Journey to the tip of Africa

Stretching from Cape Town to Cape Point the Cape Peninsula is a land of incredible natural beauty. The dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean give way to mile after mile of white sandy beaches, dotted with quaint whitewashed villages and framed by the towering cliffs and rocky fybos covered mountains unique to this area.

Said to have one of the most scenic roads in the world a drive around the Cape Peninsula is something you will never forget. Even the locals still spend their Sunday’s on a leisurely cruise over Chapman’s Peak (a mountain pass carved into the cliff face with a view which never ceases to amaze you) and down to Cape Point, stopping at one of the restaurants like Café Roux for lunch (request Deo to be your waiter – he’s probably the best waiter in Africa) and a bottle of vino from the Cape Winelands along the way.

Take your time and explore the small seaside fishing villages like Hout Bay, Kommetjie, Simons Town and Kalk Bay.

Each village has its own special flavour, complete with fishing harbors where Capetonians flock to launch their kreef (crayfish) boats over the weekends and where the pace of life slows to a standstill. Luxury guesthouses are nestled away on the beachfronts and provide the perfect base for early morning beach walks and long evenings watching the sun slip away behind the ocean.

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After reaching the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve the road crosses over to the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula and winds along the cliffs towards Simons Town and Kalk Bay. Both are quaint old towns characterized by their Cape Dutch architecture and alive with interesting shops, museums and a host of excellent seafood restaurants with views stretching out over the warmer waters of False Bay and on to the Whale Route and Garden Route.

Nearby is Boulders Beach, the home of Africa’s only Jackass penguin colony and also a great place to have a dip in the ocean. The water is warmer than on the other side and the towering granite boulders embedded in the ocean floor keep the sea flat and tranquil – perfect for swimming.

Speak to one of our Travel Experts about organising accommodation in the Cape Peninsula area or about planning your day trip. They have all the best tips and insider tips for you. This is where are offices are based and all of our Travel Experts know and love this beautiful area.

Top Destinations

The Waterberg

Kruger & Surrounds

Garden Route

Madikwe

Fast Facts

The chacma baboons of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve are thought to be the only primates in the world (apart from man) that live, largely, off the fruits of the sea, which they garner from rockpools and beaches at low tide. Please do not feed them when you see them.

Insider Information
  • Lunch at Polana restaurant in Kalk Bay’s fishing harbour is an absolute must- we doubt there is a restaurant with a better view in the World!
  • Visit the Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach near Simons Town.
  • A leisurely lunch at Cafe Roux in Noordhoek on your way down to the Cape of Good Hope is an absolute must.
  • Take a bottle of wine and perch yourself at the top of Chapman’s Peak to watch the sun go down.

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The Penguins
  • In 1983 a pair of African penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2350 adult birds.
  • Such a quick growth of the colony was the result of immigration, particularly from Dyer Island, as well as by reproduction.

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