Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding
One of the top beaches in the world - Noordhoek Beach

Noordhoek

Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding is situated in Noordhoek. Here is a bit more information on what you may find in the area surrounding our farm, as well as what you can see on our trails.

Noordhoek

The name Noordhoek (“northern corner” in Dutch) was given to this area in 1743 to describe it as the north corner of the Slangkop farm where Frederick Rousseau’s widow, Christina Diemer, lived. In the past, this land was mostly used to cultivate vegetables for the ships passing Simon’s Town, but since then it has grown to a great community of houses, farms, shops and tourist attractions.

Although Noordhoek has grown and changed much over the years, its unique natural atmosphere remains. Great oak trees border the lanes and horses can be seen grazing peacefully in paddocks. A little stream running through the Noordhoek Common creates a fairylike ambiance with the surrounding green grass, sheltering trees and birdsong. Further up the mountain, the famousCapeFynbosadorn the land. From there you get a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean and the white sands that stretch more than 8km to formNoordhoekBeach. On the beach, the famous Kakapo Shipwreck still resides. The Kommetjie Lighthouse, Chapman’s Peak, Sentinel Hill and the Silvermine Nature Reserve can also be seen from these sandy shores.

In addition to its charming appearance, Noordhoek houses a vast variety of indigenous flora and fauna. These include the Fynbos, Arum Lilly, African Fish Eagle, Greater Flamingo, African Sacred Ibis, Black Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Egyptian Goose, Avocet, Little Egret, Hadeda Ibis, Hartlaub’s Gull, Ginea Fowl, Brown Fur Seal, African Clawless Otter, Great White Shark, Humpback Whale, Southern Right Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Black Adder and more.

Kakapo Ship Wreck

Captain Nicolaysen was aboard the Kakapo ship on its voyage from Swansea to Sydney, when it ran aground on the night of 25 May 1900. He had mistaken Chapman’s Peak for Cape Point during a north-west winter storm that obscured his visibility. Instead of safely delivering it to the False Bay Harbor, he had run the ship full-speed onto Noordhoek Beach. Luckily it carried no cargo and no lives were lost during this incident, but the damage to the ship was irreparable.

Today the wreck of the SS Kakapo can be seen onNoordhoekBeachjust over 3km along the beach. With its ideal setting and Chapman’s Peak in the background, this ship was used in a few scenes in the film Ryan’s Daughter, which was actually set inIreland.

Chapman’s Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive runs from Noordhoek to Hout Bay for 9km in a series of twists and turns along the mountainside. It is one of Cape Town’s most scenic marine drive with its beautiful views of Noordhoek, HoutBay, the great expanse of sea in between, and the waves as they crash against the boulders at the foot of the mountain. To keep this exceptional road accessible, a toll-gate has been set up here to collect money for its maintenance (R33 per car one-way).

Many people go up to the lookout points to see the magnificent sunset over the vast sea. From here,HoutBayand Sentinel Hill can be seen as well, making this one ofCape Town’s most amazing views. There are also numerous hiking trials up Chapman’s Peak that can be accessed from the road.

You can phone Noordhoek Tourism office to confirm if the road is open, as it sometimes closes due to bad weather conditions.

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What to do in the area.

 

The Horses of Sleepy Hollow

- click on a horse to see its page
  1. Black Velvet
  2. Blue Ice
  3. Cognac
  4. Grand Finale
  5. Jedi all tacked up in his stable
  6. Ladybird
  7. Maestro
  8. Mulan
  9. Nutmeg looking pretty
  10. Paddy listening to his rider
  11. Raka
  12. Rebel, always patient
  13. Smartie
  14. Truffles
  15. Tweety
  16. Winnie the Pooh