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 Cape Town Beach Guide| Kommetjie | SOUTH ATLANTIC

The village of Kommetjie is located south of Noordhoek on the Atlantic shore. Kommetjie can be reached via routes 1,2 or 3 (or from False Bay via Fish Hoek) on our map of Cape Town's beaches on the Cape Peninsula.

How to get to Kommetjie from Cape Town city bowl: Routes 1 and 2 follow the Atlantic coastal route via Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive and Noordhoek. Route 3 travels over Ou Kaapse Weg, an attractive mountain pass (Silvermine Nature Reserve) that bypasses the coastal route. This is usually a quicker route to reach the southern part of the Peninsula. The town of Fish Hoek on False Bay is the nearest major commercial center and provides access to the Metrorail service.

 

Beaches of Cape Town's South Atlantic Shores

Kommetjie Beaches, Cape Peninsula

'The Kom'
Kommetjie Bay ('the kom') is a natural basin with a large tidal pool and beach, great for families with toddlers.

The basin also serves as a little harbour for small boats during the annual crayfish ("kreef") fishing season from November to February. From the boat slipway, take a walk around bird island - this is a great spot to view the seabirds. A walkway (the "catwalk" to the locals) also leads from the kom to the Outer Kom, a well-known surfing spot for big-wave surfing when the conditions are right. From the Outer Kom, a boardwalk follows the shore to Slangkop lighthouse. A trail can be followed up the mountain to a former WW2 radar station ,with sweeping views of the lighthouse and rugged shoreline.

Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie

(Above) Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie [Attribution: Warren Rohner]

Constructed of cast iron, the lighthouse is 33 meters (108 feet) high. It has been in operation since March, 1919.

Long Beach
North of Kommetjie Bay, Long Beach is most aptly named and is a popular dog-walking beach. The beach is also a well-known surfing spot. Hikers can follow the shore north of Long Beach, connecting with the wide sandy 5km beach that takes them all the way to Noord Hoek at the foot of Chapman's Peak. A little over half way up this beach lies the shipwreck of the SS Kakapo, a steamship that foundered here in 1900. The unusual tale behind the stranding of the Kakapo is described in more detail on the Noordhoek Beach page and in our blog posting "Cape Town Shipwrecks: SS Kakapo".

Long Beach, Kommetjie - Cape Town's beaches

Kommetjie's Long Beach [Attribution: Maria Wagener]

Surfing
Despite the need to wear a wetsuit year round, Kommetjie is as good as it gets as a surfer's paradise, offering something for surfers of all ages and abilities. The village has a surf shop, ample accommodation for visitors, restaurants and pubs.

Long beach is a beautiful beach offering a variety of surf spots, so the surf is invariably working somewhere along the shore. It's a popular beach known for its predictable wave that works well except when the tide is high. It can get crowded and has one of the few breaks in Cape Town that provides good surfing when the South Westerly is blowing. The waves break on a permanent sandbar (except at high tide), breaking left and right. The left break is the most consistent. The right ends on the rocks, especially when the surf is big.

About a kilometer further up Long Beach, the beach at Bokramstrand is a renowned spot for kite surfing, with windspeeds of around 20 knots or more, over more than 6-7 months of the year.

Inner Kom will suit the less experienced surfer, while Outer Kom is for big-wave riders when the conditions are right. Winter storms in the South Atlantic's Roaring Forties can generate mountainous seas that reach landfall along the Cape Peninsula's southern Atlantic shores. The big waves start building 250 meters offshore. Surfers paddle out or are towed out from the kom. Outer Kom has been described as offering the one in a lifetime wave, but it only works when those big swells roll in from the South Atlantic.


Cold Water Classic, Cape Town, 2010

[6:06 min] [Attribution: goodlifecoza]

The Cold Water Classic, pulled into late winter Cape Town and was met by good surf, but bad winds. Eventually after surfing big Outer Kom and terrible Noordhoek Beach, the last day was moved to Long Beach, where contestants were greeted by very contestable 4-5ft waves. Local, Greg "The Foot" Emsley, was the eventual winner.


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COLDER OCEAN TEMPERATURES
 
TABLE BAY BEACHES:
Blouberg Strand | Milnerton
ATLANTIC SEABOARD BEACHES:
Clifton's Beaches | Camps Bay
Llandudno | Hout Bay
SOUTH ATLANTIC BEACHES:
Noordhoek | Kommetjie
CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE:
Diaz Beach
WARMER OCEAN TEMPERATURES
 
CAPE HELDERBERG BEACHES:
Gordon's Bay | The Strand
FALSE BAY BEACHES:
Muizenberg | St James and Kalk Bay
Fish Hoek | Boulders Beach
 
 
 
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