2012 Beach Odyssey

There is something about the sea that pulls at your attention and seeps peace.
Maybe it is the vastness. Maybe the instant relief from the ceaseless synthetic assault on your senses.
Or the sudden shock of natural light and sound.

The Western Cape is particularly blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches and
it has been Pan'Kou's special project to visit as many of them as possible, covering the West Coast during 2012 and moving up the East Coast during 2013.

But the sun and the sea are not docile playmates, and the weather in Cape Town is notoriously changeable, frequently serving up all 4 seasons in 1 day. So it is that we have been burned and rained on, windswept and trapped by tides.

Sometimes we have been privileged to be joined by friends, and sometimes we have been disappointed when they declined to get out of bed on cold, wet mornings!

Enjoy sharing in Pan'Kou's grand beach Odyssey ...
(please be patient if the photographs take a while to load!)


The cold Atlantic ocean is rich in plankton and kelp forests, making it one of the world's most abundant fishing sites. Beaches of the softest white sand are littered with sea tossed pebbles, seashells, seaweed, and assorted fishing detritus.

This is a working coastline. The landscape is sparse strandveld and hardy fynbos. Fishing hamlets and harbours straddle sea and desert with equanimity. Local trade depends on the sea's bounty - snoek, crayfish (lobster), perlemoen (abalone), mussels & oysters.

  West Coast  

Closer to town the style of the West coast beaches shifts from working class to suburban playground. Young families thrive amongst the power plants and the pancake places, exclusive beach resorts and international windsurfing venues.

Work day traffic snarl-ups are a small price to pay for the prolonged surfer dude fantasies and the spectacular picture-postcard views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Seli 1 shipwreck.


Known as Cape Town's own 'Riviera' and stretching from the cosmopolitan Waterfront right around to the more rural 'republic' of Hout Bay, the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard leave the suburbs behin in favour of putting on the ritz!

On the sunny side of the mountain, sheltered from the Cape winds, the beachfront enjoys extended daylight hours and millionaire sunsets. This highly developed and densely populated little peninsula, wrapped by the seafront promenade, caters to city folk – from the rich and retired to the young and beautiful.

  The Atlantic Seaboard  
  Cape Point  

Round the corner we find the hippies, artists and eco-warriors sharing space with baboons, seals, and penguins.

Locally, Cape Point provides a powerful visual - and thermal - distinction between the two great oceans. (Although the official title is held by the Southern most tip of Africa, further along the coast.)

Right alongside this rich indigenous reserve, lies the seat of the South African Navy, the home of Just Nuisance and more dog-friendly beaches!


Fish grow much bigger in the warmer Indian ocean – sharks are common in the bay, while whales congregate all the way along the East Coast during breeding season.

False Bay is less trendy than its West Coast counterpart, more self-contained, and not at all interested in making an impression. The beaches are bounded by a working railway line and the landscape seems quaintly lost in time, full of narrow alleys, dusty junk shops and character-full village pubs and restaurants.

  False Bay  


Coming soon … The beach road winds close to the shore for 75km around the Bay. While this makes for breathtaking and sometimes dangerous driving through gusting sea and sand, it is not well suited to off-lead dog walking. So, heading out of town, Pan'Kou and his pack are happy to once again throw off the constraints of civilization!



Coming soon ...
Pan'Kou plans to explore the Garden Route with his family during 2013!

  East Coast  
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