Monday, 18 July 2016

Road trip on the Cape Peninsula tour, South Africa

There is so much to do and see and drink and eat in Cape Town that you could perhaps be mistaken for not knowing where the heck to start. In such an incredible city with so much natural beauty, there is a whole range of things that just have to be on the top of your to-do list whilst visiting the city, and one of those includes booking a tour of the Cape Peninsula.

The Cape Peninsula tour is one of the most popular adventures to partake in, in Cape Town, and although in some circumstances, the most hyped up activities are met with slight disappointment, this tour was actually, the exact opposite.

First stop // Camps Bay

Setting off from the V&A Waterfront, our first stop off point was Camps Bay, home to luxury restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, all of which look out onto one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town. With stunning views of the beach, the Twelve Apostles and Lion's Head, it really is difficult to think of a more picturesque setting.

Second stop // Hout Bay/Chapman's Peak

Next, we were onto Hout Bay and oh boy, this place is just stunning. A coastal town situated south of the city centre of Cape Town, Hout Bay offers picturesque views over the harbour, made even more enjoyable when accompanied with what some people claim as the best fish and chips in the world! You can also take a ferry from Hout Bay to the seal colony, Duiker Island.

From Hout Bay, we continued along Chapman's Peak Drive, a gateway between Cape Town city centre and the south peninsula and Cape Point route. Offering fabulous views of Hout Bay... well as taking you to South Africa's very own version of Scarborough Beach...'s safe to say that this could very easily win an award for the most stunningly scenic route in the world and I have googled it and it is a thing. Promise.

Third stop // Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope

After an hour or two of driving, we made it to Cape Point, the most south-westerly point of the continent of Africa. It could perhaps be said that visiting this attraction within South Africa's winter months of June to August as whilst it took us merely moments to enter the site, it can take up to 2 hours in summer.

Whatever time you find yourself there though, it would really, be very difficult to be disappointed by this landscape, and I would really recommend the 30 minute hike (I'm not even kidding, I actually enjoyed it and everything) up and over the Cape of Good Hope, allowing you panoramic views of the area around you.

Fourth stop // Boulders Beach

After lunching in Simon's Town, it was time to see actual real life penguins chilling out on the beach and that sentence is as surreal as it sounds. Boulders Beach is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins and is an utterly amazing place to visit whether you are 8 or 80. Whilst you aren't allowed on the actual beach itself, the boardwalk path stretches right down to the bay and as you watch the little guys frolic around in the turquoise waters, build nests on the sandy shores and waddle around like they've had 3 too many proseccos, it really is difficult not to laugh...and then pinch yourself incase you're dreaming...and then laugh again.

The sights we saw an our Cape Peninsula tour really were majestic, with some of the most breathtaking views you could ever wish for. We booked with the tour company Cape Convoy and they were absolutely fantastic. We were able to book onto the trip less than 24 hours beforehand, were given ample amount of time at each destination and were encouraged to ask questions all day long if you wished to do so and I really couldn't recommend them more.

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