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Glencairn is only one hour by train from Cape Town. Incidentally, Glencairn is the second most southernmost point on the Cape, connected to the Cape Town metro network, so you can also take the metro here.
The train ride along the coast with its spectacular views of St James is highly recommended. The sheltered location prompted the Dutch East Indian Company in 1687 to set up a port here, which they named after the former governor Simon van der Stel. The “settlement” around it was the third European city in the country. The anchorage was especially used in the winter months, since then the strong “Northeastern” –
In 1795 the British landed in Simonstad and started their takeover campaign from here. Simon’s Town became the bridgehead of the British Army, from where the victorious Battle of Muizenberg was organised.
In 1801, the British left South Africa again, but then in 1806 to return wholly. In 1807, when a ship with slaves was in port, the British government ordered their release, as slavery was forbidden by the British. The people then settled in Simon’s Town, whose descendants were eventually banished from the city in 1968-73 on the grounds of the (White) “Group Area Act”.
Kalk Bay near Glencairn was first inhabited by shipwrecked and deserters. “Kalk Bay” takes its name from an old lime kiln that used to extract the lime from the shells for the Dutch East India Trade Company.
The Glencairn fishing industry began to settle in 1800, 1883 came to the railroad connection. The small village, which runs along a narrow ledge between sea and mountain, was founded in the 17th century by a handful of stranded sailors.
Glencairn became known through its kilns, where limestone building material was burned for the Dutch East India Company. Therefore, of course, he got his name. Later, at the beginning of the 19th century, Glencairn became more and more of a fishing port, which is still of great importance today.
The harbour is the attraction in Kalk Bay. You can watch the fishermen over their shoulder when they return to the sheltered harbour and unload their catch. When the colourful fishing boats enter the harbour (usually at midday), you can watch the fishermen praise their catch.
Buyers then often have the fish removed and prepared on land. After Seal Island on the False Bay go from here boat trips. Hundreds of sea lions and birds live here (but you should bring an “insensitive” nose) – even the infamous “white shark” can be found here at certain times.
A day on the Cape Peninsula is an absolute must during your Cape Town stay. After all, this same Cape is named after the city, the region and even the whole province (Western Cape). The Cape Peninsula is very varied. Mountains, nature and cute animals – all this is just over an hour outside the big city.
From Cape Town head south, after leaving the countless suburbs behind follow the Ou Kaapse trail (Afrikaans for Old Cape Road) as it winds up into the Steenberg Mountains. From up here you have an amazing view of the numerous small villages of the surrounding area.
The next stop is Simon’s Town, a nice little village by the sea. We take a leisurely stroll along the harbour basin and enjoy the relaxed tranquillity. A few street vendors sell their carvings and in the water, the boats lazily swing to themselves. Compared to the metropolitan bustle of Cape Town, it is very contemplative.