Cape Town itself has plenty of beautiful sights to discover, but as a visitor you also should explore the surroundings of the Mother City, including Cape Peninsula with some amazing villages and natural highlights.
Let's start the day right
The first stop on the tour was Hout Bay, known for its large seal colony, more specifically the Cape Fur Seal which is part of the marine Big Five. You can take a boat trip to the Duiker Island (optional: +/- R100). There you can see these wild animals in their natural habitat. A group of dolphins even joined us during our boat ride. A magnificent first experience on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you do not like to sail the sea you can also wander around the cozy Hout Bay harbor. Explore the African Market with beautiful local crafts or enjoy a nice and warm cup of coffee.
Chapman's Peak Drive
Next, we drove along the stunning Chapman’s Peak drive, one of the most beautiful roads of the planet, perfect for a road trip and some breakfast. We enjoyed some muffins, yogurt and orange juice overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Probably the best to start your day, right? Our guide Mark and driver Freddie talked us through the entire experience. They shared some nice stories and even taught us some words in Afrikaans.
Meeting the African penguins in Simon's Town
Our third stop was in Simon’s Town, known for its Victorian architecture as it was a British settlement. But Simon’s Town is even better known for its beaches. Boulders Beach is one of the most photographed places in Cape Town. It is home to one of the largest, highly endangered, African Penguin colonies in the country. The little penguins love posing for all the iPhones and the pictures are absolutely beautiful and Instagram worthy. A must-do when you are in Cape Town.
The highlight of the day
Afterwards we continued our trip through the Cape Peninsula Nature Reserve towards the highlight of the day: the Cape of Good Hope. At noon we had a picnic lunch with some sandwiches, cheese, salad and soft drinks at the Buffelsfontein visitor center. The Nature Reserve is a protected area filled with wildlife like zebras, ostriches and springboks. Do not forget your camera in case you spot your first wildlife while wandering around the national park.
Exploring Cape Point
Cape Point is the cape where the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay meet. Did you know that the water in False Bay is actually a couple of degrees warmer and is your best bet for a swim in the sea here in the Cape Town Area? At the Cape Point visitor center you can either walk up to a beautiful lighthouse at 238 m above sea level or take the cable car.
It is a wrongly believed that Cape Point is the most southern part of Africa. Cape Agulhas is actually the most southern tip of the African continent which is about 200km East of Cape Town.
Beautiful hike in the nature reserve
The hike between Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope takes about 1.5 hours and is easily accessible for anyone. The view is absolutely fabulous. On the way you can even climb down and spend some time on one of the most beautiful beaches I saw here in Cape Town.
The wild waves hit the dramatic cliffs in a spectacular way and is really a joy to watch. And then, finally you reach Cape of Good Hope and can take your photo with the famous sign. Cape of Good Hope was first known as The Cape of Storms as the sea is always rough and many ships have sunk around this area.