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The Cape Peninsula is one of the areas that you definitely have to visit when you come to Cape Town. It is full of touristic attractions so one of the best ways to explore it is to take a tour.
I took the Cape Point & Peninsula tour with Day Trippers and I loved it. I spent a fun day, met persons from different countries, had delicious lunch, learned about Cape Town’s history and did some biking and hiking (if you don’t want to bike you can stay in the van and if you don’t want to hike you can take a funicular).
Not only you are going to make the most of your day by visiting several places on the way to Cape Point, but also you are going to experience the scenic beauty of the South African landscape by taking amazing drives like the Chapman’s Peak.
The Cape Peninsula Tour Basics
The Tour Guide
Our tour guide was the awesome Selemani (Sele), he has a lot of experience giving all kinds of tours in Cape Town. He is from Burundi and is a formal soccer player from France. Besides that he is very easy-going and fun!
We were moving on a very spacious and comfortable van that had the bicycles attached on the back. It was also very convenient because we were able to leave our bags secure while we went out to see each place.
What’s included on the tour?
- Qualified guide
- All transport
- Entrances to Boulders Beach and Cape Point
*The only extra you have to pay is the Seal Island cruise (75 ZAR = 6.1 USD) and the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse (70 ZAR = 5.7 USD) if you don’t want to hike.
- Beaches: Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno
- Hout Bay
- Seal Island
- Chapman’s Peak
- Boulders Beach
- Cape Point:
- Biking (Optional)
- Cape of Good Hope
On the road we saw Clifton Beaches (I, II, III, and IV), Camps Bay and Llandudno Beach. We didn’t stop to have a look at them but Sele told us some interesting facts about them.
Clifton is an exclusive residential area, home to the most expensive real estate in South Africa. It has 4 beaches (Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) that provide locals and tourists with amazing spots to sunbath, do a picnic, and play sports as volleyball and football. These beaches are top-ranked and have received Blue Flag Status.
Read more about Clifton Beaches here.
If you want to spend a fun and relaxed day in Cape Town, going to Camps Bay Beach is definitely your best option! It’s known for its fine white sand, beautiful people, delicious restaurants and views of the Twelve Apostles mountains.
Read more about Camps Bay Beach here.
Llandudno Beach is definitely a must-see. It’s located on an exclusive neighborhood, one of the most expensive in South Africa. Famous for surfing, you can also find children running, family picnics, and dogs playing.
Read more about Llandudno Beach here.
2. Hout Bay
On the way Sele told us some history about Hout Bay. Now a day it is is the base port to rich marine life and a main tourist attraction with a variety of restaurants, a weekend market, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other accommodation options.
When we arrived we were able to have a quick look at the harbor and saw boats, ships, seals, nice local souvenirs and people dancing.
3. Duiker Island (Seal Island)
You can stay longer exploring the Hout Bay harbor or for additional 75 ZAR = 6 USD you can take a cruise to the Duiker Island (which you should definitely visit!). The cruise took around 20 minutes to arrive to this nice island and on the way we were able to appreciate the beautiful mountain landscape.
We stopped for some minutes on the island and we were able to see A LOT of cute seals sunbathing, chilling on the rocks and swimming.
4. Chapman’s Peak
We continued our trip driving through Chapman’s Peak Drive which is considered one of the world’s most scenic drives. Also, an interesting fact is that a car chase scene for the movie Quantum of Solace was filmed there.
You can read more about Chapman’s Peak Drive here.
Lookout view stop
We stopped at a lookout point to have amazing views from Hout Bay, take some pictures and go to the toilet.
5. Boulders Beach
My favorite stop was Boulders Beach. Here we were able to watch the African penguins which settled there in 1982. It is a sheltered beach made between granite boulders, from which the name originated. You will walk through boardwalks that will take you within a few meters of the birds.
Read more about my visit to Boulder’s Beach here.
6. Cape Point
We continued our trip visiting Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Once inside the reserve there is a chance to see Zebra, Eland, Baboons, Ostriches and many other interesting flora and fauna.
When we arrived to the reserve we stopped at a nice lookout point and prepared ourselves to do some biking. We were provided with helmets and Sele gave us instructions and a safety briefing to then go biking all the way to the information center.
Also, some people decided to stay on the van. This is perfect because if you don’t like biking you can just relax and keep watching the nice views inside the van.
When we arrived to the Information Center we were received by Sele with a big picnic at the information center. This place has a “mini-museum” with data of the flora and fauna of the reserve.
There are some tables to sit and eat while making some friends
After lunch, we went to the lighthouse at Cape Point. In 1859 the lighthouse was built and now is still an icon on the peninsula. The lighthouse stands 249 meters above sea level and makes an interesting but steep climb to the top from the parking area.
This hike offers breathtaking vistas and real fresh air! On the way we saw several baboons that were friendly and cute but we had to be careful and leave our food in the van because if they see food they try to steal it!
If you don’t want to hike, a funicular named ‘The Flying Dutchman’ can also take you to the top in 3 minutes. It takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.
- Prices: Adult: 70 ZAR = 6 USD (return) / 55 ZAR = 4.5 USD (single)
- Trading hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 – 17:30 hrs.
- More information about the The Flying Dutchman funicular here.
d. Cape of Good Hope
The last stop of the tour was Cape of Good Hope. We saw amazing ocean views and the powerful waves of the ocean punching the coast line! Now, I realize why Bartholomew Dias – the first European known to set foot on South African soil- named it “the Cape of Storms”, but King John II of Portugal later renamed it Cape of Good Hope.
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