Arriving in Cape Town, there is always so much to fit on to your must-see list. When guests rock up at our reception desk and ask for recommendations, there’s always plenty of options to share.
One experience we always recommend to visitors is our Cape Peninsula tour. South Africa is famous for its stunning natural landscapes and this full day tour allows you to explore some of the most beautiful destinations in the whole of the Western Cape.
Alongside our knowledgeable local expert, you get the opportunity to hike along the coastline up to one of the most southern points of the continent, drive along one of the most beautiful roads in the world and get up close and personal with an African penguin or three.
But hey, we know that it’s always better to see other traveller’s experiences so we’ve put together a photo diary of what you can expect from our tour.
First stop: ‘Millionaire’s paradise’ – Clifton Beach and Camps Bay
Dubbed as ‘Millionaire’s paradise’, the first stop on our tour takes you through Clifton Beach and Camps Bay – areas which are home to some of the most luxurious residences in South Africa. At the foot of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay is absolutely picture perfect and with a variety of upmarket cafes and restaurants, it’s a great place to return to during your time in Cape Town for sundowner cocktails. Our favourite place to head to is Cafe Caprice.
Second stop – Hout Bay
As you drive out from the city centre, your second stop will be the popular seaside neighbourhood of Hout Bay. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to head out on a glass-bottomed boat to Seal Island. If you’re a nature lover, you should definitely snap up this unique chance to watch the seals swim and play in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a great white shark.
For those of you who prefer to stay on dry land, there is plenty to see around the harbour including a variety of craft stalls to pick up presents for family back home (or yourself, we’re always happy to encourage a lil #treatyourself moment…).
If you want to revisit Hout Bay during your time in Cape Town, try to come back on a weekend for the Bay Harbour Market. An absolute hit with the locals, the market has everything from delicious food stalls to local clothes and art stands.
Third stop – Chapman’s Peak Drive
The gateway from the city centre to the Cape Peninsula just so happens to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive – affectionately known as Chappies by locals – is a really popular route for hikers and bikers and it’s very easy to see why. At the start of this spot, we stop by so you and the squad can get the perfect photo and it’s definitely not an opportunity to be missed.
Fourth stop – Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
The fourth stop of the tour is the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve which is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. As you arrive, you’ve obviously got to get your obligatory shot near the Cape of Good Hope sign and then you can choose whether you want to hike over to Cape Point or conserve your energy by hopping back in the car. It’s about a 45-minute hike and the scenery really does make it worth it – it’s one of the highlights of the tour for us!
Once you’re at Cape Point, head up to the lighthouse by either taking a fairly steep but short walk or catching The Flying Dutchman Funicular which will get you to the top in three minutes. From the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the ocean, cliff edges and the deserted Dias Beach way below.
Fifth stop – Boulders Beach penguin colony & the naval port of Simon’s Town
Last but definitely not least, you will arrive in the naval port of Simon’s Town which is home to the famous Boulders Beach penguin colony. Here, you can get up close with African Penguins – as you head along the boardwalks, you’ll spot these cheeky chaps everywhere you turn. This is a really amazing experience during your time exploring Cape Town and definitely not one to be missed.
Interested in experiencing the Cape Peninsula with us? Drop us a message or ask at Reception upon arrival to book your trip. We can’t wait to explore the Western Cape with you!