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Rooi-els is a small town in the Overstrand region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.


Rooi-els is a residential community, and largely a holiday destination, though there are a moderate number of permanent inhabitants, many of whom are retired. The local baboons roam the area frequently and should not be fed. It is on the eastern shore of False Bay, just to the south of the mouth of the Rooi-els river, and below the Klein Hangklip. There is a very pleasant little beach which is fairly sheltered from south west swells, and is generally safe for swimming. The Rooi-els river flows into the bay at the south end of the beach, and is usually only inches deep and a pleasant place for kids to play. The town is quite exposed to the south east wind in summer, which can be unpleasantly strong, but is often mild and keeps the place cool. Winter can be beautiful, if the wind is light and the weather sunny, and when the wind and waves are up, the surf pounds on the rocky shoreline and throws spray high into the air. It is a pleasant place to get away from the city for a few days, or to enjoy a quiet vacation for a week or so at almost any time of the year.

Get in[edit]

From Cape Town or Hermanus by car on the R44 regional road. There is no public transport to or from Rooi-els

Get around[edit]

By car, bycycle or on foot. The town is small enough to walk anywhere. The roads are gravel and mostly a bit bumpy, but the locals like them that way as it keeps the traffic speed low.

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Do[edit][add listing]

  • Rock and surf angling
  • Lobster netting and diving in season
  • Hiking in the local mountains
  • Walking , swimming or sunbathing at the beach
  • Snorkelling and Scuba diving

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is one small general store.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a couple of restaurants

  • Something Els Restaurant, 38 Anemone st Rooi Els (Entrance to Town), +27793031942. 08h00-late. Something Els Restaurant is a cosy Family Restaurant with freshly prepared meals.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is one public bar

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a number of private residences available for short term rent (daily rate)


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