Explore Noordhoek Beach

5 miles  - Point-to-Point Trail

Added by John Chau

Watch the sun sink down over the ocean and explore a typically empty beach bordered between Slangkop Lighthouse on the south end and Chapman's Peak on the north end. Noordhoek Beach is one of the less popular beaches in the area, probably because it's water is cold and there isn't as much development nearby, but nonetheless it is an incredible beach to visit - in fact, it's the most unspoiled and protected beach on the Atlantic Cape Coast!

The northernmost part of Noordhoek Beach that touches the jagged rocks of Chapman's Peak is the more scenic place to start exploring (see map location for directions to the north parking lot). Otherwise, one can park down at one of the beach-access culd-de-sacs in Kommetjie and walk from south-to-north along the beach.

If you did in fact park in northern parking lot shadowed by Chapman's Peak, simply walk down the boardwalk path to the beach. There sometimes is a large tidal plain that you might need to wade through, otherwise walk on the sandy path following the boardwalk and enjoy the wonders of Noordhoek Beach.

Explore and clamber up the large boulders to the right (north) that provide great spots to eat supper or a snack with your mate and take photographs. Otherwise, head down to the large rocks that jut out into the wave and watch the waves roll in.

Be careful not to get too close to the water and NEVER turn your back on the waves! The current by the rocks is intense, but some skilled surfers have managed to get some gnarly rides out there.

Turning to the south, one can walk all the way down to Kommetjie (8km one way) or swim around in the shallows. Just watch out for sharks - they tend to be more populous on the opposite side of the valley (in Fish Hoek), but still be careful and always go with a buddy.

After exploring the beach, head back to your car and grab a candlelit dinner at Monkey Valley Resort's Thorfynn's Restaurant, open 7 am to 11 pm everyday. Be sure to try one of their phenomenal milkshakes!

Read More


Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

ūü•ą Contributor

over 4 years ago

Beautiful Peaceful SA Beach

I get a little 'home sick' looking at this amazing place! SA at its finest!!!

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

    Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction. Take that first right at the junction and follow it as it heads south ...

    1.5 miles 1252 ft gain

  • Take a sunset cruise on Chapman's Peak Drive

    One of the best ways to take in a Cape Town sunset is by taking a late afternoon drive on Chapman's Peak. The coastal road, carved into a mountain face, connects Hout Bay and Noordhoek, and is a spectacular, winding 9kmdrive.  Beginning from the H...

  • Visit the Slangkop Lighthouse

    After parking in the dirt parking lot, you can simply walk over to the lighthouse (if it's open) and talk to the kind staff there who might let you in for a peek (or a small fee).Otherwise, you can be content with walking around it and taking some...

    0.5 miles 35 ft gain

  • Hike Tranquility Cracks via the Pipe Tracks

    Tranquility Cracks is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, despite it being near a main trail and done in under 4 hours. Essentially the Cracks are a series of passageways and narrow slits and fractures in the sandstone, most of which are wide en...

    5.6 miles 1837.3 ft gain