Cape Peninsula Day Tour

Introduction: Explore the ‘fairest cape in the whole circumference of the world.

With fantastic vistas, lovely bays and rugged coastlines, penguins and the south-westerly tip of Africa – if you only do one thing in Cape Town, this self-drive tour of the Cape Peninsula is it! It is a full day – so try to get an early start.

Total distance covered: Approximately 140 km

Places of interest: Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg

Entry fees payable: Cape Point, Boulders Beach

Toll Payable: Chapman’s Peak Drive

Watch out for! Cyclists, baboons

Lions HeadCamps BayHout BayMuizenbergKirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Description:
Depart from Cape Town and follow Buitengracht Street (M62) away from the sea. This road becomes Kloof Nek Road. Continue straight up this road and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit, passing Table Mountain on your left and Lion’s Head on your right. Continue down Camps Bay Drive. This scenic stretch of road winds its way down the other side of the mountain where you are met with a spectacular view of a long stretch of white beach and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. You have arrived in the trendy suburb of Camps Bay.

Continue to the other side of Camps Bay, take a left turn into Houghton Road and wind your way towards the sea. Turn a sharp left onto Victoria Road (M6) with the sea on your right. Follow this road out of Camps Bay along an amazingly scenic coastal drive.

Further along the coastline you will pass the beautiful and secluded settlement of Llandudno. From here the road winds its way down the ‘Suikerbossie’ hill into Hout Bay where we recommend your first stop of the day.

Continue on Victoria Road into Hout Bay until you arrive at a roundabout. Take the 2nd exit into Harbour Road and follow the road to Mariner’s Wharf.

Visit the many craft stores and take a boat ride to see inquisitive Cape fur seals play on the rocky outcrop of Duiker Island. A 45 minute cruise departs every day from morning to early afternoon.

After your stop in Hout Bay, return to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit into Princess Street. Continue to the second roundabout where the 2nd exit takes you to the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. (Note: Should Chapman’s Peak Drive be closed, follow Constantia Nek Detour.)

Pay the toll fee and continue along this 9 km route. The sheer cliff faces with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean below is the backdrop for one of the most impressive marine drives in the world. The 114 curves offer the traveller a constantly changing view of the surrounds. Stop along the way at one of the picnic spots to absorb the natural beauty.

At the end of Chapman’s Peak Drive enjoy the uninterrupted views over 8 kilometres of unspoiled and spectacular Noordhoek Beach. The beach is backed by protected wetlands and defined at one end by Chapman’s Peak and the other by Kommetjie lighthouse in the distance.

Drive straight into Noordhoek and continue along Noordhoek Main Road (M6) to a T-junction where you turn right into Ou Kaapse Weg. Follow this road past the settlement of Sunnydale until you reach a four way intersection. Turn right into Kommetjie road and drive towards Kommetjie. At the next junction, just past the restaurants and resident camels at Imhoff farm turn left onto Slangkop Road (M65) and continue over the hill. At the T-junction turn left and continue on Main Road through the quaint outpost of Scarborough. As you leave the tiny settlement, this road becomes Red Hill Road. At the T-junction, turn right into Plateau Road and drive past an ostrich farm onwards to Cape Point at The Table Mountain National Park.

Pay the entrance fee and continue along the tarred road. On your way to the parking area near Cape Point look out for eland, red hartebeest, bontebok and ostrich. You are also likely to encounter the playful but mischievous chacma baboon so keep doors closed and food well hidden.

The main attraction here is Cape Point itself where visitors walk along a steep path to the beautiful 150 year old lighthouse, perched high above the swirling Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by spectacular views. You can also access the lighthouse in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular.

As you drive away from the point you will come to a left turn for the Cape of Good Hope. If time allows take this detour to the south-western tip of Africa. It is worth the extra 10 minutes to drive it.

After leaving Cape Point you now begin your journey back towards Cape Town. Retrace your route to the junction outside of the reserve, then turn right at Main Road (M4) past the secluded retreat of Smitswinkel Bay and continue towards the naval village of Simon’s Town. Before you reach the centre, turn right at the signposted Boulder’s Beach. Park at the designated parking lot and spend some time with a colony of African penguins at this amazing beach.

Continue out of Simon’s Town on Main Road and take the 2nd turnoff at the roundabout when you arrive at the seaside village of Fish Hoek. A further short drive along Main Road takes you to your next stop at the pleasant fishing community of Kalk Bay. Road work is common on this stretch of road so have patience and take in the smell of the ocean while you wait. Browse in the colourful and vibey shops or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants.

The route resumes on Main Road past the colourful changing booths on the beach in St James. If you still have time, then a last stop on route is the surfing beaches of Muizenberg.
Continue on Main Road (M4), turn left after about 1 km and zigzag your way up Boyes Drive. As you climb the views across False Bay and the wetlands of Zandvlei opens up. At the junction turn left along Main Road (M4), another left into Steenberg Road (M42) and then take the M3 turn off towards Cape Town.
The M3 (‘Blue Route’) takes you all the way back to Cape Town. On the way you will pass the turnoff to the famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur hospital where the first heart transplant took place in 1967.

TABLE MOUNTAIN

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Table Mountain

Iconic Table Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was officially recognised as one of the seven wonders of nature in 2012. The mountain is the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. The main feature of the mountain is the level plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west. The Table Mountain Cableway takes passengers from the lower cable station near Kloof Nek to the plateau at the top of the mountain. Here the views overlook Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island.
If you are feeling energetic, there are over 350 trails on the mountain so you can choose a new route for almost every day of the year!
The top of Table Mountain is often covered by clouds, formed when south-easterly winds are directed up the mountain's slopes into colder air. Here, the moisture condenses to form the cloud that locals affectionately call the ‘table cloth’. The cableway does not operate on windy days and it is always advisable to check the weather forecast and to contact the cableway before making plans to visit the mountain.
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LION’S HEAD

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Lions Head

Alongside Table Mountain is the distinctive shaped mountain slope, Lion’s Head. This section of Table Mountain National Park is part of the dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town.
The hike to the top of Lion’s Head starts at Signal Hill Road and spirals around the head. It is quite a challenging walk that includes a section with chains that have been placed to assist climbers over a steep section, but the spectacular views make it worth the effort. On a clear day, it is a great place to photograph the famous Robben Island prison, where former South African president Nelson Mandela was held captive for 19 years.
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CAMPS BAY

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Camps Bay

Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town. Visitors come here to suntan or play volleyball on the long stretch of white sand beach with uninterrupted views of the Twelve Apostles, the part of the Table Mountain range that continues southwardst Cape Point.
Camps Bay is famous for its celebrity lifestyle and is the place to be for the hip young generation of Cape Town. Sip a cappuccino at one of the trendy roadside cafés and come here in the evenings for the spectacular sunsets and the buzzing nightlife at the cocktail bars along the main road.
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LLANDUDNO

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Llandudno

Llandudno is a residential suburb of Cape Town. There are no shops or restaurants in Llandudno so the main attraction here is popular Llandudno Beach, a Blue Flag Beach and one of Cape Town’s most beautiful, surrounded by large granite boulders and overlooked by mountains. Visitors come here to enjoy sundowners and spectacular sunsets.
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HOUT BAY

Surrounded by mountains and wrapped around the shore, lively Hout Bay is named by Dutch explorers who discovered the wooded valley, the name literally meaning ‘wood bay’.
Today, Hout Bay still enjoys a rural atmosphere with several equestrian estates and small holdings.
Hikers, paddle skiers and windsurfers enjoy Hout Bay’s white sand beach where the views across to the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, carved out of the mountainside, are spectacular.
The fishing harbour is a working harbour for the tuna and crayfish industries. Visitors come to nearby Mariner’s Wharf to browse the many shops, dine in the seafood restaurants and to join a fishing or boat trip.
A 45 minute Seal Island boat trip to is a fun way to get up close and personal with playful Cape fur seals. Cruises depart every day from morning to early afternoon.
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CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE

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Chapman's Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a 9 kilometre road cut into the mountain side. Meandering through twists and turns that each open up on awe-inspiring panoramas of soaring mountains and towering cliffs that plummet deep into the sapphire blue Atlantic Ocean, this is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
A road toll is payable at the start in Hout Bay, the road then climbs steeply and winds its way around Chapman’s Peak to the lower levels at Noordhoek. Stop along the way at one of the picnic spots or lookout points to absorb the scenic beauty. Initially constructed during the First World War, Chapman’s Peak Drive has now implemented rock-fall protection measures, but in extreme weather conditions the road is sometimes closed. If that is the case, follow the Constantia Nek detour.
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CONSTANTIA NEK DETOUR

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Constantia Nek

If rock falls or heavy rains result in the closure of Chapman’s Peak Drive, this detour offers a scenic alternative on the route from Hout Bay to Noordhoek.
From Hout Bay harbour make your way back along Harbour Road. Take the 2nd exit into Princess Drive and continue with the sea to your right.
At the end of Princess drive take the first exit at the roundabout. Climb out of the valley on Hout Bay Road (M63) up to the top of Constantia Nek and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit into Constantia Main Road (M41). Follow this road until Ladies Mile Road, turn right and take the onramp to the M3 (‘Blue Route’) towards Muizenberg. The M3 ends at a junction. Turn right into Steenberg Road and then left at the next junction into Ou Kaapse Weg (M64). Meander across this attractive mountain pass through the Steenberg Mountains passing Silvermine Nature Reserve on your right.
As you descend you will pass Noordhoek and Sunnydale on your right and arrive at a four way junction where you will continue along the road to Kommetjie.
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NOORDHOEK

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Noordhoek

The equestrian village of Noordhoek is situated below the slopes of Chapman’s Peak Drive. Visit the shops at Noordhoek Farm Village or enjoy a meal in the friendly farm atmosphere. Soak up the atmosphere at Noordhoek beach and take a walk along to the SS Kakapo shipwreck, surf the waves or join a horse back riding outride.
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KOMMETJIE

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Kommetjie

Kommetjie, meaning ‘little bowl’ is named after a circular sea basin – the Kom, which forms the heart of this quiet rustic seaside village. This natural basin is popular with families who enjoy strolling along the walkway to the Slangkop lighthouse.
Take a stroll on Long Beach or walk on white sand all the way to the foothills of Chapman’s Peak. Along the way stop at the shipwreck of the SS Kakapo, a steamship that ran aground over a hundred years ago.
Visitors also come here to enjoy the many surf breaks. Although you need a wetsuit all year around, the mountain backdrop and the excellent waves makes it worth it to brave the cold water. It’s hard to find a more beautiful place to surf. On your way to Kommetjie you can stop to browse the crafts or ride a camel at Imhoff farm.
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SCARBOROUGH

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Scarborough

The outpost of Scarborough is a seaside conservation village with superb nature and a gorgeous white sand beach. Bordering Table Mountain National Park and with views of the Cape of Good Hope this sleepy town is a mixture of tranquil village life and mother nature at its best.
On your way to Scarbourough you will pass the surfing spot at Witsands and the tiny hamlet of Misty Cliffs.
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CAPE POINT – TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

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Cape Point

At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60 kilometres from Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park.
On his circumnavigation, English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake described Cape Point as the ‘fairest cape in the whole circumference of the globe’
Here, rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200 metres above the sea and cut deep into the ocean. This spectacular scenery is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa.
On your way to the parking area near Cape Point look out for eland, red hartebeest, bontebok and ostrich. The playful chacma baboons make for great photography but please keep food well hidden and car doors closed as they are used to people and will steal your food – even out of your hands, if given half a chance.
Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The reserve is crisscrossed by hiking paths leading to shipwrecks and tidal pools on isolated beaches.

The landmark attraction of the route is Cape Point at the very end of the Cape Peninsula. Here, a beautiful, 150 year old lighthouse is perched precariously high above the swirling Atlantic Ocean. To reach the lighthouse, walk on a short but steep path. The panoramic views from the lookout point are breathtaking. You can also access the lighthouse by a ride in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular, named after the legendary ghost ship that completely vanished at sea during one of the infamous Cape storms. After exploring, enjoy the good food and a spectacular view over False Bay at the Two Oceans Restaurant.
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SIMON’S TOWN

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Simonstown

The naval base of Simon’s Town is a charming coastal town. Steeped in history with beautiful Victorian style houses lining the main street, visitors come here to enjoy lunch in Jubilee Square and to browse in the many shops. Just around the corner you will find Boulder’s Visitor Centre, part of Table Mountain National Park. This picturesque stretch of beach interspersed with granite boulders is the home of an African penguin colony.
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BOULDERS BEACH

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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and there is an entrance fee payable at the Boulders Beach Visitors Centre. This popular beach is blissfully sheltered from the southesterly winds that batter Cape Town in the summer months. A fantastic swimming beach, Boulders gets its name from the many granite boulders that surround and shelters this calm cove from currents and large waves. Most people visit this picturesque setting for an up close and personal encounter with the colony of African penguins. You’ll fall in love with this cute flightless bird from the excellent viewpoints of the wheelchair friendly boardwalk, but don’t let looks deceive you. Although they look cuddly, their beaks are sharp and if they feel threatened can give a nasty bite. These fast-swimming, sardine-eating, waddling, braying birds thrive here in their protected home. They nest in simple burrows from February to August and both parents help to incubate the eggs. In spring you will also see both parents feed the newly-born chicks.
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FISH HOEK

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Table Mountain

Fish Hoek is a seashore village, about 30 kilometres from Cape Town, surrounded by rugged mountains and hugging the coastline of False Bay, boasting a long stretch of white sand beach. The beach is a favourite with families, windsurfers, lifesavers and hobie cat sailors. Fish Hoek is also a site for watching the southern right whale when they arrive in the bay to calve between July and November.
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KALK BAY

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Kalk Bay

The cosmopolitan community of Kalk Bay is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. This former whaling station is today one of Cape Town’s most colourful seaside villages, a buzz with local fishermen, bohemian shopping, antiques, local crafts and superb eateries.
Come here in the mornings to browse the many quirky shops and enjoy coffee on pavement cafés and return in the evening to enjoy the excellent cuisine offered in the many trendy restaurants, dance the night away or watch a show at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
In the summer, make a detour to for a swim at the tidal pools and colourful changing booths of St. James or spend some time exploring the many rock pools.
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MUIZENBERG

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Muizenberg

Muizenberg is an easily recognisable destination. A long stretch of beach with brightly coloured beach huts, vibey restaurants and surfers of all ages heading into the sea, you’ll know when you have arrived in one of Cape Town’s most popular surfing spots.
Book a surf lesson with one of the many surf schools or try out the growing craze of kitesurfing in the windy summer months. Nearby Zandvlei offer sailing, canoeing and bird watching.
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