false bay hope spot

False Bay lies underneath the Table Mountain National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. The bay is rich in marine life. 


One can see whales, particularly from June to October, as well as dolphins and even orcas have been spotted here. It has rich kelp forests, which are wonderful to explore, hiding pyjama and shy sharks, nudibranchs, anemones and other exquisitely colourful creatures. It is also home to the African penguin, seals, octopus and great white shark.

iconic species

Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) can reach up to six metres – the female is bigger than the male. Although many studies are ongoing, there is still some mystery surrounding facts about this impressive creature – it’s thought they grow as old as 70 years, that the males take over 20 years to reach sexual maturity, while the females take over 30. This low reproduction rate is what makes them more rare. They are listed as vulnerable.

The Hope Spots is a citizen-driven project, and we’re still gathering our list of things to do in the False Bay Hope Spot. If you have some suggestions, please mail these to info@sst.org.za with the words ‘Hope Spot things to do’ in the subject line. Also, if you are interested in driving the False Bay Hope Spot as a project, we would welcome a discussion about what it would involve. Mail us on info@sst.org.za, with the words: False Bay Hope Spot project in the subject line.