For sheer beauty and enchantment this Full Day Tour is a visual smorgasbord. You get to enjoy the Best that the Cape has to offer. Enchanting turquoise bays, granite cliffs, encounters with penguins and seals and stand on south western point of Africa.
Your friendly and informed guide will fetch you from your hotel/B&B/home in central Cape Town or from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront between 8h00 and 9h00, and the fun begins. You head off over Kloof Neck between Table Mountain and Signal Hill and the vista opens up as you descend down to a spectacular series of stunningly beautiful, turquoise bays that make up the Atlantic Sea Board framed by granite beauty of the Twelve Apostles. This is 'camera time' as you stop for the perfect shot. White sands and sparkling blue sea's from Clifton Beaches through to Llandudno, then over the mountain and down to picturesque Hout Bay.
Hout Bay is an active harbour and fishing village and you have the option to board a small boat [at your own expense - not expensive] and take a trip out to Duiker Island and get within a few meters of a breeding colony of hundreds of Cape Fur Seals. Well worth taking this trip. Returning to the harbour you may be welcomed by Cape Minstrels and a Cape Fur Seal and his friend. Some of the Cape flavour.
The iconic Chapmans Peak Drive is 9 km long with 114 curves and is cut over half a km high into Chapmans Peak. This drive is held to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. It follows the rocky coastline with breathtaking views in both directions then drops down to the long sandy stretch of Noordhoek Beach and on to rugged, rocky beaches of Kommertjie past the surfing beaches of Misty Cliffs and Scarborough.
You then enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve home to the unique Cape Fynbos, birds, reptiles, mammals & marine life in a stunning setting. Arrive at the Cape of Good Hope, the south western point of the African Continent and spend some photographic time here.
By now you are hungry. Lunch is at a restaurant at Boulders Beach. You make your way over to False Bay passing sparking beaches and bright blue seas and arrive at this unique spot. After a delicious lunch over looking a section of Boulders Beach with a view of penguins on the beach, you have time to explore this area. If you choose to enter the protected area there is a fee [SA citizen get a discount with an ID card]. The fee is for your own account. There is no charge if you choose to walk the half kilometer of wooden walkways which give views of the coves with penguins swimming and walking on the beach, and nesting just one meter from the protected area's fence.
On to the Naval Town of Simons Town and through the fishing villages of Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek with stops to enjoy and photograph these favoured swimming beaches and their iconic bright coloured beach houses.
Your final stop is Kirstenbosch Gardens nestled against Table Mountain. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It is acclaimed as one of the great Botanic Gardens of the World, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After all the action of your day this is a time of peaceful strolls through immaculate treed gardens, over streams and past well placed statues and unique flora.
Get dropped off at your hotel/B&B/ home or the V&A Waterfront.
The spectacle and beauty of your day will play through your mind for some time to come. Your camera shots will remind you of the places you want to revisit at leisure.
This tour is an action packed day of adventure and discovery. You get to enjoy the Best that Cape Town has to offer. Some of the most spectacular beaches and views in the world, 'up close and personal' experience with a breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals and a breeding colony of African Penguins. From the visual enchanting spectacle of the Atlantic beaches and Cape Point dramatic views to False Bay's quaint fishing villages and beaches. Then to bring you quietly back to earth you wander around Kirstenbosch Gardens and take in some of the unique flora and spectacle of streams and ancient trees with well placed statues to open up vista's.
Cape Point tour takes you along the beautiful Atlantic Seaboard giving you the opportunity to feast your eyes on rugged coastlines and other untainted geographic landmarks such as the Twelve apostles and the magnificent slopes of Lion’s head. The Atlantic Seaboard also known as Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’, stretches from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain all the way down the west side of the Cape Peninsula to Hout Bay.
The Cape Point tour takes us through the residential suburb of Clifton with four bikini beaches ideal for sunbathing and home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa. These Atlantic Ocean beaches are exquisite to see, but the sea is cold on a hot day! Refreshing, amazingly beautiful, but really chilly.
The tour then proceeds to Camps Bay where we stop for a picture shoot of the Twelve Apostle mountain range. The tour continues through the town of Hout Bay where you visit a fishing harbor and get the opportunity to take an optional boat trip to seal island [Duikers Island] to get up close to a colony of hundreds of breeding Cape Fur Seals. The tour continues through the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive a 9 km route with 114 curves, making it one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The road is cut half a kilometer up the steep granite mountain with waves crashing against the base, and vista's out over the endless navy ocean.
Enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean on the winding road towards Cape Point. Located about 1.2km east of Cape of Good Hope it is the most South Western corner of the African continent and the mythical meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
It is located within Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and home to an entire floral kingdom and many populations of animals. Look out for ostrich and pelagic birds, view zebra, eland, and the many species of reptiles and small mammals. Chacma baboons are common in the Cape Point nature reserve, especially at the point itself. You have the option of either walking or taking a funicular ride to the upper lighthouse right at the tip of Cape Point. This is one of the many highlights that you will enjoy on this tour. The views at the lookout areas on the walk up are breathtaking and worth the effort of striding uphill. You are able to look back at the dazzling beauty of the sheer granite cliffs and the blues of the ocean as it crashes against this finger of rock. As you look out over the ocean the next land is Antarctica over 7000 km away.
We leave Cape Point and drive to the large arch of False Bay which is now the slightly warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a lovely seafood lunch [at own expense] at Boulders Beach. Often this is at the Seaforth Restaurant which overlooks part of Boulders Beach and you can see people walking along the beach or swimming with the penguins. After lunch enter the world famous African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. There is an entrance fee [entrance fee for own account - South African citizens to produce ID card for discount] to enter the protected area. At no cost, you can walk the over half a kilometer of wooden walkway with breeding penguins at arms length through a mesh protective fence, and views over blue coves with penguins walking along the beach, climbing up the great granite boulders or swimming in the turquoise waves. You can also swim on these stunning beaches interspersed with giant boulders and swimming penguins.
Leaving this unique place, you then pass through the naval town of Simon’s Town. Thereafter, we drive through the towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg to photograph the iconic bright coloured beach houses and briefly enjoy these popular beaches.
Your last stop is Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It is over 500 hectares of manicured gardens and giant trees, and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
You get dropped off at your hotel/B&B/home at between 17h30 and 18h00.
As you settle down for a cool evening drink you will play the day back through your mind and marvel at the greatness of our world. Cape Town is truly a visual feast.
Depart ± 08h00 to 09h00
Return ± 17h30
All tours depart from your Hotel or Victoria &Albert Waterfront [V&A Waterfront]
Price excludes lunch
South Africans to bring ID for discounts to Cape Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach
Wear Comfortable shoes
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