Western Cape attractions: The Cape Metropole, Kommetjie

The quaint name of this village refers to a natural inlet shaped like a “little bowl”. Today, a low wall closes off the inlet.

Adventure And Sport

Boating, surfing, crayfishing: The beaches around Kommetjie, although not ideal for swimming, provide many opportunities for entertainment.

Boats can be launched from the northern section and surfers frequent the southern side of Sunset Beach.

There are gravel walkways along the coastline and there are several picnic spots. The entrance to Long Beach lies along Surf Way, the turn-off to this being just before the village. Long Beach includes Bokramstrand and Klein Slangkoppunt (Small Snakehead Point). Long Beach is popular among surfers, wind-surfers and paddle-skiers. As the surf is strong, only experienced surfers should attempt the waves. Crayfishers can often be seen near the lighthouse at Slangkoppunt.

Cuisine

Crayfish Factory: The factory in Kommetjie processes up to 100 tonnes of crayfish per year for export and can be visited by appointment.

Culture / Community Tourism

Two Oceans Craft and Culture Centre: The centre is near Masiphumelele Village on the main road to Kommetjie and sells traditional Xhosa crafts and art. It enables us to learn more about South African culture and how the people express themselves in their art. The name of the village means “We must succeed” in Xhosa, indicating the determination of the local people to shape a successful future for themselves.

Entertainment And Shopping

Imhoff Farm: Spend the day here, opposite Ocean View on the Kommetjie Road, and experience the old Dutch Cape. Eat the food and visit the buildings, see how cheese was made and do not forget to visit the Snake and Reptile Park and enjoy a ride on a camel or horse.

Fauna And Flora

African Crane Breeding Centre and Giants of the Bird World: This establishment offers an opportunity to see many species of birds and animals. Come and see the largest flightless bird in the world and enjoy the camel and horse rides.

History And Architecture

Lighthouse: The lighthouse at Slangkoppunt (“Snakehead Point”) was built around 1914 to warn seafarers of the dangers that lay close to shore. In 1933, electricity was installed at the lighthouse and today, its light can be seen from 33 sea miles away. The lighthouse keeper will gladly show you around the lighthouse.

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