Cape Town is situated on the Cape Peninsula. In 1580, Sir Francis Drake described the Cape Peninsula as "The most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth". The southern end of the Peninsula is the most Southwestern point of the African continent, known as Cape Point. In between Cape Town and the spectacular Cape Point a variety of small fishing and seaside villages, as well as other attractions are spread out. Most of them are connected by scenic coastal drives as well as a variety of top-notch beaches.
A unique feature of greater Cape Town is the inclusion, within the metropolis's boundaries, of large pristine natural areas under formal conservation.
A visit to Cape town must include a day tour of the Cape Peninsula with stops at Hout Bay (with a trip to Seal Island), the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, the Boulders Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. After doing this tour you can claim that you have visited the most beautiful Southwesterly point of the continent of Africa!
On this tour you’ll travel from Cape Town down the scenic Cape Peninsula’s western coast, via Hout Bay & Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. From there it’s on to historic and quaint Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. You’ll explore the town and enjoy a wine tasting at a nearby wine estate.
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Cape Point , Stellenbosch , Wine tastings at estates in South Africa , Chapman's Peak Drive , Cape Peninsula .
On this half day, morning tour of the Cape Peninsula you travel from Cape Town down the Peninsula’s Atlantic Seaboard up to and including Cape Point, where you’ll spend time taking in the incredible views. Returning via the False Bay coastline you may visit an African Penguin Colony (optional).
Highlights: Cape Point , Boulders Beach Penguin Colony , Chapman's Peak Drive , Cape Peninsula , Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve , Simon's Town .
From Cape Town you travel to Hout Bay - with an optional 30-min boat cruise on offer to Duiker Island (Cape Seal colony). The scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive and Cape Point awaits you. An African Penguin Colony (optional) and a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens round of the day.
Highlights: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve , Boulders Beach Penguin Colony , Cape Peninsula , Cape Point , Simon's Town , Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens .
A colony of approx. 3000 African Penguins reside just outside Simon's Town at Boulders Beach. Even though it is a residential area the thriving colony was born when two wild breeding pairs started breeding there in 1982, Boulders Penguin Colony is one of the popular stops for tourists on the Cape Peninsula Tour.
Chapman's Peak Drive is a particularly scenic drive that connects Hout Bay and Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town. It features a couple of lookout points with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. The drive forms part of a typical full-day Cape Peninsula excursion.