Kalk Bay is a bastion to the Cape’s seafaring past. First visited by Simon van der Stel in the 17th century, one cannot help but feel that you have travelled back in time, worlds away from the high-rise hustle of Cape Town. Named after the chalky lime stone deposits found in the area by the Dutch in 1806, Kalk Baai (Chalk Bay) soon became a busy fishing village. A railway line in 1883 brought with it more fishermen and tourists in their scores. In 1895 a municipality was founded and non-fishing families were encouraged to settle in the area. This developed into a tight knit bustling seaside village and much of everything that made it special remains today.