Kalk Bay (South Peninsula) 103

Kalk Bay (Afrikaans: Kalkbaai) is a fishing village on the coast of False Bay, South Africa and is now a suburb of greater Cape Town. It lies between the ocean and sharply rising mountainous heights that are buttressed by crags of grey Table Mountain Sandstone. A literal translation from the Dutch/Afrikaans name "Kalkbaai" is "Lime Bay". This derives from the vast deposits of mussel shells found there, which early settlers burned to make lime for construction. Lime kilns to roast mussel shells are still found along the west coast. The railway from the central business district of Cape Town to Simon's Town passes through Kalk Bay and in some places the line is only metres from the water's edge. Kalk Bay is also home to the famous surf spot named "Kalk Bay Reef". This is renowned for heavy barrels and the associated shallow reef. It is best surfed on a big south-easterly swell or a north west wind. In smaller swells low tide makes for better barrels. Southern right whales come here during whale watching seasons, and are often seen playing or resting very close to surfers or piers.

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  • The beach of St. James (close to Kalk Bay)

    The beach of St. James (close to Kalk Bay)

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  • The beach of St. James (close to Kalk Bay)

    The beach of St. James (close to Kalk Bay)

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  • Faces from Kalk Bay

    Faces from Kalk Bay

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  • Faces from Kalk Bay

    Faces from Kalk Bay

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  • Selling fresh fish at Kalk Bay harbour

    Selling fresh fish at Kalk Bay harbour

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  • Faces from Kalk Bay

    Faces from Kalk Bay

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  • Faces from Kalk Bay

    Faces from Kalk Bay

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  • Train from Simon's Town to Cape Town seen in Kalk Bay

    Train from Simon's Town to Cape Town seen in Kalk Bay

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  • Kalky's Fish & Chips in Kalk Bay

    Kalky's Fish & Chips in Kalk Bay

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  • Small restaurant in Kalk Bay

    Small restaurant in Kalk Bay

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  • Fashion shop in Kalk Bay

    Fashion shop in Kalk Bay

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  • Kalk Bay lighthouse

    Kalk Bay lighthouse

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  • Rotten electric wires seen in Kalk Bay

    Rotten electric wires seen in Kalk Bay

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  • Railway station of Kalk Bay

    Railway station of Kalk Bay

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  • Images from Kalk Bay

    Images from Kalk Bay

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