I'm putting together a series on quick photowalks in some of my favourite places in and around Cape Town. First up - Muizenberg. I could also have called this post 'Photo walks in Muizenberg that don't include the beach huts!'
1. The Vlei
Park on Vlei road (funnily enough), and catch some great reflections either at sunrise or sunset. Great for dog walking too.
What to look for: a bridge, lots of ducks and geese, water, mountains in the background, lovely #puddlegrams, and of course those gorgeous reflections.
2. Sideways Trees
Right next to the vlei (park on Promenade road), you'll see a collection of really strangely shaped, windblown trees. I have no idea what they're called so I'll call them 'Sideways Trees.' Years and years of coastal gales have forced them to grow almost parallel to the ground. They're fascinating. Also, when there's been heavy rain in this area, there are some great opportunities for getting the tree trunks reflected in the water that collects at the base of the trees.
What to look for: texture, greenness, fields, and great silhouettes. Another favourite spot of mine.
3. Muizenberg Village
So many people I know don't know that Muizenberg has the quaintest, sweetest, tiniest vintage village tucked away in Palmer Road. If you park opposite the Muizenberg Library near Epic Print, head off up Palmer Road and take a walk around.
What to look for: old Cape style architecture, gables, colourfully painted houses, old school cars, the odd vespas, flower boxes, and a portrait of a local, if you ask nicely.
4. The Pavilion
You've got to love Muizenberg's 70's flair! Park at 76 Beach Road, grab yourself a soft serve ice-cream and wander along the 'prom' all while singing 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.
What to look for: concrete, the red roof, sharp angles, mini putt-putt, a whole lot of 70's vibes, and the giant blue supertube!
5. The Muizenberg Train Station
This train station was built for Muizenberg's glory days, when hordes of weary travellers would arrive by train from the 'binneland' ready for their seaside holiday. It's a beautiful piece of architecture, and well worth a photo exploratory walk.
What to look for: wooden clock towers, stone arches, views of the sea, some great type, and of course some train shots.