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Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town and is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and it is home to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Historically, the village has several special features, including Het Posthuys (the Post House), Rhodes' Cottage and is the site of the Battle of Muizenberg. The historical mile is situated along Main Road Muizenberg, and consists of Het Posthuys Museum, the Police Museum, the Natale Labia Museum, the Battlement Open-Air Museum, and Rhodes Cottage.
Muizenberg has a fine, long beach that in effect stretches all the way round the top of False Bay to the Strand, a distance of over 20 km. False Bay, known for its population of White Sharks, also has a shark watch service that operates from Muizenberg, signalling alerts when sharks come in proximity of bathers and surfers.
Above Muizenberg there is a line of steep cliffs that is very popular as a venue for rock climbing. However, certain parts of the cliff are off-limits to climbers when birds nest on the ledges. The Zandvlei estuary enters the ocean in Muizenberg. The estuary is one of the most important estuaries for fish spawning on the coastline and is home to the Imperial Yacht Club and Peninsula Canoe Club.
Each year, Southern Right Whales migrate to the waters surrounding South Africa, to calve and nurse their young. Humpback whales may be seen between May and November as they migrate to their breeding and feeding grounds in the warm water off Mozambique. Bryde’s Whales are found further off-shore all year round in False Bay. The occasional Orca may also be seen leaping out the water. From August to November, False Bay offers excellent land and ocean viewing of both bottle-nosed dolphins and the Southern Right Whales.