Overview: Cape Point and Peninsula Tour
Stretching from Cape Town city to the towering headland at Cape Point, South Africa’s Cape Peninsula offers spectacular coastal scenery, plenty of wildlife, and the intoxicating beauty of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Joining a group or taking a private tour, travel with an informative guide, start your trip by driving out of Cape Town, taking in the magnificent beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
Next up is the quaint village and fishing harbour at Hout Bay, which with its stunning mountain views and a pretty beach is worth a stop in its own right. You also have the option (not included in the cost) of a boat trip to Seal Island, depending on the weather and the season. As the name suggests, this island is a haven for Cape fur seals; what it doesn’t tell you is that the surrounding seas are the hunting ground of the great white shark.
Continue along one of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastal drives via Chapman’s Peak to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Fynbos vegetation, unique to the Cape provinces, is a highlight in its own right here, and the reserve is also home to zebra, several species of antelope – including eland and bontebok – and a myriad of birds. At the tip of the peninsula, it’s worth the walk up the rocks (or take a funicular, at additional cost) to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay.
After lunch at a nearby restaurant (for your own account), your journey takes you to Simonstown: a naval base and village with charming Victorian architecture. Do make time for Boulders Beach, home to a growing breeding colony of the vulnerable African penguin. Wooden walkways allow you to view the penguins in their natural habitat, and there’s an interesting information centre too.
Your final stop is Kirstenbosch Gardens. Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of its Cape flora, including magnificent displays of proteas. Explore the broad trails through indigenous forest, then expand your horizons from the canopy walkway, high up in the trees.
Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.
- Start location
- Any of Expert Africa's hotels in the vicinity of Cape Town - normally around 8.15am - 8.45am
- End location
- Back at your hotel - normally around 5.30pm
- Meals included
- No meals are included, but you will stop for lunch - for your own account
- Full day - normally nine hours
- Maximum group size
- Generally seven people per vehicle
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