Long white sandy beach

History of Noordhoek

Province;Western Cape
Coordinates: 34.104°S 18.360°E
Municipality: City of Cape Town
Area: 29.05 km2

North Corner

Noordhoek means North Corner. Noordhoek farm was proclaimed in 1743 by Van Imhoff, the governor-general of the Cape.  Noordhoek is situated below Chapman’s peak. It was quite remote and inaccessible till the Ou Kaapse Weg was built in the 1960s. Previously the only access was by way of the Main road along the False Bay coast. The scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, linking Hout Bay to Noordhoek was opened in 1923. Locals called it “Oom Izaksekop”. After Isaac de Villiers., a descendant of the Huguenots who arrived from France in 1687. The De Villiers family settled in the area in 1881.

Chapman’s peak

Chapman’s Peak (Chapman’s Bay) was named after John Chapman. He was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy who had to search for water in the area when he came ashore in 1607. However, Jan Van Riebeek renamed it Houtbay 40 years later. Chapman’s name was then given the bay just south of it.
Ou Kaapse Weg is not so old, It is just the name given to the road over the mountains. Previously, it was just a track between Hout Bay and Kalk Bay on the other side of the ridge. This remoteness has resulted happily in the preservation of the rural atmosphere of\ Noordhoek.
Middens and skeletons show that the first inhabitants of this area were Khoi nomads and Strandlopers who had been in the area for over 1000 years.

The postcode for Noordhoek is 7979 (boxes only)


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Useful Numbers in Noordhoek

  • Police: Fishhoek, 021784 2700
  • Traffic department: Fishhook 021 784 2160
  • Fire: Fishhoek 021 480 7700
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity: 0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 021 785 5375
  • Library; 021 783 1112
  • Closest hospital;  Longbeach medical centre 021 785 3900
  • Pharmacy; 021 784 4400
  • SPCA: 021 700 4140
  • Rate payers association:
  • Schools:
  • EduExcellence Private School Noordhoek 021 785 2992( special needs)
  • Noordhoek Private School-021 785 5336

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