the ships in the bay as well as construction materials needed for the building of Simon’s Town.  Returning ox-wagons took lime (kalk) and fish, the staple diet of slaves, back to Cape Town. 
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Kalk Bay is simply wonderful! Some call it a trendy and vibrant fishing village and others name it a suburb of Cape Town. It does not really matter, fact remains that Kalk Bay is worth a visit…

Kalk Bay Main Road is an interesting combination of deli´s, restaurants, bars, antique stores, second-hand bookshops, fashion boutiques, jewellers, tatoo studios, craft shops, interior & furniture stores and art galleries. Explore the interesting lanes for delightful discoveries.

Kalk Bay offers some of the best restaurants, delis and coffee shops around. If you want to do a gourmet trip, you better book yourself into one of the great accommodation places on offer to be able to savour it all.

Kalk Bay offers guest houses, self-catering units and bed and breakfast establishments as accommodation options.

Go to the harbour to watch the fishermen offload their catch – you can buy your supper straight from the boat, and fishing charters and boats cruises can also be organised.

During whale season you will want to keep an eye on the ocean as you will most likely spot some southern right whales in the bay, or walk up to Boyes Drive for an even better bird’s eye view.