Soetwater, sometimes translated to ‘Sweetwater’ on tourism maps, is a coastal resort located on a narrow strip of land between the sea and Slangkop Lighthouse, which towers overhead.
An entrance fee is payable and visitor numbers are controlled to avoid overcrowding, as the resort is a popular destination for get togethers on summer weekends. Braai pits and picnic tables are available, and camping and caravan sites can be hired by those wanting a longer stay.
The Parmalat Enviro Centre, which offers environmental education, life skills training and adventure camps for children, is located within the resort.
The Soetwater area is considered ecologically sensitive, and management plans are being implemented to protect its rich biodiversity. Much of the shoreline here is rocky, but there are a few sandy bays, and two large artificial tidal pools offer safe swimming. Dense kelp beds line the shore, and crayfish divers as well as hoop net fishers operating from small dinghies can often be seen in their vicinity during the rock lobster season.
Boat launching is not permitted from Soetwater, but launching ramps are available at Kommetjie and Witsands.
Click here to view the Soetwater brochure.
Those who have had their fill of sand and sea may prefer to do an easy walk up to the top of Slangkop to see an abandoned World War II radar station, and enjoy the breathtaking bird’s eye views over Kommetjie. The 5 km return route starts at a boom on Slangkop Road, and follows a sandy jeep track through the fynbos to the now derelict buildings that made up Cobra Camp. Although the camp’s name and the hill on which it stands (Slangkop translates to ‘snake head’) hint of past experiences with snakes, the reptiles are rarely encountered.
Soetwater Resort is located in the southern part of the Cape Peninsula on Lighthouse Road, between the Slangkop Lighthouse (Kommetjie) in the north and Scarborough/Misty Cliffs in the south. Its location along the only stretch of relatively undeveloped coastal terrace in the Cape Peninsula contributes to its conservation value.
The Soetwater area has a great variety of habitat types, including a coastline with sandy and rocky shores, coastal flats, vegetated dune systems, seasonal wetlands, mountain scree slopes and steep cliffs. It is also an important component of the City’s Biodiversity Network and is included in the Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment.
|Electrified camping sites
|Non-electrified camping sites
Conference room (seating 30-70 people):
|Four hours (low and mid season only)
||Eight hours (low and mid season only)
||Per hour in excess of time reserved|
Day visitors (braai facilities):
Adults (full day): R13 per person
Children (full day): R6 per child
Groups of 30 or more (full day): R6 per person
The resort has a conference facility that caters for approximate 40 people and can be booked during the week and over weekends.
Click on the below links for sites layouts:
Soetwater - all sites
De Anker site
Things to do and see
- Go for a swim in one of the two tidal pools
- Take a long walk along the beachfront
- Launch your boat at the Witsands slipway
- Visit Cape Point
- Visit Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town and some of the other tourism destinations in the southern part of the peninsula