Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
As with all of our tours, we create a custom itinerary just for you after discussing with you what you’d like to see. Here’s an overview of what a Cape Peninsula tour typically includes:
Coastal Drive – Chapman’s Peak
Follow the coastal road through Sea Point southwards to the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay – home to the “Snoek” and crayfish industry of the peninsula. Take an optional boat cruise to “Duiker” island where thousands of Cape fur seals make their home. Follow the coast to Noordhoek via the cliff-hugging Chapmans Peak Drive. Prisoners chipped away at the mountain over a period of seven years to produce this road early in the 20th century. En-route, keep a look-out for the southern Right whales which visit these waters every year between July and November.
A short stop at Jubilee Square in the naval village of Simon’s Town where many buildings in the main road sport an interesting mix of gabled Cape-Dutch and Victorian architecture. A statue of “Just Nuisance” graces the Square, one of the well-known personalities of the town in the late 1930’s.
A number of restaurants are dotted round Jubilee Square, catering for all tastes.
Boulder’s Beach Penguins
Yes, Africa has penguins. On Boulder’s beach, just south of Simon’s Town, hundreds of penguins wait to greet you. They have a rather ungainly waddle, until they reach the water to display their lightning-fast swimming speed.
Cape of Good Hope
Not far along the False Bay coastal road is the entrance to the Cape Peninsula National Park at Cape Point with its rugged coastline, dotted with shipwrecks. The first stop is at the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point of Africa where two mighty ocean currents – one warm and one icy-cold – jockey for position. A signpost identifies the Cape of Good Hope and also indicates its latitude and longitude – the ideal spot to have your photo taken.
Cape Point is a ten-minute drive away, with toilet facilities, take-out kiosk, restaurant and curio shop. Letters or postcards placed in the nearby post box receive a special postmark before they are dispatched. There is time to take the funicular to visit the top viewing site and original lighthouse before before departing back to Cape Town via the scenic Boye’s drive.