WATCH: West Coast's Blouberg brought to life through five unique individuals

2017-05-10 14:24 -
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Cape Town -  The Blaauwberg region is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Western Cape and is the gateway to the Cape West Coast. The area encompasses 48km of sandy white beaches and is perhaps best known for its spectacular views of Table Mountain across Table Bay.  

In fact the easiest way to familiarise people with where to find this suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town Central is to say, "the beach where all those amazing across-the-bay photos of Table Mountain are taken".  

The views of Table Mountain and Robben Island from Big Bay are in a word Instagrammable  on any given day no matter the weather and on a clear day you will not get a better shot of two World Heritage site iconic attractions. 

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The area is renowned for its beautiful beaches and Big Bay is hugely popular for surfing – for all levels – and kite surfing, with the Red Bull King of the Air competition an annual highlight. 

As part of its Neighbourhood Series, Cape Town Tourism caught up with five individuals from all walks of life who have shared their love for this special part of SA. 

SEE: Flying high: 5 Best kitesurfing spots in the Cape

Toni Enderli, an open water swimmer shares his love for cold Atlantic Ocean, having swum the stretch for the past eight years and simply by linking it to Habitat for Humanity and the NSRI he says has been able to make a difference through the community - with a sense of community coming through strong in this part of the West Coast. 

" I'm just Toni from Table View... Just by asking, How can I make my country better just by doing one small thing - we're going to live in a better place." 

Bongani Mnisi, Biodiversity Regional Manager in Blouberg says conservation is in his blood. He encourages one and all to make a point of visiting Eerste Steen Nature Reserve. Bring the kids for the day, with family-friendly facilities and wildlife experiences such as eland and honey badgers being rehabilitated in the reserve just some of the fun they'll get to enjoy. 

"The connection with the city while you are still in nature is what makes this place unique - with a view of two World Heritage sites at the same time - that doesn't happen anywhere else," says Mnisi.

SEE: Secret Beaches along the West Coast

Hettie Wainwright, a local jeweller who is carrying on the creative legacy of her family uses the beautiful beaches to inspire her jewels.  

"It's like giving people a piece of Blouberg to take home with them," she says.

Julio Kabila Kasongo came from the DRC to Cape Town to find work and found himself as a car guard in Big Bay. Now he is a huge kite-surfing fan, having been shown the ropes by a local pro Kevin Langeree he says. He currently works at Cabrinha Kite surf shop and has ambitions of being the next Red Bull King of the Air champ. 

And then finally Mike Ferdenando, restaurant manager for Ons Huisie says he couldn't ask for a better place to work, with Robben Island practically in his office. 

A stop-in for some ocean-fresh food is great, added that you'll be enjoying it in a National Monument.  

Other must-dos in the area include, a walk or cycle through the Koeberg Nature Reserve, a 4×4 adventure through the Atlantis Dunes, a visit to the Hillcrest Wine and Olive Estate and sundowners at Eden on the Bay, just off Big Bay.

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