Kommetjie - Cape Town
Kommetjie is a charming seaside village, tucked away from the bustle of the city, nestles between Slangkop Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Its unusual name is derived from the Afrikaans for 'little bowl', inspired by the sheltered, natural tidal pool which has provided holidaymakers with safe bathing on this rugged coast since the 1800s.
The coastline around Kommetjie draws tourists and locals today as it did then, offering not only safe swimming spots but also excellent snorkelling and diving. Offshore reefs and huge kelp beds in rockpools teem with crayfish, perlemoen and shellfish, delicious local specialities found in Cape Town's restaurants during the season. The crayfish season runs from November to April, and with a permit you'll be able to haul your own from the sea to take home. Try them cooked Cape style - braaied (barbecued) at sunset on a warm night, eaten with your fingers and accompanied by a crisp white wine. Kommetjie's unspoilt surf spots are another drawcard, but if riding waves isn't your passion, try a gentle paddle in a canoe or simply take a walk along a mountain path.