Cape Peninsula Day Trip: Peaks, panoramas & penguins

Driving around the Cape Peninsula is still one of my favourite things to do – even though I’ve lived in Cape Town for just over 10 years. This full-day loop around the Peninsula is full of peaks, panoramas and penguins. With spectacular views of sparkling blue seas and brooding grey mountains, it’s simply an unforgettable outing. And last week our entire Giltedge team was able to spend the day together taking in the all that the Cape has to offer… and what a lot there is!

The drive started in Cape Town, backed by Table Mountain (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World). On this morning the mountain was shrouded in her flowing cloud tablecloth. From Cape Town, the coach wound its way through the Atlantic Seaboard that’s home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa. Our first stop was Maidens Cove where we looked at the 12 Apostles Mountain Range guarding the stretch of white sand beach of Campsbay – a spectacular sight with the crashing waves and moody sky.

From Camps Bay, the road continues along the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll pass the exclusive suburb of Llandudno, and then over the top of Suikerbossie and onto the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Here we stopped off for a walk around the working harbour. You can walk along the docks, watch the local fishermen bringing in their catch and spot the resident seals ever close for a fishy snack. There is also a craft market, which means that there is something awesome for everyone to see.

Chapmans Peak Drive was a highlight of my day. An no wonder – it’s rated as one of the most scenic coastal drives with 114 twists to negotiate over 9 km! The ocean and mountain views are breath-taking with many viewpoints to stop and take it all in.

We then turned off down to Cape Point; this is the most south-western point of the African continent. You can walk or take “The Flying Dutchman” funicular up to the old lighthouse for an awe-inspiring view of the rugged coastline known as the Cape of Storms.

 

Next, we visited the resident penguins at Boulders Beach. The African Penguin is endangered, and this is one of the few places you can get to see them up close. They nest under and around the boardwalk that wind through the dunes.

From Boulders, the road hugs False Bay passing the small communities of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay. If its whale season, be sure to look out for whales! Then we drove home after a day of inspiring vistas.

The Cape Peninsula Day Trip is a must-do for visitors to Cape Town and experiencing the day with a guide allows you to learn about all of the glorious views the route has to offer.

Written by Nikki Tala