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A Tidal Pool Tour of the Cape Peninsula

The Mother City has got the water shortage covered for those visiting self-catering accommodation in Cape Town.
The sea still provides an almost unlimited source of watery fun and the city’s tidal pools offer an extra element of luxury to a morning or afternoon swim. With excellent picnic spots in secluded spots, a day exploring the rock pools and immersing yourself in these safe waters is a real treat.

Here are some of the best from the cold to the warmer waters.

A cool dip

Maiden’s Cove – Here you will find two tidal pools nestled among landscaped lawns and granite boulders, with dedicated braai areas and ample parking.
Milton – Located just off the buzz of Sea Point’s promenade, this tidal pool boasts great views and close proximity to the Winchester Mansions Hotel for sundowners.

Saunders Rock – With boulders to shelter you from the wind, this shallow pool is overlooked by luxurious Camps Bay.
Camps Bay – Another favourite among Camps Bay locals, this secluded spot is great for families and is just minutes from the ice cream delights of Gelato Maria on Victoria Road.

Slightly warmer water

Soetwater – With views over by the Slangkop Lighthouse and the ocean, Soetwater is located in a sheltered alcove between Noordhoek and Kommetjie.
Cape Point – This gorgeous nature reserve offers access to two tidal pools within a short drive of one another – Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif.

Pleasantly warmer

Glencairn – Glencairn offers a family- and dog-friendly place for a fun day out close to Simon’s Town.
Miller’s Point – Miller’s Point is great for kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving and is also a popular whale watching site on the north side of Simon’s Town.
Woolley’s Tidal Pool – Woolley’s tidal pool has both a shallow and a deep end, making it is a good spot to visit with children.

Dalebrook – Nestled between St James and Kalk Bay, Dalebrook is a picturesque spot with a low wall giving it a rim-flow appearance and allowing it to be topped up with the tides.

St James – This beach with its iconic coloured change houses is well-known for its family friendly vibe but it can get busy in the summer time, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Kalk Bay – Located within a stone’s throw of the popular Brass Bell restaurant, Kalk Bay has two large tidal pools for your enjoyment.
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