A Whale Of A Heritage

Alan Lindner is the Chairperson of the Fish Hoek Historical Society and manages 'A Whale Of A Heritage Route', an initiative that markets whale watching from False Bay, Cape Town to beyond Namibia. It started out in 2004 and in recent years it has expanded to the Cape West Coast and in the last season, to Namibia. The goal is to have a network of spotters reporting as far north as the Equator which is where the humpback whales breed before turning south to feed in the Antarctic - please get in contact with us if you permanently have an eye on the sea!

At some destinations he started designing and creating self-guided walks that celebrate aspects of local history. He has done extensive research over the years and we are excited to announce that the Noordhoek booklet is now in the final stages of editing and will be published soon.

The booklet covers the following information: The early History of Noordhoek, the pioneer families and their farms, as well as Noordhoek's Provincial Heritage Site: De Goede Hoop Estate. There is also a fascinating look at the history of the Salt Pan (including motor racing!), various historical streets, several noteworthy cemetaries and the history of forced removals.  An adjunct to this exciting project is a map/ info leaflet covering the old Goede Hoop Farm and its outbuildings (parts of CPV, the entrance to De Goede Hoop Estate, Village Lane and the Farm Village, all the way down Main Road to the Vet), which will act as a handy pocket guide while meandering through these areas - many of which are open to the public and offer convenient coffee shops and restaurants close by. The booklets will be distributed via local libraries, tourism offices and selected high foot traffic areas. For more information, contact Alan at  awhaleofaheritageroute@gmail.com, or the Noordhoek Tourism office at info@noordhoektourism.co.za.