Situated below the Southern Slopes of Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek is Cape Town’s rural treasure with a farm atmosphere and famed for its long white sandy beach, so it is not surprising that Noordhoek is often called Cape Country at the Beach. It is common to find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks, geese and rabbits roaming around the gardens, leafy lanes and public spaces of Noordhoek. This is a place where horses are almost more important than cars and the lifestyle of the residents is tranquil, relaxed and unhurried.
The village of Noordhoek is sandwiched between sea, mountains and a prized wetlands area. Noordhoek is reached by driving some of the most spectacular roads in the Western Cape – via Chapman’s Peak Drive or over Ou Kaapse Weg (with the Silvemine section of Table Mountain National Park at it’s centre).
Cape Point Route recommends horse riding on Noordhoek beach for a close up natural experience. Try surfing on Noordhoek beach or walk to the Kakapo shipwreck. Look out for the Verreaux eagles, enjoy sundowners overlooking Noordhoek beach or purely absorbing the atmosphere with a walk along the beach (watch for whales or dolphins in season) and do take a moment to appreciate the ancient milkwood forest.
Noordhoek is also home to an award winning wine estate, with the Noordhoek vineyards producing white varietal grapes for the Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. Gourmet dining has become standard fare with the likes of the Foodbarn Restaurant and Café Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village. Pub Grub is available at the Toad or the Red Herring.
Shopping in Noordhoek is fabulous for unique arts and crafts, particularly at Noordhoek Farm Village, but every modern convenience can be found at the large shopping mall. You can do your banking, shopping or stock up on supplies if you are staying at one of Noordhoek’s self catering accommodation establishments.