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South Africa: Homestay villa in Cape Town

July 18, 2011

The owners of this villa are a friendly couple who live a naturist lifestyle, and welcome naturist visitors to their family-friendly homestay (the homestay is not clothing-optional). They have two comfortable double bedrooms with en suite shower and WC, and kitchenettes for basic self-catering. There is secure parking.

Outside there is a sunning area, a small unheated pool, outdoor showers, an area for sunbathing, a sauna, a petanque court and a covered patio where meals can be eaten. And, of course, you can have a braai (barbecue). The garden has a splendid view: it overlooks the bay and fishing village with Chapman’s Peak standing high beyond.

Breakfast can be self-catering, or the owners offer excellent breakfasts in the Dutch style: cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread, cheese and cold meats.

Hout Bay is about 20 minutes drive along the coast road from central Cape Town and attractions such as the Table Mountain cable car. The village of Hout Bay has shops, restaurants and banks.

Both owners are a fund of knowledge on South Africa, are registered tour guides and can take you on excursions to the city, Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope national park, the winelands and other tourist areas. They also have a car available to rent. They can collect you from the airport. They point out that tours and transfer facilities are quite readily available which means that it is practical to get along without hiring a car.  Hout Bay is on the direct route of the City Sightseeing Tourist Bus. There is also a municipal bus service which is both reasonably priced and quite dependable.

The official naturist beach of Sandy Bay can be reached from a car park up a hill in Hout Bay. This involves some further walk uphill, then a steep descent down a sandy track to the beach, around 40 minutes. There is easier access from another car park in the suburb of Llandudno, about 10 minutes drive and 20 minutes walk away. Sandy Bay is a beautiful beach surrounded by mountains. About half is white sand, the other half is rounded granite boulders, some of which provide useful shade. As is so often the case, it has become the naturist beach because it is not easy to get to, so inconvenient for families with small children.

South Africa is a big country, and the climate varies considerably from one region to another. The Western Cape, around Cape Town, has a ‘mediterranean’ climate, with sunny summers, cool winters and winter rain. Because of the mountains and cold Atlantic water, it can have cloud and strong winds at any time.

Most of the naturist facilities in South Africa are on a small scale and informal, and can be considered ‘clothes optional’. There is a national naturist organisation, The South African Naturist Federation (SANFed), from which you can get up-to-date information.

Many visitors to South Africa rent a car and drive all or part of the route Johannesburg – Durban – East London – Port Elizabeth – Garden Route/Cape Agulhas – Cape Town. Renting is reasonably priced, and driving, I found, is safe and comfortable on account of light traffic outside the main cities. (The route I took, Cape Town to East London, is over 1000 km.)

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