CAPE POINT TOUR: CHAPMANS PEAK – HOUTBAY – CAPE POINT

Day Trip to Cape Point and around the Cape Peninsula

A sightseeing drive to Cape Point and around the Cape Peninsula is a “must do” day trip when visiting Cape Town. The Cape Point day trip is one of Cape Town’s top 10 tourist attractions and ranks with the most scenic drives in the world.

The following route is a circular route approximately 140 kilometres in total and takes you in an anti- clockwise scenic drive around the peninsula passing the following towns & beaches

Cape Town – Llandudno – Hout Bay – Chapmans Peak Drive – Noordhoek – Scarborough – Cape Point – Boulders Beach – Simons Town – Kalk Bay – Muizenberg – Cape Town.

Depart from accomodation –  straight up Kloof Nek Road all the way through the kloof between Table Mountain and Lions Head. This itself is already a very scenic road as the road starts to wind down the other side of the Mountain and you are hit by the paradise view of the white beaches and crystal waters of Camps Bay below.

Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s wealthiest suburbs, famous for its luxury apartments, celebrity lifestyle and white sandy beach.

Llandadn0 – En route, relish in the unspoiled beauty that unfolds with every corner turned. As the road reaches new heights look down on Llandudno Beach. Should you prefer the tranquillity of beaches that are not frequented by the crowds, the beautiful, slightly more secluded Llandudno Beach is definitely worth a brief stopover.

Hout Bay – Experience Hout Bay, a traditional fishing harbour with a view on ‘The Sentinel’ Mountain Peak.

Hout Bay Harbour and fishing village

There is a pleasant buzz in Hout Bay- a former small fishing village, now a coastal suburb of Cape Town and home to people from all walks of life. The streets are alive with locals and tourists who flock to a host of curio shops; restaurants and snack bars; while the beach is very popular with hikers; paddle skiers and windsurfers. This charming inlet furthermore provides one with an unparalleled view of the impressive 320 metre high Sentinel Mountain Peak.

Hout Bay is also famous for its unforgettable boat trip from Hout Bay harbour to Seal island to see the seals playing in the cold waters.

Cape Fur SealThe boat trip to seal island is a fun way to get up close and personal with the delightful Cape Fur Seals. For this purpose, Drumbeat Charters’ “one-hour special” to the Seals and Shipwreck comes highly recommended.

Your expedition will first take you to Duiker Island to see the seals and then to Moari Bay to view the shipwreck of the Boss 400 that was destroyed at sea by one of the notorious Cape Winter Storms. Drumbeat Charters can be found at Hout Bay Harbour.

Chapmans Peak – Chappies,” as it is called by locals, is regarded as one of the grandest aquatic drives in the whole world.

Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape TownThe nine kilometre jaunt meanders through various twists and turns that each open up on some of the most awe-inspiring panoramas of soaring mountains and towering cliffs that plummet deep into the sapphire blue ocean.

There are a number of lookout points where one could pause to just absorb the splendour or take photographs.

The Chapman’s Peak Drive is also one of the foremost sites from where the Southern Right Whales can be seen in the months from July to November. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Foodbarn Bakery & Deli in Noordhoek.

The legendary Cape of Good Hope – is particularly known as being a guiding post for sailors of old and is still referred to as “The Cape” by sea travellers today.

An extraordinary achievement: reaching the most south-western tip of Africa: Cape Point

View from Cape Point to Cape of Good HopeCape Point is still part of the Cape of Good Hope and offers the same scenic magnificence that one would experience at the Table Mountain National Park. It furthermore offers a host of other attractions that includes a curio shop, a restaurant; braai (barbeque) areas; angling and diving sites; tidal pools, The Flying Dutchman Funicular and two lighthouses, also refers to Cape Point as “the place where two oceans meet,” speculating that there is a clear line visible at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. But while there appears to be a difference in the colour of the water, there is no scientific proof to substantiate it.

One of the lighthouses at Cape PointThere are two lighthouses at Cape Point. The Old Cape Point Lighthouse was built in 1857, on Cape Point Peak, 283 metres above sea level. Because of its height, clouds and mist often obscured the view of it, making it undetectable to ships at sea approaching from certain positions. After the Portuguese Lusitania was shipwrecked on 18 April 1911, the Lighthouse was moved to its current position, which is 87 metres above sea level, it is said that this Cape Point Lighthouse, is the most potent one on the South Africa coast, with a range of 63 kilometers and a group of three light beams that flashes ten million candlepower each, at 30 second intervals.

To reach the Old Lighthouse, one could take a relaxed walk to enjoy the scenery and do some animal and bird watching on the way.

Just be aware that the last stretch is very steep. Also be on the lookout for the extinct chacma baboons that still roam the Cape Peninsula area and that are most likely to cross your path. Do not encourage them to come closer and do not make any attempts to feed them.

You could also take The Flying Dutchman Funicular, an environmentally-friendly cable-drawn railway system that has been named after the legendary ghost ship that completely vanished at sea during one of the infamous Cape Storms.  Upon your return from the OId Lighthouse you might very well want to sit down for a glass of wine or some of the outstanding seafood at the Two Ocean’s Restaurant, which provides an unsurpassed view of False Bay from every corner of the restaurant. Do not leave without buying a keepsake to remind you of your escapade extraordinaire at the Cape Point Logo Store.

Simons Town & Boulders Beach

Penguins at Boulders Beach

Simon’s Town, which is South Africa’s naval base. Named after the Governor of the Dutch settlement, Simon van der Stel, the charming little coastal town is beautifully decorated with Victorian style houses,  you will most definitely want to stop off at the Boulder’s Visitor Centre which is situated just around the corner from Simon’s Town, in the Table Mountain National Park.Seeing the delightful colony of Jackass Penguins with their comical braying call is bound to become one of those experiences that will be imprinted in your heart and mind for time to come


Fish Hoek – Less than 10 kilometres away from Simon’s Town, you will find another marvellous seashore village, Fish Hoek, which is also known to be one of the prime whale watching sites.Fish Hoek furthermore has special historic value as the remains of the 12 000-year old Fish Hoek man which is said to originate from the early Stone Age was discovered here.

Information on this can be found at the Fish Hoek Valley Museum.

 

Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape TownFeel the vibe at one of the last remaining working harbours in South Africa: Kalk Bay

Next stop is the pleasant fishing community of Kalk Bay,which is one of the last remaining operational ports in South Africa.

Formerly also one of the three leading whaling stations; and home to one of the oldest rail tracks in South Africa, the colourful little village is rich in culture and history.

A Kalk Bay local, Cape TownToday, the vibey Kalk Bay, with its hippie-style people, will fill you with fascinating sounds, images and smells of the ocean; its fishermen; fish markets; colourful boats and of course, the smelly seals. Be sure to make the most of your Kalk Bay experience by mingling with the cosmopolitan crowds and eccentric business owners, by shopping for bric-a-brac at one of the many trendy little stores.

You could also visit The Rhodes Cottage Museum,which was once the holiday home of the illustrious Sir Cecil John Rhodes.

Colourful Fishing Boats in Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape TownOnce you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to make a stopover at The Brass Bell Restaurants & Pubs, which offers great pub food and one of the best views on Kalk Bay. You could also have a quick coffee or sit down for mouth-watering pasta at the well-loved Olympia Café and Deli. Should you be an avid sea food lover, you should definitely call on The Harbour House where the freshest possible line fish and sea food is delivered daily.


Your last stop as you prepare to return to Cape Town  or Gordonsbay  should no doubt be the lovely Muizenburg, which is well-known for its brightly coloured beach huts.

Muizenberg – Delight in the sight of the brightly coloured beach huts lined up along Muizenberg beach.

The famous Muizenburg Beach Huts, Cape TownMuizenburg is also regarded as Cape Town’s nicest, child-friendly beach for bathing purposes.

This is because the water here is much warmer; the ocean is generally calmer and the beach is level and wide open


Recommended start time: Full day 08h30

Approximate duration: Full day +-9 hours

1-4 pax R2030 (per shuttle bus)

5-7 pax R100.00 pp additional (per shuttle bus)

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Price include: Transfer from and to accomodation