What to see in the Cape Peninsula

 What to see in the Cape Peninsula

Day 4: What to see in the Cape Peninsula: Camps Bay Beach, 12 Apostles, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, WhiteSand, Scarborough, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg Beach

The route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula will be our purpose today after canceling the plans that we had planned and that continued with the route through Cape Town on a day that we started yesterday. The wind is still blowing a lot, so the funicular to Table Mountain is still closed and the forecast for the day is that they will cancel the ferry we have booked to go to Robben Island, so first thing in the morning we have evaluated the options we had and we have decided to exchange the days and today do the route through the places to see in the Cape PeninsulaAnd cross your fingers, hoping that the wind dies down and tomorrow we can visit Table Mountain in the morning and Robben Island in the afternoon, thus fulfilling a part of the list of places to see in South Africa that we had in mind on this trip.

With this change of plans, we go down to the breakfast room of the Circa Luxury Apartment Hotel, our accommodation in Cape Town when it is 7 in the morning, ready to recharge, and at 7:30 we take the rental car in South Africa and start the night route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, starting with Camps Bay Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the city, ideal for photographing with Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in the background.

Something to keep in mind before continuing with today is that doing a route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula will take you an average of a full day since it is approximately 130 kilometers of travel if you want to do a stop at all the places we have visited.
This tour can be done on your own, by rental car, as we have done or by booking a tour from Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope, a full-day excursion to the Cape Peninsula and penguin colony or a private tour from City from the Cape.

Camps Bay Beach and the 12 Apostles

The first stop on the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, where we arrive at 8 in the morning, is Camps Bay Beach, the largest and best-known beach in Cape Town, which is located about 8 kilometers from the city and where, as soon as we park the car, we begin to see the immensity of the landscapes and be aware of the gifts that await us on this trip to South Africa in 25 days.
It is here from where you can also see the famous 12 apostles, some rock formations that belong to Table Mountain, and that you can see on the left, standing out from the rest of the formation.

Camps Bay Beach

Unlike anything you might expect, Camps Bay Beach seems like a mix of an American city with heart-stopping landscapes, mistakenly located in a country that is not it’s own. Here it is very striking to see how it is practically made up of whites, almost no blacks arrive in this area and there are many restaurants and accommodations that welcome select people who can be seen in these areas especially in the afternoons when the sunset arrives.
Despite this environment that does not quite fit in, we have to say that the views are truly spectacular and that Camps Bay, despite not being the best place to bathe if the wind alone, as it is dangerous, is one of the essential stops and one of the places to see in the Cape Peninsula that you cannot miss.

Camps Bay Beach on the Cape Peninsula

Tips for visiting Camps Bay Beach

  • In addition to the views from the first viewpoint, we advise you to stop on the promenade itself, since there you can park for free and have views of the much closer beach, as well as being able to walk along with it, with incredible views of the 12 apostles and the Lion’s Head.
  • Keep in mind that the viewpoints are always free including parking. Although it is true that sometimes you can find someone, usually with identification vests, who will say good morning and tell you that they take care of your car.
    Although they will not ask you for anything for this service, it does not hurt to give them R10-R20 that will help them support their family.
  • The stop at the viewpoint and then on the beach can take between 30-45 minutes, depending on the photos you take.
Camps Bay

It is 9 in the morning when we continue with the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, heading to Chapman’s Peak, one of the most incredible panoramic roads of the Cape Town Peninsula up to where we have 20 kilometers and about Approximately 30 minutes to reach the first panoramic point on the road.
Something to keep in mind is that although there are many kilometers that are covered on this route, the driving is really wonderful since the views at all times are impressive, the traffic is not usually much and also, in South Africa, you drive very well, something we have to say, it is greatly appreciated.

Chapman’s Peak

As we mentioned before, this is a panoramic road, in which you must pay R47 at the checkpoint, which runs along a ledge road and consists of different viewpoints, where we advise you to make a stop to enjoy the immensity of the landscapes that are a real spectacle.

Views from Chapman’s Peak

After this tour of the panoramic road, we arrive at the area of ​​the Cape Peninsula where its beaches stand out, of which we will visit only some of the most famous. If you have more time or want to only spend time on the beaches, you can take advantage of the summertime to rest, take a break in the sun or even, if you like, practice surfing in one of them such as Scarborough, one of the most recommended in this area for the practice of this sport.

Recommended beaches to see in the Cape Peninsula

As we mentioned, we will only visit some of the most famous ones, but only with this, we can confirm that they are some of the most incredible ones that we have ever seen. Perhaps it is because of the landscapes that surround them. Perhaps because of the lack of infrastructure in most of them or perhaps because of the gift that they have given us of knowing them practically alone. For whatever reason, we have to say that the beaches in this area of ​​South Africa, even if you are not going to bathe, are one of the essential places to see in the Cape Peninsula.

Noordhoek Beach

This is the first of the beaches in this area where we stopped and although we did not go down to it, we see it from the panoramic point on the road and we have to say that it is an authentic spectacle of nature in which they stand out the white sand and the color of the water, which make this one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen.

 

Noordhoek Beach

Kommetitjie

The next stop is Kommetitjie beach, a beach that is practically 10 kilometers from the previous one, where we arrive at 10:30 in the morning and where we take the opportunity to stretch our legs for a while, return to admire the wildest nature and enjoy unique views.
Something to keep in mind, as we discussed above, is that to see all the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, it is necessary to have a full day, leaving very early around 7:30 in the morning from Cape Town to return when it’s 5-6 in the afternoon, depending on the time you dedicate to each place.
That said and although we understand that the beaches are really wonderful, if you do not intend to swim as we do, you can make short stops to see them from the viewpoints and choose to make a longer stop in one that you like the most, to give take a walk and spend some more time.

 

Kommetitjie

Whitesand

The route continues to approach Whitesand, another of the most visited beaches, where we arrive when it is more or less 11 in the morning and where we only take a walk through the viewpoint, since although we are checking the clock so that we have time to see everything we want, we have already gone more than planned, with the occasional extra stop at the viewpoints, attracted by the incredible landscapes of the Cape Peninsula.

Whitesand

Scarborough

After several dozen photos, we headed towards Scarborough beach, where we enjoyed a ride between waves, where there are many people surfing, something that we have also seen in some of the beaches we have been to and that is very common. , especially at this time of year.

Scarborough

And so, after these stops at some of the beaches of the Cape Peninsula, which have taken us a little over an hour and a half, we set off for the Cape of Good Hope about 20 kilometers away, where we arrive at 12 o’clock in the morning. morning.

Cape of Good Hope

The first thing we should know is that the famous Cape of Good Hope is the southernmost point of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which belongs to the Table Mountain National Park, a natural environment with interest and incalculable value.
This means that we are in a place where nature is the true protagonist and as such, we must respect it, take care of it, and above all, be responsible for it.
This is something that happens in the vast majority of places that we are going to visit in South Africa and it is interesting, as well as necessary, to take it into account since we are nothing more than mere guests to the country.

Keep in mind that the park entrance is located approximately 10 kilometers from Simon’s Town, so depending on the time you arrive, it may be a good option, stop by this town to eat or have a bite, since within the park there are only a couple of places to do it.

The entrance fee to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is R147 per person, but if you have the Wild Card, this amount is already included in the ticket.

Cape of Good Hope

What to see in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve

Among the many places to see in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve, we want to highlight those that are essential for us, especially for their history and for being among the most feared places in the world by sailors.

Cape Good Hope Lighthouse

Without a doubt, it is from here that you can enjoy the best panoramic views of the peninsula. Once you have left your car in the parking lot, you can go up a path of almost 1 kilometer to reach the lighthouse or take a funicular for R55 for the outward journey and R70 for the round trip, which leaves you in the upper part.
In our case, being a very windy day and going with little time, we decided to go up by funicular and walk down, in order to stop at the different viewpoints and enjoy the incredible views.

If you have time, a path starts from here that takes you to the famous “Cape of Good Hope” cartel, located further down. The journey will take you about 2 hours and is quite demanding since there is a good slope. In case you don’t want to do it on foot, you can go perfectly by car, as we explain below.

Cape of Good Hope Lighthouse
Cape of Good Hope

Cartel «Cape of Good Hope»

From the lighthouse, a narrow road turns left until it leads to the famous cartel. You can park in a parking lot, right next to it, and take, like the rest of the travelers, your photo with this curious cartel.
Keep in mind that the place is much less spectacular than the previous one since there is no cliff and it is located on a pebble beach, although it is worth coming even if it is only a few minutes to see it and of course, take that souvenir photo.

What to see in the Cape Peninsula. Cartel «Cape of Good Hope»

We have read that many people only come here to see the famous poster. If you have one more hour, it is highly recommended to go to the lighthouse, either on foot or by funicular, since the views are really wonderful and we believe that they are the perfect complement to the photo of the cartel

Tips for visiting the Cape of Good Hope

  • The entrance fee to Cape of Good Hope is R145 per person. With the Wild Card, it is free to access.
  • The hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October to March and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.
  • Once you have paid, they will give you a brochure in which you can see the different roads and trails. From the entrance to the Visitor Center, there are about 7 kilometers, 3 more kilometers to the crossroads that on the left takes you to the cartel and 2 kilometers straight to the lighthouse.
  • Keep in mind that despite being sunny and warm, the Cape of Good Hope is usually a place where the wind blows, so it is worth bringing something warm.
  • Regarding the Wild Card, it is advisable to carry a copy on the phone, for example, and also some printed copies, since from what we have read, they sometimes ask for them.
  • The approximate time to visit the lighthouse and the cartel, in addition to the trips by car, is approximately two hours.
  • Another important thing is to know that the Cape of Good Hope is the territory of baboons, unfriendly monkeys that tend to be friends with others, so it is worth taking care of and not leaving anything of value or food in sight.
Cape of Good Hope

It is practically 2 in the afternoon when we leave the Cape of Good Hope to continue with the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, now heading to Boulders National Park 22 kilometers away, known for hosting a famous penguin colony.

Boulders National Park

This park is the place where you can see Cape booby birds on the peninsula that flock to Boulders Beach, a small white sand beach where if you are lucky, you can see the penguins leisurely strolling on the way to the cold waters.
Although bathing is allowed, in case you want to do it, keep in mind that sometimes you will be surrounded by penguins, who cannot be touched, fed, or, of course, touched.

 

Boulders National Park
Boulders National Park

Tips for visiting Boulders National Park

  • The entrance fee is R75 per person and like the Cape of Good Hope, it is also included in the Wild Card.
  • The hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in December and January).
  • Although there is a free asphalt parking, it tends to fill up very early, especially at midday and in the afternoon, when there are more tourism and more organized groups. In case it is full, you can leave the car in one that is right next to it, without asphalt where it is convenient to leave a donation of R5-R10 per hour.
  • This visit can be done perfectly on your own, as we have done it, but in case you do not have a car or want to know more about the place, you can choose this tour to Cape Good Hope and the penguin colony or this Day excursion whole through the Cape Peninsula and the penguin colony.
Boulders National Park

It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon, after practically half an hour enjoying the company of the penguins, when we continue our route through the Cape Town Peninsula approaching Fish Hoek, a small town where Rubén and Lucy from Something to Remember us They have recommended a stop at Fish & Chips de Kalky’s, a restaurant next to the port, which they say serves one of the best fish and chips in the world.

Once here, we leave the car right next to the restaurant in a free parking lot, where we pay R20 to take care of our car and we go straight to the restaurant where we order a hake with potatoes, pike with squid and potatoes, soft drink and beer. For R288, we have to say they feel great and you can’t always eat fish and chips as fresh as this one.

Kalky’s Fish & Chips

After eating we took the opportunity to stretch our legs for a while, walking through the port area, where after not being able to locate the colony of sea lions that we had been told was in this area and have a coffee, we continued with the planned route for today, which will take us to the last point of the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, Muizenberg Beach just 3 kilometers away.

Muizenberg

With tens of kilometers, this beach near Cape Town is known for surfing as well as currently thanks to Instagram, its colorful huts, which have made this place one of the most photographed in the area, along with Bo-Kaap in Cape Town.

Muizenberg
Muizenberg

After leaving the car in a parking lot from which we already have the first perspectives of the huts with the beach in the background, we approach the sand, where we have to confess we are practically an hour, enjoying the views and the atmosphere in the beach, in addition to the dozens of photographs that we shot, trying to capture all possible shots of these colorful huts, which give the beach that special charm.

Muizenberg

And so when it is 6:30 in the afternoon, we end the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula, starting the way back to Cape Town, where we arrive at 7 in the afternoon, to fall exhausted at the Circa Luxury Apartment Hotel, our accommodation these days.

Map of the route through the places to see in the Cape Peninsula

We leave you the map with the route that we have done today for all the essential places to see in the Cape Peninsula, among which are Camps Bay Beach, 12 Apostles, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek, and Muizenberg Beach.

 

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