Hotels in and around the Kommetjie suburb
Kommetjie is a small fishing village, considered to be a suburb of Cape Town. The entire village surrounds an inlet along the western coast of South Africa, which promises impressive waves and a great variety of marine plants and animals. The village is surrounded by hills; the habitat of a large number of baboons who make their frequent appearance. The abundance of vegetation includes fynbos – a number of plant species for which South Africa and the Western Cape, in particular, are known – and Milkwood groves. In fact, Kommetjie is one of the few places that qualifies as a fynbos biome, and has one of the highest concentrations of plant species per square kilometre.
Being so close to the centre of the Mother City, as Cape Town is known, Kommetjie enjoys many of the conveniences and attractions that this tourist hotspot has to offer. Cape Town is popular for its cultural heritage, as well as its history, diversity and its breath-taking natural beauty.
Cape Town was officially ‘discovered’ by European explorers in 1652. However, it was home to indigenous tribes for centuries before the arrival of the French, Dutch and English. These African people survived off the rich fertility of the land and the plentiful supply of fish in these cold Atlantic waters. The word “kommetjie” is the diminutive word for “basin” in Afrikaans and refers to the structure of the inlet.
Kommetjie is an easy 42km drive from Cape Town’s city centre and approximately 20km from suburbs on the outskirts of this bustling epicentre. It is also very close to Fishhoek, Noordhoek and the historical seaside suburb of Simon’s Town.
Cabs and taxis are available through professional services. It is not advised that you make use of minibus taxis in South Africa, particularly if you are not familiar with the local customs. In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the country has addressed safety issues around these taxis and plans have been implemented to improve the situation.
Cape Town International Airport is undergoing massive renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As such, it is equipped to deal with an even larger number of flights from all over the world, making access easier and less costly. Alternatively, visitors that are coming from other areas in South Africa will enjoy the scenic routes and safe roads into Cape Town.
Kommetjie is a popular surfing spot as the waves that are formed by the unique shape and positioning of the basin are sizeable and fun. The beaches are beautiful and, although the water is chilly, visitors are lured back to enjoy the warm sand and the hot African sun year after year. The scene is set within this peaceful fishing-village-style suburb.
The hills surrounding Kommetjie boast several ideal hiking and walking trails. These range in difficulty from walks that will suit even the young members of the family, to more stringent hikes that will test the avid sportsman’s abilities.
The Imhoff Nature Park is situated in Kommetjie and is the breeding centre of the African Blue Crane, as well as the home of many other species. The enclosures allow visitors to walk right through them, unrestricted by cages and fences. This up-close-and-personal experience with some of South Africa’s most beautiful birds and charming mammals is an opportunity not to be missed.
The nearby towns of Fishhoek and Simon’s Town are full of the history of these fishing villages and their incorporation into Cape Town’s metropolitan. The many museums, galleries, antique shops, bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs ensure that visitors are well entertained during their exploration of this area.
Being close to Cape Town’s city bowl also means that Kommetjie is within a short drive from attractions such as the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island (accessed via ferries that depart from the Waterfront), Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and many of the wine farms for which the Western Cape is acclaimed on a global scale.
Cape Town experiences hot, windy summers between December and February, while cool, rainy winters are from June to August. Summer highs can soar to over 30 degrees Celsius, but offshore winds cool the air considerably, ensuring comfort. Winters usually reach a maximum noon temperature of about 15 degrees Celsius. Sunscreen is essential all year round, as well as extra precautions, including sunhats, sunglasses and protective clothing.
Insect bites, including those from mosquitoes and ticks, are common, especially in the bush. Apply insect repellent to skin and clothing at night. During walks or hikes, apply repellent and cover exposed areas of the skin with light, cotton clothing. This will also prevent sun damage.
HIV / AIDS remains to be a problem in this country. Take the necessary precautions to avoid contracting this virus, either sexually or through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
It is advised that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that you can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
Kommetjie is a typically quiet, relaxed seaside suburb. However, there are areas that should be avoided, particularly at night. Consult with your travel agent and your accommodation provider to find out where these places are. Do not walk around the shops, isolated areas or local tourist attractions with large amounts of money on you and do not accept help from strangers. Go into the bank for assistance rather than asking those around you. Do not, under any circumstance, pick up hitchhikers.