Oceans Echo is located only 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, 40 minutes from the Cape Winelands, 20 minutes from Cape Point Nature Reserve and 40 minutes from the Cape Town city centre. And there is plenty to see and do, right outside our doorstep. Visitors return to explore and enjoy the biodiversity, spectacular vistas and varied recreational activities that are all on offer.
Click through the menu to the right for more information on the various attractions in and around Fish Hoek and Cape Town.
The best kept secret!
Kalk Bay’s antiques and collectables speak volumes and the museums and heritage sites in Simon’s Town explain and illustrate the rich history of this naval town. Boulder’s Beach, with its protected African Penguin colony and Cape Point, with its troops of Chacma baboons and treasure trove of over 1000 species of indigenous plants, are all must-see activities within short distance of Oceans Echo. And when you’re in the mood to socialise, visit one of the many cafés, delis, restaurants and pubs in our area and meet the local artists, surfers, business people, families, fishermen and artisans who live, work and in play in this paradise.
NOTE: Whereas we do have a mi casa es su casa approach to our hospitality, we respectfully request that any parties that are planned during your stay are done so ONLY by prior arrangement with the owner. We would love to assist should you require Ocean’s’ Echo to be used as a party venue, but we would then be obliged to charge you accordingly.
South African Slang
South Africa is a multi-cultural nation, with flavours from each of its distinct ethnic languages mixing together into a wonderful collection of slang that can be confusing for tourists. Here is a list of common slang terms you might run into on a daily basis.
yebo: Yes. Used to show agreement or approval. From isiZulu.
lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.
just now: Expresses an intention to act soon, but not necessarily immediately, or expresses something that happened in the near past.
eish!: Wow! What? Expression of surprise. Of Bantu origin.
biltong: [bill-tong] This South African favourite is dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu or any other red meat.
boerewors: [boor-uh-vors] Literally, “farmer’s sausage”. A savoury sausage developed by the Boers – today’s Afrikaners – some 200 years ago, boerewors is South African food at its most traditional.
bunny chow: Delicious and cheap food on the go, bunny chow is curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, generally sold in greasy-spoon cafés.
cooldrink, colddrink: This is the common term for a soda, such as Coca-Cola. Ask for “a soda” in South Africa, and you will receive a club soda.
howzit: A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as “How are you?”, “How are things?”, or simply “Hello”.
is it: [as one word: izit] An expression frequently used in conversation and equivalent to, “Is that so?”
robots: Traffic lights.