Ten Great Things To Do In The Cape Town Peninsula
Cape Town is the legislative capital city of South Africa and the second most populated city in the nation, and the capital of the Western Cape Province. The city itself offers plenty of attractions and there is much stunning beauty to be discovered along the Cape Peninsula. Interested in visiting this wonderful part of South Africa? Read on for more…
The following are ten great things you can see and do in the Cape Town Peninsula (in no particular order):
1. Visit Table Mountain.The majestic Table Mountain overlooks the entire city. You can climb it, but if you don’t feel too energetic you can also take a cable car to the top of it! There are plenty of walking trails in the area that will surely interest you!
2. Take a drive around the scenic coastline around Hout Bay, and enjoy the stunning views of Chapman’s Peak Drive, which is overlooked by the imposing Table Mountain. Enjoy the spectacular views of the bay or perhaps book a boat ride to Duiker Island. A visit to Hout May Museum may also interest you, so as to find out about the area.
3. Explore Cape Town City itself. Check out the city itself and visit the attractions such as the Victoria and Albert Waterfront which is a massive shopping and entertainment area which is located between historic Robben Island and Table Mountain right in the heart of Cape Town Harbour.
4. Take a trip to Seal Island, which is off the coast from Hout Bay Harbour. For those with a love of nature, the sight of the seals jostling for position in their natural habitats is a sight to behold.
5. Visit the wonderful beach at Llandudno, which is surrounded by bounders that are huge and made of granite. The mountains that tower imposingly over the peninsula overlook it. Sandy Bay is a wonderful beach that is just a short walk from Llandudno. The beach is private and the tranquility of the beach will astound you.
6. Take a trip to Cape Point and enjoy wonderful vistas of the ocean from this strikingly beautiful vantage point. A visit here is a must for any visitor to Cape Town. Located along the southern end of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is located in the 7,800 hectare Good Hope area of the Cape Peninsula National Park. Cape Point runs north south for around 30km at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope is just a short 2km drive away. Be prepared to see some wonderful fauna here: it is home to wonderful birdlife, antelopes, zebras and other animals. Baboons are also to be seen in the park. The scrub like fynbos vegetation which is native to the Cape Region is also apparent here.
7. Ensure to visit Boulders Beach, which has an interesting nature reserve on the beach which provides a safe haven for the wonderful penguins. Located around 30 minutes drive from Hout Bay lies Boulders Beach, which has a wonderful beach and a marvellous colony of the penguin family.
8. Do the Chapman’s Peak Drive which is a wonderful scenic drive between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. You will get fantastic scenic views of Hout Bay, the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, and Long Beach. The drive is just less than 10km in length, and has over 100 winding curves as it winds along the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak.
9. Discover the Cape Town Winelands, which are located to the north east of the city. Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous location in the Winelands Region. It is a perfect place to discover some of the wines like Boschendal and Delheim to name but a few. This was one of the first settlements by the European explorers. Constantia Valley and Franschhoek are other areas to check out if enjoying fine wine is your fancy! Find out more about the Cape Winelands Region.
10. Enjoy Whale Watching at the Cape Peninsula by taking a trip to Hermanus, around one and a half hours from Cape Town. The charming seaside town is noted as being one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. The period between August and November is by far the best time to watch these wonderful mammals. During this time, the bay will be dotted with whales. Just walk along the cliff patch that runs for 12km from one end of Hermanus to the other and you should catch sight of these wonderful creatures in action! There are also excellent beaches to be found here. Discover more about Tourism in Hermanus.
So, have we tempted you visit the wonderful attractions of the Cape Town Region? The best way to get around the area is to hire a car, so check out our Car Rental Cape Town page.
Have you been to Cape Town and the Peninsula? What did you think of the various attractions in the region? If you have any tourist information tips or South African travel advice for your fellow readers please let us know. Your comments and advice is appreciated.