False Bay

False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme South-West of South Africa. The eastern and western shores of the bay are very rocky and even mountainous; in places large cliffs plunge into deep water. The northern shore, however, is defined by a very long, curving, sandy beach. This sandy, northern perimeter of the bay is the start of the area known as the Cape Flats; one can see the large expanses of wind-blown sand in the photograph. The bay is 30 kilometres wide at its widest point. The climate is Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters.


False Bay coast, Cape Town from Simon’s Town to Gordon’s Bay – provide good value for money along a huge half-moon stretch of beautiful white beaches where whale viewing and a host of sea sport opportunities reign supreme.

Sailing is also a popular recreational activity in False Bay. There is a small granite island in the bay (not discernible in the image above) called Seal Island, which is one of the main breeding sites for the Cape Fur Seal. (Seal Island can be seen in a scan in the article on The Cape Flats). The seals attract many Great White Sharks and some of the biggest sharks ever seen have been spotted in these waters

Shark attacks are not common but are by no means unknown.