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Cape Town's Peninsula | South Africa

The Cape Peninsula was described by Sir Francis Drake in 1580 as "the fairest Cape in the circumference of the world". Cape Town South Africa is the gateway to this exquisite region of mountain ranges, wave swept shores, adventure activities and family beach resorts. Cape Point, at the southern tip of the peninsula, marks the south western tip of the African continent.

Where Two Oceans Meet

Although Cape Agulhas is the true divide between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Point is where the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the west meet the warmer Indian Ocean waters on the east. Carried south and west by the powerful Benguela Current, the warm Indian Ocean waters surge and mix off this Cape of Storms.

Read More: Cape Point - Where Two Oceans Meet

The Fairest Cape

The Cape Peninsula, with its fishing harbors, sheer cliffs and wave-swept coves, separates warm and cold ocean shores. Rugged forest clad mountain ranges form scenic backdrops to the many white sandy beaches of the region, providing a popular vacation destination for international visitors, honeymooners, families and adventurers.

Where to find the Cape Peninsula in Africa

 

The Legend of the Flying Dutchman

Cape Point is home to the legend of the Flying Dutchman and the tales recounted by ancient mariners of this famous ghost ship. Witnesses claim to have seen the legendary 17th century ghost ship in full sail, ploughing through stormy seas in its eternal quest to round the Cape.

The Cape Peninsula is just 105 miles (170 km) from the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Aghulas, which is also the divide between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

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Highlights of the Cape Peninsula

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For the wine lover, there are six main wine regions. Many of the 300 wineries are open to the public for wine tasting.

Map of Cape Peninsula, South Africa


Highlights of the Cape Peninsula

When planning a trip along the peninsula and down to Cape Point, it's always best to choose a day with little wind. If it's windy in Cape Town, it will be blowing a gale acrosss the exposed landscape of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

There are numerous routes to choose from to fully explore the peninsula - and several are highly recommended. Our own top four are indicated on the maps alongside. All ultimately lead to Cape Point, some 40 miles (65 Km) south of the city. Taking one route south, returning along one of the others will ensure a full day of spectacular touring.

Route (1) is the most direct route out of the city from the vicinity of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, via Kloof Nek and along the Atlantic Shore. Most drives around Cape Town provide stunning mountain and ocean views and this is one of the best. This is also one of the steepest routes out the the city, providing great views of Table Mountain. The road provides access to Signal Hill, Lion's Head, the access road to Table Mountain Cableway and to Clifton (read more about Cape Town) - or straight ahead down to Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

"Must see" landmarks along the Atlantic coast include the coastal village of Llandudno, Hout Bay with its restaurants and duiker (seal) island trips, and Chapman's Peak Drive through to Noord Hoek.

Route (2) loops around the eastern side of Devil's Peak and behind Table Mountain, through Constantia Nek and on to Hout Bay. This is another picturesque route. Pause at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or take a short diversion to Groot Constantia, the most historic wine estate in the region (founded in 1685).

Routes (3) and (4) take a more direct route south if time is short, either crossing the scenic mountain range of Silvermine Nature Reserve (great for picnics and mountain hikes) or along scenic Boyes Drive, with ocean views across Muizenberg and False Bay.

All our recommended routes converge at Fish Hoek on the False Bay coast, to explore the Attractions of False Bay - the beaches, trips to False Bay's Seal Island for shark_cage_diving_and_breaching and the penguin colony at Boulders.

The ultimate destination of a Peninsula tour is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the breathtaking scenery at Cape Point. Our recommendation is that you explore the routes leading off left and right of the main road through the reserve, to visit one of the many shipwrecks, to snorkel or let the kids discover colorful sealife in the rock pools.


Cape Peninsula Attractions

| Highlights of the Cape Peninsula| Boyes Drive | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Cape Point and Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve |
| Chapman's Peak Drive |False Bay Attractions and Activities |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Hout Bay | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |
| Llandudno | Penguin Colony at Boulders | Silvermine Nature Reserve |

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