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Kalk Bay Harbour is a lively working harbour and one of the best places to buy fresh fish straight off the boat.

It’s also a great place to take photographs – it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture here!


Best Time to Photograph
Early morning sunrise.
When the boats come in. Weather depending, but usually around lunchtime.
Type of Photography
  • People
  • Harbour
  • Seascape
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
The fish market and cleaning area is great.
Seals are fed with off cuts.
Recommended Gear
Wide angle lenses and medium telephoto zoom (70-200mm).


Site Highlights
Fishing boats landing.
Local fish market.
Stormy seas and crashing waves over harbour walls


Season and Weather
The Capes' seasons are very distinct. Summers are hot and windy, winters are cool and rainy. All the seasons provide good photographic opportunities. Summers can be very wind with the southeaster blowing incessantly.
Winter storms provide dramatic photo opportunities.
Other Activities
  • Fishing
  • Fresh Fish for sale


Closest Town
Getting There
Head down Main Road along the False Bay coastline towards Muisenberg, St James and then Kalk Bay. Or catch the train and hop off at Kalk Bay Station.
Kalk Bay Harbour


Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.