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Walking along the new Walkway to Suikerbossie Whale Viewing Site, Gordon’s Bay (2015-11-02) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 03 NOV 2015

By chance I spotted the other day what appears to be a new walkway being setup along Faure Marine Drive, stretching pretty much from the Faure Street/Drive intersection and going all the way up to the Suikerbossie Whale Viewing Site.

A brilliant idea, because a) Gordon’s Bay can always use more attractions seeing as we’re meant to be a bit of a tourist town, and b) now you have a much safer route for walking up to the whale viewing site.

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If you are going to walk up to the whale viewing site, the easiest is probably to park down in Beach Road at Bikini Beach and then make use of the relatively hidden shortcut, which is essentially a bunch of steep, narrow steps lodged between two rather big properties.

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(Of course, if you don’t like steps, you could just walk around and up Faure Street itself.)

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The shortcut will deposit you near the top of Faure Street, and you simply continue upwards until you reach the stop sign indicating that you are about to turn into Faure Marine Drive and head out along the R44.

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Turn right and continue walking.

Needless to say, at this elevated position you’ve already got some fantastic views of False Bay in front of you, Gordon’s Bay below and behind, and of course, the beautiful Helderberg Mountains behind in the distance.

(You should also see the red bricks that signal the start of the walkway in front of you.)

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Before long, you’ll be on a pretty neat walkway with a wooden fence barrier to your right and a stone/concrete wall barrier to your left.

(Expect interesting lizards, and sometimes the odd dassie or two, to get a fright and scamper away as you approach.)

Part of the pathway sees the red bricks give way for a beautiful wooded plank section, the highlight of the relatively short route in my opinion.

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During whale season you should be able to spot whales in the bay from here, though of course, we often get dolphins and sometimes the odd seal swimming about as well – so worth keeping your eyes open at this point already.

What has been a short 15 to 20 minute walk should now see you arrive at the popular Suikerbossie Whale Viewing Site, which affords fantastic 360 degree views of False Bay, the South Atlantic Ocean, the Helderberg Mountains, Strand, and of course, the beautiful Gordon’s Bay.

Oh, and whales if they’re out and about of course.

IMG_20151102_135015 view of helderberg mountains and gordon's bay suikerbossie whale viewpoint along faure marine drive in gordon's bay south africa

So yeah, definitely a nice addition to Gordon’s Bay, and well worth a stroll if the weather plays along! :)

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UPDATE: On the 2 February 2016, the City of Cape Town posted their own bit on the official opening of what they are calling the Bikini Beach Boardwalk. I’ve copied and pasted the text to preserve it:

“Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, recently completed the long-awaited boardwalk between the popular whale lookout point and Bikini Beach along Faure Marine Drive in Gordon’s Bay.

A local resident from Gordon’s Bay, the late Ms Monica Miles, approached the City some time ago with a request for a safe walkway between Bikini Beach and the parking area at the whale lookout point next to Faure Marine Drive.

Simple as the request may have seemed at the time, officials from Transport for Cape Town had to come up with an appropriate design and an affordable solution to the challenges posed by the scenic nature of the area and the elevated roadway on this part of the False Bay coastline. Work started in July 2015 and was completed over a period of 20 weeks by the end of November, just in time for the summer holidays.

The boardwalk’s hand railing and a section of the walkway itself have been constructed from locally sourced sugar gum wood which is renowned for its longevity and low maintenance requirements. Up to 14 000 screws were used in the building process. Other sections of the boardwalk along Faure Marine Drive are paved and gabions (large wire baskets filled with rocks) are used to support the boardwalk on the shoreline’s side.

‘The boardwalk is approximately two metres wide and meanders over a distance of about 620 metres. Those strolling between the whale lookout point near Suikerbossie Drive and Bikini Beach can now safely enjoy the scenery, with False Bay on the one side and the majestic Hottentots-Holland Mountain range on the other. All in all, we have spent approximately R2,3 million on the boardwalk. We will soon embark on a public participation process to propose naming the boardwalk after the late Ms Miles who campaigned so enthusiastically for this safe walkway,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.”

And now we know. Still, R2.3million seems a little… excessive for what was built.

Related Link: Gordon’s Bay | Bikini Beach Boardwalk

PASS me the salt please My Life 12 SEP 2007

larry soffer magician cape townHad a pretty enjoyable work day yesterday :)

Every year the Commerce Faculty organises a PASS staff luncheon, and this time the ladies from the Accounting department got the chance to host it. (PASS stands for Professional Administrative Support Staff, basically all non academic staff members – people like departmental secretaries, faculty office and the finance office, and even us IT support people). Its a pretty big deal, with yesterdays event costing around R35 000 it is rumoured. It attracts a huge amount of sponsors and is basically quite a looked forward to day here in the faculty.

The venue selected this year was the picturesque Suikerbossie Restaurant, a place that offers large buffet meals and caters to a lot of weddings and other events. It is nestled between Hout Bay and Llandudno Beach, along what is probably one of the most scenic and breathtaking drives in South Africa.

This years lunch was superbly organised. On arrival, every staff member was given a name tag, a luck draw number, a R100 Clicks gift voucher and a huge goodie bag, containing a number of varied items from sponsors. Each table was decorated to the full, from balloons to streamers and every sitting had a little bag of chocolates and a welcome message placed before it.

Starters was a variety of breads and spreads, ranging from humus to snoek pate. The main course (buffet) consisted of lamb and chicken, a lot of varied starches, salads and veggies, and dessert was a selection of delicious cream cakes and ice cream. Entertainment consisted of a hired magician (Larry Soffer) that wandered amongst the tables, showing off all his various tricks and sleight of hand (though he could have done without the long balloon swallowing trick – it drew a lot of dirty gay jokes from our table :) What made it even better was when he pulled one over Kyle – that alone made it worth my while to attend!). Frank from Finance and Ops impressed us with his guitar and singing skills as well.

Another nice touch was the minor lucky draw they held – ever number that had been handed out on entry was in fact attached to a prize. The prizes were plentiful and rather varied, from kitchen goodies packets to beanies and gloves, with me walking away clutching a peak cap, t-shirt and a 1gb flash drive

There was also a major luck draw that featured 12 prizes which ranged in value from R500 to just over R1500. Unfortunately I didnt manage to snag one of those beauties, but my colleague Jason managed to get an overnight stay at the Protea hotel in Glen Cairn, breakfast included. Lucky bugger. Kyle immediately said that hes not going to give him leave for it though :)

It was a wonderfully organised day and I think everyone that attended really enjoyed it. So thanks to the Commerce faculty and especially the ladies from the Accounting department that went out of their way to organise it.

It was a bit suspicious though that just about everyone around the Accounting table walked away with one of the big prizes. Yet another conspiracy theory for us to deal with then.