5 of the best tidal pools in Cape Town

St James tidal pool – Photo Jay Caboz

As you may know I am quite obsessed with tidal pools. So I made a list of some of my favourite ones.

If you are interested in seeing more image please visit my website, which has a whole gallery dedicated to the tidal pools of Cape Town.

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As any Capetonian worth their salt will tell you, Cape Town, or the Mother City as locals call it, is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world for holiday goers seeking adventure outdoors. Cape Town is also fortunate to be host to a fantastic array of 20 unique tidal pools dotted along the Atlantic Ocean (West) and False Bay (East) coastline.

Within just a few minutes’ drive visitors and locals alike can access some of the most spectacular vistas nature has to offer from vibrant fynbos on Table Mountain all the way to Clifton’s pristine white beaches.

Cape Town is also fortunate to be host to a fantastic array of 20 unique tidal pools dotted along the Atlantic Ocean (West) and False Bay (East) coastline.

The tidal pools offer a refuge for swimmers that want to escape the wild waves of the Atlantic as well as its notorious gusty south easter winds.

Here on summer days locals gather for a cool refreshing dip and are the perfect spot for families to grab a snorkel and mask to swim alongside small schools of fish, plenty of anemones, nudibranchs and starfish hanging about on its walls.

Even in winter, when the weather is cooler, you can find a host of swim-risers, that take morning dips before work. In fact, winter is one of the best seasons to check out the marine life, as the pools are less disturbed allowing small ecosystems to thrive. 

What makes Cape Town’s pools even more unique is that many of them are environmentally managed and by the end of 2020, all tidal pools managed by the City of Cape Town will be cleaned using eco-friendly methods – primarily high-pressure hoses and chalk paint, Business Insider South Africa reports.

This follows a project spearheaded by local free diver Lisa Beasley, the founder of Cape Town Tidal Pools, who has been experimenting with eco-friendly cleaning methods at the Dalebrook, St James, Kalk Bay and Woolley’s tidal pools since 2016.

So, whilst you contemplate sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the fresh salty ocean breezes and sounds of squawking seagulls, here are some tidal pools we recommend you check out:

Dalebrook, Off Main Road, Kalk Bay

Dalebrook tidal pool. Photo Jay Caboz.

Dalebrook can be found in Kalk Bay and is accessible by public parking off Main Road on the False Bay side of Cap Town. This was one of the first tidal pools in Cape Town to be cleaned using environmentally friendly methods.

It is ideally located to protect swimmers from the Cape’s notorious gusty ‘south easter’ making it a popular bathing spot for locals in the area. It also features benches and a small beach for picnics, with plenty of rock pools to explore.

Because it is East facing, it is the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee and watch the sun come up over the Atlantic.

St James, Main Road, St James

St James tidal pool. Photo Jay Caboz.

Like Dalebrook, St James is also cleaned using environmentally friendly methods. The pool is one of the larger pools in the Kalk Bay area and a popular spot for swimmers throughout the day. It is a well-known photographer hotspot thanks to its colourful beach houses.

Wooley’s, Kalk Bay

Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Jay Caboz

Wooley’s offers a clear view across to Fish Hoek and is one of the lesser known tidal pools in Cape Town, partly because it is hard to spot from the road.

The pool is divided into two parts – a small splash pool for children and a deeper dipping pool for adults.

Miller’s Point tidal pool

Miller’s Point tidal pool. Photo Jay Caboz.

Planning a trip to Miller’s Point tidal pool can be quite tricky, especially since it’s an hour drive out of Cape Town. It’s also not as sheltered as some of the other tidal pools located along the False Bay side of Cape Town. I recommend checking the weather carefully before making your way out here.

That being said, the tidal pool is picturesque and shaped like a heart, and even has a slide for kids. It is well worth making a day trip out to see it and visiting Cape Point as the same time. Because it is so remote, bringing along a mask and snorkel are a must as you’ll be surprised to see how many creatures make it a home.

Maidens Cove, Camps Bay

Maiden’s Cove. Photo Jay Caboz.

Maidens Cove has two tidal pools hidden between enormous granite boulders. It’s nestled under the shadow of Lions Head, on the Camps Bay side of the city which faces West.

It’s a popular spot for sundowners with many people driving here just to watch blazing sunsets as the sun dips behind the Atlantic.

Maidens Cove has a special history as it was one the few beaches where non-white residents of Cape Town could come and enjoy a day at the sea in a whites-only area before 1994, according to Cape Town tidal pools.

There are many more tidal pools to visit inside the Western Cape.

Here is the full list of tidal pools dotted across the Western Cape:

Camps Bay Tidal Pool – Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Dalebrook Tidal Pool – Off Main Road, Dalebrook

Glencairn Tidal Pool – Glencairn Beach, Glencairn

Graaff Tidal Pool – Sea Point Beach Front, Beach Road, Sea Point

Harmony Park Tidal Pool – Jan Bruin Street, Strand

Kalk Bay 1 Tidal Pool – Off Main Road, Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay 2 Tidal Pool – Off Main Road, Kalk Bay

Maiden’s Cove 1 Tidal Pool – Off Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Maiden’s Cove 2 Tidal Pool – Off Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Milton Tidal Pool – Off Beach Road, Sea Point

Monwabisi Tidal Pool – Off Baden Powell Drive, Khayelitsha

Saunders’ Rock Tidal Pool – Sea Point Promenade, Beach Road, Sea Point

Shelley Point Tidal Pool – M6, Glencairn

Silwerstroom Tidal Pool – Silwerstroom Resort, off Westcoast Road, Silwerstroom

Soetwater 1 Tidal Pool – Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie

Soetwater 2 Tidal Pool- Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie

Sparks Tidal Pool – Clarence Drive, R44, Gordon’s Bay

St James Tidal Pool – Main Road, St James

Strand Tidal Pool – Beach Road, Strand

Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Off Main Road, Glencairn, Kalk Bay

Images by Jay Caboz – Available here

If you are interested in seeing more image please visit my website, which has a whole gallery dedicated to the tidal pools of Cape Town.

Meet the Indian Ocean’s first pygmy seahorse – which was discovered in KZN

Just for a moment take a look at a R1 coin. Now imagine trying to find a seahorse that size in the ocean. Researchers Louw Claassens (@ClaassensLouw ) and Richard Smith (@Rich_Underwater) did. Here is why we can now marvel at the rare but ever so cute Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse.

Story featured on Business Insider South Africa:

Source: Business Insider South Africa.
  • The tiny and beautiful Sodwana pygmy seahorse is one of its kind to be found in Africa and for that matter the Indian Ocean.
  • It now has a scientific name.
  • Smaller than a R1 coin, the rare seahorse was only discovered in 2017. 
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A rare ‘pygmy seahorse’, which is smaller than a R1 coin and first discovered in South Africa, has now been officially recognised after being included in an international scientific journal this month.

The tiny Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse, named Hippocampus nalu, is the first pygmy seahorse to be found in Africa and for that matter the Indian Ocean, according to its researchers.

The pygmy seahorse was discovered just three years ago, by local diving instructor Savannah Nalu Olivier while she was leading a scuba-diving course in Sodwana Bay, a popular diving destination along the northern coastline of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Mozambique.

The seahorse was named after her middle name, which also means “here it is” in isiXhosa and Zulu.

Olivier photographed the fish life in a flat sandy-algal reef habitat. When she realised afterwards she had snapped a seahorse, and couldn’t identify it, she reached out to see who could.

A male Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse. Photo supplied by © Richard Smith, OceanRealmImages.com

Eventually, her images caught the attention of marine biologists Louw Claassens and Richard Smith, both researchers at the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish & Seadragon Specialist Group, who then revisited the site in 2018 and were able to successfully bring back two specimens for classification – as well as stunning images of a male, female and juvenile in their natural habitat.

“The new species grows to just over 2cm and has a honey-brown colour, overlaid with a white netted pattern and a pinkish tail,” said Claassens. “They are so incredibly tiny and well camouflaged that seven of the eight known species have only been discovered since the turn of this millennium.”

Authored by Graham Short, a seahorse taxonomist at the California Academy of Sciences,the findings were published in the scientific journal ZooKeys, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal covering zoological taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography, in May. 

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Richard Smith – Ocean Realm Images

Until now finding a pygmy seahorse in South Africa was the equivalent “to finding a kangaroo in Norway”, said marine biologist Richard Smith, who is an expert on pygmy seahorses.

This is because the Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse was found on a reef exposed to the powerful swells of the Indian Ocean – a completely unexpected habitat for these creatures, which is very unlike the sheltered coral reefs of Southeast Asia where other pygmy seahorses have been found.

“It was (also) like finding a needle in a haystack. This pygmy seahorse was 1.6 centimetres long,” said Smith. 

Claassens, who is the director of the Knysna Basin Project an NGO that researches costal estuaries in Knysna, South Africa, said the classification almost didn’t happen because of these strong waves. The divers nearly lost the seahorses when a large swell almost buried them underneath a storm of sand.

 “The recent discovery of such a notable fish in shallow coastal water highlights how little we still know about the marine life around Africa and about the extended seahorse family,” she said.

MAY PRINT SALE — SA is open for e-commerce!

Great news everyone e-commerce has been opened within South Africa – all online shopping is allowed.


To celebrate I’m going to run a print special for any orders made from today for the rest of the month.

Sunset Beach, South Africa. Photo Jay Caboz.

Here’s how much you’ll pay for a matt print:

A4 print – R700
A3 print – R1,000
A2 print – R1,500
A1 print – R2,000

Courier prices need to be confirmed but if its within Cape Town I’ll foot the bill!

If you’d like some more inspiration – be it tidal pools, sunsets or sunrises – check out my website or else visit my instagram page, anything on it it printable.

Millers Point tidal pool, South Africa. Photo Jay Caboz.

I really just want to see my work on people’s walls. AND it;ll go a long way toward helping me set up my freelance career. I want to travel South Africa and bring back amazing inspirational images.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email at jaycaboz@gmail.com.

Support local, get the economy back up again, and also I would love to eat something other than 2 minute Maggie noodles.

Camps Bay tidal pool, South Africa photo Jay Caboz.



Farewell to Denis Goldberg a legend that was always open for a chat in his home

It saddens me to announce that legendary Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg passed away at the age of 87.   

Denis Goldberg. Photo Jay Caboz, copyright reserved.

Goldberg was one of the accused in the Rivonia trial where Nelson Mandela and his comrades faced charges of sabotage that carried the death penalty.

I was privileged enough to have had quite a few conversations with Goldberg from his art-filled home in Hout Bay in Cape Town. Goldberg retired here to his beautiful art-filled home after spending 22 years in prison in Pretoria and many many years of service advocating human rights.

Denis Goldberg. Photo Jay Caboz, copyright reserved.

I remember one interview for Forbes Africa where he told me he learnt to play the guitar and recorder whilst in his cold cell, where he would play with men singing their last songs in prison.

“I was never good enough to play by ear, but somehow when those men sang, the chords just came to me. When I left, I felt sad that no one was going to hear those notes from my recorder again,” he said.

Denis Goldberg. Photo Jay Caboz, copyright reserved.

Goldberg was unafraid to speak his mind when it came to corruption in South Africa and was on more than one occasion willing to voice opinions against fellow African National Congress leader and former president Jacob Zuma as well as violent student protests.

He his eyes lit up when speaking about his community projects and the various artworks hanging up on his wall – every painting had a story.

Rest in Peace Denis.

For more of my work please visit my website: www.jaycaboz.com.

For portrait inquiries: email jaycaboz@gmail.com or fill out my contact form on the website.

DJI SKYPIXEL winner – From above: Where land meets sea

It brings me great pleasure to announce that I was a winner of this year’s DJI SKYPIXEL 5th Anniversary Aerial Photo and Video Contest.

I was among 10 other winners in the Best Aerial Story (5th Anniversary Prize) that chose pieces entered from all over the world.

As you may know I am incredibly passionate about my drone photography and I love the way it can change our perspective of the world around us.

For more pictures please visit my website.

From above: where land meets sea

SkyPixel 5th Anniversary Aerial Photo & Video Contest winner.

I feel an incredible fascination with the spaces where land and the ocean meet. Whether the sea is wild with crashing white waves or so peacefully still you can stare into its depths, I believe we have some deep human instinct that draws us to it. Since I picked up my first drone almost 2 and a half years ago drone photography has had an incredible impact in transforming my perspective of the world around me. When I look at the landscape from above it helps to remind me that we are small pieces of this beautiful Earth and often we forget that message in the chaos of life. So, I look for moments of simplicity, where life kind of falls into place among all the chaos.

Double Zimeo Excellence in Media Award Winner – Jay Caboz

I am pleased to announce I was awarded TWO awards at the #Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards hosted at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Venue in conjunction with the Africa Media Leader Forum

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Me with Chris Bishop (left), my mentor and Managing Editor of Forbes Africa Magazine

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Thanks to all the Forbies who came to support me, and of course Caryn my wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought what they wrote about me in the publication was quite funny:

Technology A Rat Race Against Death
Jay goes rat-hunting in Angola and finds a reason to give the rodents a thumbs up. IN a country where an estimatated 10 to 20 million landmines are still uncovered 12 years after the country’s civil wart, putting many lives at risk, APOPO, an innovative company founded by a Belgian social entrepreneur, Bart Weetjens, may have found a solution: Mine-sniffing rats trained to de-mine the country’s town and villages.

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Rats that Save lives – Forbes Africa Magazine

Maritime Economy – The Dead Port that Rose Again
For centuries, the Port of Maputo was a rich gateway between Africa and the trade winds of the open seas. However, years of civil wat and crumbling decline left the port crippled and all but buried. Tweleve years ago, it woke up to stage one of Africa’s great comebacks. Jay brings the port to life with his delightful story-telling techniques.

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The Port of Maputo – Forbes Africa Magazine

Jay Caboz – Zimeo Finalist in two Catergories

I am glad to announce that I am a finalist in two categories at the ZIMEO “Excellence in Media” Awards Finalists List. Thanks once again to Forbes Africa for sending me all over the continent to write the stories I want.

Nairobi, 28th October 2015Finalists in the first edition of the Zimeo “excellence in Media” Awards have been announced today following a rigorous judging process led by independent pan-African panels of judges.

This is the first edition of the awards, which were launched by the African Media Initiative (AMI) in June 2015, to recognize excellence in journalism by rewarding stories that demonstrate high standards of professionalism and speak to the continent’s development issues. The awards received a total of 557 entries from 41 countries across the continent, from Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone Africa.

ZIMEO “Excellence in Media” Awards Finalists List

TECHNOLOGY

Jean Pierre Afadhali, The East African, Rwanda

“Rwanda ups measures for Internet to curb the abuse of Children Online”

Jay Caboz, Forbes International, South Africa

“A Rat Race Against Death”

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Wacera Ngunjiri, Africa 24 Media, Kenya

“Cape town Gunshot detection system”

Adeline Tchouakak,  Le Messager, Cameroon

“Les réseaux sociaux pour remplacer les médias classiques ?”

THE MARITIME ECONOMY

Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa Magazine, South Africa

The Dead Port That Rose Again

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Wanjohi Kabukuru, New African Magazine, Kenya

“President Michel: Oceans Fundamental to Africa’s Existence” & “A Parable Of Success

George Sunguh, Our Ports Magazine, Kenya

“PMAESA Ports Increase Capacity Ahead of Demand”

 

Cover Shoot – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union

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Portrait – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union by Jay Caboz.

Portrait – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union.

Photography – Jay Caboz

Location – The Radisson, Sandton, South Africa

It isn’t a day like any other when you get to meet the most powerful woman in Africa.

I need to say off the bat that a photoshoot with such a prestigious leader doesn’t happen by chance. The Forbes Africa Woman team try to the best of their ability to plan for shoots and come up with concept that can both emulate the subject matter as well as make them look great.

Politicians, I suppose like most people who are famous, I don’t know why this is, have little time to spare when it comes to photographs. I have lost count the number of times we have dealt with figures in the public eye and they assume we can work magic in five minutes or less.  But we try our best to get what we can.

To reveal a little of what goes on behind the scenes: I had been on standby,  for this shot,  for several months. Literally we were told that this photoshoot could happen at any moment and that we were to drop everything we were doing and get it done. The only other time I have been on standby like this was when Nelson Mandela died. This was the level of importance we placed into this shoot.

Even still, it came as a surprise when at 6pm our editor Methil Renuka, calls us on from her holiday in Kerala, India, to tell us that the photoshoot would happen the next morning. Such is the dedication and drive of this team that we are always on our phones.

Over a scratchy public telephone line, from who knows where in the jungle, Renuka says: “It’s happening Jay, tomorrow. The shoot’s tomorrow.I can’t hear you but she’s coming tomorrow. Can you hear me????? Jay? …
” then line drop — received in a furniture store parking lot as we were closing up shop with the inside fashion shoot and squeezing lights back into the boot of Kris with a K, our art director’s, Renault Megan.

So the Forbes Africa Team had less than 24 hours.  We were to be given 45 minutes. Then the emails and phone calls began.

If you are familiar with the media business, it can take weeks to organize the personnel needed to organize a shoot. It is a near on impossible to organize lights, a stylist, make up artist, venue, snacks, photographer and an assistant in 24 hours. But we did it.

Luckily with such a big name many people are willing to drop what they are doing to collaborate. The Radisson, in Sandton, graciously lent us their penthouse suite for the day to set up lights and plan the shoot.

We were able to get into the venue, set up lights and be ready in time for her excellency. Time is the key word word here.

It took two hours to set up the lights, move the furniture and plan, shot by shot, pose by pose, how we were going to do this to maximize our limited time Dlamini-Zuma.

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Remember when I said that we had 45 minutes: Well it took the make up artist 45 minutes. Thus when Dlamini-Zuma came into the room, she should have already have left.

Dlamini-Zuma is wonderful lady, very polite and friendly to talk with. But, it is amazing that someone who is able to stand up in front of millions of people and make a speech can be shy in front of the camera. Our prep work had prepared us for this fact – she’s not a professional model.  That’s part of our job at Forbes Africa, getting the subject to come out of their shell and let their true self shine through.

We introduced ourselves, had a bit of a chit chat to release the tension in the room and got to work. I aim to get the subject to forget about all the people in the room and the bright lights. If you, as the photographer, act professionally, are composed, and act as if  you know what you are doing that confidence will shine through and you can get your subject to relax.

The time flew. We had managed to squeeze a half hour with several poses and interior magazine shots. Dlamini-Zuma shook our hands, said thanks for the photoshoot and ambled out the door.

Time to shoot: 30 minutes

Time to prepare for 30 minute shoot: 2 hours set-up, less than 24 hours to organize a team of helpers, a 45 minute make over and a phone call from India to set it off.

Job done.

Publication – Forbes Africa Magazine, July 2015 edition

Photographer: Jay Caboz on Instagram


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#SBSJA15 Young Journalist Winner and Finalist Feature Photo, Runner up in Multimedia Category #SANLAM

Last night was quite epic. There were two Journalism award ceremonies. I think I did pretty well.

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At the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, #SBSJA15, I was a finalist in the Feature Photography Category, and I walked away with The Young Journalist of the Year Award.

I ALSO was a runner-up at the SANLAM Financial Journalism Awards in the multi-media category.

“When Jay applied for a job at Forbes Africa he had been turned down by two newspapers. It was their loss. In just two years, he has travelled thousands of miles across Africa, slept in the bush on manoeuvres with anti-poaching squads, been charged by an elephant in Zambia, sailed through storms off the Cape, photographed mine detecting rats in Angola and marched with striking platinum miners. He is one of the most thorough, professional and energetic young journalists I have seen in 34 years in this business.” — Chris Bishop, managing Editor at Forbes Africa.

Here some shots from the portfolio I entered:

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From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

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From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

Dusi Marathon

From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

 

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

 

Chasing Shadows – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa June-July 2015

Chasing Shadows – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa June-July 2015, out now on shelves

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A behind the scenes set-up of the studio. GLADYS BROWN

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“The ‘Chasing Shadows’ photoshoot came together after weeks of meticulous planning. We wanted to merge the concept of black and white, the clothing style of the season, with photography. After much debate, and a few too many co­ffees, the team finally came up with the concept of using the shadows of the models to complement their bodies and the clothing. It was quite unique in this respect, as we were not only trying to emphasize fashion, but also capture the models in mid-motion, quite like they were chasing their own shadows.”

Thanks to all the people who were part of this collaboration:

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PHOTOGRAPHER JAY CABOZ

PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT MOTLABANA MONNAKGOTLA

STYLIST JESSICA RAMOSHABA

STYLIST’S ASSISTANT NOTHILE KHUMALO

MODELS NICOLE VAN DOUWE AND GLADYS BROWN FROM ALUSHI MODELS

MAKE-UP PAULINAH MANYAMA