The Cape Peninsula is an iconic natural landmark in Cape Town. It’s a dramatic rocky peninsula that extends 30 kilometres from Table Mountain on the northern end to the southernmost tip of Cape Town.
The peninsula falls within the Table Mountain National Park which is world-renowned for its incredible biodiversity.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve spreads out over the rocky headland. It’s a protected nature reserve and home to an array of antelope, the rare Cape mountain zebra and other unique animal species. It’s also a haven for marine birds, with 250 recorded bird species found in the reserve.
Cape Point is the very pointy end of the Cape Peninsula. It’s an instantly-recognised landmark and is often mistaken to be the southernmost tip of Africa. There are two national heritage monuments on Cape Point that were built to honour the world’s most famous explorers: Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias (who was the first European explorer to round Cape Point in 1488).
The day starts with a tour of Cape Town City Bowl and continues past the V&A Waterfront to the main suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard. This includes Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. We travel past the Blue Flag beaches along a gorgeous scenic route with the glistening Atlantic Ocean on your right and the towering Twelve Apostle mountains on your left.
Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
We make our way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive and into the quaint coastal town of Noordhoek. The scenic peninsula drive takes us to the magnificent Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point.
In Hout Bay, you have the option of taking a boat cruise to Seal Island (not included in the rate) or strolling around the popular mariner wharf and harbour where you’ll make friends with the friendly seals that pop up for a pat.
At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, we visit the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. You have the option of a short but slightly steep walk on a well-worn path to the lighthouse or you can take the funicular railway to the top. The view is spectacular and you may see whales and dolphins in the bay.
Simons Town and Boulders Beach penguin colony
We end the morning in Simons Town which is a legendary naval town overlooking False Bay. You have the option of visiting the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee excluded in the rate) or spending time strolling down the historic main street of Simons Town and popping into its quaint shops and museums.
We have a bite to eat and drinks (for your own account) at the Simons Town Mariner Wharf.
Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg
After lunch, we head back towards Cape Town and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens travelling along the False Bay coastal route. We pass through the seaside towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg.
The streets are lined with quirky bookstores, vintage clothing shops, surf shops and a collection of popular seaside restaurants and delis. We stop along the way to wander the streets, do a bit of shopping, watch the surfers in Muizenberg, whale watching if its whale season and to take photographs of the famous colourful Victoria-era beach huts.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The afternoon ends with a tour of the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The pristine natural park lies at the foothills of Devil’s Peak and is renowned for its outstanding collection of flowers and plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Explore the grounds and soak up the peace and tranquility of the beautiful wild gardens. Enjoy a stroll on the fynbos walk, join a free guided tour of the themed gardens and visit the floral arboretum which is a towering 18-metre column of colour when it’s in flower. Pop into Kirstenbosch Tea Room for a delicious High Tea.
The tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens ends late afternoon and we drop you off at your hotel or guest house between 17h30 and 18h00.
Collection and drop-off: Any accommodation address in Cape Town
Collect: Between 8h00 and 9h00
Drop-off: Between 17h30 and 18h00
The exact collection and drop-off times depend on your location and traffic. Please confirm exact timing with your MoAfrika Tours representative.
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