Healthy Activities Close to Scotswood
Welcome to Scotswood Retreat and the False Bay of the Cape.
This location is spectacular in its diversity….. with a mountain range as our backdrop.
On our doorstep we have:
Surf, sun & beach
Lake, fishing, canoeing, golf, walking
Shopping, eating & sightseeing
Boardwalk, quaint fishing villages, tantalizing & eclectic eateries, museums, art, antiques, theatre and whispers of history.
Walking or Hiking :
False Bay is the ideal portal to some of the most delightful walking to be found in the Western Cape.
From here there are hikes, walks and strolls to suit everyone – seaside, Vlei-side, gentle inclines through forests, steep tracks with views or even rock walls for climbers. There a some amazing walks to be found along the mountainside that overlooks Scotswood Retreat.
For the more adventurous explorers, the famous Kalk Bay caves are less than 10 minutes away.
Maps for all walks are available on request.
Surfing is one of the oldest sports on our beautiful BLUE PLANET!
Learning to surf should be number one on your BUCKET LIST.
Surfing is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences you can have, so be warned!
A surf lesson with one of the many surf schools in Muizenberg is addictive and can lead to a life time love affair with the soulful surfing lifestyle.
The great thing about Muizenberg beach is that it is one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town to learn how to surf. The waves are consistent and the ride is long. Muizenberg beach is also on the Indian Ocean side of of the pensinsula, so the water is not as icy as some of the other beaches in Cape Town.
SUP’ing (& Yoga) :
Stand up paddle (SUP) surfing or boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.
It’s safe, fun, healthy and super easy to learn. It’s easier and quicker to learn than surfing, and anyone can do it, and be up and “walking on water” or doing “yoga” within half an hour. There are several SUP schools on the Muizenberg beachfront that will provide you with your own SUP and wetsuit, as well as teach you the basics. Lessons are given at Muizenberg in the ocean, as well as the vlei which is a five minute walk from Scotswood.
Besides being a great form of exercise, SUP’ing strengthens your core abdominal muscles and improves your balance dramatically.
Muizenberg Beach :
This eclectic beach-side suburb is a colourful mix of history, architecture, fantastic beaches and culture.
False Bay’s beaches are synonymous with surfing and many of the fraternity would have cut their fins at this birthplace of surfing, so to speak. The colourful changing rooms grace many a postcard and the beaches stretch for miles – popular with families and one of the few beaches that demonstrates a noticeable integration of the different people of South Africa.
Muizenberg has her own theatre, in a similar fashion to Kalk Bay, and the Masque Theatre puts on a range of shows from ballet, through comedy, to jazz.
Blue Bird Garage Market :
A fine food and goods market set in an old warehouse space in Muizenberg Village, it is a one-stop Friday evening venue where we all stroll to from the Muizenberg NA fellowship meeting, just 5 minutes away from Scotswood.
Always full of people, and buzzing with energy, the market has an irresistible vibe that keeps locals coming back for more.
An extremely popular venue for fellowshipping after the Friday night NA meeting, largely because of the great atmosphere, delicious assortment of artisan cuisine and great coffee.
Whale Watching & Shark Viewing :
The whales you are likely to see in False Bay are the right whale, the killer whale, the pilot whale, the false killer whale and Bryde’s whale. If you are lucky you might see the very rare pygmy right whale.
On Boyes Drive there are viewing benches where you can look down onto the Muizenberg coastline and literally see the Great Whites. Fortunately there are also shark spotters permanently positioned along Boyes Drive to monitor the beaches below.
At the first sign of any possible shark danger, the shark spotters diligently raise the alarm and the Muizenberg lifeguards ensure that the water is cleared of all surfers and swimmers.
Shark Cage Diving :
Want to go Shark cage diving with the experts? Love great white sharks?
This activity is more suited for the adrenaline junkies….
Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in the world for shark cage diving. There are a number of well run establishments, mostly operating from Gansbaai (90 minutes from Cape Town). Gansbaai is ideally suited for the best shark cage diving experience. Many celebrities icluding the likes of Brad Pitt have taken the opportunity to go shark cage diving in Gansbaai.
If you want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people that share your love for them, then look no further…. we can organize this for you.