This picturesque area has a rich history. Archaeological evidence of the original inhabitants, the Khoi Khoi people, can still be seen. In the 18th century the mountain caves were the refuge of runaway slaves and during World War Two there was a radar station on the slopes of Hangklip. The Hangklip Hotel building was the barracks of the women who manned the radar. Local folk lore has many tales of shipwrecks, pirates and cattle-thieves too. Hangklip was formerly known as 'Cabo Falso' (the 'false cape') because its resemblance to Cape Point sometimes prompted sailors from the east to turn north earlier than they should have done.
Today these hamlets provide a refuge from the stresses of city life. Rooiels is situated at the mouth of the Rooiels River. Here people come to dive for crayfish and fish from the rocks, sunbathe in the safe bay or stroll through the small Fynbos reserve. The view of the Cape Peninsula across False Bay, particularly at sunset, is spectacular.
Pringle Bay is situated between the mouth of the Buffels River and a small peninsula called the Point. Named after the Commander-in-Chief of Simons Town Naval Base (1796-1798), Sir Thomas Pringle, this little village was meant to be developed as a port so that farm produce could be shipped across False Bay to Simons Town. Famous for the cave "Drostersgat" - Deserters Cave, Pringle Bay still basks in its isolation. Here nature and tranquillity are enjoyed and nurtured by its many creative inhabitants.
Hangklip is the smallest of the hamlets made up of a few holiday homes and the Hangklip Hotel. At Hangklip the coastline curves north into Stony Bay. Betty's Bay, named after the daughter of a property developer, was originally the site of a whaling station that operated until 1930. Part of the stations jetty as well as the ramp on which carcasses were winched ashore can be seen from Stony Point.