Mnandi Beach, Cape Town
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Mnandi has a large fresh water pool with water slids
Mnandi Beach on Cape Town's False Bay coast used to be a third class beach, reserved for black people during apartheid. Now it has Blue Flag status and people can enjoy walking down the long beach, which has scenic views of the limestone cliffs of the Wolfgat Nature Reserve in the distance.
The beach is favoured by walkers, fisherman, swimmers and whale-watchers. A large play park, picnic and braais spots and lifeguards makes for a perfect family outing.
Tourists often combine a guided township tour of Khayelitsha with some downtime at Mnandi to enjoy the sun, sea and beach life.
Mnandi Beach has a recreational area with a large freshwater pool and waterslides, along with playground equipment to occupy the kids. There are areas to eat and braai so bring along a picnic and make a day of it.
For years regulars kept a secret - one of the best whale and seal-viewing spots is at Mnandi.
The southern right species frequent the coastline from June to September, people gather to catch a glimpse of water spouts and shiny giant tails breaking the water's surface. Some watchers are lucky enough to see these huge mammals breaching.
Safety is a big priority at Mnandi Beach. As a Blue Flag beach, lifeguards are on duty throughout summer, from December 1 to March 31. People are cautioned to swim, and frolic, in the water within the yellow and red flags.
The name Mnandi means ‘lovely; just right’ – an apt description for this beach which has enjoyed its full Blue Flag status since 2004.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Telephone: +27 (0)21 487 6800
How to get here
From the centre of Cape Town take the N2 heading east, turning onto Baden Powell Drive, follow the directional boards to Mnandi Beach.
Best time to visit
During the summer months of December to March.
Around the area
The resort borders Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, and Baden Powell, the beach road, is a scenic route to Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fishhoek, Simon's Town and Boulders Beach.
Even though the resort is close to public transport, it is easier to take your own car, there is parking at the resort.
What to pack
The usual beach gear and high factor sunscreen is recommended, particularly in the height of the South African summer.
What to eat
The False Bay coastline is well-known for superb seafood. Make your way to Kalk Bay and Simon's Town for a choice of restaurants.You can also buy fresh fish straight off the boats in both Simon's Town and Kalk Bay.