Let’s go for an amazing expedition through the Cape Peninsula! This is undoubtedly one of the richest places of the Western Cape, whether it’s the breathtaking views over the Ocean, white sandy beaches or the rich wildlife! You won’t be disappointed by such this trip!
Leave early from Camps Bay beach and drive through the beautiful West Coast of Cape Town. The winding road will take you directly to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, while passing beaches, scenery and beautiful roads!
After Camps Bay, you will drive through Hout Bay, a very nice fishing port surrounded by two big mountains, located in the heart of a huge bay. Then, follow the winding road, carved out of the cliff for about 10 miles: it’s Chapman’s Peak. Along this cliff you will enjoy stunning views of Hout Bay and surroundings, but be careful and do not forget to keep your eyes on the road! This road finally ends at Noordhoek Beach, a huge and probably one of the wildest beaches of the area that is very famous for its beautiful horse rides!
After this wild adventure, you will arrive in Simons Town, a small coastal town, known for its colonies of penguins. Don’t hesitate to drive a little further to Boulders Beach to watch hundred of penguins interacting on this small but beautiful beach!
With either your head or your camera filled with beautiful images you will (finally) arrive at the entrance of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. If you decide to drive to the end of the peninsula, you won’t get tired of the diverse vegetation, and who knows,you might meet a family of baboons on your way!
You finally reached the end of the peninsula and you can get out of your car. Get ready for a short but athletic ascension to the Lighthouse of the Cape of Good Hope. Don’t forget to take the narrow path below the lighthouse that is much less touristic; it will take you to the end of the cape, which is one of the most southern points of Africa (other than Cape Aghulas). With the strong wind and waves you will certainly understand why this cape is so fearsome for sailors! After this windy experience there’s nothing better than a nice lunch at the Two Ocean’s Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view!
To perfectly end this day, go through the narrow paths of this great reserve. One of them will lead you to idyllic and deserted places. Breathe, watch and don’t make any noise, you’re not alone… Some ostriches, elands and zebras are keeping you company. The light of the end of the day is perfect to admire such a landscape and allows you to live a perfect moment in harmony with nature! But don’t forget to keep an eye on your watch because the park close at 6:30pm!
By Capucine Motte