ROOI ELS – insideguide.co.za has named Rooiels one of its best 20 lesser-trodden beaches in the Cape by.
insideguide.co.za says with temperatures expected to soar in the next month or two, it’s a good time to head to one of the Cape’s off-the-main-drag uncrowded beaches. Then follows the names of the 20 beaches with a description of residents and holidaymakers why they love to go there.
It’s a bit of a drive, but this little beach on the distant eastern shores of False Bay, under the shadow of Klein-Hangklip mountain, provides a different view of Cape Town in the distance, and is relatively unvisited.
Why we love it: On the very edge of the stunning Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, there is a sense of wildness – yet it’s also a sheltered nook. Keep an eye out for interesting birds and wildlife, including Cape clawless otters, baboons, antelope, dassies, dolphins and seals. The cola-hued Rooi Els River flows into the ocean here, providing shallow waters that children love to splash about in.
Secret pleasures: Good for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling and beachcombing – there are ancient shell middens, a cave, rock pools and more to discover, as well as mussels to pick for dinner (be sure to get a permit for R57 from the Post Office).
Best time to visit: Any time the weather’s good. Make a day of it – the sunset views over False Bay will be magnificent and cost free.
Where it’s hidden: Clarence Drive (R44), coming from Gordon’s Bay, crosses over the river and beach and past the town – turn right into Anemone Street, then the first right and then left into Bathers Walk (at the corner of Hotel Crescent, it leads down to the beach).