Cape Peninsula Tour

Witness the Wonders of the Southern Peninsula and its' magnificent coastline.

Itinerary

A visit to The Cape of Good Hope

The most South-Westerly tip of Africa is not to be missed on any visit to Cape Town. Bring your camera and plenty of film; we're headed for the Cape Point at the south western tip of the Cape Peninsula, and the most spectacular views in the world.

Travelling from Camps Bay accommodation along the Atlantic seaboard, we will see majestic scenery and some of the wealthiest homes in Cape Town. From the city we drive via Sea Point and Bantry Bay, to Clifton which boasts the four famous Clifton beaches.

A Full view of the Twelve Apostles means that we are now approaching Camps Bay – one of the best places to view the Sunset! Immediately you will see the attraction of this area which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

In the evening it is transformed into one of the most vibrant areas of nightlife, as everybody meets for a cocktail to view the sunset, before heading towards one of the many seafood restaurants.

Hout Bay

We continue past Bakoven and Llandudno to Hout Bay, where you'll find a family friendly beach, restaurants, the World of Birds and gift shops in both the village and the harbour. Hout is the Afrikaans word for timber as this area was a good source of wood for the early cape colonists.

Today it is an upmarket residential area and a working fishing harbor where you can take an optional boat ride to Duiker Island – a small island colonized by around 3000 Cape Fur Seals. Total trip last around 45 minutes (for your own account)

Chapman's Peak Drive

e Continue to Noordhoek via Chapman's Peak Drive known as a World famous marine cliff drive which was constructed by Sir Frederic De Waal starting in 1915 and opened in 1922. The road was cut through the mountain, using prisoners of war and below lies the great Atlantic Ocean.

Then we go on to Kommetjie, where you'll find the largest tidal pool in South Africa and, if you're a surfer, some of the best waves on the Peninsula. We continue to Scarborough then head for the Cape Peninsula National Park and Cape Point Nature Reserve – offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers too will find many fine species to observe.

Cape of Good Hope

Diaz, struggled around the Cape in stormy weather in 1488, and gave this point the first name, The Cape of Storms Ten years later, Vasco da Gama, successfully rounded the Cape and made it through to India.

This was considered a successful trip, as it opened up the trade routes to the east and so was renamed The Cape of Good Hope. Today, there is a sign confirming that you are at the most South-Westerly tip of Africa. You could be have your photo taken in front of the sign to prove that you have been at the most south-westerly tip of the African Continent!

Cape Point

This majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show." You'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers. The main light house at Cape Point originally built in 1860. You can either walk up (average fitness is around 20 minutes), or take the funicular.

Once you are up there you can relax and enjoy all the scenery. The top lighthouse is covered in fog many days of the year and a second light house was built 1919 after a passenger ship, the Lusitania hit Bellows rock and added to the already number of shipwrecks in the region.

There is a romantic image that the 2 Oceans (Atlantic and Indian Ocean) converge in this area, but the reality is that they meet further around the east coast, towards a place called Cape Agulhas (the southern most tip of Africa). In any case, Cape Point offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. You can stop for lunch at the wonderful Two Oceans Restaurant overlooking the sea (For your own account). We then carry on to Boulders Beach.

Boulder's Beach

Our famous African Penguin colony. Due to a plentiful supply of fish and few predators, today we have around 3000 penguins! A walkway has been designed so that we can walk amongst them, without disturbing them. Although they can lay eggs all year round, March to May is the main breeding season, and is a great time to visit and meet all the new chicks!

Simons Town

After the penguins we travel to Simons Town. Named after Simon Van der Stel, and is rich in Cape Dutch history and British architecture. - You can easily explore this town on foot. Then we proceed to Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg. These are all seaside towns and you'll stop and enjoy the view of False Bay. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital arriving back at your Camps Bay accommodation.