Less is more in a remote haven in Smitswinkel Bay

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The Malawi chairs on the front deck can easily be moved to where they are needed. Water storage is concealed underneath the deck.
The Malawi chairs on the front deck can easily be moved to where they are needed. Water storage is concealed underneath the deck.
Francois Oberholster

Production: Marian van Wyk

On a winding road just beyond Simon’s Town, past Miller’s Point on the way to Cape Point, is a bay with a history as rich as its abundant marine life. Here in Smitswinkel Bay – or simply “Smits” as the locals call it – there are about 22 houses.

Some are ramshackle and run-down, but here and there, dotted against the slopes of the valley, are new structures carefully inserted like puzzle pieces between the older houses with their rusty roofs. It’s in one of these new builds that the Clark family of Tokai, Cape Town have holidayed for the past three years. Theirs is an ecofriendly wooden house with unobstructed views of the bay and a braai stoep that’s sheltered from the South-Easter when it starts to whip up white horses on the ocean’s surface. The view framed by each of the large windows is perfection, the sea an aquamarine paradise.

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