The ultimate Cape Point Tour by Cape Xtreme is definitely a tour you must take when you arrive in Cape Town, South Africa! If you are the kind of person who likes to know everything about a city: the must-see places, culture, history, nature, religion and gastronomy then this tour is perfect for you.
On one hand, if you are on a quick trip on Cape Town and you need to visit all the important places before you leave, then you'll save a lot of time and money if you take this tour because it encompasses the whole Cape Peninsula area and all the historical and environmental highlights.
On the other hand, if you are staying more time in Cape Town, then you'll have a complete overview about this beautiful city and you'll also be able to visit again your favorite places afterwards.
For instance, I loved Camps Bay so after the tour I went again to spend a whole day with a friend (Camps Bay Beach: have fun & chill in Cape Town, South Africa); and I also returned to Bo-Kaap (Bo-Kaap: the rainbow colored houses in Cape Town, South Africa )
The Basics of the Ultimate Cape Point Tour
The Tour Guide
Our tour guide was the awesome Khotso, he is original from Cape Town and has bast experience giving the Ultimate Cape Point Tour as well as other tours.
I was impressed with the amount of information he knew and besides that he was friendly and funny and took awesome pictures for us!
We were moving on a very spacious and comfortable van. It was also very convenient because we were able to leave our bags secure there while we went out to see each place.
Whats's included on the tour?
- Qualified guide
- All transport
- Entrance to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
- Entrance to Boulders Beach
- Lunch in Kalk Bay
The tour lasted 8 hours. Khotso picked me up from Mojo Hotel (My stay at the trendy Mojo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa ) at 7:30 am and brought me back at 4:00 pm.
Let me share with you my favorite 10 places of the tour!
The first stop of the tour was Bo-Kaap; which is the perfect place to start taking a lot of pictures because the beautiful colored houses and mountains in the landscape make it one of the most photographed places in Cape Town.
Translated from Afrikaans Bo-Kaap means "Above the Cape", and this place is full of history dating back to the settlement of European travelers in 1615. The residents of Bo-Kaap are descendants of slaves that were imported by the Dutch East India Company from Asia and Africa.
If you want to read more about Bo-Kaap you can read this post: Bo-Kaap: the rainbow colored houses in Cape Town, South Africa
2. Camps Bay
Our next stop was Camps Bay, this place is one of the most expensive areas in Cape Town and also has one of the most beautiful beaches.
The beach has blue flag status: an international symbol of quality for beaches, boats and marinas that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.
I liked Camps Bay Beach so much that later on the week I spent a whole day with my friends chilling out there. If you want to read more about it check this post: Camps Bay Beach: have fun & chill in Cape Town, South Africa
3. Hout Bay
Then we had a complete view of Hout Bay, a fantastic sea-side neighbourhood in Cape Town known for fishing, surfing, leisure and tourism.
4. Chapman's Peak Drive
We continued our trip driving through Chapman's Peak Drive which is considered one of the world's most scenic drives.
You can read more about Chapman's Peak Drive on it's website: https://www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za/
An interesting fact mentioned by our tour guide, Khotso, was that a car chase scene for the movie Quantum of Solace was filmed there.
This is the scene (it is mixed with other locations for the purpose of the movie):
5. Cape Point National Reserve
The next stop was Cape Point National Reserve, which is filled with beautiful nature encompassing different kinds of flowers, many animals, dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails, and deserted beaches. I loved the landscape and the beautiful animals that came to say hello!
Two of the main attractions are Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point:
Cape of Good Hope
Get ready for strong wind! When I got out of the car at Cape of Good Hope I felt like I was going to fly away to the ocean, but then waiting for the wind to calm down I was able to go to the famous picture spot.
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.
Cape Point Lighthouse
Enjoy the panoramic views from Cape Point Lighthouse. You'll gonna have to walk around 20 minutes to get to the highest section of the peak, but you'll have fun in the way because of its scenic views and the monkey friends you'll make on the way - beware of the baboons stealing your bags for food, otherwise they are friendly and just hang around taking the sun.
6. Boulders Beach
Get to know the African Penguins at Boulders Beach.
Why is it called like that? the big rocks in the ocean are called boulders, and this place is full of them. The following are some interesting facts:
- The penguins that are currently there are not original from that area. They were brought by scientist who grew a colony from only a couple.
- Don't worry if some penguins look upset or sick, this is because for 20 days they loose all their fur to renew it.
7. Kalk Bay Harbour
We stoped at Kalk Bay Harbour where we had a look at the statue of the dog "Just Nuisance", the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. He was a Great Dane who between 1939 and 1944 served at HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy shore establishment. He died when he was seven years old and was buried with full military honors.
We had delicious typical fish and chips at the "Salty Sea Dog" restaurant. The place is nice and clean and while we were eating we got to know each other on the group and also our tour guide, Khotso, gave us more interesting facts about Cape Town.
9. Shark Spotters View
On the way back we stoped in a Shark Spotters Lookout Point which had a great view to Muizenberg beach. It was interesting to know the meaning of the flags and why it is entrusted by the local surfers of Muizenberg to look out for Great White Sharks.
You can read more information on the official site: Shark Spotters.
10. Constantia Wine Valley
The final spot we visited was the beautiful Constantia Wine Valley, the oldest wine farm outside of Europe. I absolutely loved it because it was so pretty and full of nice spots to take pictures.
Here you're going to find wine farms, restaurants, activities and retailers. If you want you can have the wine tasting experience (at extra cost) but if you don't want it you'll can also walk along this nice place and learn about its history.
Check more information here.
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